Contributor's Notes


Mary Akers ’ short story collection, Women Up On Blocks, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal award for short fiction. She has also published a collection of short performance pieces titled Medusa’s Song and Other Stories. She co-authored a nonfiction book, One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others.


Carey K. Bagdassarian teaches chemistry at The College of William and Mary. He is interested in a reciprocal dialogue between art and science. The story contributed to this volume was conceived at the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories, and the author is grateful for the Center’s hospitality.


TJ Beitelman’s poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. His first book of poems, In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.


Elana Bell won the 2004 Stephen Dunn Poetry Award and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Drisha Institute. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Storyscape, Words and Images Magazine, Parse, Clamor, Mima’akim and on Poetz.com. Elana serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters, and sings with the a cappella trio Saheli.


Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue (Aquarius Press/Willow Books). She teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops. Her work has been published in Essence, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Callaloo, and Gathering Ground.


Adin Bookbinder grew up in Toronto and completed an MA in creative writing at Northwestern University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Seattle Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, and on FiveChapters.com. Adin has been a finalist in Glimmer Train and Iowa Review contests and was nominated for the Best New American Voices anthology. She lives in Chicago.


Guillermo Castro’s work appears in Quarterly West, Court Green, The Brooklyn Rail, Hinchas de Poesia, EOAGH, and Barrow St; on Ducts.org and LaFovea.org; and in the anthologies My Diva, This Full Green Hour, and Saints of Hysteria. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, U.S Latino Review and Visions. He is the author of a chapbook, Cry Me a Lorca, from Seven Kitchens Press.


Cortney Davis is a nurse practitioner and the author of three poetry collections, including Leopold’s Maneuvers, winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize and, most recently, The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing, winner of the 2010 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Cortney is the poetry editor of the journal Alimentum: the Literature of Food. www.cortneydavis.com


Heather Dewar’s fiction received a nomination for the annual Best New American Voices anthology and has appeared in ZinkZine and the Dirty Napkin, where it won the cover prize. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Utne, the Common Review, NorthShore Magazine and the Chicago Reader. She holds an MA in English from Middlebury College and an MA in fiction writing from Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago.


Kali Fajardo-Anstine was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.


Jessica Greenbaum's poetry collection, Inventing Difficulty, won the Gerald Cable Prize and was published by Silverfish Review Press. Poems from her second manuscript have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, and Ploughshares. She is the poetry editor of upstreet.


Inez Holger tutors high school English and composition while writing about family, aging, and mental health. Her most recent nonfiction story, "Reconciliation," appeared in Relief and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on a novel and a workbook for individuals suffering from depression.


Maria Hummel’s poetry and prose has have recently appeared recently in Poetry, New England Review, and the Iowa Review. She is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford and lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.


John Kay is a photo-artist and poet in Heidelberg, Germany. He has a new book, Phantom of the Apple, from Beginner’s Mind Press, and three previous chapbooks. His poems have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, the New York Quarterly, 5AM, Pearl, and Chiron Review. His photos have been used on the covers of the Cortland Review, Pearl, and the Raven Chronicles.


Mindy Kronenberg’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications in the United States and abroad. She teaches writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College, where she offers "Poetry and Healing" as part of an interdisciplinary, collaborative arts course. She is the editor of Book/Mark Quarterly Review, co-author of Images of America: Miller Place and author of a chapbook, Dismantling the Playground.


Lyn Lifshin has written over 120 books and edited four anthologies. Some works include The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian (Texas Review Press) and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow Books). www.lynlifshin.com


Hunter Liguore is finishing an MFA in creative writing at Lesley University. She conducted research in Ireland for her story, "Katie Ireland," as well as a novel, Disembodied Spirits. Her work has appeared in Yesteryear Fiction and Kissed by Venus. She is the editor of an anthology that is a tribute to Mary Shelley’s book The Last Man. www.theworldinthirtystories.com


Miha Mazzini is the author of twenty-two published books, the screenwriter of two award-winning feature films, and the writer and director of five short films. "In the Back Seat" was translated from the Slovenian by Maja Visenjak. www.MihaMazzini.com


Celeste Ng holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Subtropics, and the Kenyon Review Online. She is also a contributing editor for the writing website Fiction Writers Review and a blogger for the Huffington Post.


Cynthia-Marie O’Brien is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she wrote the collection Land of the Sleeping Giant: Imagining Home. She has taught writing at the undergraduate and graduate level, at Columbia University and Central European University. Her writing is defined, in part, by an exploration of how place and memory are linked with concepts of home.


Jason Francis O’Keane is a former rocket scientist and biomedical engineer, currently completing an MFA from Hamline University. He is an assistant fiction editor for the 2010 edition of Water~Stone Review. Jason lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three daughters. This is his first print publication.


Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and the Bellevue Literary Review. www.simonperchik.com


Maria Robinson is a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in cream city review, The Duck & Herring Co.’s Pocket Field Guide, NFG Magazine, Pindeldyboz, and Spork. www.maria-robinson.com


Anne Marie Rooney was born and raised in New York City and holds degrees from Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. She won the 2009 Iowa Review Award for Poetry and the 2010 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in recent issues of Narrative, Columbia, and Pleiades, and in 2008’s Best New Poets anthology.


Hal Sirowitz is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He is the author of four books of poetry. His first book, Mother Said, was translated into nine languages.


R.A. Villanueva lives in Brooklyn. A finalist for the 2010 Alice James Books/Kundiman Poetry Prize, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Collagist, and DIAGRAM.


Anne Pierson Wiese's first collection, Floating City, received the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award. Honors include a Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a "Discovery"/The Nation poetry prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, the Hudson Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Southern Review, Literary Imagination, Raritan, Epoch, Hotel Amerika, Image, and the Hopkins Review.


Mitchell Wilson is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Berkeley, California, and teaches at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He was awarded the Heinz Hartmann Memorial Lectureship at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute in 2002, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association Journal Prize in 2003, and the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award in 2005. “The Big Cat” is part of a larger project, and is his first literary publication.


Dave Zerby earns a living working as a lawyer for a Native Alaskan tribal health organization. His poetry has appeared in the William and Mary Review and other journals.