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Contributors' Notes

Lauren Alwan lives in Northern California and holds degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her fiction and essays appear in StoryQuarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sycamore Review, The Rumpus, The Millions, Northwest Review of Books, and Zyzzyva. She a staff contributor at LitStack, a literary news and reviews site, and a prose editor at the museum of americana, an online literary review.

Mary Arguelles has had nonfiction published in Newsweek, New Mother, and Baby Talk. Her essay “Mending Petals” appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of the Bellevue Literary Review. In 2005, she won the Central PA Magazine Writing Contest with her short story “Memorial Day.” Her poem “Men Carrying Purses” was published in the Fall 2014 edition of The Healing Muse. She lives in West Reading, Pennsylvania with her husband and family.

Sonni Aun had the great fortune of growing up all over the world and is now a painter and writer in New York City. She holds a BA in Biochemistry and Art from Rice University and is currently studying writing with the poet Philip Schultz at the Writers Studio. www.sonniaun.com

Steven Cordova is the author of Long Distance (Bilingual Review Press, 2010), and his poems and prose have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Clare Cross is an Illinois native who currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her plays Talking All Night and Job’s Wife have been performed in Georgia and Kansas, and she is the co-author of Goodnight Keith Moon. Her story “The Accident” won the George Mahan Fiction Award. An avid saber fencer, she is frequently armed but not dangerous.

Jim Davis is a student of Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University and has previously studied at Northwestern University and Knox College. He reads for TriQuarterly and his work has appeared in The Harvard Crimson, Portland Review, Midwest Quarterly, and California Journal of Poetics. In addition to writing and painting, Jim is an international semi-professional American football player. @JimDavisArt

Juliet Faithfull holds degrees from Harvard University and Smith School for Social Work, and is a trilingual psychotherapist. She has published in literary magazines and received Honorable Mention in the William Faulkner Short Story Competition and Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. One of triplets, she grew up in Brazil with European parents and is writing a novel set there during the military dictatorship. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her two sons.

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry, including Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, and, most recently, Into Daylight, published by Tupelo Press in 2014 as the winner of the Dorset Prize. His poems appear in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Meridian Johnson, formerly Stephanie N. Johnson, is the author of Kinesthesia, a full-length poetry collection published in 2010 by New Rivers Press. Her work appears in AGNI, Borderlands, BPJ, Gettysburg Review, and Massachusetts Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in English from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. She lives in northern New Mexico with her two daughters. www.meridianjohnson.com

Chelsea Krieg lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is an MFA candidate at North Carolina State University. She received honorable mention in the 2015 North Carolina State Poetry Contest and her work appears in The McNeese Review.

Anna Leahy’s book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize, and her new chapbook Sharp Miracles is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Press. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica series and edits the journal TAB. She co-writes the Lofty Ambitions blog, www.amleahy.com 

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse Press) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions), as well as of the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers. She is currently at work on a collection of essays around apocalyptic themes and a book of poetry about autoimmunity, deformity, and motherhood titled The Engineers.

Owen McLeod is an associate professor of philosophy at Lafayette College and a potter, He has held visiting positions at Yale and Mt. Holyoke College. His poems appear in New England Review, Willow Springs, and The Minnesota Review.

Tamara Miller is a musician, actor, doula and freelance writer and editor. She was a Juniper Scholar at UMass Amherst in 2015 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers on scholarship. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, and is an MFA candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has appeared in the Carolina Quarterly and McSweeney’s. She lives in Oakland, California.

Teo Mungaray is a Northwestern University alumnus and current University of Baltimore MFA student. His literary interests include trauma, mental health and the extraordinary ordinary. He spends far too much time looking at adoptable cats online and collecting books he doesn’t have time to read.

Jeevan Narney was born in India, but was raised in the United States. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, The Drunken Boat, Spiral Orb, and Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.

Susanna Nguy is from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the City College of New York in 2013 where she developed a passion for oncology research. She is completing her medical degree and will be doing her residency in Radiation Oncology at NYU. “The Lump” is her first published story. In her spare time, Susanna enjoys playing guitar, ice-skating, reading, and spending time with her family.

John Noonan is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire MFA program. “Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts?” is his first published story. John lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and their cats, and works as a grant writer in support of a nonprofit arts organization.

Linda Norlander has published short fiction and humor both regionally and nationally. Her short story “Aurie’s Last Dance” won the Minnesota Magazine prize for fiction. In addition she has written several books on end-of-life care, including To Comfort Always, A Nurse’s Guide to End of Life Care. She currently is the clinical director for a hospice program in the Puget Sound area.

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush and Cornucopia and the forthcoming The Analyst, where this poem will be included (W.W. Norton and Company). Her poetry is widely anthologized, appearing in The Oxford Book of American Poetry as well as in leading literary journals such as Poetry and The TLS. She is the co-editor of Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses and the Series Editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English. As a Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, she completed The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, a best-selling biography and meditation on late-life creativity. Recently she has worked with illustrator Kara Kosaka on very short stories, Alphabetique: Tales in the Lives of the Letters. Peacock wrote and performed the one-woman show in poems, The Shimmering Verge.

Christine Robbins received an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop in 2012. Her poems appear in Barrow Street, The Georgia Review, and The Missouri Review online. She lives and works in Olympia, Washington.

Willa Schneberg has authored five poetry collections. Rending the Garment was published in 2014. Willa has read at the Library of Congress, and has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. Poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, Poet Lore, and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. She is also a ceramics sculptor and licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Gary Scott’s fiction has appeared in Slice, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Salamander, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.

William Henry Searle was born in 1987 in Dorset, UK. He is a writer, poet, and environmental philosopher, and author of Lungs of my Earth: A Personal Ecologywww.williamhenrysearle.com

Gaetan Sgro is a VA physician and a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who believes that great writing creates empathy. His work has appeared in Five Quarterly, The Healing Muse, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He blogs at www.wardstories.org.

Anya Silver is the author of three books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God, I Watched You Disappear, and the forthcoming From Nowhere, all published by the Louisiana State University Press. She was named Georgia Author of the Year/Poetry for 2015. Her poetry has been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She lives with metastatic breast cancer and is Professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

David Simpson was a poet, playwright, actor and musician. All performances of his highly-acclaimed, one-person show, Crossing the Threshold into the House of Bach, produced by Amaryllis Theatre (Philadelphia), drew sold-out audiences in June, 2015. Mutual Muse Press published The Way Love Comes to Me, a collection of his poems, in 2014. His work appeared in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cortland Review, River Styx, Referential Magazine, and Verse Daily. He read at venues including The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s First-Person Festival, WXPN World Café, and was interviewed on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss Coane. David was the 2007 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and the recipient of the 2007 Ted Kooser fellowship, awarded by the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. He also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, The Hambidge Foundation for Creative Arts and Sciences, The Independence Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. David died last December of ALS.

Morgan Smith is a former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and former member of the Colorado House of Representatives who now lives in New Mexico and works as a freelance writer and photographer. He writes for newspapers in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas to present the humanitarian side of US-Mexico border life, beyond the issues of violence and drugs.

Lucia Stacey is a graduate of Davidson College, where she majored in English and won the Charles E. Lloyd Award for Excellence in the field of Creative Nonfiction. She has had poetry and flash-fiction published in Columbia Journal’s Catch and Release, Ozone Park, The Atlas Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review. Lucia works in the tech industry and lives in Brooklyn.

Kathryn Starbuck has published two books of poetry: Sex Perhaps (shortlisted for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize) and Griefmania, both from Sheep Meadow Press. Her poems appear in Poetry, Southwest Review, The New Yorker, AGNI, Harvard Review, JAMA, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The Iowa Review, and The Sewanee Review. They have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, online, and in textbooks. She edited two books of poems by her late husband George Starbuck.

Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass, both published by The Sheep Meadow Press. She received a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and awards from PEN American Center, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, and The Nation magazine. She is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Michael Caleb Tasker is the winner of the 2014 Ernest Hemingway flash fiction award. He was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980 and spent his childhood in Montreal, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires. He has been published in Shenandoah, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The New Ohio Review, and was runner-up in the 2014 John Steinbeck award for short fiction. He currently lives in Australia.

Deborah Thompson is an associate professor of English at Colorado State University, where she helped to develop the new master’s degree in Creative Nonfiction. She has published creative essays in The Missouri Review, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Passages North, Upstreet, and Briar Cliff. Her piece “Mishti Kukur,” which appeared in The Iowa Review, was awarded a Pushcart prize. Debby is currently working on a memoir and a novel.

Alexandrine Vo was born in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. A Gates Scholar, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University where she was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. Her poems have appeared in CALYX, Popshot Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Stinging Fly. Her first manuscript, As Though We Are One, was a Finalist for the Kundiman Poetry Prize 2015. www.maythefirst.net 

Marylin Warner is a freelance writer from Colorado. She was a high school teacher for 30 years, teaching English, writing, and speech and debate. Since retiring from the school system, she has taught adult writing classes, workshops and editing groups. Much of her blog at www.warnerwriting.wordpress.com is about growing up in the part of Kansas where the story “First Child, Second Place” is set.

Esther K. Willison grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Schenectady, New York, where she was one of the founders of an alternative ungraded public school. She was also the assistant director of a teen theater bringing AIDS education into the public schools. Her work has appeared in The Stories We Hold Secret, Small Town Gay; and 13th Moon, and was awarded second place, for memoir, from the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association. Currently she is on the staff of the Open Door Bookstore, in Schenectady where her two cats, Pix and Grace, allow her to live with them.

Adam Young was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where he attended Classical High School. He is currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing at New York University and he is volunteering at Writopia Lab, a creative writing organization offering workshops for kids and teens. His work has appeared in the Zine Play(ed) Boy: Volume II and he hopes to continue to participate in the creative writing community.