Contributors' Notes


Christopher Babb is a licensed massage therapist who writes poetry about aspects of his own life and on subjects such as mental health, the human body, and spirituality. He is also writing a memoir. Christopher is an avid music fan, and also enjoys taking long solo walks in nature. Originally from Massachusetts, Christopher currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Cara Bayles is published in The Threepenny Review, J Journal, Raritan, Fiction, Meridian, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Ruminate, and Trop. In 2014 she was awarded a Steinbeck Fellowship to work on her first novel. As an award-winning journalist, she has covered the streets of Boston, the bayous of southern Louisiana, and the California court system.

Michele Bombardier is a Northwest poet who has published work in the Bellevue Literary Review, Artemis, Fourth River, Sukoon, Floating Bridge, and The Examined Life Journal. She is completing an MFA in Poetry at Pacific University and works as a speech-language pathologist with persons with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and autism.

Timothy Cannon is a medical oncologist at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. He specializes in gastrointestinal malignancies and is the director of the Schar molecular tumor board. Previously, he was a hematology/oncology fellow at New York University. He enjoys writing about the drama of oncology, and is especially interested in the way that cancer treatments are marketed to patients.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet who has received awards from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest and 8th Annual Poetry Contest, and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Narrative, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, and Gulf Coast. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she is a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.

Michaela Coplen is a student at Vassar College in New York, where she studies International Relations, Arabic, and Poetry, and serves as poetry editor for the Vassar Review. In 2013, she was appointed National Student Poet. Her work is published online with the Academy of American Poets and The Atlantic.

Sean Denmark lives in New York City and hails from Alabama. His poetry has appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, Little Patuxent Review, and other publications. He is working on a longer manuscript of poems written while on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.

Aaron Easton has had an eclectic career as a Himalayan trekking guide, owner of a Kathmandu tea company, and director of a non-profit that brings honeybees to the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. He was the director of WordSmiths, and has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, The Dirty Napkin, and Barcelona Review. His next novel is about a Hindu Sherlock Holmes who uses Hindu logic to solve crimes during the British Raj.

Kate Falvey is an associate editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and also edits the 2 Bridges Review, published through City Tech/CUNY where she teaches literature and creative writing. Her poetry collection, The Language of Little Girls, was published by David Robert Books.

Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her work has recently appeared in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Carve Magazine, HEArt Journal Online, and Antiphon. She has taught at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College.

Jennifer Hildebrandt is a hairdresser-turned-Pilates teacher and writer following the death of her husband from cancer in 2011. She is also a graduate student in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Hamline University in St. Paul, and is the assistant creative nonfiction editor for Hamline’s literary journal, Water~Stone Review. She lives in Minneapolis and blogs at www.realigningred.com. “Jacket” is Jennifer’s first published piece.

C.J. Hribal is the author of the novel The Company Car and three other books of fiction. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University.

Colter Jackson works as a freelance writer and illustrator in New York City. She has written scripts for both Tina Fey and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of which was funny. She is the author and illustrator of the picture book Elephants Make Fine Friends (Penguin, 2015) and is at work on a novel. You can find more of her work in GOOD Magazine, Tin House, and The Rumpus.

Elspeth Jensen earned a BA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at George Mason University. She serves as the fiction editor for Sweet Tree Review. In addition to literary pursuits, Elspeth is passionate about art and animals.

Bo Joseph is a New York-based artist, originally from California. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Joseph has exhibited across the United States and abroad, has won several awards and fellowships, and has lectured at universities and museums. His work has been published and reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, and Architectural Digest, and has been a subject on NYCTV and National Public Radio. (See the copyright page of this issue for more information.)

Conor Kelley is from Seattle and is the author of a baseball instructional book, (McFarland Books, 2014). His short stories and essays have been featured in Word Riot, Hippocampus Magazine, and Tenth Muse. Since graduating from the New York University MFA program, Conor has been at work on his first novel and a short story collection.

Ann Keniston is the author of the poetry collection The Caution of Human Gestures and a chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies, as well as coeditor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology. She is completing a new collection exploring the relation of psychoanalysis, the psychosomatic, and textual appropriation with a particular focus on the case of Anna O. Her poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Literary Imagination, and Crazyhorse. She is a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno and recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.

Jay Kidd has published poems in The Florida Review, Atlanta Review, Ruminate Magazine, Burningword, Mason’s Road, Chelsea Station Magazine, and the Bellevue Literary Review. He was the 2013 winner of Ruminate’s McCabe Prize for Poetry, and 2015 winner of Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition. Jay lives in New York City and studies the craft of writing at The Writers Studio.

Joshua Kryah is the author of two collections of poems, Glean and We Are Starved. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Caitlin Kuehn is from small-town Wisconsin, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in biology, and, for one whole year, attended medical school. Now residing in New York City, she is advancing towards an MFA at City College. “Of Mothers and Monkeys” is her first published work.

Jennifer M. Lynch received her PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied the clinical applications of medical devices. This sparked her interest in medicine and she is now completing her medical degree at NYU. “In Patient” is her first published poem.

Gardner McFall is a poet, librettist, and children’s book author. She has recently published poems in Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, and The Hopkins Review. She lives and works in New York City.

Jason Morphew started life in a mobile home in Pike County, Arkansas. As a singer-songwriter he has released albums on the labels Brassland, Ba Da Bing!, Max, and Unread. He published the chapbook In Order to Commit Suicide; and is currently at UCLA completing his PhD dissertation, “Hamlet’s Petrarchism.”

Maureen Mulhern earned an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. She received the Ruth Lake Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America as well as a writing fellowship from Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat; Hunger Mountain, Indiana Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. Parallax is her first book of poetry. She and her husband, tenor saxophonist Doug White, are the founders of independent jazz record label, Juniper Records.

JoLee Passerini teaches at Eastern Florida State College. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, DIAGRAM, the Bellevue Literary Review, and in O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project.

Sam Pittman has published poems in West Wind Review, Newfound: A Journal of Place, Sixfold, and The Good Men Project. He has received awards from the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Scandinavian Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Sperry Fund, and the Academy of American Poets. A California native, he holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pittsburgh. Sam lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he teaches writing.

Ron Riekki is the author of U.P.: a novel, which was nominated as a Great Michigan Read. The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works received a 2014 Michigan Notable Book award selection and was a Foreword Book of the Year finalist. Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula received a 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. His most recent book is And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press, 2017).

Cora Rowe received an MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon and is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University. Her play On the Street Where We Used to Live will be produced at the University of Oregon in March. Her work is forthcoming in Creative Loafing.

Amanda Irene Rush is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a student in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program. “Walter’s Wreck” is the first short story she wrote that was not based on her own dysfunctional childhood. It is also her first published short story. She lives and works in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, dog, three cats, and tortoise.

Amy Savage is Medical Spanish Curriculum Director at Albany Medical College. Her fiction has appeared online with The Carolina Quarterly and Euphony Journal. She was a guest writer on the Discover blog Inkfish. Her translations have appeared in phati’tude and the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. She would like to thank Patricia Cumiskey for an interview that informed the harvest scene in “Salvage.”

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poems appear in Best New Poets 2016, Cream City Review, Quiddity, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place.

Mikayla Ávila Vilá is completing her MFA at Florida State University. Her story “Trumpeteers” won the Boston Review’s 2016 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. She has work forthcoming in the Saranac Review.

Matthew Weinstein is a visual artist in Brooklyn, New York. Weinstein has assembled a 3D computer animation production community that assists in the creation of his non-narrative animated cabarets. His polymath approach to art includes vector-based vinyl stencils, airbrush, metal patination, metal casting as well as watercolor, painting and writing. Weinstein also contributes regularly to ARTnews and other publications.

Richard Widerkehr earned an MA from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. He has published two collections of poems: The Way Home and Her Story of Fire, along with two chapbooks. His novel, Sedimental Journey, is about a geologist in love with a fictional character. His writing appears in Rattle, Floating Bridge Review, Gravel, Sweet Tree Review, and Cirque. He edits poetry for Shark Reef Review. His new book is In The Presence Of Absence (MoonPath Press, 2017).

Abe Louise Young champions socially-engaged writing, art, and oral history projects as co-director of Prizer Arts & Letters in Austin, Texas. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and a BA from Smith College. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Heaven to Me and Ammonite, as well as the free nonfiction guide, Queer Youth Advice for Educators. abelouiseyoung.com.

Aggie Zivaljevic was raised in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. Her writing appears in The Literary Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Narrative Magazine, Joyland, Crab Orchard Review and Speakeasy. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she curates Story Is the Thing , a quarterly reading series at Kepler’s Books . Currently, she is working on a historical novel titled You Are My Country Now.