Contributors' Notes


Jennifer Barber is the author of the forthcoming Given Away, and of Rigging the Wind (both from Kore Press). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. She edits the literary journal Salamander at Suffolk University in Boston, where she teaches literature and creative writing.


Laurel Bastian is the Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She runs the Writers in Prisons Project in Madison, Wisconsin, and has work in or forthcoming from Drunken Boat, Puerto del Sol, Anderbo, and Margie.


Beverley Bie Brahic lives in Paris and Stanford, California. A poet and translator, her poems have appeared in Poetry, the Times Literary Supplement, the Southern Review, and Against Gravity. Her most recent translations are Hyperdream (Hélène Cixous); Unfinished Ode to Mud (Francis Ponge), which was a finalist for the Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation; and This Incredible Need to Believe (Julia Kristeva),which was a finalist for the 2010 French American Foundation Translation Prize.


Jill Caputo was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She was a lover of the arts, from indie films to opera, and studied English literature, theatre, and creative writing. She completed an MFA, taught English at Florida State University, and volunteered at the Southeast Review. She worked for the Agency of Workforce Innovation, aiding people needing unemployment benefits, while also writing her first novel. She passed away in August 2010, at the age of 30.


Nancy Naomi Carlson is a prize-winning author of two chapbooks and one collection of poetry. She is an associate editor for Tupelo Press and an instructor at the Bethesda Writer’s Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Agni, the Georgia Review, Poetry, and the Southern Review. Stone Lyre, her translations of the French poet René Char, was just released by Tupelo Press. She holds PhDs in foreign language methodology and school counseling.


Jennifer Chapis has published in magazines and anthologies such as Arts & Letters, Best New Poets, Colorado Review, the Iowa Review, and Verse. She was awarded the Rumi Prize in Poetry chosen by Mark Doty and the Backwards City Poetry Series Prize for her chapbook, The Beekeeper’s Departure. She is the co-founder of Nightboat Books, and teaches at New York University. Jennifer lives in Brooklyn with her husband, fiction writer Josh Goldfaden.


Elizabeth Crowell has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her poetry has been published in Paterson Literary Review, English Journal, and Harpur’s Palate. She has taught at the high school and college levels. She is currently the interim English department head at Lexington High School, outside Boston.


Pat Daneman writes poetry and short fiction. She has recently published in Off the Coast, qarrtsiluni, Blood Orange Review, Cortland Review, and Fresh Water. She has an MA in creative writing from Binghamton University. She lives in Kansas City.


Nicolas Destino is a Buffalo native currently residing in Jersey City. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Journal, Requited, Broadsided Press, Pitkin Review, Barge Journal, and as a collection in Of Kingdoms & Kangaroo (First Intensity Press). He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.


Jehanne Dubrow is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Stateside (Northwestern University Press). Her work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, the New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. She is an assistant professor in literature and creative writing at Washington College.


Danielle Eigner is a family physician in California. As an Air Force physician, she was a flight surgeon in Korea, served at an Italian NATO base, and was deployed to Qatar during the Iraq War. She currently works with immigrants and the underserved. She has an interest in humanitarian aid, and when possible she volunteers abroad. Her story “Condensed Milk” was inspired by her experience as an aid worker in Haiti after the earthquake and during the World Cup.


B.G. Firmani lives in New York City, where she works as a proposal writer for an architecture firm and writes a blog about Italian-American literature, Forte e Gentile. She has published fiction in BOMB and the Kenyon Review. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Brown University, and is currently seeking a publisher for her collection of short stories, Five Angry Women.


Gaynell Gavin has published essays in the journals Fourth Genre, Legal Studies Forum, and North Dakota Quarterly. Her work has also been included in the anthologies Risk, Courage, and Women (University of North Texas Press) and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (Bellevue Literary Press). “What We Have,” published in Prairie Schooner, was included among the “Notable Essays” in The Best American Essays 2009. She is a faculty member at Claflin University.


Steve Gehrke has published three books, most recently Michelangelo’s Seizure, which was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by University of Illinois Press. His other awards include an NEA grant and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at the University of Nevada-Reno.


Laura Goldin is a publishing lawyer in New York. Her poems have appeared in the Spoon River Poetry Review and the Comstock Review, among other places.


Kate Lynn Hibbard won the 2004 Gerald Cable Book Award, and her poetry collection Sleeping Upside Down was published by Silverfish Review Press in 2006. She teaches writing and women’s studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The italicized lines in “Uses for Salt” are quoted from “Women as Workers, Women as Civilizers: True Womanhood in the American West” by Elizabeth Jameson (Frontiers, 1984, vol. 7 no. 3).


Patti Horvath’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, the Cream City Review, and Puerto del Sol. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Literature Fellowship and is an editor at the Massachusetts Review. She teaches at Hofstra University.


Janet Tracy Landman is a semi-retired academic psychologist. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Dickinson Review, Icarus, North American Review, Salmagundi, and Washington Square. Her poem “Blue Fire” was awarded first prize in the 2002 National Writers Union competition, judged by Adrienne Rich. Landman is also author of two nonfiction books, Regret: The Persistence of the Possible (Oxford) and Biography of a Conscience: Confessions of Longtime Fugitive Katherine Ann Power (currently under review).


Jennifer Lee is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins MA Writing Program. Her work has appeared in JMWW, Brink Magazine, and the Potomac Review. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Joan Leegant is the author of a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, which won the PEN/New England Book Award and the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and a novel, Wherever You Go, both published by W.W. Norton. Formerly an attorney, since 2007 she has spent half the year in Tel Aviv as the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University. When not in Israel, she makes her home in Newton, Massachusetts.


Nicholas Patrick Martin grew up in Seattle, Washington. After college, he moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he started writing his first bad novel. He wrote another bad novel, and then a good one—Zona—from which the story “Odd a Sea’s Wake” is excerpted. He is currently seeking a publisher for Zona.


Ben Miller’s writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Raritan, One Story, the Antioch Review and Best American Essays. He has received a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bright Lights Big Verse award given by the Poetry Society of America. Forthcoming in 2012 from Lookout Books is River Bend Album, a cycle of essays exploring the urban Midwest.


Brian David Mooney’s poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in many literary magazines. He is the recipient of a creation grant from The Vermont Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. He is also the creator of The Storymatic, a storytelling game and teaching tool.


Travis Mossotti is an English Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his poetry continues to appear widely. His poem “Decampment” (published in the winter 2010 issue of Southern Humanities Review) has recently been adapted to screen as an animated short film (www.decampment.com).


Cynthia Neely’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prime Number, Floating Bridge Review, Raven Chronicles, Quiddity, San Pedro River Review, Autumn Sky, Loch Raven Review, and New Millennium Writings. Her work was included in the anthologies Poetry for the Mind’s Joy, compiled by Kay Ryan, (US Library of Congress) and Filled with Breath (EXOT Books). The natural world, and her place in it, has always been an important subject in her work.


Stacy Nigliazzo is an ER nurse and a lifelong poet. Her work has been featured in JAMA, AJN, the Annals of Internal Medicine and The Healing Muse, in addition to other publications. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a recipient of the 2006 Elsevier Award for Nursing Excellence.


Tim Nolan lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three kids and works as a lawyer. His poems have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Nation, Ploughshares, Poetry East, and on the Writer’s Almanac. His first book of poems, The Sound of It, was published by New Rivers Press in 2008 and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.


Katherine Durham Oldmixon’s poems have recently appeared in Borderlands; Poemeleon; Qarrtsiluni; Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: The Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar’s First Decade; and in her chapbook Water Signs (Finishing Line). Katherine is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at historic Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. This summer she will teach in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the University of New Orleans’s low-residency MFA program.


Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novel Couch. Past projects include Gumball Poetry, a literary journal published out of gumball machines; Project Hamad, a campaign to free an innocent Guantanamo inmate from Sudan (now freed!); and The Black Magic Insurance Agency, a one-night game played across the city that blurs reality and fiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon. www.ideacog.net


Emily Sullivan Sanford is a writer and translator living in Berlin. Her recent works of poetry have appeared in Ditch and Chantarelle’s Notebook. Born with achondroplasia, she has been active in disability rights and bioethics from an early age. She is a contributing essayist to the book Surgically Shaping Children (Johns Hopkins University Press).


Ruth Schemmel has taught high school English language learners in the Bronx and Washington State, and in Ukraine, through the U.S. Peace Corps. She lives near Seattle with her husband and two daughters and is at work on a young adult thriller about activism gone awry. “Crazyland” is her first published story.


Gill Schierhout’s debut novel, The Shape of Him, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2010. Her short stories have been published in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Kenya. She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2008. Gill earns a living as an epidemiologist, currently working on a quality-improvement project with indigenous, primary healthcare centers in Australia.


Floyd Skloot’s most recent collections of poetry are The Snow’s Music (LSU Press) and Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press), winner of a Pacific NW Book Award and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year silver award. His seventh collection, Close Reading, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2011. Skloot’s memoir, The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2008. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Virgil Suárez is the author of 90 Miles: Selected and New, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. His new book Indigo is finished and awaiting publication. When he is not writing, he is busy riding his motorcycles photographing the blue highways of Florida where he lives with his wife and daughters. Mr. Suárez was diagnosed with Hypergraphia Disorder in 1987 and has been making progress ever since.


Anne Valente’s fiction appears or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Unsaid, Annalemma, Hobart, and Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010 anthology. Her work has been nominated for a 2009 and 2010 Pushcart Prize. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives and teaches in Ohio.