Contributors' Notes

Issue Seventy-Eight: January 2016


Nora Boydston is a writer and professor living in Chicago. She earned her MFA in Fiction from The New School. 

Liz N. Clift holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Hobart, Passages North, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Colorado.

Christian Anton Gerard’s first book of poems is Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, CW Books, 2014).  He’s received Pushcart Prize nominations, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarships, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the 2013 Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award.  Some of Gerard’s recent poems and essays appear in national and international literary journals such as, storySouth, Post Road, Thrush, Diode, Orion, Smartish Pace, BODY, and The Rumpus among others. He hold a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee and lives in Fort Smith, AR, where he’s an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Barry Gifford is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. His most recent prose works are Writers and The Roy Stories, along with two new editions of classic early work—Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves and Jack's Book: An Oral History of Jack Kerouac. His most recent poetry collection is Imaging Paradise: New and Selected Poems. Gifford lives in the San Francisco area. 

Julie Henson was the winner of Redivider’s Beacon Street 2015 poetry prize, for her poem “Fell the Trees.” She was a finalist for Iowa Review’s 2014 poetry contest, and a semi-finalist for Boston Review’s 2014 “Discovery” contest. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Redivider, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, cream city review, Subtropics, Spoon River Poetry Review, Quarterly West, CutBank, Southern Indiana Review, Madison Review, Rattle, Yemassee, The Pinch, dislocate, and Moon City Review. She lives in Indianapolis with her cat, Pippa. 

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Gutmouth (Eraserhead Press), Hungry Darkness (Severed Press), Zero Saints (Broken River Books), and a few other things that no one will read. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Verbicide, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Entropy, Red Fez, Marginalia, 3AM Magazine, and other print and online venues.

Erinrose Mager is the Third Year Fiction Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her MFA. She is co-editor of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub Books) and former assistant editor at Dorothy, a publishing project. 

Tom McAllister is the non-fiction editor at Barrelhouse and the co-host of the weekly Book Fight! podcast. His memoir Bury Me in My Jersey was published by Villard in 2010, and his first novel, The Young Widower's Handbook is forthcoming from Algonquin in February 2017. He lives in New Jersey and teaches at Temple University in Philly. You can follow him on Twitter @t_mcallister.

Victoria Lynne McCoy's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Offing, Best New Poets, Drunken Boat, The Paris-American, and Washington Square Review, among others. She earned her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and currently resides in Long Beach, CA. 

Aimee Parkison is the author of Woman with the Dark Horses (Starcherone 2004), The Innocent Party, (BOA Editions, Ltd., American Reader Series 2012), and The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014). Winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, Parkison has taught creative writing at a number of universities, including Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was the coordinator of the creative writing program, and Oklahoma State University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing. She has also taught as a visiting faculty member at the International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece, and as a fiction faculty member at Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Parkison has received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from The North American Review, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, and a Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society. Parkison’s work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, So to Speak, Nimrod, The Literary Review, Unstuck, Feminist Studies, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, The Cossack, Cimarron Review, Santa Monica Review, Other Voices, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Seattle Review, Lake Effect, and Denver Quarterly. Her article, “The Wreckage of Reason: Women Writers of Contemporary Experimental Prose,” appears in the Oct/Nov 2015 issue of AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle magazine. 

Mark de Silva holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). Having served for several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine. He is the author of "Distant Visions," a critical essay recently published in 3:AM Magazine on the state of contemporary fiction. Square Wave is his first novel.

Dennis James Sweeney’s stories and poems have appeared in places like CrazyhorseDIAGRAMIndiana Review, and Passages North. He’s the Small Press Editor of Entropy and author of the chapbooks THREATS, based on Amelia Gray's novel, and What They Took Away. This year, he lives in Malta.

Justin Thurman’s work has appeared in Cimarron Review, The Masters Review, and Fiddleblack, among others. He earned his PhD with a concentration in rhetoric and writing studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He teaches at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.

James Yates is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Roosevelt University, and serves as a Fiction Editor for His stories have appeared in Hobart, CHEAP POP, Pithead Chapel, WhiskeyPaper, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, as well as The Baseball Handbook from Hobart Handbooks.