Issue Eighty-Eight: December 2016
James Ardis is the author of "Your Arkansas: A Strategy Guide" (Gauss PDF, 2016) and a finalist for the Driftless Poetry Prize. His work has most recently appeared in FreezeRay, Devil's Lake, and Rust+Moth.
Corrina Carter is a recent graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Kenyon Review Online, The Fourth River, and Alligator Juniper. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, birding, and researching true crime.
Miriam Cohen’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Black Warrior Review, StoryQuarterly, West Branch Wired, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, DIAGRAM, Cimarron, and Carve. She was the 2012-13 recipient of the Carol Houck Smith Fiction fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Caroline Crew is the author of Pink Museum (Big Lucks, 2015), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in Conjunctions, Salt Hill Journal, and Black Warrior Review, among others. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University, after earning an MA at the University of Oxford and an MFA at UMass-Amherst.
Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press). Her work has appeared in the Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill Journal, LIT, and more. She is the co-founder of Philadelphia's TireFire Reading Series and a contributing editor at The Fanzine.
Christine Gosnay is the founding editor of The Cossack Review. Her first book of poetry, Even Years, won the Stan and Tom Wick Prize and will be published in 2017 by Kent State University Press. She lives in Israel.
Christopher Hellwig works in a used book store and teaches world literature, cultural studies, and writing in Western Massachusetts. His work has previously been published in Conjunctions, New Orleans Review, Sleepingfish, and elsewhere.
James Hoch’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Slate, Chronicle Review of Higher Education, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines. His first book, A Parade of Hands, won the Gerald Cable Award and was published in March 2003 by Silverfish Review Press. His most recent book is Miscreants (WW Norton, 2007). He has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences, St Albans School for Boys, Summer Literary Seminars. Currently, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Ramapo College of NJ and Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence.
Charles Holdefer is an American writer currently based in Brussels. His short fiction has appeared in the North American Review, New England Review, Slice and elsewhere. His work has been chosen for the forthcoming 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology, and his story collection, Dick Cheney in Shorts, will also be published in 2017.
Peter Markus is the author of the novel Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as several other books of short fiction, the two most recent being We Make Mud and The Fish and the Not Fish. Other work by and about Peter Markus appears in Issue 46 of the Collagist. "Death in the Woods" is an excerpt from a new work of fiction, In a House In a Woods, excerpts of which have appeared in the Iowa Review, Notre Dame Review, Fairy Tale Review, BOMB, Outlook Springs, and Sleepingfish. A new book of non-fiction, Inside My Pencil, which offers a look inside the teaching that Markus does as the Senior Writer with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, is forthcoming in March of 2017.
Matthew Nosal lives in New Hampshire. His macros have recently been published in Spy Kids Review, SPAM zine, and MICRO//MACRO.
Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone, which won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past, is forthcoming from OSU Press in Fall 2017. Recent work appears in 32 Poems, Crazyhorse, Field, Poetry International, West Branch, and Willow Springs. Nuernberger is an associate professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.
Daniel Penny is an essayist, journalist, and poet with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, The New Inquiry, The Rumpus, The Village Voice, Slice Magazine, Art Observed, and others. Awards include the 2012 Norton Writer's Prize and the 2013 Lorabel Richardson American Academy of Poets Prize. His essay, "A Model Camp," was selected as notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. Daniel teaches writing at Parsons and Columbia.
Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (forthcoming from W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol Press, 2016). She is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She lives in San Francisco.
Jessica Lee Richardson's first short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2, 2015), won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for a PEN American Center award.
Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Paper, Cotton, Leather and four chapbooks. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Ninth Letter, Tammy, and Linebreak. Her prose has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, The Toast, and South Loop Review. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly, a VIDA counter, and an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.
Phil Sandick is a PhD candidate in English at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches writing and literature. Formerly the fiction editor of The Carolina Quarterly, his short stories have appeared in Confrontation, Five Chapters, and The L Magazine.
Christopher X. Shade is a writer, book reviewer, and editor living in New York City. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, his book reviews have appeared widely. He is an editor of Epiphany, a print literary journal founded in 2001.
Jessica Tolbert's work has appeared in PANK, Glittermob, Hobart, and elsewhere. She lives in New York.