Contributors' Notes

Issue Eighty-Two: May 2016


Erik Anderson is the author of The Poetics of Trespass (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2010), Estranger (Rescue Press, 2016), and Flutter Point (Zone 3 Press, forthcoming in 2017). He teaches creative writing at Franklin and Marshall College, where he directs the annual Emerging Writers Festival.

Sally Ball is the author of Annus Mirabilis and Wreck Me, both from Barrow Street Press. She’s an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and an associate director of Four Way Books.

duncan b. barlow is the author of Super Cell Anemia (2008); His book All Possible Things is forthcoming on The Cupboard (2016), and his novel, The City, Awake is forthcoming on Stalking Horse Press (2017). His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Banango Street, Matter Press, Sleepingfish, Apeiron Review, Meat for Tea, among others. He teaches fiction at the University of South Dakota, where he is the managing editor of South Dakota Review and the editor-in-chief of Astrophil Press.

Sam DiBella is a freelance editor living in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Triple Canopy, and SNAP Editions, among others. He tweets @prolixpost. He loves the smell of salt water, but wishes he could remember what it was.

John David Harding teaches writing and research as a faculty member in the Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University. His creative work includes publications in fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Tanya Holtland is the author of Inner River, a chapbook forthcoming from Drop Leaf Press. She was a finalist for the editors' prize in poetry at MARY: A Journal of New Writing, and holds English and Creative Writing degrees from San Francisco State University. A poet with roots in California and many other places, she currently lives, works, and writes in Seattle. 

Paula Mendoza's work has appeared in Parcel, Bat City Review, Washington Square, and elsewhere. She's the essay editor for The Offing, assistant poetry editor for Newfound, and a reviewer for SCOUT. She earned her MFA at the University of Michigan, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Utah. She lives and writes between states.

Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of several books of fiction and poetry: Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), A Roomful of Machines (ELJ Publications, 2015), Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), We Bury the Landscape (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012), as well as Black Arcadia and Lifeboat, two poetry collections from university presses in the Philippines. She also serves as poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, a literary journal published by Epigram Books in Singapore, and co­editor (with Nalo Hopkinson) of Lightspeed Magazine’s “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction.” Widely published in magazines and anthologies, she grew up and continues to live in rural southern Philippines.

David Nilsen is a librarian and writer from Ohio. He is the lead critic for the Fourth & Sycamore literary journal and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He can be found on Twitter at @NilsenDavid. 

Matt Sadler is the author of The Much Love Sad Dawg Trio (March Street) and Tiny Tsunami (Flying Guillotine). He is a poetry editor at Versal and lives in the suburbs of Detroit with his wife and kids.

Analicia Sotelo earned her MFA from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerThe Antioch ReviewMeridianThe Indiana ReviewSubtropics, and elsewhere. Tracy K. Smith selected “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” for Best New Poets 2015. Analicia is the recipient of a fellowship from the Ithaca Image-Text Symposium and is the 2016 Disquiet International Literary Prize winner in Poetry. She currently lives in Houston, TX.

Laurie Stone's next book My Life as an Animal, Stories, will be published in October 2016 by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Fence, Open City, and New Letters, among many other journals.

Russel Swensen earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston. He is the author of Santa Ana (2012) and The Magic Kingdom (2016). His work has appeared in Black Clock, Quarterly West, Pank, Third Coast, Devil’s Lake, The Collagist, The Destroyer, and elsewhere.

Kate Wyer's novel, Black Krim, was a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library. She was also recently a finalist for the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared in The Collagist, Unsaid, Necessary Fiction, PANK, and other journals. Wyer has received two fellowships from Fence to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania. She lives in Baltimore and works in the public mental health system. 

James Yates is a contributing editor to His most recent stories have appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, and matchbook. His previous book reviews have appeared in The Collagist, The Fanzine, and Necessary Fiction. A graduate of the MFA Program at Roosevelt University, he lives in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.