Contributors' Notes

Issue Ninety-Two: August 2017


Jessica Alexander's story collection Dear Enemy was the winning manuscript in the 2016 Subito Prose Contest, as judged by Selah Saterstrom. Her fiction has been published in journals such as Fence, Black Warrior Review, PANK, Denver Quarterly, The Collagist, and DIAGRAM. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she teaches creative writing at Franklin and Marshall College.

Asnia Asim is the recipient of the University of Chicago's Corbel Scholarship, awarded to graduate students of exceptional academic promise, and Brandeis University's Alan B. Slifka Tuition Award. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology.

Brian Birnbaum graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with his MFA in fiction. Nearly five years at work on his novel, he has published a two-part excerpt in Potluck Magazine and writes novel reviews for 3AM Magazine. He works for the family sign language interpreting agency. 

Chance Castro is the author of Petunia (ELJ Publications, 2016) and If My Air is Touching You (H_NGM_N BKS, 2016). An active member of the PoetrIE community in Southern California's Inland Empire and poetry editor for the Great American Lit Mag, his poetry has been featured in RHINO, Yemassee, Superstition Review, Santa Clara Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, where he was a finalist for their inaugural poetry contest.

Lina Chern is the author of Sparkle Shot (Fahrenheit Press, 2016). Her work has been published in The Marlboro Review, The Bellingham Review, ACM, Free Lunch, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, and Rhino.

Julia Coursey is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She is working on a novel of her own making, although she has considered nonviolent psuedotranslation.

Patrick Dundon is a graduate of the MFA program at Syracuse University where he served as Editor-in-Chief for Salt Hill Journal. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BOAAT, Sixth Finch, The Adroit Journal, Birdfeast, DIAGRAM, Word Riot, and elsewhere. He currently lives, writes, and teaches preschool in Portland, OR.

Steven Felicelli is the author of two novels (Notes Toward a Monograph of the Moment and White) and various other publications (from film and book reviews to the co-translation of a Japanese folk song for The United Nations). He lives in the Bay area with his wife, Anita Felicelli (author of the forthcoming Lovesongs for a Lost Continent), and their three children. 

Mckendy Fils-Aimé is a Haitian-American poet and educator living in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow whose work has appeared in Callaloo, The Journal, Stirring, Word Riot, and elsewhere. He currently serves as a co-editor for Beech Street Review.

Jae Kim holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he currently teaches fiction as a third-year fellow.

Cody Lee is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago, where he majored in Creative Writing: Nonfiction. Next up on his list, Cody plans on moving to Santiago, Chile, to teach English. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, hiking, and doesn't this seem like an eHarmony profile?

Xarí Rivera Maya is a teacher, writer, and communist from a little place in the desert called the Temecula Valley, historically Payómkawichum land. They recently presented at the ROAR Conference 2017 on race and labor history. Their snaggletoothed feline companion Simone keeps them company on rainy days in Berkeley. 

Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the author of two chapbooks and four full-length collections, So You Know It's Me (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2011), a series of Craigslist Missed Connections, Leave Luck to Heaven (Uncanny Valley Press, 2014), an ode to 8-bit video games, Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping (Cobalt Press, 2015), essays on NBA Jam, and i/o (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), a memoir in the form of a computer virus. Current projects include a book of essays on professional wrestling, a memoir about translating his grandfather's book on long distance running, and a nonfiction book about the history of the track jacket.

Glen Pourciau's second collection of stories, View, was published in March by Four Way Books. His first story collection, Invite, won the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His stories have been published by The Collagist, AGNI Online, The Antioch Review, Epoch, New England Review, New World Writing, The Paris Review, and others.

David Leo Rice is a writer and animator from Northampton, MA, currently living in NYC. His stories have also appeared in Black Clock, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, Hobart, Birkensnake, Identity Theory, and elsewhere. His first novel, A Room in Dodge City, is available now from Alternating Current Press and won the 2016 Electric Book Award.

F. Daniel Rzicznek's collections and chapbooks of poetry include Nag Champa in the Rain, Vine River Hermitage, Divination Machine, Neck of the World, and Cloud Tablets. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch, Colorado Review, TYPO, Hotel Amerika, and Free Verse. Also coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry, Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.

Daniel Rousseau is a Philadelphia-based writer and MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His essays have appeared in Salon, The Briar Cliff Review, and The Perch Magazine, among others.

Kevin Sampsell is a graduate of the Ron Bailey's School of Broadcast. He lives in Portland, Oregon and works at Powell's City of Books. His books include the memoir A Common Pornography and the novel This Is Between Us.

Alison Stine's most recent book of poetry is Wait (University of Wisconsin Press), and her most recent book of fiction is a graffiti novella, The Protectors (Little A). Her work is forthcoming in LIT and The Guardian. She lives in the foothills of Appalachia and works as a reporter.

Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.