Contributors' Notes

Issue Ninety-Five: February 2018


Emily Alex is a Noemi Press prose editor and the Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol. She teaches composition and creative writing at New Mexico State University, where she is pursuing an MFA in fiction. Her writing appears in The Offing, Denver Quarterly, Full Stop, and Tupelo Quarterly.

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press) and Small Fires (FutureCycle Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, The Windward Review, and The Bind. He runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Steve Barbaro's writing appears in such venues as The CommonNew American WritingDIAGRAMThe Yale Review3:AMThe Elephants, & Web Conjunctions

Jeff Bursey is a fiction writer, playwright, and literary critic. His books include two novels—Verbatim: A Novel (2010; reissued in paperback by Verbivoracious Press with additional material [2018]) and Mirrors on which dust has fallen (Verbivoracious Press, 2015)—and a selection of literary criticism, Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews (Zero Books, 2016).

Caroline Crew is the author of Pink Museum (Big Lucks, 2015), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Coast, 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.

Debra Di Blasi is an award-winning author of seven books, and a former publisher, educator, and art columnist. Her writing has appeared or will appear in Boulevard, Chelsea, The Iowa Review, Kestrel, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, New South Fiction, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, Triquarterly, Wigleaf, Wayne Literary Review, among many others, and in notable anthologies of innovative writing.

Nathan Dragon’s work has appeared in NOON Annual, New York Tyrant, and has forthcoming work in Egress (U.K.). Dragon lives in Shutesbury, MA.

Martha Grover is an author, illustrator and real estate agent living in Portland, Oregon. Her second book, The End of My Career, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction and she's been publishing her zine, Somnambulist, for over ten years.

Tina May Hall teaches and writes in upstate New York. Her collection of short stories, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, won the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She was awarded an NEA literature fellowship in 2014 and has done residencies at Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in 3rd Bed, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Descant, The Collagist, and other journals

Kimberly Kruge is the author of the collection of poetry Ordinary Chaos (CMU Press) and the chapbook High-Land Sub-Tropic, which won the 2017 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel, RHINO, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the founder of Comala Haven, a retreat for women writers. She lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Jennie Malboeuf is a native of Kentucky. Her poems are found in the Virginia Quarterly Review, FIELD, Oxford Poetry (UK), The Hollins Critic, AGNI, Epoch, Image, New American Writing, Poetry Northwest, and Best New Poets. She teaches writing at Guilford College in North Carolina. 

Marcus Pactor's short story collection is Vs. Death Noises. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Heavy Feather Review, b(OINK), Yalobusha Review, and Juked. He lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida.

Glen Pourciau's second collection of stories, View, was published in March 2017 by Four Way Books. His first story collection, Invite, won the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His stories have been published by AGNI Online, The Antioch Review, The Collagist, New England Review, New World Writing, The Paris Review, and others.

Janeen Pergrin Rastall lives in Gordon, Michicagn (population: 2). She is the author of In the Yellowed House and Objects May Appear Closer. She is a co-author of Heart Radicals. Her poetry has appeared in several publications including Border Crossing, The Raleigh Review, Prime Number Magazine, North Dakota Quarterly and The Fourth River.

Forrest Roth is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University in West Virginia. His novel Gary Oldman Is a Building You Must Walk Through (What Books Press) was released in October, an excerpt from which appeared in issue #65 of The Collagist.

Michele Suzann lives on California's Central Coast, where she has just completed a novel about the decline of manual labor, the unrelenting influence of 1983 cinema, and Gresham's Law. Oh yeah some people, too.

Inez Tan is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine. Her writing has appeared Rattle, Psychopomp, Softblow, Singapore Poetry, and others. She also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Weidner lives in a yurt in southern Vermont. He's got an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and his writing—poems, short stories, and reviews—have appeared in some places like Passages North, Southeast Review, Yalobusha Review, and The Hairsplitter.

Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press, 2016) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University. 

Felicia Zamora’s books include Of Form & Gather, the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner (University of Notre Dame, '17), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, '17), and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, '18). She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and authored two chapbooks. Her poetry is found in Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, jubilat, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, TriQuarterly Review, West Branch, and others. She is the Associate Poetry Editor for the Colorado Review and the Education Programs Coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.