A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Sheila Black is the author of two poetry collections, House of Bone (CW Press, 2007) and Love/Iraq (CW Press, 2009). She is also the author of two chapbooks, How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag, 2007) and Continental Drift with painter Michele Marcoux. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Willow Springs, Puerto del Sol, and Diode, among others. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Robin Carstensen’s poetry is recently published or forthcoming in Ascent, Big Muddy, Cold Mountain Review, Natural Bridge, Puerto del Sol, Sinister Wisdom, Weber: The Contemporary West, Many Mountains Moving, and So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art. She is a doctoral candidate in English at Oklahoma State where she teaches creative writing and literature, and co-manages the Cimarron Review.

Jon Cone lives in a shudder quilt somewhere in the Midwest. He is Canadian. He claims to be a nice person. He isn’t.

Jessica Cuello teaches French in Central New York and she recently won the 2010 Vivienne Haigh-Wood Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, RHINO, The Dos Passos Review, Blood Lotus, Harpur Palate, Melusine, Literary Mama, and other journals.

Emil DeAndreis is a twenty four year old teacher born and raised in San Francisco. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a degree in creative writing. He has been published twice in the UHH Literary Journal and once in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Dana Reva De Greff is working on an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas of Austin. She is from Miami, Florida, and in the coming years she hopes to end up in Spain, South America, or Africa. Right now, she's interested in writing Fairy Tales.

Norman Dubie’s most recent collection of poems, The Volcano, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in late fall 2010.

Laury Egan has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and a Notable Story award. Her story, “Fergus,” was selected for “story of the week” by Short Story America, where it was read in 56 countries and will be included in the 2010 anthology. Her work has also appeared in Tryst, The Battered Suitcase, In the Mist, Paradigm, Leaf Garden, The Maynard, and Broomstick Books, and is forthcoming in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review and anthologies published by Static Movement Press, Rebel Books, and Sephyrus Press. Her full-length poetry collection, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger, was issued by FootHills Publishing in 2009. In addition to writing prose and poetry, she is a fine arts photographer. Web site: www.lauryaegan.com

Brian Alan Ellis lives in Gainesville, Florida. His fiction has appeared in Skive, Zygote in my Coffee, Thieves Jargon (as Brian Rentchek), Corduroy Mtn., The Big Stupid Review, Dogzplot, The Splinter Generation, Flashquake, Underground Voices, Midnight in Hell (as Alan Shivers), Glossolalia, and G Twenty Two. He wishes you a fine day.

Help Desk and Training Manager for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Reginald Harris was a Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year for 10 Tongues: Poems (2001). A Pushcart Prize Nominee and recipient of Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, his work has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and other publications. He is currently pretending to work on two manuscripts.

Sally Rosen Kindred’s first full-length book, No Eden, is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2011, and her chapbook, Garnet Lanterns, won the Anabiosis Press Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Blackbird, Sou’wester, and The Journal.

M.V. Montgomery is an Atlanta professor and the author of two books of poetry. His first collection of fiction, Dream Koans, will be published this fall by Fast Forward Press.

Emilia Phillips is a MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she will be the 2010-2011 associate editor of Blackbird. Her poems have appeared in 42opus, Adirondack Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Cutthroat, Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Miscellany, Sixth Finch, Unsaid Magazine, and elsewhere. She was named Cutthroat’s Discovery Poet in July 2009 and nominated for the 2010 AWP Intro Journals Project. Her chapbook, Strange Meeting, was published by Eureka Press in April 2010.

John Riley lives in North Carolina, where he works in educational publishing. His fiction and poetry have appeared in or are forthcoming in Falling Star, SmokeLong Quarterly, Willows Wept Review, Loch Raven Review, Hardboiled, The Centrifugal Eye, Frame Lines, The Houston Literary Review, San Pedro River Review, and Hobble Creek Review.

Karen Schubert’s poems appear in Muse, The Village Pariah, Upstairs at Duroc, Akron Art Museum’s New Words, and Rust and Moth. Her chapbook is The Geography of Lost Houses (Pudding House). She earned an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. Recent editor for Whiskey Island Magazine, she¬†lives in Youngstown, Ohio..

Erica Stisser is a junior at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She writes creative nonfiction, poetry, and is exploring the world of investigative journalism. She recently received the John Curtis Underwood Memorial Prize in poetry. She will be living in Manhattan for the 2010 summer and hopes to meet other writers and poets in the area.

Bruce Weigl lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and is a Distinguished Professor in Arts & Humanities at Lorain County Community College. His most recent collection of poetry is Declension in the Village of Chung Loung (Ausable Press, 2006), and he won the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 2006. “Gate” is from his forthcoming collection The Abundance of Nothing, which will be published by Northwestern University Press later this year.

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