A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Tunji Ajibade is a full time writer and a literary administrator. He lives in Abuja, Nigeria. He once worked as a reporter with The Guardian newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria. He has written several news commentaries on public affairs that were broadcast on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), the largest radio network in Africa. He has written several newspaper articles. His short stories have been serially published online, in newspapers, journals, and in anthologies.

Jenn Blair is from Yakima, WA. She has published in Cerise Press, Tusculum Review, Copper Nickel, Sow's Ear, Kestrel, and Rattle, and has work forthcoming in New South, James Dickey Review, and Tulane Review. Her chapbook All Things are Ordered is out from Finishing Line Press.

John Davis is the author of Gigs (Sol Books) and The Reservist, a chapbook. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Blue Collar Review, Cider Press Review, New York Quarterly, and North American Review. He lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington, teaches high school, and performs in rock n' roll bands.

George Eklund teaches in the BFA Program in Writing at Morehead State University. Most recently his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ABZ, Bayou Magazine, Conduit, Crazyhorse, New Ohio Review, 6 x 6, Pebble Lake Review, Trajectory, and Visions, International.

Steve Healey lives in Minneapolis and is the author of two books of poetry—10 Mississippi and Earthling—both with Coffee House Press. He has published poems in various magazines, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, and Jubilat, and in anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. His essays and criticism have appeared in Rain Taxi and The Writer's Chronicle.

William Hathaway lives in Surry, ME. His last book of poems, Promeneur Solitaire, is a letter-set, hand bound book from Chester Creek Press.

Celena Hill was born and raised in the Seattle area. She studied fiction and poetry at the University of Washington, before setting out to seek her fortune in Austin, TX, where she currently lives and writes. Her poetry has appeared in Bricolage Literary Magazine and Black Sheep Newsletter. She is very pleased to see her first fiction piece published in Conte.

Andre Kocsis lives in British Columbia, Canada. His work has been published in The New Orphic Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Foliate Oak, and Couloir Magazine, as well as several on-line magazines.

Connley (Lee) Landers suffered a skeet shooting head injury and lost his cerebellum. Afterward, he wrote and won an award for his novel, Catethics, which proves he'd overthought previous work. Using only his medulla oblongata, had stories published in Rope and Wire Magazine, Darkest Before the Dawn, The Horror-Zine, Houston Literary Review, Metazen, Static Movement, Perceptions, Nexus, and Slushpile. Lee is looking for representation for his story collection, novel, and his new memoir, "Gray Matter, Don't Matter."

Judith H. Montgomery's poems appear in Ars Medica, Cimarron Review, Northwest Review, Gulf Coast, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies. She's been awarded fellowships in poetry from Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission to work on two new manuscripts (Blue Fields, Burning, and Inter/View). Her first chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for poetry. Her full-length book, Red Jess, appeared in February 2006 from Cherry Grove Collections; her second chapbook, Pulse & Constellation, was a finalist for the Finishing Line Press Competition and appeared in 2007 from the Press.

Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom (WordTech Editions) and the chapbook, Election Day (Finishing Line Press). She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and has received the Rosine Offen Memorial Award from the Free Lunch Arts Alliance, the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize from Ruminate, and the Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship from the Antioch Writers' Workshop. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, CALYX, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review Online, New Madrid, The Southern Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She lives in Ohio where she directs the writing center at Cedarville University. You can learn more about her work at www.julielmoore.com.

Dolan Morgan's stories have appeared in Cricket Online Review, Armchair/Shotgun, Prick of the Spindle, InDigest, and most recently The Lifted Brow. One story, "Cells," received an Honorary Mention in the Italo Calvino Prize.

Christopher Munde was born in Queens, NY, though he completed his MFA at the University of Houston in 2008, and celebrated first by loading up on Italian horror movies and books, and then by getting married, since two incomes are essential to effectively collecting horror movies. He has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, and was a finalist for the Hudson Book Prize. His work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cider Press Review, Hunger Mountain, Packingtown Review, Pebble Lake Review, Tribeca, and elsewhere.

Katherine Riegel's first book of poems, Castaway (2010), is available from FutureCycle Press. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, failbetter.com, and Gettysburg Review. She is co-founder and poetry editor for the independent online journal Sweet: A Literary Confection. Her website is www.katherineriegel.com.

Charles Harper Webb's latest book is Shadow Ball: New & Selected Poems, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2009. Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.

Leonore Wilson lives in Northern California where she helps maintain her family cattle ranch. Her work has been in such magazines as Quarterly West, Pif, Madison Review, Third Coast, Nimble Spirit, and Chrysalis Reader.

Robert Wrigley's most recent book is Beautiful Country (Penguin, 2010). A former Guggenheim and two-time NEA Fellow, he teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Idaho.

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Volume 6, Issue 2

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