A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Eric Anderson’s first book of poems will be published by Kattywompus Press in 2011, assuming of course he can come up with a title. Right now, he's considering just including a space at the top and letting people come up with their own titles. Maybe the book will come with a pen on a chain, such as one often finds in better banks. Maybe a crayon. Maybe a quill and inkwell. Maybe a razorblade.

Betsy Brown’s book Year of Morphines won the National Poetry Series and was published by Louisiana State University Press. She lives in Minneapolis.

Brandon Courtney spent four years in the United States Navy. His poetry and flash fiction is forthcoming or appears in Best New Poets 2009, Linebreak, BOXCAR Poetry Review, The Raleigh Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Tar River Review and The Los Angeles Review among many others, and he has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He attends the M.F.A. program at Hollins University.

Max Gray grew up in Morris County, New Jersey. As a student in the MFA program at Rutgers University in Newark, he also lectures for the school's writing department. His other work has been recently featured in Clapboard House and Jelly Bucket.

Susan Grimm is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Her poems have appeared in West Branch, Poetry East, The Journal, and other publications. In 1996, she was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. Her chapbook, Almost Home, was published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 1997. Her book of poems, Lake Erie Blue, was published by BkMk Press in 2004. She also edited Ordering the Storm: How to Put Together a Book of Poems, which was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2006. Recently, she won the inaugural Copper Nickel Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue is due out in July 2011.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of Among the Mariposas (Mouthfeel Press, 2010), and a forthcoming chapbook, The Garden of Dresses, due out in December from Mouthfeel Press. She received her MFA from the University of Texas Pan American, and currently works there as an English instructor through the Upward Bound program and as an academic advisor. Katherine's work has most recently been featured in Front Porch, Breakwater Review, and BorderSenses. Visit her online at her website.

Mark McCaig is a recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and the winner of the 2008 Bay to Ocean Writing Contest for his poem “Abundance.” He holds degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and Harvard University. In 2008, the school he founded published his nonfiction and poetry collection Like Water, a book about Fairhaven School’s first decade.

Keith Montesano is the author of the poetry collection Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, 2010). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, American Literary Review, Third Coast, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in New York, where he is a PhD Candidate in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University.

Marcus Pactor is a writing instructor at the University of North Florida. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Dos Passos Review, Fourteen Hills, Front Range Review, Peeks and Valleys, and Quiddity.

Jonathan H. Scott’s poems and short stories have been published (or are upcoming) in The Able Muse, Blood and Thunder, Caesura, Hospital Drive, Measure, Muse and Stone, THEMA, and others. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Corinne Smith is a recent graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program, and a grateful recipient of a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. This is her first fiction publication.

Karen Skolfield lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two kids and teaches travel writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She’s a contributing editor at the literary magazine Bateau, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Apple Valley Review, Barnwood, Boxcar Poetry Review, PANK, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, Slipstream, West Branch, and others.

Rachelle Taylor is a native of the Appalachian region of Virginia. She holds an MA in English from Radford University and is currently pursuing a PhD in the UK. Her poetry has previously appeared in The Blotter, Neon, Gertrude, and Gloom Cupboard.

Casey Thayer received an MFA from Northern Michigan University and has poems forthcoming in American Poetry Review and The Normal School. Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.

Billy Thorpe lives in Milwaukee with his wife Jennifer. His work has appeared in The Blue Canary, Fire Ring Voices, Permafrost, and The Copperfield Review. In addition to writing, he teaches high school and plays soccer for a local Milwaukee team.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir-in-fragments, The Mountain, the Fathers (Counterpoint 2012) and a collection of poems, Killing the Murnion Dogs (Black Lawrence Press 2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, Harvard Review, the Sun, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter on the north Iowa prairie, where he teaches writing at Waldorf College.

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Adam Tavel, Editor

Robert Lieberman, Editor

Ashley Seitz Kramer, Contributing Editor

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