A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Gabriel Arquilevich’s poems have appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, MARGIE, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, RHINO, 2River, and other journals. He is the author of World Religions, a textbook for junior high and high school students. He lives in Ojai, California.

Gerri Brightwell is a British writer living in Alaska with her husband and sons. She has two published novels: Cold Country (Duckworth, 2003) and The Dark Lantern (Crown, 2008). Her writing has also recently appeared (or is forthcoming) in such venues as BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, BLIP, Redivider, Fiction Southeast, the Los Angeles Review, and Gargoyle. She teaches in the M.F.A. programme at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of five novels, including Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and Harmony. Her short stories have appeared in Folio, Grey Sparrow, Guernica Magazine, and The Adirondack Review, among other places. As her pseudonymous alter-ego, Kathryn Dow, Susan has recently published a new novel: The Great Disappointment, A Confession, as an e-book from Foreverland Press. Susan is also the driving force behind Foreverland Press, an e-book publisher devoted to bringing back the backlists of fine writers who might have otherwise been overlooked. Her other online projects include What Happened To Paula, a collaborative web-based investigation into the as yet unsolved murder of a former schoolmate, and The Truth About Paula O., a blogged memoir of Susan’s ongoing 12-year investigation into the Paula Oberbroeckling murder case. Susan has taught fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the University of Southern California, and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls Colorado home.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and now lives outside of New York City with her family. She is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Breach and Milk Dress, both published in 2010, and a novel. She directs the MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College—City University of New York.

Mark Cox’s latest books are Natural Causes and Thirty-seven Years from the Stone, both published in the Pitt Poetry Series. Recently, he edited Jack Myers’ posthumous poetry collection The Memory of Water (New Issues, 2011). He teaches at UNCW and Vermont College.

Emari DiGiorgio makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the Tasman Glacier. She is Associate Professor of Writing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a New Jersey State Poet-in-the-School. She was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for 2012 and received the Governorís Award in Arts Education. Recent poems have appeared in Anderbo.com, DIAGRAM, and Poetry International. Recently she was featured on the Dodge Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Friday Blog.

PD Mallamo has appeared in Barecelona Review, Granta, Eclectica, decomP, and Sunstone, among others. He holds degrees from BYU and Kansas, and lives with his family in Taos, New Mexico.

Mark Mondalek is a contributing author at Boiling Frogs Post. His work has previously appeared in such publications as Huffington Post, Bitch, and South Loop Review. Follow him on Twitter: @markmondalek

Linda Rebeiz is originally from Senegal, and has lived in Lebanon and South Africa. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She writes both in French and English, and tries to incorporate the Senegalese oral tradition of story telling in her writing. This is her first published piece of fiction.

Cynthia Nitz Ris, a former attorney and freelance journalist and photographer, teaches English at the University of Cincinnati and works as a freelance editor. Some of her poems have appeared in the anthologies Remembrances of Wars Past and Poem, Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica, and in journals such as The Shangri-La Shack, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Snakeskin, and Identity Theory. She is the author of the composition reader, Law and Order.

Claudia M. Stanek grew up in Depew, New York, a town once centered in the manufacture of railroad parts. She received an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Her chapbook manuscript Language You Refuse to Learn was a finalist in the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, Chaffin Journal, Euphony, Fourth River, and Roanoke Review, among others. Her work has also been set to music and translated into Polish. In 2010, Stanek was awarded a Significant Opportunity Stipend from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, as well as a Writer’s Residency in Bialystok, Poland. She and her rescued pets enjoy viewing birches from her reading nook in East Rochester, New York.

Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea 2015). Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Willow Springs, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.

Lawrence Wray’s poems have appeared in Innisfree Poetry Journal, Dark Horse Review, Weave, Naugatuck River Review, Blood Lotus, and Prime Number, among others. His collection of poems, The Night People Imagine, was a finalist for the Patricia Bibby Memorial Prize at Teabot Bach Press. He is active with the Pittsburgh home schooling community and teaches writing classes at an independent learning co-operative.


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Robert Lieberman, Editor

Eric Anderson, Contributing Editor

Stacie Leatherman, Contributing Editor

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