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Contributor Bios


Terri Brown-Davidson‘s first book of poetry, The Carrington Monologues (Lit Pot Press), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her first novel, Marie, Marie: Hold on Tight (Lit Pot Press), was released to excellent reviews and discussed in The Writer. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in more than 1,000 journals, and she’s received, among other prizes, the AWP Intro Award, a Yaddo fellowship, and the New Mexico Writer’s Scholarship. “The Arbus Carnival” is excerpted from her unpublished novel on Diane Arbus, Autobiography of a Jawbone.

Jeffrey Colvin has been published in Word Riot and Pindeldyboz and has work forthcoming in Narrative Magazine and Painted Bride Quarterly. An excerpt of his novel in progress titled Africaville appeared in Narrative magazine. He received an MFA from Columbia.

Justin Lawrence Daugherty spends his time by Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan, where he is an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University. He spends a good amount of time talking about traveling the Trans-Continental Highway, though never knows if it’ll ever really happen. He has other essays and fiction appearing or forthcoming from The Normal School, Used Furniture Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and LITnIMAGE.

Lily Duffy recently graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in English and is currently a poetry editor for Mixed Fruit, an online literary magazine. Her poetry has appeared in Glass Mountain.

Sarah Rose Etter‘s chapbook, Tongue Party, is available from Caketrain Press. Her work has appeared in The Collagist, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill Journal and more. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-curates the Tire Fire Reading Series.

Michael Fischer ( is completing a short story cycle set at a soon-to-be-closed state hospital in 1990s North Carolina. Work from this book has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Green Mountains Review, Bayou, The Tusculum Review, Wigleaf, LITnIMAGE, The Chariton Review and Waccamaw. He recently received his PhD in English/Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.

Yardenne Greenspan was born in Tel Aviv to a bilingual family. She received her undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University. She is currently in her second year at the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University, in a dual course of study of fiction and translation. She is the development manager for Columbia: a Journal, and an English-language manuscript reader for the Israeli publishing house Kinneret Zmora Bitan. Yardenne also teaches a creative writing workshop at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. In 2011 she received the American Literary Translators’ Association Fellowship. Her short story, Home, was published in Blue Stocking Society. Yardenne is currently writing a novel about fatherhood, and working on an English translation of The Sequoia Children, a novel by Gon Ben Ari.

Caily Grube in her senior undergraduate year at the University of Pittsburgh. She will graduate with a BA in English Writing – Poetry and to pursue an MFA in poetry after graduation. Her work is soon to be published in Forbes & Fifth, a new undergraduate publication at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alec Hershman lives in St. Louis where he teaches at St. Louis Community College and at the Center for Humanities at Washington University. Other poems of his can be found in recent issues of Phoebe, Juked, Harpur Palate, Sixth Finch, Salamander, CutBank, Washington Square, The Sugar House Review, and The Fiddleback. He currently serves as poetry editor for The White Whale Review.

Suzanne Marie Hopcroft is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Yale University and writes from New York City, where she teaches composition at Hostos Community College. Suzanne has recently seen her poetry appear in Word Riot and PANK; her fiction has appeared in > kill author and Gargoyle.

Marc Hudson‘s work has appeared in The Seattle Review, Qarrtsiluni and Echo Ink Review. His short story ‘Timo’s Creations’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in southern New Hampshire where he writes and builds gardens for other people.

Kiki Vera Johnsonwas a winner of the 2010 Her Mark poetry prize and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southeast Review, Shady Side Review, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing my MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she work as a freelance book designer.

Kate Lebo’s poems appear in Best New Poets 2011, Poetry Northwest, Bateau, and The Pacific Poetry Project, among other anthologies and journals. She’s an editor for Filter, a literary journal made entirely by hand, and the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, a 4Culture grant, and a Soapstone residency. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Washington, Kate hosts a semi-regular semi-secret pie social called Pie Stand whenever schoolwork allows. For more about Kate’s zine, A Commonplace Book of Pie, and other tasty treats, visit

Matthew Olzmann‘s  first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize and will be published by Alice James Books in April, 2013.  His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review and elsewhere.

Joshua M. Patton is a Pittsburgh native and veteran of the US Army currently attending the University of Pittsburgh thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. He is a regular contributor to Veteran Journal and AND Magazine. He is a Member Spokesperson for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He spends the rest of his time trying his best to not embarrass his ten-year-old daughter.

Matt Sailor is currently pursuing his MFA in fiction at Georgia State University. He is the editor-in-chief of New South, GSU’s journal of art and literature. His work has recently appeared in [PANK], and is forthcoming from West Trade Review and NANO Fiction. An erstwhile freelance journalist, he lives in Atlanta with his wife, in a tiny apartment filled with books.

John Sherer is from Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Houston. These are his first published poems.

Ryan Sanford Smith is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s MFA program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in JMWW, Nashville Review, Ozone Park Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, Mannequin Envy, and Merge Poetry.

Robert Snyderman is a poet and a playwright. Until March 2012 he will be communally directing a site-specific play he wrote called Voice Graffiti on an abandoned parking lot in Rhode Island. He has had three chapbooks and 5 long poems published by several American small presses, has in the past supported himself writing poems for people in Brooklyn and Manhattan on the street, has organized make-shift book tours for himself and his friends, makes chapbooks on demand for other poets he’s in dialogue with, documented two slow crossings of North America. He teaches what he is finding to be the root of poetry at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, the Free School of Providence, and Brown University, where he is finishing an MFA.

Christine Swint teaches first-year composition at Georgia State University, where she also studies creative writing and poetry in the M.F.A. program. She studied English and Spanish literature at U.G.A, and later received an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury college. Her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Red Clay Review, Blue Fifth Review, Naugatuk River Review, and Ekphrasis.