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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


William Cass has had forty-five short stories accepted for publication in mostly smaller literary magazines and anthologies.  He spent a good portion of his childhood growing up in the Northeast, and his family lived for a period of time outside of Pittsburgh.  He now lives and works as an elementary school principal in San Diego, California.

Jason Clearfield is hungry for the rabble of life and the hysterical bountiful laughter that comes with an obvious realization, preferably one that hasn’t been thought of much till then.  He admires that stark-mad junkie who realizes the importance of his hand in that he can control it, then does so, laughing; though Jason would prefer to appear sane, if possible.

Deborah Flanagan’s manuscript, Or, Gone, was the winner of Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Series Chapbook Award, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in journals including The Gettysburg ReviewPloughsharesFIELDThe Southern Review, andDrunken Boat, among others. Deborah lives in the Lower East Side in New York City.

Lisa A. Forrest is an Associate Librarian for SUNY College at Buffalo and the founding member of the school’s Rooftop Poetry Club. Lisa’s creative writing has been featured in ArtVoice, Buffalo News, Damn the Caesars, eco-poetics, elimae, foursquare, Kadar Koli, Lake Affect, Not Just Air Literary e- Journal, Scythe,WordWrights, and Yellow Edenwald Field. She is the recipient of the National Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRINDI) Award for her radio commentary “And So This is Christmas”, which aired on WBFO, Buffalo’s local NPR station. Lisa’s first collection of poems, To the Eaves (2008),is available from BlazeVox Books. Her first music album, Oh Lake Erie (2011), can be heard at CD Baby. 

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Pageant (Alice James 2009) and Moraine (Hanging Loose Press 2006). In 2011,Least Weasel Press published her chapbook, The Emotive Function. For more visit:  

Lisa Grove‘spoetry has appeared recently in Beloit Poetry JournalPoetry International, and A cappella Zoo. She lives in Los Angeles.

Sarah Heady is a poet with roots in New York State’s Hudson Valley and an MFA student in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in APIARY, Caesura, Chronogram, Enchiridion, Flying Fish and Never On Time and is forthcoming in Bombay Gin and Transfer. Chapbooks include Eight-track Underwater (2010, Splitleaves Press) and Cygnet (2009, _Catch/Confetti Press). As a founding member of the writing collective the New Philadelphia Poets, Sarah produced and performed inRedemptiveStrike: Reckoning the Decade” at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2010 and“In(visible)Keepsakes: A Modern Alchemical Carnival” in the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival.

Adam Eastman Kullberg is currently a nonfiction candidate in the MFA program at the University of Arizona, where he serves as a nonfiction editor at Sonora Review. Most recently, he received first place in Liternational’s 2012 Kristen Iverson & David Anthony Durham Award.

Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he is the author of I Thought I Was New Here (2009). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming inPleiades, The Journal, The National Poetry Review, Third Coast, Sonora Review, The Cincinnati Review, Zoland Poetry, Cider Press Review, Gulf Stream, and many others. He was a recent finalist for the National Poetry Series Open Competition. He teaches English at Suffolk University in Boston.

Elizabeth Deanna Morris was born in Harrisburg, PA and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. She is currently pursuing her MFA at George Mason University. She has appeared or if forthcoming in Emerge, Sphere, and Outrageous Fortune.

Steven Roiphe  studied creative writing, literature, and history at Harvard University, and was a winner in the Summer Literary Seminars 2011 nonfiction contest. He lives in Downeast Maine, where he is writing a novel about a gay patriot spy’s hunt for Benedict Arnold in British-occupied New York. “Amboyna” is his first published work.

Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. “Home on Leave” is from her debut short story collection, Flashes of War, published by Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House this May, 2013. Katey lives in an Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest. Learn more at:

Lindsey Sherloum is a writer and multimedia artist currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her MFA ’12 in creative writing from Chatham University and her BA ’04 from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her work has appeared in Mudthroat, Weave Magazine, Universal Design and on river rafts, barnyards, and sidewalks across the U.S.

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book is Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press 2012). His previous book, Collapsible Poetics Theaterwas a 2007 National Poetry Series Selection. He was the recipient of a 2005 New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Against Expression, Diasporic Avant Gardes, and Poetic Voices Without Borders, and Best American Poetry. Toscano’s Spanish language poetry appears in the anthology, Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas. His plays have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival. His radio pieces have aired on WPIX FM, KAOS Public Radio, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Catalan. Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He works out of a laptop, tethered to a Droid, residing in airports, occupying poetics in midflight.