Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Nathan Blake’s writing has appeared in The Collagist, PANK, Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and kill author, among others. He’s currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech and one-half of Cloud Rodeo.

Boona Daroom is 29. His poetry has appeared in SOFTBLOW, LIT and other places. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jay Deshpande’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square, La Petite Zine, Narrative, Handsome, Vinyl, Shampoo, Spork, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University. He is the former poetry editor of AGNI and he curates the Metro Rhythm Reading Series in Brooklyn (

Katrina Greco is a 2012 graduate of the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California. Born and raised north of Pittsburgh, she currently resides in Oakland, California, surrounded by writers. Like her parents, she spends much of her time teaching. Her work can be found in Caught in the Carousel and The Fiddleback.

Jenny Halper won the 2011 Emerging Writer Award from Our Stories. Her stories have been published in the Southeast Review, Joyland and Joyland Retro, PANK, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere, and her short-short stories have been reprinted in Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions and the Persea anthology Sudden Flash Youth. Non-fiction publications include the Boston Phoenix and Nylon Magazine. She is a development executive at Maven Pictures.

Peter Hully is a writer from the United Kingdom.  He is inspired by Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver and Daniel Clowes.  He thinks the world would be a better place if everyone listened to Arthur Russell.

Susan Jostrom loves living on a houseboat in Seattle, due east of the Sleepless boat, with a view into the windows. She has three decks from which to leap into the water; the rooftop deck, the kitchen deck, and the “beach” deck. She is a good swimmer. She has previously published in the literary journals Hot Metal Bridge, Kaleidoscope, Signs of Life, and in the Alaska and Horizon Airlines magazines. She has received award nominations from Writers at Work and Memoirs Ink. She currently works as a freelance editor.

Adalena Kavanagh’s fiction has been published in Kartika Review and Stumble Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn and plays drums for the psychedelic rock band Early Spring. For more:

Susan Kieffer  is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she majored in Environmental Sciences and English and received several awards for her writing. She has loved language for as long as she can remember, and been writing since she was thirteen. A lifelong resident of New England, she lives in a small Boston apartment with a feisty parrotlet and an elderly cockatiel.

Jean-Paul Pecqueur is from Tacoma, Washington, and he currently lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches at the Pratt Institute. His first book of poetry, The Case Against Happiness, was published by Alice James Books.  New work has appeared in Ping Pong, The New Megaphone, and Vinyl, as well as others.  Greying Ghost Press will publish a chapbook titled “To Embrace Sea Monsters” during 2013.

Monica Wendel is the author of No Apocalypse, forthcoming from Georgetown Review Press, and the chapbook Call it a Window (Midwest Writing Center, 2012). A graduate of NYU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, she has taught creative writing at Goldwater Hospital, St. Mary’s Health Care Center for Kids, and NYU, and is currently a visiting instructor of composition at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Her poems have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review; Drunken BoatForklift, Ohio; Spoon River Poetry Review; and other journals. In spring 2013, she will serve as the Writer in Residence at the Jack Kerouac House of Orlando, Florida.