Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Adrian Astur Alvarez writes fiction and poetry in Seattle, Washington. He is famous for his tweets, which can be read and followed @AdrianAlvarez. He may also be contacted through his website or his Tumblr page He is currently at work on his second novel.

Andy Beck earned his B.F.A. from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in painting. He uses elements of art to create a visual for different concepts and emotional relationships, using surroundings as inspiration. The initial destruction of the canvas and found materials relates to the building of an impassioned physicality as a personal outlet to the frustrations of being a part of the LGBTQ community. His recreation, “Rebuilt Hot Metal Bridge,” narrates how he views his current home in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Christine Kaiser Bonasso grew up in a Midwestern backwater creeking for crawdads and detasseling corn yet harbors existential doubts about cow tipping. After earning her M.F.A. from Ohio State University, she was  invited to teach in their English Department to her delight. Her work has been published in various print dailies, as well as  National Journal online.

Carol Dorf’s poems appear in Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Canary, Sin Fronteras, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, Moira, Unlikely Stories, The Prose Poem Project, and The Mom Egg. They have been anthologized in Not A Muse, Best of Indie New England, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches math at Berkeley High School.

Ryan Dowell is a native to central Illinois. He attends classes in Canton and Peoria and currently has his sights set on achieving a B.F.A. at Bradley University with a focus in painting and sculpture. His goal is to compel people to ask important questions and to discover new angles.

Melissa Goodrich received her M.F.A. from the University of Arizona and lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. She can be reached at

Jeffrey Haynes is an M.F.A. candidate at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as managing editor of the Minnesota Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Revolution House, Word Riot, Mixed Fruit, and Lunch Ticket.

Vanessa Couto Johnson is an M.F.A. candidate at Texas State University. Her work has appeared in shufPoetryA cappella Zoo (as “Vanessa Lessel”), Willows Wept Reviewamphibi.usLiebamourblossombones, and other places. A selection from her “Imponderables in Excess” is forthcoming in Eratio. She runs, blogs at, and has a B.A. in both English and philosophy from Rice University.

Kate Koenig is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studies writing and history.

Kate LaDew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Studio Art. She resides in Graham, North Carolina, with her cat, Charlie Chaplin. Kate is currently working on her first novel.

Stephanie L. Liberatore is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in creative writing at George Mason University, where she teaches English and is the nonfiction editor of Phoebe: A Journal of Literature & Art. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Kristin Maffei is a poet and copywriter living in New York City.  She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Oxford and holds an M.F.A. from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry.  Her work has appeared in Works & Days, Mount Hope Journal, American Athenaeum, and on a few buses in Oxfordshire. She lives online at

A former U.S Army interrogator, Martin Ott currently lives in Los Angeles, where he writes poetry and fiction, often about his misunderstood city. He is the author of three books of poetry: Underdays (forthcoming in 2015), Captive, and Poets’ Guide to America, co-written with John F. Buckley. In 2013, he published his debut novel, The Interrogator’s Notebook. Find out more at

Anthony J. Otten has published work in Wind MagazineThe Louisville Review, and The Penwood Review. He blogs on faith and writing at, and studies at Thomas More College in Kentucky. His shoes are melting, but that’s probably because he just crossed a hot metal bridge.

Dave Patterson is a writer and musician from Portland, Maine. He is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English and the Stonecoast M.F.A. program in creative writing. His work has appeared in The Onion River Review and The Drunken Odyssey. He is currently at work on a novel about a New England family dealing with cancer, Catholicism, and one another.

Christine Pivovar grew up in Omaha and Denver. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. Her nonfiction has been published in Stymie Magazine, and she reviews books for The Kansas City Star. This is her first published short story.

Diana Roffman is a writer and teacher in Brooklyn.

Philip Sweet was born and raised in suburban Houston, Texas. In 2011, he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in molecular biology at the University of Pittsburgh and was immediately taken in by the urban environment. It is this everyday allure of life in the city that his work attempts to capture.

Afton Wilky is a multi-disciplinary artist—a painter and poet, she works with digital media and is a book artist. She is the author of Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum Press, February 2014), and her work is in or forthcoming from journals such as Black Warrior ReviewSirenInk NodeEOAGHtextsoundWord for/Word, and Jacket2. Her website and blog are at She is the managing editor of The Volta.

Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 400 national and international online and print journals. Some of his visual art and/or poetry has been published in journals representing 50 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University. He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Seton Hall University.