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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Maureen Crammond is is a visual artist. She is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in English Literature and Studio Arts with a Certificate in Children’s Literature. She plans to become an English or art teacher for secondary students.


Michelle Disler has a Ph.D. in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University. Her writing has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review,  and Seneca Review, among many others. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled What the body knows, which follows her father’s career as a homicide detective, and she continues to research Beaver Island, Michigan, on which her manuscript Letters from the Island is based. Her first book, [BOND, JAMES]: alphabet, anatomy, [auto]biography, was released by Counterpath Press (2012).


Dan J. Fiore is a freelance writer and editor from Pittsburgh, with work previously published by Writer’s Digest, DarkFuse, and Thuglit. His short fiction won grand prize in the 82nd annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and his screenwriting was awarded the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute’s First Works Grant in 2009. He is currently pursuing his M.F.A. while finishing his first novel. You can follow him on Twitter at @danjfiore or find more of his work at


Margaux Griffith is an M.F.A. Poetry graduate at Oklahoma State University. Margaux won the 2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize for her poem “Apple Galette” and was also the 2012 Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize. She has publications in The Boiler Journal, The Citron Review and The Writing Disorder.


James Gyure lives in western Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh (class of ’86) and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State University. His work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, the Bellingham Review, and other journals, and a current project is a cycle of linked short stories and flash fiction.


Jane Huffman is a Michigan-based poet and playwright studying with Diane Seuss at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, a small-ish town with a big-ish literary scene. She has recent work featured or forthcoming in Moon City Press Review, Arroyo Literary Review, RHINO Poetry and other journals.


Ashley Kunsa is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, and lives outside of Pittsburgh with her husband and son. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at Duquesne University, she holds an M.F.A. from Penn State University. Kunsa’s fiction and poetry have been published in the Los Angeles Review, the Roanoke Review, and the Lehigh Valley Vanguard. She can be found online at


M. Mack teaches and writes in or around Washington, D.C. Mack’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthology The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), Cloud Rodeo, APARTMENT Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Wicked Alice, and elsewhere. Ze is a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an explicitly inclusive feminist chapbook press.


Thomas Page McBee was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for The Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in the the New York Times,, Salon, and BuzzFeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues. He lives in New York City where he works as the editor of special projects at Quartz, and is currently at work on a book about modern American masculinity. Visit him at and follow him on Twitter at @ThomasPageMcBee.


Elise Moser has published about thirty short stories. She is the author of a novel, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, and a YA novel, Lily and Taylor. She has also edited anthologies, including the recent Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec. She writes and edits in Montreal, Quebec and Sauk City, Wisconsin, and is on the board of PEN Canada.


Kushal Poddar is a writer, performer, and visual artist. He has contributed to the “30/30 Project” by Tupelo Press, been heard on various radio programs in Canada and America, and collaborated with photographers for an exhibition in Venice. He is presently living in Kolkata and writing poetry, fictions, and scripts for short films when not engaged in his day job as a counsel/lawyer in the High Court At Calcutta. Forthcoming books are The Mood Study Of A Cold Cup and A Place For Your Ghost Animals.


Katie Rose lives in Carlsbad, California.


Marissa Schwalm is an Assistant Professor of English at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina, where she teaches English literature and creative writing. Previous to that she received her Ph.D. in English literature and creative writing from Binghamton University in New York, and her M.F.A in creative writing from Chatham University. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including The Dallas Review, Cheat River Review, Anderbo, Clockhouse Review, Samizdat Literary Review, and others.


Maria Scott is an artist living in Kalamazoo, MI. Her main medium is clay, but within the last two years, she’s taken up photography. She has a degree in Fine Art from Siena Heights University in Michigan.


Victoria Sgarro is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is editor-in-chief of the university’s ISSUES Magazine. To see more of her visual and written work, visit and follow her on Twitter at @trsgarro. 


Randi Ward is a writer, translator, lyricist, and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands and is a recipient of The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize. Ward is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, World Literature Today, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and other publications. For more information, visit: or @randi_ward.