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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Tessa Barkan is a senior at Tulane University studying English and Psychology. Her work has previously been published in the Tulane Review. To read more of her poems and creative nonfiction pieces, visit


Ruth Baumann will graduate with her MFA from the University of Memphis in May, & begin her PhD at Florida State in the fall. Her chapbook I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines won the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Competition & will be released this May. She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, & poems are published/forthcoming in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, Third Coast & others listed at


Ayse Papatya Bucak teaches in the M.F.A. program at Florida Atlantic University. Her nonfiction has been published in Brevity and Creative Nonfiction, and her short fiction has been awarded the O.Henry and Pushcart Prizes.


Caroline Cabrera is the author of The Bicycle Year (H_NGM_N BKS 2015), Flood Bloom (H_NGM_N BKS 2013) and the chapbook Dear Sensitive Beard (dancing girl press 2012). She lives in Denver with her husband and their cat, Yossarian. You can find her online at


Caitlin Crowley is a film and darkroom photographer based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Caitlin graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a degree in Studio Art. Caitlin exhibits artwork in Indiana and Wisconsin, and online. In addition to photography, Caitlin enjoys painting, running, roller derby, and cooking new foods.


Dalton Day is a terrified dog person, Pushcart-nominated poet, & MFA candidate in The New Writer’s Project at UT Austin. He is the author of Fake Knife, & the forthcoming Tandem. His poems have appeared in PANK, Hobart, Everyday Genius, & Gigantic Sequins, among others. He helps edit FreezeRay Poetry, Souvenir Lit, & can be found online at & @lilghosthands.


Gianna De Persiis Vona teaches creative writing and English to at-risk youth in Northern California. Her work has appeared in Slice, Litro, Curve, Train, and Mothering Magazine, among others. She is the creator of Staring Problem Podcast, a podcast that features writing that matters. “Bobby Singer” is taken from a collection of short stories in progress.


Dorothy Erickson has a BA in Writing & Literature from the New School University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She teaches in the English Department at Anna Maria College. Her fiction has appeared in Arts & Letters.


Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.


Willi Goehring is a poet, folklorist, and theater artist. He received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches creative writing and composition. His work has recently appeared in places like The Midwest Quarterly, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival.


Laura Grossett is an artist living in Colorado.


Josh House is a 28-year-old artist living in Austin.


Allen Howard is a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studies Information Sciences. He is a member of the University’s photography club and also enjoys reading and writing.


Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems, including My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013). Her next book, Broadax, is forthcoming from Octopus Books. An audio chapbook from Broadax is out on Black Cake Records. Her poems have recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Jerk Poet, So and So Magazine, and Equalizer: Second Series. For more, check out her interview in Interview Magazine or on the Otherppl Podcast with Brad Listi, or her blog.


Sydney Lea is Poet Laureate of Vermont. His twelfth poetry collection, NO DOUBT THE NAMELESS, will appear next year. His fourth collection of personal essays will be published in fall of 2015. He blogs at


Ignacio Lopez is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and is majoring in Studio Arts and Fiction Writing. He has exhibited in the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, and has had his work displayed in Forbes & Fifth, a literary magazine.


Colin Rafferty lives in Richmond, Virginia, and teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Mary Washington. His collection of essays on monuments, Hallow This Ground, will be published by Break Away Books in early 2016. “The Apologist (#3)” is one of a series of 44 short essays about the presidents; others have appeared in Brevity, Parcel, and Prime Number. You can follow him on Twitter at @colintrafferty.


Marvin Shackelford is author of a poetry collection, Endless Building (Urban Farmhouse). His stories and poems have or soon will have appeared in Portland Review, Southern Humanities Review, Pithead Chapel, FiveChapters, Hobart, and elsewhere. He resides in the Texas Panhandle with his wife, Shea, and earns a living in agriculture.


Eszter Takacs is the author of the poetry collection The Miraculous Hysterical, forthcoming from Coconut Books this fall and recipient of the Joanna Cargill Prize for first books. She is also the author of two chapbooks: Together We Will Talk Right Down to Earth (The New Megaphone) and The Spectacular Crash (H_NGM_N Books). Her individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Yalobusha Review, Sonora Review, NOO Weekly, Diagram, Forklift Ohio, Smoking Glue Gun, Coconut, Soft Blow, Sink Review and Inter|rupture. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


Ryan Van Meter’s If You Knew Then What I Know Now is available from Sarabande Books. His essays have been published in Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Arts & Letters, and Fourth Genre, among others, and selected anthologies include Best American Essays 2009 and Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco. Visit for more information.


Tarreyn Van Slyke is a Los Angeles-based writer and performer. Along with other projects, she blogs at and is a video contributor for Hello Giggles. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @Tarreyn.