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Contributor Bios


Megan Berlin Alderson is originally from California but currently lives in Germany with her husband and a tiny baby. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from The American Film Institute.  She writes scripts and short stories.

Sherman Alexie is the author of, most recently, Face, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press, and War Dances, poems and stories, from Grove Press. He lives with his family in Seattle.

Eric Beeny is the author of THE DYING BLOOM (Pangur Ban Party, 2009), SNOWING FIREFLIES (Folded Word Press, 2010), OF CREATURES (Gold Wake Press, 2010), PSEUDO-MASOCHISM (Medulla Publishing, 2011), MILK LIKE A MELTED GHOST (Thumbscrews Press, 2011), and some other things. He blogs at Dead End on Progressive Ave. His website is //

Daniel Berkner teaches in the Department of English at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and has recently completed his first book-length poetry manuscript. He plans to get a good night’s rest.

James Joseph Brown’s writing has appeared and is forthcoming in The Whistling Fire, Red Rock Review, and Connotation Press. Currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing International at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he is a former Hard Rock Hotel casino dealer, English teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, and go-go dancer. He has lived and worked in Russia, Spain, Korea, Thailand and Lithuania. His website is

Roy Buck was raised in Wisconsin (Green and Gold) and moved to Missoula, MT for his BA in creative writing. Years later, he moved to the UP, off Lake Superior, and received his masters from NMU. Currently, he’s in the MFA program at MNSU in Mankato, MN. People say that if he were a mode of transportation he’d be an ostrich with a leather saddle…

Olivia Kate Cerrone earned an MFA from New York University, where she completed a novel titled The Strength of Glass, excerpts of which have appeared in Night Train, Word Riot and 3:AM Magazine. “The Hunger Saint” is an excerpt from a forthcoming novel of the same title. Ms. Cerrone is also a frequent contributor to the Southern Italian culturedialogue, Magna GRECE. Write to her at:

Ethan Chatagnier’s fiction has previously appeared in Fringe Magazine. He is an alumnus of Cal State University Fresno and Emerson College, and the winner of CSU Fresno’s Larry Levis prize in poetry.

Nicelle Davis lives in Southern California with her son J.J. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Broadsided, ML Press, The New York Quarterly, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. She’d like to acknowledge her poetry family at UCR and AVC. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press.

Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Author of the forthcoming story collection Fables of the Deconstruction (Spire Press: 2011),

Damian Dressick’s stories have appeared in nearly fifty literary journals, including, Barcelona Review, Caketrain, Vestal Review, Smokelong Quarterly and Alimentum. He can be found online at

Taylor Eagan lives in Iowa. Her poetry has recently been published in Coe Review, Burner Magazine and The Denver Syntax.

Jen Gann’s work has previously appeared or will in The Lifted Brow, Juked, American Short Fiction, and others. She is the author of the chapbook Back Tuck, available from Magic Helicopter Press. She lives in New York and can be found online here:

Richard L. Gegick grew up in Trafford, Pennsylvania. He is currently an MFA candidate at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and works as a waiter. This is his first publication.

Jesse Goolsby is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction. His piece “Derrin of the North” was listed as a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2010. His work has appeared widely, with recent publications in The Literary Review, Epoch, War, Literature & the Arts, and Blue Mesa Review. He was raised in Chester, California, and currently lives and teaches in Colorado. He blogs at

Tiegen Kosiak received a B.A. in communications from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.F.A. in poetry from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She currently facilitates leadership, diversity, and service-based trainings for high school students in Montgomery, Alabama. She is addicted to beautiful dresses, sandy beaches, and weight-loss reality television shows.

Ryan Luz (rhymes with buzz) is a second-year student in the University of California at San Diego’s creative writing MFA program. He takes photographs with 35mm film, considers himself a good whistler, and enjoys sitting so close to his friend that that their shoulders touch. He once named a cat Scruples.

A Florida native, Mandy Malloy is a poet and graphic designer currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

Page McBee is the 2009 recipient of the Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award for Nonfiction from The San Francisco Foundation and Intersection for the Arts. Page’s work has been featured most recently in the New York Times, Salon, Bitch Magazine online and on KQED in San Francisco. Page writes for the fashion/culture blog Ironing Board Collective and the SF Weekly blog, the Exhibitionist. To learn more, visit

Adam Million is from Missouri and has been looking for it every since he left. His work can be found most recently in the South Carolina ReviewBurnt Bridge, and Copper Nickel. He is the 2011 editor of the Owen Wister Review and will soon have his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming.

Tera Vale Ragan received her BA from USC’s Creative Writing Program where she received the Virginia Middleton Poetry Award and is currently earning her MFA at San Francisco State where she is the former Poetry Editor of 14 Hills and winner of the Mark Linenthal Award. Publications include Transfer, Eclipse, Rattle, 16th & Mission Review, Ekleksographia, etc. She has had the great fortune to travel (China, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, and France) from a very young age and believes that by crossing the borders of the world, her writing continues to strive toward crossing borders on the page.

Ciara Shuttleworth has published in journals including The New Yorker, Los Angeles Review, and Cutthroat. Her mother never wears any makeup except lipstick, so Ciara feels it is important to own several tubes of appealing colors. However, she rarely wears lipstick, and gives tubes of unused color away as she finds ever more tempting shades. Someday she hopes to be the kind of woman who leaves sexy kiss marks on wine glasses.

Sarah Simkin is a journalist and social media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the recipient of the Sophy Dallas Irwin English Award.

J. A. Tyler’s most recent book, A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed, is now available from Fugue State Press. His forthcoming titles include The Zoo, A Going (Dzanc Books) and, with John Dermot Woods, the image / text novel No One Told Me I Would Disappear (Jaded Ibis Press). For more, visit:

Eliot Khalil Wilson’s poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals. His first book of poems, The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go, won the 2003 Cleveland State Poetry Prize. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Society of America, The Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize, and most recently, an Archibald Bush Fellowship. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and the author of two chapbooks, Farm (Finishing Line Press: 2010) and There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man (Apostrophe Books: 2009). Her prose and poetry appears in several literary journals, including Asymptote, Sonora Review, Bellingham Review, American Letters & Commentary, Quarterly West, 5×5, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Southern Appalachia.