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Contributors’ Notes


Rachel Belloma was born and raised in the 6th Ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Between work at local non-profits and waiting tables, Ms. Belloma also has extraordinary luck with church raffles, is utterly tone-deaf, and gets a lot of pleasure out of making to-do lists. She wants to live in Pittsburgh forever.

Bill Capossere’s work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Colorado Review, and other journals, as well as several anthologies.  His non-fiction has been recognized in the “notable essays” section of Best American Essays and he has received several Pushcart Prize nominations for fiction and non-fiction.  Bill lives in Rochester NY.

Christophe Collard is a research fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he recently completed his doctoral dissertation about media and genre crossings in the work of David Mamet. He is a member of the Research Working Group on Intermediality in Theatre and Performance of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT). Articles and reviews of his have appeared in, amongst others, the Belgian theater journal Documenta, the Dutch Theater Topics, the French Trans- and in the British Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.

John Flynn’s sixth poetry chapbook, Wave and Metronome, is due out in 2010-11 from Pudding House. His published poems and stories can be found at He’s earned writing awards from the US Peace Corps, and the New England Poetry Club.

“Retribution” was previously published as the title piece in John Fulton’s first collection of short stories (Picador USA). John Fulton grew up in Utah and Montana, attended college in Washington State, and lived in Europe for five years, during which time he worked as a chauffer and a translator.  He earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, where he taught creative writing and literature for many years.  He is the author of three books of fiction, Retribution (Picador USA), which won the Southern Review Short Fiction Award in 2001, the novel More Than Enough (Picador USA), which was a Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the Midland Society of Authors Award, and the Salt Lake City Tribune Best Adult Novel of the West for 2002.  His new book, The Animal Girl, is a collection of two novellas and three stories. His short fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, cited for distinction in the Best American Short Stories, short-listed for the O. Henry Award, and published in numerous journals, including Zoetrope, Oxford American, and The Southern Review.  He has also received grants and fellowships from the New York Writers Institute, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.  He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Hillary Gravendyk currently teaches at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her chapbook, The Naturalist, was published by Achiote Press in 2008. Her poetry has been published widely in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Colorado Review, 1913, and many others.

Florence Grende earned an M.F.A. from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her stories and poems have appeared in The Berkshire Review, The Women’s Times, Poetica, The Sun, and Babel Fruit. She is currently working on Legacies, a memoir about the effects of war on family.

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (Word Tech Press, 2009). He has published work in Prairie Schooner,American Letters & Commentary, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fourteen Hills, George Washington Review, Illuminations, Indiana Review, Limestone, Nimrod, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, South Dakota Quarterly, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Texas Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He has translated German poet Rolf Haufs, Austrian avant-gardist, Friederike Mayröcker; Brazilian poets, Lêdo Ivo and Marly de Oliveira; and the poems of the Portuguese language’s only Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. He also appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the video, poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup. Additionally, he is the editor for Bald Trickster Press, which is dedicated to works of poetry in translation into English. He is vice president of The Sacramento Poetry Center, Sacramento’s 30-year-old, independent literary organization, where he hosts and organizes the reading series there.

Margaret MacInnis lives and writes in Iowa City. Her most recent work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review and The Gettysburg Review. Two of her essays received notable mentions from Best American Essays 2009 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2009. SWEET LIFE, a memoir, is forthcoming.

Far From Algiers, Djelloul Marbrook’s first book of poems, won the Stan and Tom Wick Prize in 2007 and was published by Kent State University Press. His short story, “Artists Hill”, adapted from an unpublished novel, won the 2008 Literal Latté first prize in fiction. His poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Oberon, The Ledge, The Same and other journals. He is a retired newspaper editor and lives with his wife, Marilyn, in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York.

Jessica McCaughey studies creative nonfiction in George Mason University’s MFA program in Fairfax, Virginia, where she also teaches undergraduate English. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in flashquake and The Colorado Review.

elena minor’s work has been published or is forthcoming in RHINO,
Quercus Review, Puerto del Sol, Diner, Verdad, Mandorla, OCHO, Segue, Poetry Midwest, Writers At Work, Passager, 26
and The Big Ugly Review, among others. She is the founding editor of PALABRA A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art.

April Monroe lives with her three children and husband in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she is completing her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Alaska. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in Brevity, and she is currently working on a memoir called Where We Live Now. She can be reached at

Melissa Moorer is in graduate school, trying to get her PhD in geography, believe it or not. She used to be (and sort of still is) in an indie band called lipkandy. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart, but didn’t win. She worked in  advertising in NYC for many years, but chose to use her powers for good rather than evil and quit. Good doesn’t pay nearly as well, but the hours are much better.

Steve Roggenbuck has poems published or forthcoming in Cricket Online Review, nthposition, and Word For/ Word. He lives in
Michigan and blogs at //

Ranbir Sidhu is a winner of the Pushcart Prize in fiction and a 2008 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in fiction. His stories appear in Fence, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, Zyzzyva and other journals. He is also a playwright and is the author of three full-length plays. One of these, Conquistadors, is an adaptation of the story “Sanskrit,” published here. He is a 2009/10 recipient of a theater commission by the New York State Council for the Arts for a work on the Partition of India and Pakistan and has recently completed a novel.

Jen Stockdale is an MFA candidate at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches writing at Indiana University South Bend. Her work has been published in Salt Hill.

A native St. Louisan, Valerie Witte received her MFA in Writing from the
University of San Francisco. Her poetry has appeared in Eleven
, Switchback, and can also be found in The Lone Mountain Anthology, published by Achiote Press. She is currently a a member of Kelsey Street Press, as well as the g.e. collective in San Francisco. Read more of her work at