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Contributors’ Notes


Gustavo Arellano is a staff writer with OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Op/Ed pages, and frequent guest on Public Radio International’s Weekend America. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. He lives in Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks’s titles include The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Affliction, Success Stories, Continental Drift, Searching for Survivors, Trailerpark, The Book of Jamaica, The New World, and Hamilton Stark. The Angel on the Roof is a collection of thirty years of Banks’ short fiction. His latest novel, The Reserve, was published in early 2008. Also in 2008, Seven Stories Press published Dreaming Up America, an American edition of his nonfiction book of essays, which was previously published in France under the title Amerique Notre Histoire.

Kyle William Butler is a visual artist living in Buffalo, New York.

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, critic and translator. She holds a PhD in literature from ISU, and an MA from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, PL. She writes both in Polish and English. In 2003 Studium published her first book in Polish. Her second book is forthcoming in Poland in 2009. Her first book of poems in English is currently pending with Graywolf. Her poems have appeared in Polish, Italian, and American journals, including: Studium and Zeszyty Literackie, Topos in Poland; Boston Review (poet’s sampler), Process, Lana Turner, Mandorla, Canary, Rhino American Letters and Commentary, The Spoon River Review, The Pebble Lake Review, XCP: Sreetnotes, Colorado Review in US; and ClanDestino, Il Giornale in Italy. Her translations of poetry appeared in Poetry Wales, the Chicago Review, Lyric, and Carnivorous Boy Carnivorous Bird (an anthology). She has also translated four books from Polish to English. She is a professor at Colby-Sawyer College in NH.

Sean Ennis is a Philadelphia, PA native and now lives in Water Valley, MS. He received his MFA from the University of Mississippi, where he teaches writing and literature. He is also an instructor for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Greensboro Review, Crazyhorse, The Texas Review, Swink, The Mississippi Review, and The Best New American Voices anthology.

Ann Fessler is a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design. She is an adoptee, and has produced many artistic projects focused on adoption. Fessler’s film-in-progress, based on her book The Girls Who Went Away (2006), places the oral histories of women who surrendered babies for adoption between the end of WWII in 1945 and the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973 in the context of the social history of the time.

Heather June Gibbons is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she won an Academy of American Poets prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Blackbird, Juked, Third Coast, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and literature at Purdue University.

Jeremy Griffin is a candidate for an MFA at Virginia Tech University, where he teaches Freshman Composition and Creative Writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird and Blood Orange Review and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, and is not ashamed of the fact that he drives a minivan.

Jeff Havens graduated from Vanderbilt University and has worked as a teacher, freelance writer, street performer, and professional comedian. His first novel, Reality, (Academy Chicago, 2006) was hailed as ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny by Kirkus Reviews and sold a whopping 400-ish copies. It is really funny, though. His latest novel, I Love You, Elizabeth, is currently being shopped to various editors by his agent, which was a ridiculously difficult thing to get. Jeff lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, McCall, and would like to meet somebody who is better at marketing and self-promotion than he is.

Susan Jostrom lives and loves living on a houseboat in Seattle, and in her 1918 cabin on the Whitefish River in Montana. She holds a MFA in creative writing and is currently enrolled in the Edit Certificate Program at the University of Washington. She currently works as a freelance editor. She has published in local Montana magazines and was a finalist in the Writers at Work essay contest.

With the publication of her first book, The Woman Warrior, in 1976, Maxine Hong Kingston entered into the literary fray surrounding the border between nonfiction and fiction. Kingston has been nominated to receive the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in November 2008. In addition to numerous other awards, she has been titled a “Living Treasure of Hawaii.” Her other books include China Men; Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book; Hawaii One Summer; To Be the Poet; Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace; and The Fifth Book of Peace.

Don Lee is the author most recently of the novel Wrack and Ruin from W.W. Norton. He is also the author of the novel Country of Origin which won an American Book Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and a Mixed Media Watch Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, and the story collection Yellow, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Members Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. In November 2007, he received the inaugural Fred R. Brown Literary Award for emerging novelists from the University of Pittsburgh’s creative writing program.

Gus Mircos is currently a first-year MFA candidate in the fiction writing program at Colorado State University, where he also completed his undergraduate work. He is currently working on his first novel and a plethora of short stories. This is his first publication.

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), and Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003). He edits the poetry magazine Abraham Lincoln.

Craig Santos Perez is a co-founder of Achiote Press and author of from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008). His poetry, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others.

Dr. David Prescott-Steed currently lectures in Cultural History and Theory in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Edith Cowan University. He also works within the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia. Recent publications include “Playing in the Abyss: Generating Potential Space” (2008) in LITERA: Journal of Western Literature, Vol. 21 (2), University of Istanbul; “Surface and Depth: (Inter)facing the Abyssal Zone” (2008) in Octopus: A Visual Studies Journal, Vol. 4: “Surface,” University of California; “Black Sea Abyss: Chaos and Writing in Ancient Mesopotamia” (2008) in TRANS – Revue de littérature générale et comparée, No. 6: “Écriture et Chaos,” Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III.

Karen Sánchez-Eppler is the author of two books: Dependent States: The Child’s Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism and the Politics of the Body. The Unpublished Republic: Manuscript Cultures of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S. is the title of her current book project. She is a Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College and recently helped launch the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

Wesley Sims is currently finishing his Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the direction of Madhu Dubey. He will complete and defend his dissertation in spring 2009. He has presented papers at the following conferences: Rocky Mountain MLA, Midwest MLA, MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US), and MLG (Marxist Literary Group).

Gordon Stettinius is a bon vivant and salad spinner technician, who is not only living in, but really living in Richmond, Virginia. His constitution rivals that of savannah animals and malapropistically speaking he is a mangler of ideas and casual acquaintances. He also teaches adjunct at Virginia Commonwealth University.

After spending the last two years living in China and West Africa, Steven Weinberg has recently landed in San Francisco. Where, for some reason or another, he has developed a fascination for jellyfish. When he is not painting those, he is working on a graphic novel with his girlfriend, Casey, a writer, all about their travels. Incidentally, the lovely words accompanying some of these pieces are Casey’s. See their work at //

Heather Winterer received her MFA from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Schaeffer Fellow in Poetry. She is currently teaching at the College of Northern New Mexico in Espanola and living in Santa Fe Country. Publications include American Poetry Review (pending), Tusculum Review, Interim, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New Delta Review, The Journal, Nimrod, Literal Latte, and La Fovea. This year her manuscript, The Two Standards, was a finalist for the Poets out Loud Prize and the Motherwell Prize. She also won the 2008 Tusculum Review Prize for poetry, judged by Mary Jo Bang.

Matt Wise is a graduate student in The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently the prose editor for Bombay Gin literary magazine and he hopes to visit Detroit soon.