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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

In This Issue


Hannah Buckland: From Wisconsin, graduated from Knox College in June, currently working a lot: on an MLIS at Pitt, at a music library, and at a bagel shop. Not afraid of bridges.

Samantha Cohen’s fiction has been published in Black Clock, Joyland, PANK, Storyglossia, New Orleans Review, and other places. She teaches Semiotics of Fashion at CalArts, is the creative editor of the online journal Gaga Stigmata, and lives behind the Scientology building in Los Angeles.

Serena Chopra is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder’s MFA program and is the 2011 Writer-In-Residence at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She is recently published in the Denver Quarterly, Fact-Simile, The Laurel Review, VOLT, Versal, Vinyl and No Tell Motel. Her chapbook, Speaking to Your Man, was released in August 2010 by Peninsulas Now Press. Her latest chapbook, Penumbra will be released in 2012 from Flying Guillotine Press. Coconut books will release her still-to-be-titled, first full-length book in 2013. She is a 2010 Kundiman fellow and the co-founder and curator of TitMouse Magazine and art events.

Tessa Fontaine is in the MFA program at the University of Alabama where she works as Black Warrior Review’s Nonfiction Editor. She has work in, or forthcoming from, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, PANK, Brevity and more. Originally from the Bay Area, Tessa is happy to call Tuscaloosa home these days.

John Haggerty’s work has appeared in Confrontation, Los Angeles Review, Opium Magazine, Santa Monica Review, and War, Literature & The Arts, among others. He was a runner-up for the 2007 Bridport Prize and a finalist for the 2011 Scott Prize. He is a first year MFA student at San Francisco State University and at work on a novel.

B.J. Hollars is the author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, and the editor of You Must Be This Tall To Ride (Writer’s Digest Books, 2009), Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings (Pressgang, 2012) and The Borderlands: Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction (University of Nebraska Press, 2012). His chapbook, “In Defense of Monsters” is forthcoming form Origami Zoo Press.

Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She misses the middling hills of the East Bay. “Walking” is a chapter from her novel in progress Memory Alone. See more at

Charmi Keranen holds a BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Passages North, Sugar House Review, and Inter|rupture. She lives with her husband live in Northern Indiana, where she works as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts.

Steve Klepetar teaches literature and writing at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota. His work has received several Pushcart nominations and his chapbook, Thirty-six Crows, was recently published by erbacce-press.

Catherine Lacey’s fiction has appeared lately in Wigleaf, Elimae and Fifty-Two Stories and recent essays and interviews have been published or are forthcoming in BlackBook, HTMLGIANT and The Believer. She is one of the founding owners of 3B, a cooperatively-run B&B in Brooklyn. Her first nonfiction book, We Don’t Talk About Things Like That, will hopefully find a home soon, and the excerpt here is from a novel-in-progress that might be titled I Have Something To Tell You.

Tara Laskowski ( is the senior editor for SmokeLong Quarterly (, an online flash-fiction literary journal. Her short story manuscript, Black Diamond City, won the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. She has had numerous stories published online and in print, and her work will be featured in two upcoming anthologies: Stripped: A Collection of Anonymous Flash Fiction and a collection of Washington, D.C., women’s fiction to be published by Paycock Press. Tara is originally from Pennsylvania and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, mystery writer and book reviewer Art Taylor.

Lawrence Lenhart is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona. His favorite writers are his pen pals from the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. He has been calmly fussing over geopolitical issues such as expatriation, religious fundamentalism, and what Salman Rushdie calls imaginary homelands. He is also the blog editor for the Sonora Review.

Sida Li’s work has appeared in The Saint Ann’s Review, Staccato Fiction, The Minetta Review, The Broome Street Review, and The Boston Literary Magazine.

Sally Wen Mao is a Kundiman fellow pursuing her MFA at Cornell University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cream City Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Post Road, Sycamore Review, and West Branch. She likes trees, rivers, and mangoes.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and Requiem for the Orchard. He is the co-author of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Persona Poetry and co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. He teaches at Western Washington University.

Ben Philippe is currently completing an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX and a co-founder of the small comic press Draw More Inc. His fiction has previously appeared in the Carte Blanche literary journal and the Columbia Review.

Dan Raphael was born & raised in Pittsburgh, but has lived 3 decades in Portland. Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems (WordCraft of Oregon, 2010) contains work from his first 13 collections. A book of new work, The State I’m In (nine muses books) will be out 2/29/12. Current poems appear in Rattapallax, Otoliths, Skidrow Penthouse and Caliban.

Laurence Ross holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. He lives, writes, and teaches in Tuscaloosa, AL. His essays have appeared in Brevity, Mason’s Road, Bluestem, The Offending Adam, Gaga Stigmata, and elsewhere. He has recently completed a novel, Also, I’m Dying, in which characters deliver performances of crisis, education, anarchy, vanity, husband, wife, child, and alcoholism, among other things.

Steven D. Schroeder’s first book is Torched Verse Ends. His poetry is available or forthcoming from Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Barn Owl Review, Prime Number, and Drunken Boat. He edits the online poetry journal Anti- and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.

Peter Schwartz’s poetry has been featured in PANK, Opium, and the Columbia Review. He’s also an artist, comedian, and dedicated kayaker. More at:

Jim Walke grew up in Michigan and still has near-freezing Yankee Lake water in his blood. Following college he was a stage actor for a decade or so, living in and touring dozens of states while getting paid very little to swing swords and kiss pretty girls. Gravity, advancing age and the promise of health insurance have finally dragged him to a halt in southwest Virginia close to the Appalachian Trail. He received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in 2010. His recent work has appeared in Ampersand Review, Gulf Stream and Jersey Devil Press, and in the 2011 anthology Surreal South from Press53.

Quinn White is a MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. Her poetry has appeared in The Straddler, A Bad Penny Review, and is forthcoming in Dirtflask.

Angela Veronica Wong’s Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter was selected by Bob Hicok as a winner of the 2011 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. She is also the author of the chapbooks 25 little red poems (dancing girl press 2012), to know this (Cy Gist Press 2009), and All the Little Red Girls (Flying Guillotine Press 2009). Her first full-length collection of poems is entitled how to survive a hotel fire and is forthcoming from Coconut Books in Spring 2012.