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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

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christopher bakken
Christopher Bakken – Stake
Christopher Bakken is the author of two books: Goat Funeral (which the Texas Institute of Letters awarded its prize for the best book of poetry published in 2006) and After Greece (winner of the 2001 T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry). He is also co-translator of The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. His poems, essays and translations have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, The Seattle Review, Agni and Third Coast. He teaches at Allegheny College.

kate burgo

Kate Burgo – But Where’s It Coming From?
Kate Burgo was raised in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She later moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with her fiancé and works as a Senior Editor for a healthcare communications company. This is her first publication.

brian evenson
Brian Evenson – Headlessness
Brian Evenson is the Director of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University. He is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novel The Open Curtain and The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection). He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frèmon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.

erin fitzgerald
Erin Fitzgerald – 75 percent, by 2015
Erin Fitzgerald lives in Connecticut, and at Her stories have appeared in Hobart, Flashshot, and the anthology Jigsaw Nation: Science Fiction Stories of Secession. Her hat size is about 7 5/8.

tod goldberg
Tod Goldberg – Palm Springs
Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, & Fake Liar Cheat and, most recently, the story collection Simplify, winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize and a finalist for the SCBA Award in Fiction. He lives in La Quinta, CA with his wife Wendy and is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

daphne gottlieb
Daphne Gottlieb – Interview
San Francisco-based writer Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author and/or editor of five books of poetry and fiction, most recently the
graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious, with her sixth and seventh books, Kissing Dead Girls and Fucking Daphne, coming soon. Check out her web site at
roy kesey
Roy Kesey – Krazy
Roy Kesey grew up in northern California, and now lives in Beijing with his wife and children. His work has appeared in more than sixty magazines and anthologies, including McSweeney’s, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Future Dictionary of America, New Sudden Fiction and Best American Short Stories. He’s the author of a historical travel guide to the city of Nanjing, a novella called Nothing in the World, and a collection of short stories called All Over.

jason erik lundberg
Jason Erik Lundberg – Screwhead
Jason Erik Lundberg is an American expatriate living in Singapore, and the author of The Time Traveler’s Son (Papaveria Press), Four Seasons in One Day (Two Cranes Press, with Janet Chui), and over three dozen articles and short stories. His fiction has most recently appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer, Text:UR – The New Book of Masks, The Third Alternative, Farrago’s Wainscot and Electric Velocipede, among others. He can’t get enough of teh tarik, a frothy Malaysian “pulled tea” served at volcanic temperatures and sweetened with condensed milk. His website can be found at

kevin moffett
Kevin Moffettinterview
Kevin Moffett lives and teaches writing in San Bernadino, California. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Best American Short Stories 2006, McSweeney’s, Tin House and The Believer, among other publications. His first collection of short stories, Permanent Visitors, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, judged by George Saunders. He is currently working on his second collection of short stories.

kevin o-cuinn
Kevin O’Cuinn –
Name Dropping, Or How I Became a Tourist Attraction
Kevin O’Cuinn grew up in Ireland and now lives in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to living in Germany, Kevin spent six years and nine days in Paris. It’s a long story. Kevin has a blog.

Ed – thanks for sending the Headless-appropriate axe-wielding photo, Kevin!

jack pendarvis
Jack Pendarvis – The Rusty Hoe
Jack Pendarvis is the author of two books of short stories. His novel Awesome, from which his contribution is excerpted, will be published next year by MacAdam/Cage. He is currently the visiting writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi.

Awesome cover illustration by Mike Mitchell

justin runge
Justin Runge – Movies About Horses and The Terror
Currently, Justin is a candidate for a Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Alabama, where he currently serves on the staff of Black Warrior Review. He has previously been published in Flintlock, which awarded him the Boatright Award in 2005.

George Saunders

George Saunders reads at Pitt (video)
George Saunders is the author of The Braindead Megaphone, In Persuasion Nation, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, Pastoralia, CilvilWarLand in Bad Decline, and a children’s book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and a Guggenheim fellowship. He writes for the New Yorker, Harper’s and GQ, and is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards. He teaches creative writing at Syracuse University.

richard siken
Richard Siken – Ventriloquism
Richard Siken’s poetry collection Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Indiana Review and Forklift, Ohio, as well as in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2000 and Legitimate Dangers. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

patsy zettler
Patsy Zettler – Me and Pickle Baby
Patsy Zettler, a newspaper columnist, writes humorous essays and creative non-fiction. Sometimes she tosses in a poem. Since graduating from Webster University of St. Louis with a master’s degree in media communications, she’s written for several non-profits. Though it sounds noble, it really just means she never gets paid for writing. Shamefully, Patsy admits living in the sprawling suburbs of St. Louis with her hyper dog, grouchy husband, and five television sets. None of which are conducive to getting any writing done. She dreams of running away, but never gets farther than a dusty corner in the local coffee shop, hiding behind a dilapidated laptop.