Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributors’ Notes


Marge Barrett, former editor of River Images and faculty advisor of Ivory Tower, has published prose and poetry in a number of magazines, including Dust and Fire, Gypsy Cab, Liminal, Fauquier Poetry Journal, New Scandia Poets, and The Broome Review. She won Creative Work awards from the College of St. Catherine, the Marcella DeBourg Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and grants to writing programs in Prague and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jody Brooks lives in Atlanta, GA, where she works as an editor, teacher, and writer. She grew up in Southern California and has a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. She is currently finishing her MFA.

Alicia Casey holds an MA in English from Austin Peay State University. She is currently completing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Mississippi, where she is a Grisham fellow and the poetry editor of the Yalobusha Review. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Main Channel Voices, Zone 3, and The Journal of the Association of Research on Motherhood. She lives in the pine forests of Water Valley with her husband and their infant daughter.

Dan Chaon is the author of the short story collections Among the Missing and Fitting Ends and Other Stories, and one novel, You Remind Me of Me. His second novel, Sleepwalk, is forthcoming from Random House. He currently teaches creative writing at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Adrianna E. Frick received a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature with an English minor from San Francisco State University, specializing in Latin and British Literatures, and decided to continue on in SFSU’s Comparative Literature Master’s program. She has previously published or presented comparative work on gender dynamics, hyper-masculinity, interpretations of misogyny and female`sexuality in the works of Ovid, the Earl of Rochester, T. S. Eliot and Guillaume Apollinaire, and thought Ice-T and Wu-Tang Clan were apparent points on the same line.Currently an Associate Professor at Georgia State University,

Beth Gylys has published two award winning collections of poetry: Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP 2004) and Bodies that Hum (1999 Silverfish Review Press). Her chapbook Matchbook, a collection of personal ad/sonnets, was published in fall 2007 by La Vita Poetica Press.

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Susan T. Layug was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Growing up without television, Susan developed her literary imagination by listening to the radio. A number of her creative nonfiction pieces have been read on Chicago Public Radio. A couple of them have won awards in the US and in the Philippines. Her poetry has appeared in the literary journals Apocalypse 14 and Our Own Voice Literary Ezine. She has some poems included in Field of Mirrors: An Anthology of Philippine American Writers. Forthcoming is a personal essay in the anthology Gravity Pulls You In. Susan lives in Chicago.

Sasha Maccabee is a literary alias for an intellectual/artist/recovering academic who has dined with Derrida, thrown Barbie dolls off the stage at Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach, and who currently teaches part-time in the University of California system. Under other names, she has published scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Laclos to South Park and has placed a bunch of short stories in places like NYCBigCityLit, CRATE, and Square Lake. Sasha lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lorenzo Bar-Cohen, and she dedicates this essay to her daughter, Miss L. Bunbury: bass-player, German speaker, and pop culture diva.

Dan Marshall is a Visiting Instructor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife, Marta Hess. He has three grown daughters. He has written all his life, but only began to teach as a second career, after being an accountant for over twenty years.

Jesse Nathan is an associate editor at McSweeney’s publishing in San Francisco. His poetry, fiction, criticism and essays have appeared in Geez, Adbusters, The Believer, McSweeney’s, The San Francisco Chronicle, Visions, Tin House and elsewhere. He lives in Berkeley.

Stewart O’Nan‘s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, The Names of the Dead, The Speed Queen, A World Away, A Prayer for the Dying, Everyday People, and the short story collection In the Walled City. In 1996, Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists.

Tom Perrotta is the author of four novels, Little Children, Joe College, Election and The Wishbones, and one short story collection, Bad Haircut. His shorter fiction has been reprinted in the Best American Short Stories series and two of his novels have been adapted into films.

Sally Pfoutz is the author of two novels, Missing Person and Red-tail. Her work has appeared in élan magazine, The Washington Post, Country Magazine, the anthology Grace & Gravity, and various literary magazines including: Phoebe, Fugue, and Hot Metal Bridge She received the 2001 Alice Abel National Literary Award and has a B.A. in English Literature from American University. She and her husband, the artist Mark Pfoutz, have two grown daughters, Erin and Nicki. They live on a farm in Virginia.

Kirk A. Pinho is a Detroit native currently pursuing his MFA in poetry at the University of Alabama.

Mike Scalise is a writer living in Washington DC, but (like everyone else in DC, apparently) is a native of Pittsburgh. His essays and articles have appeared in Post Road, SMITH, PopMatters, Mediabistro, and Zink magazine, and his work is forthcoming in Ninth Letter. He is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University.

Shya Scanlon has published poetry and prose in many online and print literary journals, including Mississippi Review, New York Quarterly, Caketrain, and Opium Magazine, which created the “Shya Scanlon Seven Line Short Story Contest” in celebration of his collection of micro-fiction entitled “In This Alone Impulse.” A series of short fictions entitled “Poolsaid” will be featured this summer in a special chapbook edition of The Literary Review devoted to showcasing a small number of writers. He will receive an MFA from Brown University in May 2008.

Elizabeth Schulte grew up in Liberty, Indiana but currently resides in Fresno, where she is pursuing an MFA and teaching at California State University. This is her first publication.

Joleen Westerdale is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at UMass/Boston. She holds a BA from UMass/Boston in German, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She is an academic librarian and lives in Boston with her partner Eric and their two cats. This is her first publication.

Michelle Wildgen is the author of a novel, You’re Not You, and editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best Food Writing, Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere.