Editor's Note





Contributors' Notes

William Cordeiro is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell and teaches classes at Auburn maximum security prison. He has been awarded residencies from Risley Residential College, Provincetown Community Compact, Ora Lerman Trust, and Petrified Forest National Park. Recent work is featured in Fourteen Hills, Harpur Palate, Comstock Review, Leveler, and Sentence.

Sayantani Dasgupta's hometown is the wonderfully chaotic Delhi, India. She teaches creative writing, and South Asian history and literature at the University of Idaho. Her writing has appeared in both American and Indian journals. Her essay On Seeking Answers received a 2010 Pushcart Prize Special Mention.

Brian Dickson rides his bike around Denver cultivating awareness of phenomena around him while usually arriving at the Community College of Denver, where he teaches. He has one chapbook published, In a Heart's Rut, part of larger collaborative collection, Anything from Anywhere, from High 5 Press.

Alfredo Franco's short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Compass Rose, Eclectica, Midway, and Pembroke Magazine. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and New York University, he teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of German at Duke University.

Abe Gaustad has studied creative writing at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Camera Obscura, Third Coast, New Orleans Review, Memphis Magazine and other journals.. He is currently at work on a novel.

As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. He is author of four collections of poem, recipient of fellowships from the NEA, and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. He was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

Molly Sutton Kiefer's chapbook The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake won the 2010 Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Wicked Alice, Breakwater Review, Permafrost, and CutBank, among others. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter, where she is at work on a manuscript on (in)fertility, is finishing her MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota, and serves as assistant poetry editor to Midway Journal. More can be found at

Sara Lamers' collection of poetry A City Without Trees was published by March Street Press in 2007. A chapbook, Applause: The Patron Saint Poems, was released in April of 2010 from Pudding House Publications. Other work has appeared in journals such as Fugue, The MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, and Rattle. She teaches at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI and received an MFA in poetry from Purdue University.

Amy Lemmon is the author of Fine Motor (Sow's Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009) and co-author, with Denise Duhamel of ABBA: The Poems (Coconut Books, 2010) and Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation (Slapering Hol Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in , New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, The Journal, Barrow Street, and many other magazines and anthologies. Amy is associate professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology and lives with her two children in Astoria, Queens.

Manuel Martinez grew up in Miami and received his MFA from the University of Florida. His stories have appeared in Blackbird, The Sun, The Literarian, The Los Angeles Review as well as other publications. He is slowly moving from Gainesville, Florida to Brooklyn.

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic and painter. His books and poems received the Bordighera Poetry Prize, the Grolier Prize, two Pushcart nominations, and others. Massimilla has new work in AGNI, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, The Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He teaches at Columbia University. Website:

Christine Morando is a teacher and writer working on her MFA in fiction at Florida International University.

John Palen's Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published in 2005 by Mayapple. Since then he has had chapbooks published by March Street and Pudding House, and has work appearing or forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle, Honey Land Review, Sleet, and Press 1. He lives in Central Illinois.

Kathryn Pope teaches creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she is also director of The Bridge Program. Kathryn is author of the novel, After the Strawberry, as well as editor and co-founder of the independent digital press, Seedpod Publishing.

Michael Martin Shea is an MFA Candidate at the University of Mississippi, where he is a John and Renée Grisham Fellow in poetry. New poems are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, and elsewhere.

Tarn Wilson's essays and poems have aired on NPR, and appear in publications including Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inertia, Inlands, and A River and Sound Review, as well as the anthologies Hard Love, What's Nature Got to Do with Me, and The Poet's Guide to the Birds.

J. Caleb Winters has work published or forthcoming in Camera Obscura, the Humanist, and Fiction Writers' Review, and an interview with him can be found at Dark Sky Magazine. He lives with his wife and son in Morgantown, WV, and he teaches Humanities at West Virginia University.

Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal, as well as the author of two chapbooks, Farm (Finishing Line Press: 2010) and There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man (Apostrophe Books: 2009). She also runs WomBomb Press, which handcrafts artist books.