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Book Reviews

Contributors' Notes

Anhvu Buchanan is the recipient of the 2010 James Duval Phelan Award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cream City Review, Denver Syntax, Minnesota Review, Parthenon West Review, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in San Francisco, curates The Living Room Reading Series, teaches for WritersCorps, and blogs at

Elizabeth J. Colen is the author of prose poetry collection Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books, 2010) and fiction chapbook Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake (Rose Metal Press, 2011). Find out more at:

J. P. Dancing Bear has authored ten collections of poetry including, Family of Marsupial Centaurs (Iris Press, 2011) and Inner Cities of Gulls (2010, SalmonPoetry). His poems have appeared in Third Coast, Natural Bridge, Shenandoah, Verse Daily and many others. He is editor of American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press.

Susan Falco lives in Miami, where she is an MFA candidate in Fiction at FIU. Her poetry has appeared in The Gingko Tree Review and The Louisville Review, although she feels obligated to point out that the latter was an edition featuring children's writing and she was eight at the time. But hey, at least you can't call her a dilettante.

Nick Garnett is a third-year MFA creative writing candidate at Florida International University and the nonfiction editor of Gulf Stream magazine. His memoir, Straight Guy, is with a literary agent. He is fifty-two years old, divorced, lives in South Beach and drives a 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider convertible—Ferrari red.

Bradley Harrison grew up in Colfax, Iowa, and is a graduate of Truman State University. He is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin where he studies both Poetry and Fiction and works for Bat City Review. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Devil's Lake and CutBank.

Alison Hicks has poems in recent issues of Fifth Wednesday Journal and Softblow, and forthcoming in Eclipse and Gargoyle. She is founder of Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio ( Her books include a chapbook, Falling Dreams, a novella, Love: A Story of Images, and Prompted, an anthology of work from the first 13 years of the Wordshop Studio.

Weekdays between nine and five, Jason M. Jones edits academic journals in the Philadelphia area. He spends the rest of his time writing stories and poems, some of which are forthcoming or have appeared in Gargoyle 55, Potomac Review 47, The MacGuffin and Pearl 44. For more, please visit:

Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from such places as Artifice, Best of the Net 2007, Cider Press Review, The Cortland Review, H_NGM_N, The Hollins Critic, InDigest, Sonora Review, Third Coast, and Zoland Poetry. BlazeVOX published his first collection of poems, I Thought I Was New Here, in 2009. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.

David Norman is an MFA creative writing candidate at Texas State University. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Gulf Stream, Image, American Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, Rio Grande Review, and The Ledge. He is currently working on a novel.

Leigh Phillips is an Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College with the City University of New York. Her poems and criticism most recently appeared in So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Paterson Literary Review, and The Prose Poetry Project. She has one poetry manuscript, Naked in the Heartbreak House, and she is currently writing an epistolary novel in verse.

Joseph Riippi is author of The Orange Suitcase (2011) and Do Something! Do Something! Do Something! (2009), both from Ampersand Books. Recent writing appears in The Brooklyn Rail, elimae, PANK, Emprise Review, Ep;phany, Everyday Genius, and others. He lives in New York City. Visit

TJ Rivard has been published in The Café Irreal, Oxford Magazine, Eureka Literary Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, SmokeLong Quarterly, flashquake, and the Kentucky Poetry Review. He lives in Richmond, Indiana, where he teaches creative writing at Indiana University East.

Josie Sigler's work has appeared in Water~Stone, MARGIE, Harpur Palate and others. Her chapbook, Calamity, was published by Proem Press. Her book of poems, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. She was recently awarded a Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency for Writers.

J. A. Tyler is the author of ten books including the recently released Inconceivable Wilson (Scrambler Books, 2009) and the forthcoming A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed (Fugue State Press, 2011). He is also founding editor of Mud Luscious Press. For more, visit:

Jim Walke is a writer and cubicle monkey in the mountains of southwest Virginia. He's a graduate of the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys wandering the Appalachian Trail, lying in his hammock, and lying.