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Contributors' Notes

Jennifer Ammon has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University in Miami. She was the recipient of the graduate creative nonfiction award at the 2008 FIU Literary Awards Competition. Jennifer recently finished a novel, A Girl From Ohio.

Michael Bazzett's poems have appeared in West Branch, Green Mountains Review, Best New Poets, Diagram, and The MacGuffin, among others. He was the winner of the 2008 Bechtel Prize from Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. New poems are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Bateau, The Los Angeles Review and Sentence.

Corey Campbell, a New Orleans resident and a Warren Wilson MFA Program student, has published short fiction in Anderbo, The Coachella Review, The New Southerner, Staccato, and The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology. Her story, "Everyday Things," was featured in the New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles.

Erin Elizabeth Clune is an independent writer and radio producer. Her radio essays have aired on All Things Considered, To the Best of Our Knowledge, and the WPR series, Wisconsin Life. She has a doctorate in U.S. history, and has published academic pieces in Radical History Review, and The Journal of Southern History. She often posts shorter and more humorous pieces on her blog, Life After NY.

Jennifer Fandel's poetry has appeared in The Laurel Review, The Chiron Review, Relief, and the Prentice-Hall textbook Higher Education: A Reader for College Lives and is forthcoming in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She is a contributing editor for River Styx.

The poems in Gretchen Fletcher's latest chapbook, The Scent of Oranges: poems from the tropics, were inspired by the flora and fauna of South Florida. She grew up in Palm Beach, went to the University of Miami, and now lives in Ft. Lauderdale.

Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion. She reported live via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV (Los Angeles), and other news outlets and wrote several columns for her local newspaper. Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed anthology (Female Nomad & Friends, June 2010) and one appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 (Travelers Tales, June 2011). An independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt spent three months in Syria in 2008, volunteering with Iraqi refugees. "Still Alive" is one of several award-winning essays in her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees. A recipient of five writing fellowships, she's lived in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Ajijic, Mexico. She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker who blogs at

Lauren Hilger is currently an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she serves as Managing Editor of LUMINA. Recent poems can be found or are forthcoming in Sonora Review, Caper, The Scrambler, Moon Milk Review, ASKEW, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and The Westchester Review, among others. She lives in Manhattan.

Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, teaches natural science at Boston University. He has published a variety of prose and poetry in more than three dozen journals. In 2009, he published his first book, The Bluffer's Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books, UK) and in 2010 he published his first chapbook, Evidence for Rainfall (Pen and Anvil Press). Some of his writing links can be found at He lives in Boston, MA.

Jason Jones is originally from Virginia. He is currently an MFA student at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat is an MFA student in Creative Writing at Florida International University. Her fiction has appeared in The Caribbean Writer and MiamiArtZine and she is a fiction editor for Sliver of Stone, an online literary magazine.

Angie Kim came to the US from Korea as a child and learned English by reading her aunt's Sidney Sheldon books. She continued to hone her English skills as a Stanford Daily writer and Harvard Law Review Editor. Her work has appeared in Slate and was awarded Finalist in Glimmer Train's 2011 Very Short Fiction Competition.

Angela Eun Ji Koh taught English in Seoul, Korea and became a translating assistant in Tokyo, Japan. After teaching 11th grade comparative literature in Santa Ana, California, she moved to live in New York City. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Juked, Entasis, and elsewhere.

Adam Moorad's writing has widely appeared in print and online. He is the author of Prayerbook (wft pwm, 2010), I Went To The Desert (Thunderclap Press, 2010), Oikos (nonpress, 2010), and Book of Revelations (Artistically Declined Press, 2011). He lives in Brooklyn. Visit him here:

Mariah Robbins grew up in Pennsylvania and spent her undergraduate years at Williams College. She received her MFA in fiction writing from New York University. She is currently working on a collection of stories about Ruby and Eliza, as well as a spy novel. This is her first published story.

Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Recipient of the Artsmith Literary Award, his work appears in Natural Bridge, Water~Stone Review, New York Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, and Fourteen Hills, among others.

Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of five chapbooks and seven full-length poetry books. Her verse biography, A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her latest collection, Crow Mercies, 2010, received the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx Press.

Peter Stenson has stories and essays published or forthcoming in Blue Mesa Review, Crate, Post Road, The Pinch, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, and Upstreet. He is currently working on his MFA in fiction at Colorado State University. He is in the middle of his endeavor to bowl 365 days in a row.

Jason Tandon is the author of two collections of poetry, Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt and Wee Hour Martyrdom. You can read more about his work at

William Dillon Tripp is a 23 year old jack-of-all-trades from Queen City, Texas, who writes southern-focused nonfiction. Tripp has held many jobs, everything from welder's helper to being a phonetics tutor in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Southern Arkansas University with an English degree in Dec. 2010. Contact him

This year Gregory J. Wolos' stories have or will appear in several journals, including elimae, Underground Voices, Apple Valley Review, and Prick of the Spindle. He has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and been named a finalist in several competitions. He lives and writes in upstate New York.