Cezarija Abartis’ (Fiction) Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Per Contra, Prime Number, Waccamaw, and New York Tyrant, among others. One of her flashes was included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 list of flash fiction of 2011. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University.
Jack Allen (Fiction) studies creative writing and English literature at Concordia University in Montreal. While sometimes submitting his own stories to publications, he prefers working with writers to develop their talents and expose them to an audience. Jack is the fiction editor at The Void Magazine and has recently launched his own project, The Trapshot Archives, a small press that focuses on contemporary literary and visual arts. (Find an introduction to his short story, “La Dame du Lac,” here.)
Barry Basden (Poetry) lives in the Texas hill country but often dreams of German beer and an old apartment overlooking the Heidelberg castle. He’s been published here and there and edits Camroc Press Review.
Author and acclaimed translator Susan Bernofsky (Writer2), Chair of the PEN Translation Committee, has translated eighteen books, including six by the great Swiss-German modernist writer Robert Walser, as well as novels by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori and others. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the 2012 Hermann Hesse Translation Prize as well as awards and fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, the PEN Translation Fund, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. She teaches in the MFA program at Queens College (CUNY) and blogs about translation at www.translationista.org.
Keith Birthday (Poetry) lived in Siberia, and some of the poetry published in fwriction : review is about how living there with limited Russian abilities was difficult. And, girls, too. He lives in Philadelphia. If you Google him, you can find his blog and email address.
Walter Bjorkman (Fiction) is a writer from Brooklyn, NY now residing in the mountains of Pennsylvania and is Associate Editor of THRUSH Poetry Journal. His poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Word Riot, Scrambler, Poets & Artists, THIS Literary Magazine, Connotation Press, Foliate Oak, Wilderness House Literary Review, A-Minor, Blue Print Review, Metazen and others. His collection of short stories, Elsie’s World, was published in January 2011.
Ann Bogle’s (Nonfiction—Fictionaut Issue) short stories have appeared in recent online publications including BLIP, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, Wordgathering, Whale Sound, Wigleaf, Big City Lit, and others. She is creative nonfiction and book reviews co-editor at Mad Hatters’ Review and fiction reader at Drunken Boat.A collection of her work called Country Without a Name is forthcoming from Argotist Ebooks in 2011.
Mel Bosworth (Fiction) is the author of the novel FREIGHT. His work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Per Contra, New World Writing, and Melville House, among others. Excerpts from CAMOUFLAGE COUNTRY, co-written with author Ryan Ridge with illustrations by Jacob Heustis, are forthcoming in McSweeney’s Small Chair and The Santa Monica Review.
Matthew Boyd (Fiction) is the founder and editor of Staccato. You can read more of his work at Slice Magazine, Duck & Herring Co., and The Blotter. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and plays on a literary basketball team named Jane Air.
Sarah Bridgins (Poetry) is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, InDigest, Bone Bouquet, Pear Noir!, Thrush, and Two Serious Ladies, among other journals. She can be found once a month at the reading/performance series Derangement of the Senses, and you can find links to her writing at http://sarahbridgins.blogspot.com.
Laura Brown (Writer2) is the Associate Editor of fwriction : review, focused primarily on poetry and translations. A graduate student in literature at NYU, Brown spends twenty-eight hours a day with Thomas Bernhard, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Marcel Proust, and other brilliant writers. She often sings in German, and her skills with apple pancakes are unprecedented. In addition to a keen editorial eye, Brown paints in her spare time. She currently serves as an intern for New Directions.
Bryanna A. Buchanan (Nonfiction—High School Writers’ Issue) is a high school senior in New York City. Additionally, she attends the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity program, where she has been often recognized for her creative writing. She and her professors love her puffy hair.
Cindy Caban (Fiction—High School Writers’ Issue) is a junior at Millennium High School. She lives in Williamsburg, a neighborhood that continues to change. She has Hispanic blood running through her veins and is very proud of it. She feels lucky to have discovered that she is passionate about writing. She loves to let myself go in writing and let words drip from her tongue. She loves to write poems and fiction, to create an image in her mind and write all her thoughts down. It’s her way of expressing and learning about herself. Her goal is to take her writing career further in the future and write a novel. She wants to be able to inspire other people by giving them hope and showing that if you work hard, you can make a difference in someone else’s life through your writing. Writing allows her to be herself. She loves to spend time with her family; she is an aunt to a two-year-old nephew who always makes her smile. This is her second year in Girls Write Now.
Lauren Carlson (Nonfiction) lives in rural southwest Minnesota with her husband and two sons. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Grand Valley State University. For writing fragments and contact go to www.witnessandthewhale.com.
Angie Chatman (Nonfiction) earned her MFA in creative writing from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her articles have appeared in various local magazines. In addition to her MFA, Angie holds MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Born and raised in Chicago, Angie lives in Des Moines with her husband, Eric, and three children.
Kim Chinquee (Writer2) is the author of the collections Oh Baby, Pretty, and Pistol. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Huffington Post, NOON, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fiction, The Mississippi Review, The Notre Dame Review, The South Carolina Review, New York Tyrant, Best of the Web 2010, The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses 2007, and many others. She is an associate professor of English at Buffalo State College.
Guy Choate (Nonfiction) currently lives in Richmond, Virginia where he is desperately trying to finish an MFA thesis through the University of New Orleans about probably not being a gambling addict. He has published work with Trop Magazine, FortyOunceBachelors and Unsure If I Will Allow My Beard to Grow for Much Longer, among other places. He also maintains a photo-a-day blog at www.getoutofthisplace.tumblr.com.
James Claffey (Fiction) hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA, with his wife, the writer and artist, Maureen Foley, their daughter, Maisie, and Australian cattle-dog, Rua. His work appears in many places, including The New Orleans Review, Elimae, Necessary Fiction, Connotation Press, and Word Riot. He can be found at www.jamesclaffey.com.
Leilani Clark (Nonfiction) lives in Santa Rosa, California, where she is a staff writer at the North Bay Bohemian. Her writing has appeared in Storyscape, Noyo River Review, Clamor, Shareable, the Cleveland Scene, and the Sacramento News and Review. She received an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2008. She also makes zines, does readings and teaches creative writing workshops as one half of Petals and Bones.
Sean Conway (Fiction) holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans, and teaches writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His fiction has appeared in various print and digital literary journals, including Digital Americana Magazine, Collected Stories, Perigee, and others. He’s been nominated for a Million Writers Award and is the recipient of the Jack Kerouac Award, funded by the Kerouac Estate. Most recently, he received a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship. He lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sian Cummins (Fiction) lives in Manchester, UK with her boyfriend, rats and the world’s largest cat. She is working on a second novel while the first one goes househunting. She has also written for Time Out Shortlist and Creative Tourist.
mensah demary (Fiction), whose prose has appeared in Up The Staircase, Monkeybicycle, Hippocampus Magazine, Used Furniture Review, and is forthcoming in Ginger Piglet and PANK Magazine, is co-founder & editor-in-chief of Specter Literary Magazine. mensah is also a regular contributor for PANK Magazine’s blog, Hippocampus, ArtFaccia,and Peripheral Surveys. mensah currently lives in southern New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.mensahdemary.com.
Born on the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic, Sharline Dominguez (Fiction—High School Writers’ Issue) came to reside in Brooklyn, NY in 1997, when she was only three years old, holding Papi’s hand in JFK Airport. She is currently a graduating senior at Brooklyn College Academy and will be attending Amherst College as a Quest Scholar next fall. Overly obsessed with detail and observing silently, she is often a wallflower. She considers writing her very own honor code, an ideology she follows because it keeps her sane. She thanks Sponsors for Educational Opportunity for helping her realize that her writing and, more importantly, voice deserve to be heard by others. After submitting a memoir piece to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards last year, she won a Regional Silver Key, but this year, she aims for gold. She is highly fond of the piano and its delicacy, though she cannot play it. As for her writing goals, she wants to double major in English and Latin American studies. Aware that the world changes every day and people fall in love, for now Sharline is pro-graffiti, stating, “It is an art form that deserves criticism, but respect, because behind the murals in alleyways and on chimneys, there are writers just like you and me.”
Zoe Dzunko (Fiction) is a writer from Melbourne, Australia and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing. She writes poetry and short fiction and her work has been published in numerous print and online journals, such as Softblow, Otoliths, Gutter Eloquence, Capsule and SWAMP. She is the Marketing Coordinator at Kill Your Darlings.
Rhys Leyshon Evans (Fiction) is 23. His work has appeared in Vol.1 Brooklyn, Oh Francis and pressboardpress.com. Rhys has work forthcoming in The Montreal Review and Specter Literary Magazine. More info can be found at http://rhysleyshonevans.tumblr.com/.
Sarah Flynn (Nonfiction / Writer2) lives in Brooklyn, NY. People used to pay her to hang out with bands all day and now they pay her to hang out with books. She has previously written about music for publications such as The L Magazine, Impose, & Crawdaddy. In her spare time, she can be found hanging out with bourbon, words, or possibly you. She exists on Twitter at @flynnwaslike.
Michaela Freeman (Translation / Translation / Translation—born 1975 in Prague, Czech Republic) is a multilateral creative professional. When working on literary translation, she collaborates with her husband, American writer Jim Freeman. Michaela is a writer, web site and digital art designer, creativity course facilitator. Founder of two non-profit organizations, she is active in English-language literary events. For more information, visit www.michaela-freeman.com.
Shelley Frisch (Translation/Nonfiction—Sidney W. Vernick Award in Nonfiction) holds a doctorate in German literature from Princeton University. During the years she taught at Columbia University, she served as Executive Editor of The Germanic Review, and later chaired the bi-college German department at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She has written and lectured extensively on modern German literature, film, and cabaret, the political and linguistic dimensions of German writing in exile, and translation theory and practice, and has contributed entries to American National Biography and the Encyclopedia of German Literature. Her book on the origin of language theories, The Lure of the Linguistic, was published in 2004. Her essay, “Transnational Transplants on Tenterhooks: A Pastiche of Pitted Paths to a New Heimat,” will appear in Trans-Lit2 this summer. Her many translations from the German include biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka, for which she was awarded the 2007 Modern Language Association Translation Prize for a Scholarly Study of Literature. She is active in the PEN American Center Translation Committee and the Princeton Research Forum, and co-directs translation workshops with German colleague Karen Nölle. Frisch is now translating the third and final volume of Reiner Stach’s Kafka biography as well as a dual biography of Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey. (Read our Translator Three-Pack with Shelley Frisch.)
Róbert Gál (Translation / Translation) is a Prague-based Slovak writer, the author of several books of philosophical aphorisms and the novels Krídlovanie and Agnómia (2006, 2008, in Czech 2010, forthcoming in English 2014). A selection of Gál’s aphorisms, together with his work Znaky a príznaky, was published in 2003 in English translation: Signs & Symptoms (Twisted Spoon Press). Róbert Gál’s work has appeared widely in anthologies and journals including New European Poets, 3:AM Magazine, Absinthe: New European Writing, The Black Herald, and fwriction:review. An extensive excerpt from Agnómia was selected for Best European Fiction 2012 (Dalkey Archive Press).
S.H. Gall (Fiction) writes flash fiction. His work can be found in such diverse markets as SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, Metazen, Nanoism, Monkeybicycle, and decomP magazinE, to name a few. New work is forthcoming in Pure Slush and Verbumcavus. He is reviewed in Five Star Literary Stories, and unpublished pieces can be found on Fictionaut.
Roxane Gay’s (Fiction) writing appears or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, Cream City Review, Annalemma, McSweeney’s (online), and others. She is the co-editor of PANK, an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, and can be found at http://www.roxanegay.com. Her first collection, Ayiti, will be released in 2011.
Howie Good (Poetry), a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011).
Stephen Hastings-King (Fiction) lives by a salt marsh in Essex, Massachusetts where he makes constraints, works with prepared piano and writes entertainments of various kinds. Some of his sound work is available at www.clairaudient.org. His short fictions have appeared in Sleepingfish, Black Warrior Review, elimae, Ramshackle Review, Blue Fifth Review and elsewhere.
Vladimír Havrilla (Translation—born 1943 in Bratislava, Slovakia) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and later worked there as a professor in the Sculpture Department. From the 1970’s he focused on experimental film and classic and conceptual sculpture, along with traditional media such as drawing, painting and ceramics. From the end of the 1990’s he devoted his time to computer graphics and digital 3D animation. In 2007 he published a book titled Filmové poviedky (Film Short Stories) in the Petrus Publishing House. For more information, visit www.havrilla.net.
William Henderson (Fiction) is a Boston-based writer who writes about love and other lies (hendersonhouseofcards.com), takes care of his children (Avery and Aurora), makes money as a freelance writer and editor, and rarely reads directions. He’d love to get a package from Pandora, wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine.
Stephanie Hernandez (Poetry—High School Writers’ Issue) is a high school senior in New York City. Additionally, she attends the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity program, where her art won an award and was featured in SEO’s premiere literary journal, The Day We Saved a Butterfly, in 2011. A recent Quest Scholar, Stephanie will attend Washington and Lee University in the fall.
Frank Hinton (Fiction) lives in Halifax and edits the daily fiction litzine metazen.ca. Frank has had fiction published in Lamination Colony, PANK, Kill Author, Wigleaf and a bunch of other great literary magazines. Frank’s chapbook I don’t respect female expression is soon to be released by Safety Third Enterprises.
Brett Elizabeth Jenkins (Poetry) lives in Minnesota with her husband and no children. She is the poetry editor at Stymie and blogs for Specter Magazine. Look for her poems in Beloit Poetry Journal, Potomac Review, PANK, and elsewhere. Visit her online at http://brettejenkins.blogspot.com.
Len Joy (Nonfiction) lives in Evanston, Illinois. Recent work has appeared in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Johnny America, Specter Magazine, Washington Pastime, Hobart, Annalemma, Pindeldyboz, and The Daily Palette (Iowa Review). His novel, American Jukebox, about a minor league baseball player whose life unravels after he fails to make it to the major leagues, will be published by Hark! New Era Publishing in early 2013. His blog, “Do Not Go Gentle…” chronicles his pursuit of USA Triathlon Age-Group Championships. In June 2012, he completed his first Ironman at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
A native of a decaying Pennsylvania steel town (the one from the Billy Joel song), Emily Kiernan (Fiction) writes about islands, vaudeville, implacable but unjustified feelings of abandonment, the West, and places that aren’t the way she remembered them. Her work has appeared in PANK, The Collagist, The Good Men Project, Monkeybicycle, Cobalt, Atticus Review, and other journals. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.
David Kirby (Poetry) teaches English at Florida State University. The Times of London has called his Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll “a hymn to the emancipatory power of nonsense.” His latest poetry collection is Talking About Movies With Jesus, and there’s more information on www.davidkirby.com.
Jen Knox (Fiction) is a professor of English and Writing Center coordinator at San Antonio College. She is the author of To Begin Again (2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner, short story category), and her shorter works have appeared or are forthcoming in Annalemma, Eclectic Flash, Gargoyle, Narrative Magazine, Short Story America, Superstition Review and elsewhere. For more about Jen, visit her website here: http://www.jenknox.com.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé (Fiction) has two new chapbooks Between Pineapple and Parsley and Let Dinggedicht Speak, from Ronin Press and Silkworms Ink. Trained in book publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, Desmond has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. He also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Emily Koon (Fiction) is a writer from North Carolina. Her previous work has appeared in Meridian, Juked, decomP, Camera Obscura and other publications. Emily has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and can be found blogging nervously at thebookdress.com.
Len Kuntz (Fiction—Fictionaut Issue / Writer2) is a writer from Washington State whose work appears widely online and in print. Additionally, Len is an editor at the online literary magazine Metazen. Len’s story collection from Aqueous Books debuts in 2014. You can find him at lenkuntz.blogspot.com.
Andrew Ladd (Fiction) is the blog editor for Ploughshares. His fiction has appeared in Apalachee Review, CICADA, and Paper Darts, and his nonfiction in Open Letters Monthly, The Rumpus, PANK’s “This Modern Writer” series, and others. His first novel, What Ends, was the winner of the 2012 AWP Prize in the Novel, and is forthcoming from New Issues Press.
Casey Lefante (Nonfiction) earned her MFA from The Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. Her fiction has appeared in Third Coast, Zone 3, and Slush Pile, and she was shortlisted for Gravity Fiction. She currently teaches at an all-girl high school in New Orleans, which just happens to be the best city in America. But perhaps she is biased.
Sara Lippmann’s (Fiction) stories have appeared in Our Stories, PANK, Big Muddy, Slice Magazine, Women Arts Quarterly, and elsewhere. She co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a monthly NYC reading series, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Paul Lisicky (Fiction) is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Five Points, Story Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Subtropics, and been widely anthologized. He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, NYU, Rutgers-Newark, and Sarah Lawrence. His novel, The Burning House, is just out. His collection of short prose, Unbuilt Projects, is forthcoming in Fall 2012. This spring, he’s the Visiting Writer in the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Nicholas Mainieri (Nonfiction) lives in New Orleans. You can find his work in places like The Southern Review and Sou’wester, as well as online at Hobart and NOLAFugees.com. He still plans to be the only fighter pilot to ever start a Major League Baseball All-Star Game and own a pet dinosaur. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel the urge.
Brent McKnight (Fiction) enjoys growing beards. He lives in Seattle with small dogs named Bronson and Swayze, once earned an MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, and writes about movies for beyondhollywood.com, popmatters.com, and culturemob.com. On good days his knees still hurt, and once, in Mexico, some drunken friends referred to him as “a unicorn rock god.”
Liz Minette (Poetry) lives near Duluth, MInnesota & Lake Superior. She has been writing poems for about 10 years and some publication credits include Poydras Review, Fade Poetry Journal, Poetry Super Highway, Third Wednesday & Earth’s Daughters. She finds herself employed at a community access television station in downtown Duluth.
Kenny Mooney (Fiction / Writer2) is a writer and musician from Glasgow, Scotland. He was born in Berlin just to be difficult. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Emprise Review, >kill author, Spilling Ink Review, Metazen, Fractured West and others. He also makes music as Novak. He blogs at This Is Dragline.
Keith Moul (Poetry) in his retirement leads a special life. He writes poems and takes photos. He’s published poems widely for more than 40 years, and his photos have begun appearing widely as well. Sometimes, he writes poems to accompany his photos. Blue & Yellow Dog Press released The Grammar of Mind in 2010, while Red Ochre Press recently published Beautiful Agitation, a winner in its 2011 chapbook contest.
Laura Musselman (Nonfiction) lives and writes in California, where she teaches composition and philosophy at the local community college. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno, in 2010. Her work has appeared in Monkey Puzzle and Connotation Press, among others, and is forthcoming in Salt Hill.
Ben Nardolilli (Poetry) currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, Super Arrow, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pear Noir, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and Yes Poetry. His chapbook, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish his first novel.
Kari Nguyen (Fiction) lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their baby girl, and a big, yellow dog. Her writing has been recognized by Glimmer Train, the Glass Woman Prize, the Binnacle, and New Hampshire Writers Magazine, and her recent fiction appears in Blink-Ink, Boston Literary Magazine, Istanbul Literary Review, Willows Wept Review, and elsewhere. She is the nonfiction editor at Stymie Magazine. You can find more of her work at http://karinguyen.wordpress.com/.
Jason Lee Norman (Fiction) is the co-founder and junior intern for the writing magazineWufniks. His short fiction has appeared in For Every Year, Wigleaf, and recently in Pure Slush and A-Minor. He lives, works, sleeps, and eats in Edmonton, Canada.
Megan Paonessa (Fiction) is an author/artist working out of Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama, where she served as an assistant fiction editor of Black Warrior Review. She currently teaches at the College of DuPage, edits interviews for The Lit Pub, and is the co-founder of Flying House: An Artist-Writer Collaboration Project.
Emely Paulino (Fiction—High School Writers’ Issue) was born and lives in Queens, New York. Ever since she was in the third grade, her goal in life has been to become a writer. Throughout the years, she has found her niche in poetry and short fiction. Currently a junior at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, she is in her third year at Girls Write Now. Through Girls Write Now, she grows as a writer and works with others who share a passion for the same thing. During her first year with GWN, she won a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. When she is not writing or observing things around her, she takes pictures on her film camera or spends time with people who inspire her to write. Sometimes, you will even find her up on stage improvising scenes with a group of friends.
Gary Percesepe (Poetry) is Associate Editor at BLIP Magazine and a Contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Author of four books in philosophy, Percesepe’s fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Story Quarterly, N + 1, Salon, Mississippi Review, The Millions, PANK, and other places.
Simon Perchik (Poetry) is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Meg Pokrass (Fiction—Fictionaut Issue) is the author of Damn Sure Right (Press 53) and serves as Editor-at-Large for BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review) and before that, for SmokeLong Quarterly. She is an associate producer for “From Ghost Town to Havana” a documentary in progress by academy-award nominated filmmaker Eugene Corr. Her stories, poems, and flash fiction animations have appeared in over one hundred online and print publications. Meg lives with her small family and seven animals in San Francisco.
Chris Poole (Writer2) is from Harrison, Tennessee and graduated from the University of the South with a degree in English and Russian. He has had one story published in the Fall 2012 issue of Waccamaw. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and works as a librarian.
Matt Potter (Fiction) is an Australian-born writer who lives between Australia and Germany (particularly Berlin), perhaps following the summer. Also a social worker and an English language teacher, Matt is inspired by the discipline of others and their sense of enjoyment, and wishes both would rub off on him. Matt has been published at The Glass Coin and A-Minor and will soon be published at Gloom Cupboard, Magnolia’s Press and Used Furniture Review. Matt contributes regularly to 52/250: A Year of Flash and the blog carnival >Language >Place, and less regularly to F3. You can find more of his work at his website, writing, and then some. Matt is also the founding editor of Pure Slush.
Brenda Rankin (Nonfiction) received her MFA in creative nonfiction at California State University, Fresno, where she worked as an editorial assistant for The Normal School. Her work has appeared in Knee-Jerk Magazine and is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol.
Sam Rasnake’s (Fiction—Fictionaut Issue / Poetry) works, receiving five Pushcart nominations, have appeared in OCHO, BLIP (formerly Mississippi Review), FRiGG, Poets / Artists, MiPOesias, A-Minor Magazine, BluePrintReview, and Big Muddy, as well as the anthologies Best of the Web 2009 (Dzanc Books), BOXCAR Poetry Review Anthology 2, and Dogzplot Flash Fiction 2011. His latest collections are Lessons in Morphology (GOSS183) and Inside a Broken Clock (Finishing Line Press).
Jerry Ratch (Poetry) has published twelve books of poetry, the novel Wild Dreams of Reality, and now the memoir, A Body Divided, the story of a one-armed boy growing up in a two-fisted world. His work can be purchased through the author’s website: www.jerryratch.com, by e-mail: email@example.com, as well as through Amazon.
J.E. Reich (Fiction) hails originally from Pittsburgh, PA—a drinking town with a football problem—and received her BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Armchair/Shotgun, Volume 1 Brooklyn, plain china: The Best of Undergraduate Writing 2010, KGB Bar & Lit Journal, Underground Voices, The Emerson Review, and others. Her writing was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010 and an EVVY Award in 2009, and she was the recipient of the A.Z. & Fanny Alpern Pittler Memorial Scholarship in 2011. Reich currently resides in Brooklyn, NY as a candidate for an MA in Literature at Brooklyn College. Reich is the fiction editor of the online magazine Art Faccia and is working on her first novel.
Kathleen Roberts (Poetry) is a Rhode Island native living in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is a member of Prøve Collective and the founder of their art and literature quarterly, PRØOF Magazine, for which she also writes featured articles and editorials. In 2012, she was the recipient of Carleton College’s Huntington Poetry Prize, and she looks forward to being published in Brooklyn’s chimes|SIRENS this spring. In her spare time, she works at a freaking grocery store and complains about it.
Andrew Roe (Fiction) lives in Oceanside, California. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, The Cincinnati Review and other publications. He keeps a sporadic blog at andrewroe.blogspot.com.
Daniel Romo (Poetry) is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte, but represents the LBC. His poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, Fogged Clarity, Scythe, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Romancing Gravity, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. He’s currently looking for a home for a book of prose poems. More of his writing can be found at danielromo.wordpress.com.
Patrick Ross (Nonfiction—Sidney W. Vernick Award in Nonfiction) is an award-winning journalist and communications professional who currently works in the Obama Administration. He has been published in newspapers and magazines such as The New Republic, the San Jose Mercury News, and U.S. News and World Report, and in literary journals such as Barely South Review and Shaking Like a Mountain. His blog The Artist’s Road (http://artistsroad.wordpress.com) was named a Top Ten Blog for Writers for 2011-2012, and he teaches creative blog writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is writing a travel memoir about a cross-country trip he took in 2010 in which he interviewed artists of all types in more than 30 states. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, learning about antique maps, and eating bacon.
Pat Rushin’s (Drama / Drama) fiction has appeared in The North American Review, The North Atlantic Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Crescent Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Quarterly West, Sudden Fiction, Indiana Review, American Literary Review, The King’s English, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida, where he also serves as a fiction editor for The Florida Review. His collection of stories, Puzzling through the News, was published by Galileo Press, and his screenplay, The Zero Theorem, is currently in production, directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges, and Melanie Thierrry.
Eva Sandoval (Nonfiction) is a fiction writer and travel blogger. She holds a Master’s of Philosophy in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, where she studied under Deirdre Madden, Gerald Dawe, and Richard Ford. She has lived in the United States, Guatemala, Japan, Ireland, and now resides in Italy. She likes to write about all of those places. She has been an ESL teacher, an editor, and a theater critic. She is writing a novel.
Emily Sarita (Fiction—High School Writers’ Issue) has lived in different parts of Brooklyn and Queens, but she was born in Brooklyn. She is a senior at NYCiSchool, which is located in SoHo. She lives in Williamsburg, where there is a park across the street from her apartment and nearly twenty minutes away from Delancey Street. She considers herself a writer because she feels that she is passionate when she writes, and she always has ideas. She will be reading or listening to music when, suddenly, a light bulb goes off in her head. She has to literally write down her idea or it won’t go away. She loves to write fiction because it gives her room to express herself and create her own world. Her goals as a writer are to be published someday, finish her stories, and write something personal about herself. She is in her third year at Girls Write Now, and “it has been amazing.”
Angelle Scott (Poetry) is an instructor of English and a Writing Center instructor at Dillard University in New Orleans. Her work has been published in The Written Wardrobe: Where Style & Story Collide,Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and elsewhere; she has work forthcoming in Callaloo and in Flywheel Magazine.
Neil Serven (Fiction) lives in western Massachusetts and works as a full-time lexicographer, a position that creates somewhat of a personal conflict of interest in that he is paid to determine and uphold the same usage standards that he later flouts in his own writing. Nobody has called him out on this yet. His fiction has appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of the Beloit Fiction Journal and the inaugural issue of Fictionaut Selects.
Ray Shea (Nonfiction—Sidney W. Vernick Award in Nonfiction) is a New Orleanian currently residing in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared most recently in The Citron Review, Hippocampus, decomP, The Whistling Fire, The Rumpus, and the Chin Music Press anthology Where We Know: New Orleans as Home. He co-edits the Back of Town blog where he writes about the HBO series Treme. Lately, he can be found online at raynola.tumblr.com.
TrainWrite conductor Karen Eileen Sikola (Nonfiction) received her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno, where she developed an appetite for deconstruction with an elite group of writer friends known as Team Mongoose. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Front Porch, Monkeybicycle, Wufniks, and Pure Slush. She lives in Boston.
Adam Sivits (Fiction) is a retail slave/sometimes freelance writer who gave up writing on blogs recently for reasons neither he nor David Mamet can share. He has a metric fuck-ton of unfinished fiction pieces that, were they to somehow get finished, wouldn’t change the world in the slightest. Someday, he’ll write that screenplay about an aging middle relief pitcher struggling with mediocrity on the field and personal strife at home. Someday, he’ll sprout wings made of goldflake and fly to Saturn.
Marcus Speh (Fiction1 / Fiction2) is a German writer who lives in Berlin. His short fiction has been published widely. He’s got a loving “Mother Burning” in his heart. “Candy” is flash fiction from his novel Gizella (forthcoming from Folded Word), centered on the historical figure of Gisela the Blessed (985-1065), first queen of Hungary and later abbess of Niedernburg nunnery near Passau. He’s the founder of the (by now merely) legendary Kaffe in Katmandu and blogs at marcusspeh.com.
Andrew Stancek (Fiction) was born in Bratislava and saw Russian tanks occupying his homeland. His dreams of circuses and ice cream, flying and lion-taming, miracle and romance have appeared recently in print in LA Review, Windsor Review, and New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan. Among the many online publications are Every Day Fiction, Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Grand Prize Winner, Tin House, Flash Fiction Chronicles, The Linnet’s Wings, Connotation Press, THIS Literary Magazine, and Pure Slush.
Ashley Stokes’ (Fiction I & II / Fiction) first novel, Touching the Starfish, was published by Unthank Books in 2010. His first collection, The Syllabus of Errors, was published by Unthank in 2013 and has been longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including fwriction: review, and he’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. He is currently working on a second short story collection, The Susceptibles, and a novella, The North Surrey Gigantopithecus. He lives in Norwich, England.
For six years, Jessica Dur Taylor (Nonfiction) taught English and History to sweet misfits at Nonesuch School in Sebastopol, California. Now she teaches freshman comp at Sonoma State University and writes about food for the alt-weekly The North Bay Bohemian. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Mom Egg, Cobalt Review, Prick of the Spindle, Gloom Cupboard, Fractured West, and others. She blogs at www.gyrlwryter.blogspot.com.
Susan Tepper (Fiction—Fictionaut Issue) is co-author of the new novel What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G (Cervena Barva Press). She has also published a collection, Deer & Other Stories (Wilderness House Press, 2009). Susan writes the “Monday Chat” interview column on the Fictionaut blog.
Daniel Torday’s (Writer2) fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review and The Kenyon Review. His novella The Sensualist will be published by Nouvella Books in the spring of 2012. He currently serves as Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.
Nathaniel Tower (Fiction) writes fiction, teaches English, and manages the online lit magazine Bartleby Snopes. His short fiction has appeared in over 100 online and print magazines and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His story “The Oaten Hands” was named one of 190 notable stories by storySouth’s Million Writers Award in 2009. His first novel, A Reason To Kill, was released in July 2011 through MuseItUp Publishing. Visit him at www.bartlebysnopes.com/ntower.htm.
Meg Tuite’s (Fiction / Writer2) writing has appeared in numerous journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, Epiphany, One, the Journal, Monkeybicycle and elimae. She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press. She has a novel Domestic Apparition (2011, San Francisco Bay Press) and a chapbook, Disparate Pathos (2012, Monkey Puzzle Press). She has a monthly column, Exquisite Quartet, published at Used Furniture Review.
Chris Tusa (Fiction) was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was published by The University of West Alabama in March of 2009. With the help of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he was able to complete his debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, which was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2006. His work has appeared in Connecticut Review, New South, Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, storySouth, and others. Aside from teaching in the English Department at LSU, he also serves as Editor for Fiction Southeast. He is currently working on a collection of flash fiction entitled Mean Blood and on two novels: In the Valley of Falling Stars, a dark tragicomedy set in post-Katrina New Orleans featuring a middle-aged man who’s convinced his wife has been chosen by God to give birth to Jesus Christ; and a second novel set in New Orleans in 1878 involving a young girl who is abducted to work as a prostitute in a brothel.
Tina Uebel (Nonfiction—Sidney W. Vernick Award in Nonfiction) is a writer, freelance journalist, organizer of literary events, inveterate traveler, poetry slam emcee, and occasional creative writing lecturer. Since 1993, she has published widely in anthologies and magazines. Her book publications include a short story collection, Frau Schrödinger bewältigt die Welt (1999) and several novels, Ich bin Duke (2002), Horror Vacui (2005), and Die Wahrheit über Frankie (2009). Her most recent novel, Last Exit Volksdorf, was published in 2011. She lives on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St.Pauli when she is not on the road.
Erwin Uhrmann (Translation), born in 1978, lives in Vienna. He studied political science and communications in Vienna and founded the art-club “Kunstwerft” together with artists, musicians, and writers. He writes about contemporary art and literature for the magazines “The Gap” and “Biorama” and works for the privately financed Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Austria, where he established a program for contemporary literature. In 2005/06, he received the Austrian State stipend for literature. Uhrmann has published short stories in anthologies and magazines since 2002, and together with Alexander Peer published in 2008 the anthology Ostseeteam, focusing on the Baltic sea region. In 2010, Limbus Verlag published his first novel Der lange Nachkrieg (The War Beyond), which was followed in 2011 by the novel Glauber Rocha. Nocturnes, his first collection of poetry, with drawings by artist Moussa Kone, is announced for Fall 2012 (published by Literaturedition Niederösterreich).
Igor Ursenco (Poetry) is a writer, playwright, philosopher and culture theorist, and polyglot freelancer. A member of the Writers’ Union of Republic of Moldova, Igor has eight works of various genre, between them a collection of stories titled S.T.E.P.; two books of trans-cultural essays, Teo-e-retikon and EgoBesTiaR; and an unusual array of movies scripts and theatre plays. He is a recipient of national and regional short story, essay, and poetry awards, including his presence in The Anthology of Maramureş Poetry from its Origins until 2009 and The Anthology of Short Transylvanian Fiction Today. In addition, Igor supervised two international anthologies: The Clause of the Most Favored Maramureş and Basarabia Contemporary Poetry and the recently released, A Zero Degree Alert in the Current Romanian Short Prose. He blogs at http://igorursenco.blogspot.com.
Amanda Marie Valdez (Poetry) is a twenty-two-year-old double major at California State University of Fresno. Her majors are Theatre and Speech Pathology. During the evenings, she works in an after school program with children grades first through sixth. Although not an English major, Amanda has contributed within the poetry realm by winning first place in regionals for the national competition “Poetry Out Loud” and has workshopped extensively in writing courses at Fresno State. She is an independent musician that plays in a project called ‘Fierce Creatures’, who are signed to Paper Garden Records. This will be her first publishing in a review and is excited to continue stretchingher writing abilities further.
James Valvis (Fiction) is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books 2011). His work has appeared in Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Coal City Review, LA Review, Nimrod, Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, River Styx, THIS, and is forthcoming in Adirondack Review, Gargoyle, New York Quarterly, Palimpsest, Slipstream, and others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily. His fiction has twice been a Million Writers Award Notable Story. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.
Robert Vaughan’s (Fiction—Fictionaut Issue) plays have been produced in N.Y.C., L.A., S.F., and Milwaukee where he resides. He leads two writing roundtables for Redbird- Redoak Studio. His prose and poetry is published in over 150 literary journals such as Elimae, Metazen and BlazeVOX. He is a fiction editor at JMWW magazine, and Thunderclap! Press. He co-hosts monthly Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM’s Lake Effect. His blog can be found at: http://rgv7735.wordpress.com.
With reverence for stories as healing tools, Jen Violi (Fiction), MA, MFA, offers coaching and editing for writers in all phases of manuscript development, and facilitates workshops and retreats. Jen also creates and delivers Love Notes, inspiration and affirmation via old-fashioned mail. Jen’s debut novel, Putting Makeup on Dead People was published this past May. Learn more at www.jenvioli.com.
Helen Vitoria’s (Poetry) work can be found and is forthcoming in many online and print journals: The Awl, elimae, Ping•Pong Journal, Rougarou, PANK, FRiGG Magazine, Gargoyle, Barn Owl Review, Dark Sky Magazine and others. She is the author of nine poetry chapbooks, a poetry pamphlet (Greying Ghost Press, 2012), a full length poetry collection, Corn Exchange (Scrambler, 2012), and a forthcoming collaborative ekphrastic book (Concepción Books, 2013). Her poems have been nominated for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize. She is the Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of THRUSH Poetry Journal & THRUSH Press. Find her here: www.helenvitoria.com.
Alana Noël Voth’s (Fiction) work has most recently appeared in Nothing to Say, Wilde Oates, Bound by Lust, The Rumpus, Specter Magazine, Best of Best Gay Erotica: Volume 3, Used Furniture Review, Dream Lover, and The Lit Pub. Her story collection, Fall, is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press. She blogs at http://maybeatypicalsupermodelzombie.blogspot.com/.
Adrian West (Translation) is a contributing editor at Asymptote. His fiction has previously appeared in McSweeney’s and Evergreen Review, and his translations of Josef Winkler in Asymptote and the Brooklyn Rail’s Intranslation. He has recently completed a novel entitled The Philosophy of a Visit. He lives in Philadelphia with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.
Kelcy Wilburn (Poetry) loves the USA women’s soccer team. She also loves poetry and music. Kelcy recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her work as appeared or is forthcoming in Big Lucks, Hobart, and Waccamaw, among other journals. She recently recorded her second album and is embarking on Midwestern and Southeastern US tours this year. Listen at kelcymae.com.
Kevin Wilson (Fiction / Writer2) is the author of a story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Harper Perennial, 2009), which won the Shirley Jackson Award, and a novel, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011). He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Josef Winkler (Translation) is one of Austria’s most distinguished contemporary writers. For his obsessively detailed and intricately constructed treatments of village life, marked by the constant irruption of themes of homosexuality, betrayal, and death, he has been awarded the Great Austrian State Prize, the Ingeborg Bachmann prize, and the Georg Büchner prize, among others. His most recent book is Die Realität so sagen, als ob sie trotzdem nicht wär oder Die Wutausbrüche der Engel.
Nicolette Wong (Fiction) is a writer, magician, music lover and nondrinker. She is the editor of A-Minor Magazine, and she blogs at Meditations in an Emergency. She is also on the editorial team of Negative Suck. She lives in Hong Kong, where she swims laps and talks to plants.
Sarayah Wright (Fiction—High School Writers’ Issue) is a tenth grader attending Benjamin N. Cardozo High School for its Law and Humanities Program. From an early age, she’s always loved telling stories and reading the works of Mark Twain and other classics. Influenced by her third grade teacher, she developed an appreciation for poetry and interest in creative writing when she was nine. As a scholar at the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity program, she continues to grow as a writer, citing her Critical Writing and Reading classes as constant sources of inspiration. Her favorite authors include Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Eric Dyson, Edgar Allan Poe, Maya Angelou, and Sandra Cisneros. At fifteen, she continues to write vignettes and poetry in her spare time, and she attributes her interest in writing to her mother and her teachers, who have collectively helped her become a more critical thinker. Sarayah pays especial homage to Elizabeth Alexander who, when meeting her at a Yale event, offered her the best advice: keep writing.
Liz Wyckoff (Fiction) grew up in northern New York and holds an MFA from Oregon State University. She now lives in Austin where she works as an Events Host at BookPeople, Texas’s largest independent bookstore. Her nonfiction has previously appeared in Slice magazine, and her fiction can be found in The Collagist, Annalemma online, and Stone Canoe.
Born in 1991, Jerrold Yam’s (Poetry) debut poetry collection is Chasing Curtained Suns (Math Paper Press, 2012), and he will be pursuing undergraduate Law at University College London in September 2012. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals worldwide, such as Third Coast, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mascara Literary Review, nether magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Softblow and Washington Square Review, as well as featured in the Singapore Memory Project and The Substation Love Letters Project. He received first prize and three honourable mentions for poetry in the National University of Singapore’s Creative Writing Competition 2011. He updates at http://jerroldyam.wordpress.com/.
Melanie Yarbrough (Fiction) lives in Cambridge, MA. Her flash fiction has appeared in Ramshackle Review, Thunderclap! Magazine, and Microchondria, published by Harvard Bookstore. She contributes to Five by Five Hundred every Wednesday and sporadically updates her book blog, The Things They Read. She is currently working on a collection of short stories inspired by members of her family and building the courage to start her novel.
Bill Yarrow (Poetry) is the author of POINTED SENTENCES (forthcoming from BlazeVOX, 2011). His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Poetry International, Istanbul Literary Review, PANK, Confrontation, BLIP, DIAGRAM, A-Minor, Rio Grande Review, Metazen, and blue five notebook. He is one of the poetry editors of THIS Literary Magazine. More info is available at www.billyarrow.com.
LiAnn Yim (Fiction) holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She co-edits the speculative literary journal, The Golden Key. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Hogglepot, and Luna Station Quarterly. She tweets from @lkyim.