Summer 2013 Contributors

Samuel Ace’s books include Normal Sex, Home in three days. Don’t wash., and Stealth (with Maureen Seaton). He is the recipient of an Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2012 National Poetry Series. His work appears widely – most recently in Versal, Mandorla, The Volta, 3:am, and others. He lives in Tucson, AZ and Truth or Consequences, NM.

Kilby Allen is a native of the Mississippi Delta and received her MFA from Brooklyn College where she was awarded both the Himan Brown Award and the Lainoff Prize in 2010. While living in New York, she worked in the literary department at Symphony Space and helped with the production of WNYC’s Selected Shorts. Currently, she is a PhD candidate and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in such journals as Drunken Boat, Jolt, and The Potomac Review.

Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-more-ay) is a six-piece instrumental group from Austin, Texas. Founded by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller in 2006, the band has produced five full-length albums, including Stranger, which was released in October 2012.

Jesse Breite’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Town Creek Poetry, The Potomac, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia, and Prairie Schooner. His unpublished manuscript, Two Rivers, was a finalist for the Texas Review Breakthrough Prize: Georgia. Jesse lives with his wife, Emily, in Atlanta, Georgia, but he was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and considers it his home.

Lisa Brown is a New York Times bestselling illustrator, author and cartoonist. Her books include: How to Be, Baby Mix Me a Drink, and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, by Lemony Snicket. Lisa resides in San Francisco, but generally lives on Twitter @lisabrowndraws.

Kimberly Bruss holds an MFA from the University of Houston, where she was a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, [PANK] Magazine, Juked, The Plume, The Birmingham Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI.

The Caleb Klauder Country Band represents the best of the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 15 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband.

Clay Cantrell is an MFA student in creative writing at the University of Memphis. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Chrysalis, Fjords Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He lives in Memphis, where he also records experimental folk songs.

Daniel Carter is the author of two chapbooks, Here Both Sweeter (winner of the Wick Chapbook Contest) and This Apparatus (Furniture Press). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Barrelhouse, Tarpaulin Sky, The AWL and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, TX and is online at www.daniel.inletters.com.

Susan Comninos‘ poetry has previously appeared in Subtropics, TriQuarterly, The Cortland Review, Quarterly West and Lilith, among others. In 2010, it won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Competition run by Tablet magazine. It is forthcoming in J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Comninos is currently completing a debut book of poems, “Out of Nowhere.”

Caroline Crew edits ILK journal. Author of the chapbook ’small colours like wild tongues’ (dancing girl press, 2013), her poems have appeared in Salt Hill Journal, H_NGM_N and PANK among other places. Often she doesn’t have a real home but currently she lives in Northampton, MA.

William Fargason received a BA in English from Auburn University, where he served as poetry editor of the literary magazine The Circle. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from New Orleans Review, Eclectica Magazine, Sakura Review, Bayou Magazine, New World Writing, and elsewhere. He lives with himself in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is currently a poetry MFA candidate at the University of Maryland.

Joel Hans‘ fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Ampersand Review, Fringe Magazine, The Lindenwood Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and others. His piece is meant to be one in a larger collection of flash fiction and shorter stories about veterinarians confronted by animals in otherworldly situations or marred by abnormal, magical conditions.

Trey Jordan Harris lives in Missouri. Other recent poems appear in Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, Everyday Genius, and as a broadside from Thrush Press.

Suzanne Marie Hopcroft’s poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Harpur Palate, The Carolina Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Drunken Boat. This fall, Suzanne is starting her MFA in poetry at The University of California, Irvine.

j.viewz is the multi-genre project of Brooklyn-based producer/remixer Jonathan Dagan, often joined by friends and loved ones. His album, “rivers and homes,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults is the indie/electro sonic diary of founding member Mike Lee. Their 2009 self-titled debut LP was an exploration of indiepop melodies, electro beats, and shoegaze guitars. The lead single “In Steps” instantly caught the attention of everyone from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone. With rave reviews and countless blog support, 2011 saw the release of Paper Crush, an EP full of washed synths, hazy guitars, and heartfelt pop that NPR called “both nostalgic and caught in a moment that feels never-ending.” Since then, they’ve continued to refine and expand their sound in their 2nd LP, Untogether, an album that radiates infectious melodies, heartbreaking sentiments, and danceable dreampop.

Overmountain Men released their sophomore effort The Next Best Thing on Ramseur Records on January 22, 2013. The album is the follow-up to their highly-acclaimed 2010 debut, Glorious Day. The core of Overmountain Men is Bob Crawford, bass player for The Avett Brothers on bass and vocals; the Charlotte-based singer/songwriter, David Childers on guitar and vocals; guitarist Randy Saxon, who also contributes banjo and mandolin; and drummer/percussionist Robert Childers.

Jeff Oaks‘ newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, will be published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2013. He has published poems and essays most recently in Rhino, Field, Prairie Schooner, and At Length. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

Amy Beth Schneider completed her MFA in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Writing at SUNY Purchase.  In February of 2013, she was named a finalist for the Cheryl Strayed/VIDA Memoir Scholarship to attend the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat. She lives in Brooklyn, where she also teaches creative dance for children.

Randolph Schmidt holds an MFA from Rutgers University-Camden. His fiction has appeared in The Berkeley Fiction Review, A cappella Zoo, Cavalier Literary Couture and Pear Noir!.

Caleb Scott is a poet, playwright and actor. His plays, performance pieces and collaborative works have been produced and showcased at venues in New York City and around the world, including Classic Stage Company, Bowery Poetry Club, Ars Nova, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, HERE Arts Center, Galerie Bertrand-Gruner in Switzerland, the Wooster Group’s Performing Garage and the Whitney Museum. Caleb’s writing has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, and his first book, U.F.O., written in collaboration with visual artist Jack Warren and photographer Alex Wright, was published in 2006 by PowerHouse Books in New York. He is the recipient of a Full Writer’s Stipend from the Can Serrat International Arts Center, a recent Finalist for an Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Fellowship, and in 2006 he was designated one of PAPER Magazine’s Ten Most Beautiful People alongside playwright Thomas Bradshaw and actor John Krasinski. Caleb is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the recipient of a Dartmouth Senior Fellowship in Writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and West Hollywood, California.

Maureen Seaton has authored sixteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative—including Fibonacci Batman: New & Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013) and Stealth (Chax Press, 2011), with Samuel Ace. Her awards include the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, an NEA fellowship, and the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Hollywood, FL and Albuquerque, NM.

Nick St. John lives and works in California. His comics have been published in Booth, The Black Warrior Review, The Best American Non-required Reading, and can be seen at www.nickstjohn.net.

Joe Tomcho is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York City.

Wild Cub was formed in early 2012 by songwriter-composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock. Wild Cub’s debut LP Youth was released last August in the US and showcases the now five-piece band’s dexterity in seamless transitions between infectious electro-pop, tropical rhythms, and quiet washes of cinematic reflection.

I’m George Foster-Williams, the creator of “Lost Love”. I’m the author of my own life. Unfortunately I’m writing in pen. I make mistakes that cannot be erased, the only option is to turn the page and start a new chapter. To you, I give this piece of me, what you do with it is your decision. I just hope you take something from my story. Peace and Love.

Through independent studies, Rin Willocks has developed her writing and speaking skills and is active in the Nashville literary community.  Rin and her poetry have been featured on Nashville Public radio, Nashville Arts Magazine, and even on an MTA bus.  In conjunction with Southern Word, Rin has performed spoken word poetry at The Frist, TPAC, Schermerhorn, Cheekwood’s Literary Garden, The Franklin Theatre, and national championships in San Francisco. Aside from writing, Rin enjoys sports.  After graduating as a player, Rin started coaching for the internationally ranked Nashville Junior Roller Derby team.  Also, she is a rostered player for the Nashville Women’s Rugby Club and hopes to play rugby in college at Warren Wilson College in Highlands, North Carolina where she is enrolled as a freshman starting this fall.  Rin likes to give back to her community by helping with Red Cross disaster services and by promoting community-wide emergency preparedness.  She loves to try new things and live life to its fullest.