A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the poetry collection Umberto’s Night (2010), winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010), a chapbook. Her poems are widely published and have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Evergreen: New Letters, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and Witness, among others. Her chapbook Pentimento is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias. Her poetry, fiction, interviews and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Verse, Willow Springs, and the Crab Orchard Review. Currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, she serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.

Michael Lacare grew up in Long Island, New York and moved to Florida when he was twenty-one. His essays and stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He lives in Florida with his wife and children, where he is currently at work on a novel. You can follow him on Twitter @mikelacare.

Al Maginnes is the author of five full-length poetry collections, most recently Inventing Constellations (Cherry Grove Editions, 2012) and Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press, 2008), winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize. He has new or forthcoming poems in Georgia Review, American Literary Review, Cave Wall, Chautauqua, Southern Humanities Review, and others. He lives with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.

Lena Moses-Schmitt is an MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is the Levis Fellow for the coordination of the Levis Reading Prize and the associate editor emeritus of Blackbird. Her work has appeared in The Paris-American, Superstition Review, and THRUSH Poetry Journal, and she was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s 2013 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award.

Karen Pickell is an editor and columnist at Lost Daughters, a collaborative blog written by adopted women. She holds a M.A. in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University, and her poems have been published in Bluestem Online Quarterly, Cleveland Review, and Poets on Adoption. She recently co-edited the anthology Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace and contributed a story to Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype. Karen is the 2014 editor of The Reach of Song, the annual anthology of the Georgia Poetry Society.

Jacquelyn Stolos writes and lives in Los Angeles, California. She is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. A New England native, her fiction often reflects her love of the northeastern United States.

Suzanne Ushie grew up in Calabar, Nigeria. Her work has appeared in several publications including Fiction Fix, Overtime, Open Wide Magazine and Gambit: Newer African Writing. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, England. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Charles Harper Webb’s latest book, What Things Are Made Of, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. The recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Webb teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.


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Volume 9, Issue 2

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