Contributors to Volume Four, 2016
Aaron Adair is a playwright from the City of Big Shoulders, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of evening-length, one-act and shorter plays, ranging from 5 to 15 minutes, which have been produced in diverse cities from Chicago to New York, Bangalore and beyond. For more information, visit www.jellobox.com.
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry, Field Theories (forthcoming) Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.
Robin Black’s story collection, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications. Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. Her latest book is Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide. Robin’s essays and stories can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus,O. Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and will begin teaching in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program, Fall 2016.
Neil Carpathios is the author of three full-length poetry collections–Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Revew Book Award), and Beyond the Bones(FutureCycle Press). He also has published several award-winning chapbooks, the most recent, The Function of Sadness (winner of the 2015 Slipstream Press Poetry Competition). He is the editor of the recent anthology, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015). Two new full-length poetry collections are due for release: Confessions of a Captured Angel (Terrapin Books, 2016), and Far Out Factoids (FutureCycle Press, 2017). He is an associate professor of English at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Sarah Cedeño lives in Brockport, NY with her husband and two sons, where she serves as the village historian and teaches writing at the College at Brockport. She’s the editorial director of the literary magazine Clockhouse and holds an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. Sarah’s work has appeared in New World Writing, The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Animal, Redactions, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. She is at work on a collection of short fiction.
Lucas de Lima is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) and the chapbook Terraputa (Birds of Lace). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PEN Poetry, Poetry Foundation, boundary2, and the anthologies Latina/o Poetics and Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change. As a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, he works on race, coloniality, and spirituality in Brazilian literature and culture.
Tyler Erlendson is the writer and director of the documentary Straight White Male. His poetry has been published by Cactus Heart Press, Rose Red Review, Poecology, Off The Rocks, The Tishman Review, Post Card Poems and Prose and is forthcoming in Polychrome. He is a current MFA candidate at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.
Jeff Ewing is a writer from Northern California. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Utne Reader, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, ZYZZYVA, Crazyhorse, and Southwest Review, among others. You can find him online at jeffewing.net.
Dennis Goza has spent the past 23 years touring nationally, performing for children and their adults. While a film critic and actor in San Francisco, he was involved in the founding of the San Francisco International Fringe Festival. A multiple award-winning poet, playwright and songwriter, he has written more than a dozen plays for L’Eau Theque Productions, the theatre company he co-founded, and has composed the music for many of the productions. As a songwriter, he has been featured on Comedy Radio 101 and The Dr. Demento Show. He has published a volume of poetry, Tortoise Dances.
Terence Patrick Hughes’ plays include LINES (Finalist, Seven Devil’s Conference), The Kiss of Caiaphas (Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival), Goodnight Sunshine (Finalist, Boomerang Theatre’s First Flight Festival), American Yu (Finalist, Capital Rep’s New Play Summit), and Recess at Our Lady of the Bleeding Heart, Mind, and Spirit —Once Reformed (Finalist, Heideman Award). Other plays include Benched, Finding the Rooster, To Live and Die on the Upper East Side, and Farewell Evenbrook. The New York Times noted that his work “…explores heavy subject matter with humorous dialogue and strong characters.” His plays have been developed and produced with the Lark, Horse Trade, Seven Collective, 13th St. Rep, Ovenbird, Playwrights Roundtable, and Boomerang theatres. Born in Lawrence, Mass., Hughes, his wife, and two children live in Woodstock, NY.
Donald Illich has published poetry in the Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, Cream City Review, Passages North, Sixth Finch and other publications. He was a finalist for the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Book Prize and the Gold Wake Press’ Open Reading. He is President of The Federal Poets.
Bhanu Kapil has taught at Goddard College for many years, with enthusiasm. Her most recent work is Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015).
Eunsong Kim is a writer, poetry editor at Drunken Boat, and educator residing in southern California. Her essays on literature, digital cultures, and art criticism have appeared and are forthcoming in: Scapegoat, Lateral, The New Inquiry, Model View Culture, AAWW’s The Margins, and in the book anthologies, Global Poetics, and Reading Modernism with Machines. Her poetry has been published in: Denver Quarterly, Seattle Review, Feral Feminisms, Minnesota Review, Interim, Iowa Review, and Action Yes. She was the recipient of a 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for the blog contemptorary and her first book of poems will be published by Noemi Press in 2017.
Cindy King’s work has appeared in Callaloo, North American Review, River Styx, Black Warrior Review, American Literary Review, jubilat, Barrow Street, African American Review, and elsewhere. Her poems can also be heard at weekendamerica.publicradio.org, pankmagazine.com, and rhinopoetry.org. She has received a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she currently lives in Texas, where she is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas.
Donna J. Long’s poems have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Iconoclast, Cooweescoowee, Off the Coast, and Kindred, as well as in the anthologies: The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III; Beloved on the Earth; and The Poets’ Guide to the Birds. She is Professor of English at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, and Editor of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs from Black Lawrence Press. A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Poetry; serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing; and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Select poems have been performed by Emotive Fruition, a performance series in NYC where actors bring life page poetry for the stage; the 92nd Street Y Words We Live In project, and is currently being developed by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry. Manick’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the 2016 Argos Books Poetry Calendar, African American Review, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Bone Bouquet, Box of Jars, Callaloo, Clockhouse, DMQ Review, Gemini Magazine, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Fjords Review, Kinfolks Quarterly, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Passages North, Pedestal Magazine, Poetry City, USA, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, Sou’wester, Spillway Magazine, The Cossack Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Wall Street Journal, The Weary Blues, The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years, and has made Prince Edward Island, Canada his home since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and in Ireland, Algeria and France. His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues won a 2010 PEI Book Award for Fiction and was also short listed for a ReLit Award. His novel, Our Lady Of Steerage was published in June 2015. His web site is www.stevenmayoff.ca
Sondra Olson writes lyric essays. She worked with John D’Agata at Tomales Bay Workshop in 2010. Her essay “Moving Within” was accepted in 2014 at TrueStory, a nonfiction reading series in Sacramento. Her artwork illustrated Farallon Review and The Gift, a children’s book. Using form that is experimental and language that is lyrical her writing strives to give voice to silent places within and outside ourselves we live and remember.
Anne Panning has published a novel, Butter, as well as a short story collection, The Price of Eggs, and Super America, which won The Flannery O’Connor Award and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She has also published short work in places such as Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Florida Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, The Greensboro Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kalliope, Quarterly West, The Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, Five Points, River Teeth, Cimarron Review, West Branch and Brevity (4x). Four of her essays have received notable citations in The Best American Essays series. She teaches creative writing at SUNY-Brockport.
Irena Praitis is the author of books, most recently the poetry collection The Last Stone in the Circle (Red Mountain Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Southwest Review, and International Poetry Review. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Vilnius, Lithuania and is a professor of literature and creative writing at California State University, Fullerton.
Erik Schuckers studied writing at Allegheny College and the University of Sheffield. He lives and writes in Pittsburgh. His poems and essays have appeared in Assaracus, PANK, The James Franco Review and as part of the HIV Here & Now Project and the anthology Not Just Another Pretty Face (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2016).
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life.” Dani was Oprah Winfrey’s guest on “Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her next book, Hourglass, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2017. In the summer of 2016, Shapiro was a visiting writer at the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing program in Plainfield, Vermont.
Joannie Stangeland’s poetry collection, In Both Hands, is available from Ravenna Press, which also published Into the Rumored Spring. Joannie’s the author of two poetry chapbooks: Weathered Steps and A Steady Longing for Flight, which won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Joannie’s poems have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Tulane Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other publications, as well as in the Rose Alley Press anthologies Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the Summit. Her poems have also traveled on Seattle-area buses. Joannie has been a Jack Straw Writer and has taught at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House and LiTFUSE. By day, she works as a writer at a software technology company and helps out at the family winery.
Sharon Suzuki-Martinez is the author of The Way of All Flux (New Rivers Press, 2012), winner of the New Rivers Press MVP Poetry Prize. She has forthcoming poems in Gargoyle, Duende, and Dusie. She curates The Poet’s Playlist at http://poetsplaylist.tumblr.com/
John Sweet, b. 1968, survives to this day. a believer in sunlight. leaves all dogma and ideologies to the politicians, to the organized religions, to the lunatic fringe.
Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950’s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction, and was the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Jacinda teaches in the Creative Writing program at University of California, Davis, and is mom to two beautiful children who amaze her daily.
Sarah Van Arsdale’s fourth book of fiction, In Case of Emergency, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in spring, 2016. Her third novel, Grand Isle, was published by SUNY Press in 2012. Her poetry, book reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in national publications, including Guernica, Passages North, Fiction Writers Review, Bookslut, Episodic, and Oxford Magazine. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program and at NYU.
Tessa Yang is a first-year MFA candidate in fiction writing at Indiana University, where she teaches creative writing and works as an editor on Indiana Review. Her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Fine Linen Magazine, and r.kv.r.y Quarterly. She is grateful to the NYS Summer Writers Institute for workshopping “Search and Rescue,” and to the brutal upstate New York winters that helped inspire the story.
Gerald Yelle’s books are The Holyoke Diaries (Future Cycle Press), Evolution for the Hell of It (Red Dashboard Press) and Mark My Word and the New World Order (The Pedestrian Press). He teaches high school English and is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society. Website: geraldyelle.blogspot.com.