Contributors - Issue 123 (2010)


Grace Andreacchi is an American-born novelist, poet and playwright. Works include the novels Scarabocchio and Poetry and FearMusic for Glass Orchestra (Serpent's Tail) and Give My Heart Ease (New American Writing Award and the chapbook Elysian Sonnets. Her work appears in Horizon ReviewThe Literateur, Cabinet des Fées and many other fine places. Grace is also managing editor at Andromache Books and writes the literary blog Amazing Grace. She lives in London.

Joshua Banta is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. His work has recently appeared in Sojourn Journal, Milk Money Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Farmhouse Magazine, The Emerson Review, [Nerve], and Gangsters in Concrete.

John Branscum hails from a long line of dirt farmers, cleaning ladies, and mountain people. His work has appeared in such publications as The North American Review, The Mississippi Review,and Margin: The Journal of Magical Realism, and has won such awards as the Ursula LeGuin Award for Imaginative Fiction. An Assistant Professor of English, he spends his spare time perfecting his pho, weight lifting to hair metal, watching crap TV, whispering scandalous things to his honey Kate, and revising Every Creeping Thing, a white-trash magical realist memoir about demonic possession, zombie cars, the culture of male violence, and putting up with the Lord.

Roger Camp has published poems in The Midwest Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Hiram Poetry Review, (REAL, and North American Review forthcoming) as well as photographs in the Antioch Review, New England Review, New York Quarterly, and Southwest Review. He is the author of three photographic books, including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002. He has taught English and/or photography at Eastern Illinois University, Columbus College of Art & Design, University of Iowa and the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

Kevin Ducey's book is Rhinoceros, available from Copper Canyon. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he works as an editor and graphic artist.

Andrea D'Urso, 39 years old, works for the RAI (Italian state radio and television network) as a Programme Assistant. He was theatrical assistant to actor Nino Manfredi and edited a publication on Rome and its literary citations in the 1900’s, for the bank Mediocredito. Some of his short stories and poems have been published in the following magazines: Storie, Poiein, Achab, Imperfetta Ellisse, Poesia e Spirito, Liberinversi, Nabanassar (Italy) La Nef des Fous, Chaoid , La page blanche, Decharge, Moutarde, Cahiers de poemes, LGO, Bordel, Passages d'encres, La Revue des Ressources, La nouveau recueil, Comme en poèsie, Le fram, L'hommes sans épaules (France), Brèves, Le Quartanier, Moebius, Contre-jour, Nouveauxdelits (Canada), Arabesques Press (Algeria) and Electonlibre (Marocco)

Gabriella Forrest is a girl who likes to record her furious scratchings as a means of sorting out the complexities and chaos that is her life.

Ricky Garni works as a graphics designer by day, and writes by night. In college, he used to wear a leotard underneath a pinstripe jacket. His friends recall those days fondly, and enjoy reminding him of the memories that they share, and in particular, of that leotard atop the pinstripe jacket.

John Grey is an Australian born poet, and US resident since late seventies, works asfinancial systems analyst. Recently published in Connecticut Review, Kestrel and Writer’s Bloc with work upcoming in Pennsylvania English, Alimentum and the Great American Poetry Show.

Jason Hardung's work has been published widely through the American underground. His work has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Word Riot, Zygote In My Coffee, Underground Voices, decomP, Thrasher, Lummox Journal, Heroin Love Songs, Polarity, Up The Staircase, St. Vitus Press to name a few. He has a chapbook, Breaking the Hearts of Robots on Covert Press, and a full length book, The Broken and The Damned on Epic Rites. He has been nominated for a Pushcart. He is co-editor of the Front Range Review and Matter Journal and lives in FT. Collins, Colorado with a cat and a bird whose feet fell off.

Aaron James is a twenty-two year old writer looking to leave his name engraved in the face of history. He is from Indianapolis, IN but hopes to spend most of his life traveling and exploring the natural theatres of the world. His passion is poetry, although he enjoys the art and power of the written word altogether. He is currently working on his first screenplay and putting together a book of poetry. He plans on being one of the leading writers of the 21st century. Look to hear more from him, this is just the beginning.

Aashish Kaul's first novel The Ascension was published by Writers Workshop, India, and was a winner of the Indie Book Awards, 2009, U.S.A. His fiction has appeared in Carpe Articulum and Arts & Opinion.

Karl Koweski is a 35 year old displaced Chicagoan now living on top of a mountain in Alabama. An enemy of the Amish everywhere, he has death warrants on him in no less than seven Mennonite communities across the country. His crimes against the powerless are chronicled at his monthly column Observations of a Dumb Polack.

Evan Lavender-Smith graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (BlazeVOX, 2010) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2010). His poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and criticism appears in many journals and magazines, including Fence, Post Road, The Modern Review, Elimae, No Colony, Memorious and The Colorado Review. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Noemi Press and the prose and drama editor of Puerto Del Sol.

Mark Lyons has lived in Philadelphia for the last forty years. His fiction has been published in several journals, including Whetstone (J.P. McGrath Memorial Award), Sensations Magazine, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, The Bucks County Writer, Piker Press, and Wild River Review. He also wrote, translated and edited the book Espejos y Ventanas / Mirrors and Windows: Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families, written in Spanish and English. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and awarded Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in literature in 2003 and 2009. Currently Mark is co-director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, which works in the immigrant community and with high school students. He is co-editor of Open Borders, a bi-monthly column in Wild River Review which presents audio oral histories of immigrants.

Michael March was born in 1946 in New York-a time when the cold war swung low—over blue alligator sewers—and the gods retained life in their own keeping.

Zoya Marincheva is a multicultural poet, journalist, crtic and blogger who writes in English and Bulgarian. She has a Masters degree in literature from the Sofia University, Bulgaria. Her poetry and translations have appeared in Zoland Poetry, To Topos, Two Lines, Washington Square Review, Montreal Review, among others. She has lived in Texas for the past 10 years.

Robert C. Morgan is an international critic, curator, and artist, who lives in New York City. He holds an advanced degree in Sculpture (MFA), a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, and is Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. As a critic, he is the author of many books – including Art into Ideas: Essays on Conceptual Art (Cambridge, 1996), The End of the Art World Allworth, (1998), Bruce Nauman (Johns Hopkins, 2002,) and The Artist and Globalization (Miejska Galeria Sztuki w Lodzi, 2008) -- and numerous essays translated into 18 languages, including Farsi. Morgan has curated over 70 exhibitions, and in 1999, received the first Arcale award for International Art Criticism in Salamanca (Spain).

Ron Singer served with the Peace Corps in Nigeria from 1964 to 1967. His writings about Africa have appeared in publications including Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Georgia Review,, Poets & Writers (online), and The Wall Street Journal.  “A Visit to Westcliff Flats" will be included in his forthcoming book, Uhuru Revisited (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press).

Aaron Lake Smith writes the zine Big Hands, which has been called "a treatise on disappointment" and was included in the New Museum's Generational Show. He has also written for Vice, Time, The New York Times, n + 1 and Alternet.

Justin Wade Thompson resides, in a trailer park, in Austin, Texas. He has never pursued a higher education or held a full-time job.

Mike Topp was born in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in New York City unless he has died or moved. His newest book, Sasquatch Stories, with a cover by Tao Lin and a drawing by David Berman, will be available later this year from Publishing Genius. Other Topp title include Shorts Are Wrong (Autonomedia) and Happy Ending (Future Tense Press).

Patrick Walsh grew up in Woodside, Queens with graffiti on the trains. As much as he loves the city, he’s lived in Princeton since 1993, with an all-too-brief hiatus in Dublin in ’96-’97 where he received an M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish literature at Trinity College. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The Christian Science Monitor, Cimarron Review, The Hudson Review, Press,and The Recorder, as well as in magazines and journals in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand, including Quadrant, The Malahat Review, Fred Johnston’s Markings, the first issue of THE SHOp, and Poetry New Zealand. He has a poem in the current issue of Poetry New Zealand.

Chavisa Woods is the author of Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind published by Fly by Night Press. This book was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction. Woods is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation 2009 Literary Award for emerging writers. Woods has presented lectures and readings at such institutions as Penn State, The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Saints and Sinners Lit Festival and others. Woods is a regular member of Butch Morris’ world renowned Chorus of Poets. Her poetry and short stories have been published nationally and internationally by such publications as: Prima Materia, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Autonomedia Press, Matador, 4AM Poetry, Cake Poetry, Fiction Circus, and many others. Woods is not afraid to use words like Dyke, socialist and feminist to describe herself, although these are not the only words she uses.