Contributors - Issue 127 (2011)


Shane Ryan Bailey lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Salome Magazine, BULL: Men's Fiction, Black Words on White Paper, Faraway, BluePrintReview, The Linnet's Wings, Dash, Rosebud, Out of the Gutter, and elsewhere.

Bret Bass writes things. Lots of things. He gets paid to do this by people who should know better. He currently serves as editor-in-chief for the corporate equivalent of a Turkish bazaar. He has won awards for journalism, and has been published in journals and anthologies that include "The Best of Every Day Fiction TWO" (2009) and "Aftermath: 2013" (Pill Hill Press, 2010). His stories and poems can be read at OVS Magazine, Every Day Fiction, 50 to 1, and other publications.

Bob Bergin, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, usually writes on the history of aviation in Southeast Asia and China, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), and military operations in the World War II China-Burma-India theater. Occasionally he writes an essay or a short story. He has three published novels set in Asia.

Tom Bonfiglio’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over a dozen publications, including, Fiction, Northwest Review, The Florida Review, Lake Effect, Mixer, The Literary Review, Wag’s Revue, Unlikely Stories, Flatmancrooked and Fringe Magazine. He won the Robert C. Martindale Prize in Long Fiction, and has received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife and three children.

Matt Cook is the author of three books of poetry (In the Small of My Backyard, Eavesdrop Soup, and The Unreasonable Slug, all published by Manic D Press). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The United States of Poetry and in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. He divides his time between Milwaukee and Memphis.

Jim Feast with Ron Kolm wrote the novel /Neo Phobe/ (Autonomedia), and has written a number of health books with Gary Null, including /Germs, Biological Warfare and Vaccinations: What You Need to Know/ (Seven Stories). He belongs to the Unbearables writing group and has co-edited four of their anthologies, the most recent being /The Unbearables Big Book of Sex/.

Publishers’ Weekly describes Bonny Finberg’s work in Best American Erotica (Simon & Schuster) as “…(exuding) a stunning sensual sensibility.” She is included in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder’s Mouth), five Unbearables anthologies (Autonomedia) and Lost and Found:Stories from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. Her fiction, poetry, photography and reviews are included in Van Gogh’s Ear, Upstairs At Duroc (both published in Paris), the Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review and A Gathering of Tribes. She is also a staff writer for Sensitive Skin. Her chapbook collection of short stories, “How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era,” was published by Sisyphus Press.

Bettina Jonic studied ballet for 10 years with Theodore Kosloff and Bronislava Nijenska, and music and singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Vienna’s Academy of Music and the Paris Conservatory of Music. She made her singing debut at the Festival d’Aix en Provence. Her developmental work includes her own Actors Work Group in London, and collaborations with Peter Brook in Lisbon and Paris. She has had two poetry collections published; and Déj�  Vu. She is in the final stages of writing With and Without Sam: Volumes One and Two, which inform the letters she received from Beckett, housed in the archives at Trinity College Dublin.

Sean Kilpatrick attends Eastern Michigan University's Master's program and is published in Columbia Poetry Review, Fence, LIT, No Colony, Action Yes, New York Tyrant, Caketrain, Tarpaulin Sky, Libra/Libera, La Petite Zine, Spork, The Lifted Brow, Jacket, Forklift Ohio, Everyday Genius, Juked, elimae, Stirring, MiPoesias, Wigleaf, Pindeldyboz, kill author, 5_Trope, LUNGFULL!, Exquisite Corpse, 30 Under 30: an anthology of innovative fiction by younger authors. His first book, fuckscapes, is forthcoming in 2012 from Blue Square Press.

Francis Levy is the author of the novel Erotomania: A Romance and the novel Seven Days In Rio. His articles, reviews, humor, poetry and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The East Hampton Star, The Village Voice, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, American Imago and numerous other publications. He blogs as The Screaming Pope and is co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination.

Clif Mason lives in Bellevue, Nebraska, with his wife, who is a painter, jewelry maker, and graphic artist. His poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, The Prose Poem Project, Poet Lore, and many other magazines in England and America. They have also won a number of magazine and other awards. A chapbook of his poems, From the Dead Before, has been published by Lone Willow Press.He also writes magical realist and fantasy fiction.

Anna Mockler’s story collection, Burning Salt, (StringTown Press) was published in 2004. Her fiction has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Exquisite Corpse, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, Dial, Smoking Poet, Oxygen, Point No Point, etc. Other fiction was included in The Big Book of Sex (in press, Unbearables/Autonomedia) The Worst Book I Ever Read (2009, ibid.), Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (2008, Spuyten Duyvil) and Dogs Cats Crows (2001, Black Heron). She was born in New York and has lived all over the country, where she performed the traditional jobs of a writer: factory worker, office temp, waitress, printer, cabdriver, and restoration ecologist. She lives in Brooklyn.

Canadian Christopher G. Moore is the creator of the award-winning Vincent Calvino Private Eye series and the author of the Land of Smiles Trilogy. His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian and Thai. The German edition of Cut Out, titled Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, the third Calvino novel, won a German Critics Award for international crime fiction in 2004 and Premier Special Director Book Award Semana Negra, Spain in 2007. His non-fiction books include Heart Talk, The Vincent Calvino Reader, and The Cultural Detective. His Vincent Calvino series has been optioned and is being developed for a Hollywood feature film. He is also the editor and contributor to Bangkok Noir, an anthology of short stories set in Bangkok.

Valery Oisteanu is a writer and an artist with an international flavor. Born in Russia (1943) and educated in Romania and France. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays. For the past 11 years he has been a columnist for NY Arts Magazine and an art critic for Brooklyn Rail and Artnet. He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish, Canadian & Romanian art and literary magazines: La Page Blanche, Dart International, Art, Viata Romaneasca, Romania Literara, Altitudini, et al.

Kevin Riordan is a native Chicagoan who was born in 1950. He attended UIC, SAIC, and Columbia College. He is on their staff as a graphic artist and is an adjunct professor in the Interactive Arts and Media department; moreover he is an inveterate bookworm and visual artist, whose artists books appear in a few choice collections.

G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue. Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered.

Benjamin Smith currently resides in Chicago where he lives, works, and roams the streets cataloguing human behavior. For more information about Ben, his writing, and his antics visit

Mike Topp was born in Washington, DC. He is currently living in New York City unless he has died or moved. His recent books include SASQUATCH STORIES from Publishing Genius.

Arthur Vogelsang's Expedition:New & Selected Poems was published in January by Ashland Poetry Press. He has recent work in American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (W.W. Norton & Co., 2009) and at his website.