Contributor's Notes
Contributor's Notes


Arlene Ang lives in Venice, Italy where she edits the Italian pages of Niederngasse. Her poetry has recently been published in Mississippi Review Online, The Pedestal Magazine, Cordite, Poetry Midwest and Offcourse Literary Journal. Three of her poems have been nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Michelle Chen is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her reportorial work has appeared in various online and print journals including In These Times, Colorlines, and Women's International Perspective.

Libby Cudmore is a pop fiction/CNF candidate with the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She is a frequent contributor to Pop Matters and Hardboiled magazine, and her recent publications include the upcoming spec-fic anthology Quantum Genre on the Planet of the Arts (w/ Matthew Quinn Martin), The Southern Women's Review and Shaking like a Mountain. Additional publications include Crime and Suspense, Sage of Consciousness, The Subway Chronicles (Essay of the Year 2004) and Long Story Short (Author of the Year 2004).

Kristiana Colón is a recent MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She began writing and giving readings in Chicago as a teen and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. Her first chapbook entitled Pieces of Shedu was published by Ice Box Press in November 2008 and her work appears in Haven Books' recent anthology, Not a Muse. Publication credits include Our Stories, The Houston Literary Review, After Hours, Acentos Literary Review, Midwestern Edition, Contrary, Bare Root Review, and Two With Water.

Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s work has been described as "a mosaic of narrative that takes us out of our provincial concentration on American life to encompass broader social and geopolitical issues with a decidedly urban and postmodern sensibility." Her poetry and translations have appeared in How2, Columbia Poetry Review, Sulfur, The Iowa Review, Phoebe, Big Bridge and elsewhere, including several anthologies. She has authored three volumes of poetry, most recently the chapbook, Part, Part Euphrates (NeO Pepper Press). She loves Mahler, Scriabin, pomegranates, eggplant and teal.

Megan Hinton was awarded the Dorothy Getz fellowship from Ohio Wesleyan University, the C-Scape Dune Shack Artist's Residency from the Provincetown Compact, and the two-time recipient of a Print Studio Fellowship from the Women's Studio Workshop in the Catskills, New York.

Luca Penne's work has appeared in 2River, Forge, and Heroin Love Songs.

Douglas Ramspeck is the author of Black Tupelo Country, which was selected for the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). His chapbook, Where We Come From, is published by March Street Press. His work has appeared in journals that include West Branch, Rattle, Confrontation Magazine, Connecticut Review, Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, and Hayden’s Ferry. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Lima.

Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. He has been a finalist in the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and in the Richard Hugo House New Works Competition. His work has been published or is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, New Delta Review, Main Street Rag, and Hawai'i Pacific Review, among others. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Allison Smythe's work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Gettysburg Review, versal V, Southern Review, and Sojourn.

Richard Spuler's poems have appeared in The Album of International Poetry, American Poetry Anthology, Descant, Fragments, The Rose's Hope, Voices International, Alura, Ublue, and are forthcoming in New Mirage Quarterly and Miranda. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and poetry (Memorabilia and Other Assorted Forgettables). He teaches at Rice University in Houston, TX. He enjoys music and reading.

Benjamin A. Strok, is a student of theology and literature at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. His work attempts to confront mainly the modernist epistemological question(s), particularly how knowledge or experience is transmitted. Therefore, he keeps in mind a balance between the experience of a speaker, and the relationship of that work with an unknown face, or audience.

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection St. Cecilia’s Daze is forthcoming from Parallel Press. Her poetry has appeared in The New Plains Review, Fresh Ink, Free Verse, and is forthcoming in Zoland Poetry Journal. She was a finalist in 2009 for the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, Artsmith Literary Contest and Phoebe’s Greg Grummer Prize.

Lee Upton is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Undid in the Land of Undone (New Issues Poetry & Prose), and four books of literary criticism. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the National Poetry Series Award, and awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Epoch, Shenandoah, and other journals. Her novella is The Guide to the Flying Island: A Novella.