Contributor's Notes
Contributor's Notes


Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY, the 10th smartest city in the country. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in issues of Rattle, upstreet, Anti-, Front Porch, Gargoyle and Fugue.

Megan Dreisbach received her MFA in nonfiction from Bennington College and is currently teaching writing at Rutgers University.

Marcene Gandolfo’s work has appeared recently in several literary journals including Bayou, Poet Lore, Harpur Palate, Van Gogh’s Ear, The Café Review, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, California Quarterly, River Oak Review and Paterson Literary Review. She lives in Elk Grove, California with her husband and daughter.

Darryl Gullens, currently in Illinois D.O.C., recently started writing poetry. He has found that writing poetry helps relieve stress. This is his first published poem.

Christine Herzer is a visual artist and writer living in India. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, American Letters & Commentary, BlazeVOX, Spiral Orb, boo journal, Blackbox Manifold, The New York Quarterly, elimae, Blue & Yellow Dog, Wood Coin, Upstairs at Duroc [France], Platform Magazine [India] and elsewhere. An e-chapbook 'i wanted to be a pirate' is forthcoming with H_NGM_N BOOKS.

John Hill is a newly minted (June 2009) Bennington College MFA. His short story, “Monkey Number One,” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train June Fiction Open. He has completed a novel and is hoping to avoid restraining orders from literary agents. In his previous lives, he has been a songwriter/producer/composer and has taught Film Music at the UCLA Extension. He lives in Cape Cod in sight of the Azores.

Stacy Magner Barrett has her BFA from Emerson College and her MFA from Bennington College, both in Poetry and Literature. She has a passion for the short poem, both writing it and reading it, which is only paralleled by her passion for the city of San Francisco, where she currently resides.

Julia Pistell has her MFA in Nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the recipient of a 2010 Writers Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She lives in Hartford, Connecticut.

T. J. Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in African American Review, Apple Valley Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Linebreak, Third Coast and others.

Amy Kitchell-Leighty's poems have appeared most recently in Bellevue Literary Review, Coachella Review, and Salamander. She teaches English and creative writing at a men's prison in Illinois.

Sheena Cook’s first novel is in the hands of agents and she is in the very, very early stages of her second. Her short work has so far been published in the Potomac Review and is forthcoming, she hopes, in a number of other places.

Rebecca Manery is a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. She received her MFA from Bennington in 2009. Her work has appeared in Rhino and The Arts Politic.

DT Matz spends his days writing in solitude, constantly honing his craft. His short story "The Old Tavern" has been seen in Gatewood Journal.

Abby Paige is a poet and playwright based in Montreal. Her poems have recently appeared in Spiral Orb, Saranac Review, and carte blanche.

Katie Perkins is owner of the translation, editing and media monitoring company Monitor CE, in a city in the Czech Republic where she lives with her husband and small dog. For Katie, a successful day includes plenty of sleep, an enjoyable breakfast, wilderness excursions, and a train ride to somewhere new and exciting. Katie studied Literature and Journalism at UC Santa Cruz and received her MFA from Bennington College.

Born in Poland, living in Montreal, Michel Ostaszewski has turned an adolescent curiosity with photography into a life-long passion. His path through the photographic world as both an art form and a business has given him a unique perspective on both the creative and professional aspects of a very dynamic industry.

Michel has worked in almost every possible photographic facet. Whether it be traveling, taking head-shots or portfolio images for actors and models, snapping those once in a lifetime shots at a wedding or capturing Dancers and Actors on stage, Michel worked diligently to master the ability to shoot in every possible situation. For him, the goal is to catch the world at its most natural, to see the essence of a moment and the candid truth in each individual.

Adam Tessier is an art historian by trade, with a double life in the food world in Cambridge, MA. His poems have appeared in Memorious, Linebreak, Remedy Quarterly and elsewhere.

Lee Weaver is a student of harsh realities. He enjoys long strolls on the asphalt and watching the sun dip behind the iron plants. Currently, he feigns writers block, stares at the blank pages of his debut novel. Luckily, he is a productive procrastinator who today writes this bio.