David Alpaugh is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of California Berkeley, where he was a Woodrow Wilson and a Ford Foundation Fellow. Journals and anthologies that have published his poetry, drama, satire, and criticism include Able Muse, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Evergreen Review, Modern Drama, Poetry, Rattle, Scene4, Wisconsin Review, The Poetry of Business Life, and California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present. His first collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, and he has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California.

Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is the author of the novel Thirsty, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Baltimore Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Poets & Writers. She has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching writing workshops for the past sixteen years. In late 2010, after nearly five years in China, Kristin repatriated to the U.S. and is making a new home in Massachusetts. For more, visit

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. His chapbook Remembrance was published by Origami Condom Press and The Conquest of Somalia was published by Cervena Barva Press. A collection of his poetry Days of Destruction was published by Skive Press. His poetry collection Expectations was published by Rogue Scholars Press ( His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles were produced Off Broadway. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines.

Paula Bomer is the author of Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press, 2010), which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and O Magazine put as number one in their “Titles to Pick Up Now,” calling it a “brilliant, brutally raw debut collection.” Her fiction has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Open City, Fiction, The Mississippi Review, Nerve and elsewhere. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana and now lives in New York. Find out more about her at

J. Bradley is the author of Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You Is a Robot (Safety Third Enterprises, 2010), My Hands Are As Thick As Dreams (Patasola Press, 2011), and the upcoming e-chapbooks A Patchwork of Rooms Furnished By Mistakes (Deckfight Press, 2011) and Our Hearts Are Power Ballads (Artistically Declined Press, 2011). He is the Interviews Editor of PANK and lives at

Alec Bryan works in the Salt Lake Desert. He drinks a lot of water. His works appear online and in journals. See for a full list. His novel, Night on the Invisible Sun, is a work of what he calls “misunderstood genius” (he finds that easier than saying it isn’t a NYT Bestseller). He likes Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and painting corners.

Laura Carter lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed her M.F.A. in 2007. She curates the Sun & Moon Presents series in East Atlanta, and soon a chapbook is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, her fifth. Recent poems are forthcoming in Hambone.

Lisa J. Cihlar’s poems appear, or soon will, in numerous journals including: The Pedestal Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Qarrtsiluni, elimae, and Pirene’s Fountain. In 2008 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in rural southern Wisconsin where she raises more tomatoes than she can possibly use, yet she always runs out of the ones she freezes sometime in March.

Lisa M. Cole is a full time writer who holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing program. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the following online and print publications: Nimble, Slow Trains, Gloom Cupboard, Sawbuck, Alternative Reel, The Arava Review, Backroom Live, Snow Monkey, Viral Cat, Asphodel Madness, The Albion Review, Persona, and The Foundling Review. She was the recipient of the Lois Nelson Award in Creative Nonfiction in 2005, and was also just informed by Dancing Girl Press that her chapbook, Tinder//Heart will be released in April of 2012.

Adam Crittenden lives in Las Cruces, where he is currently working on his MFA at New Mexico State University. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Burner Magazine and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Newer poems of his can be seen in the twelfth issue of Kill Author.

Christopher Flinchpaugh lives with his wife Elizabeth and two sons, Owen and Michael, on a small farm in Boone County Missouri. In his spare time, he teaches art at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri.

Jaime Fountaine lives in Philadelphia, where she is the host of Toiling in Obscurity, a quarterly performance series, Second Stories, a monthly storytelling show, and The Rant-O-Wheel, a storytelling competition at the Philly Improv Theater.  You can find her on the internet at

Devan Goldstein’s fiction and criticism have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Etchings, Bright Lights Film Journal, The Motley Fool, and elsewhere. He also keeps a blog with some regularity and serves as Flash Fiction Editor for Flywheel Magazine. He lives with his wife in Colorado.

G.L. Grey received her MFA from Eastern Washington University and has been published in various journals (most recently in the Adirondack Review).  She currently teaches at Gonzaga University.

Kyle Hemmings is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press). He lives and writes in New Jersey

Amanda Hempel was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her work has recently appeared in several journals, including The Literary Review, The Mochila Review, Briar Cliff Review, Illuminations, and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters.

Donald Illich has published in LIT, The Iowa Review, Nimrod, and other journals.  He has been a semifinalist for the Elixir Press book contest and was named Honorable Mention for the Washington Prize book contest.  He lives in Rockville, Maryland.

Tim Jones-Yelvington has been called the Lady Gaga of the Chicago lit scene. He is the author of the short fiction collection, Evan’s House and the Other Boys Who Live There, which appears in They Could No Longer Contain Themselves, a multi-author volume from Rose Metal Press. He has guest edited for PANK and Smokelong Quarterly, and serves as the president of the board of directors for Artifice magazine.

Thomas Patrick Levy is author of I Don’t Mind if You’re Feeling Alone (YesYes Books, 2012) and Please Don’t Leave Me Scarlett Johansson (Pilot Books Seattle, 2011). He works as a freelance web designer and an automotive repossession agent. Follow him online at

Meghan McClure lives outside of Seattle, Washington. She studies at the Rainier Writing Workshop, the Low-Residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.  She is co-director of Zimbags, a non-profit organization empowering women in Zimbabwe to overcome extreme poverty. Her work has appeared in roger, Superstition Review, and Mid-American Review.

Terri McCord won the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 2002 Literary Fellowship, the 2007 Don Russ Poetry Prize, the 2008 Post and Courier Prize from the South Carolina Poetry Society, and a first place in the 2009 SC Poetry Initiative/The State Single Poem contest. Finishing Line Press published a chapbook The Art and the Wait in 2008. The South Carolina Poetry Initiative chose her second chapbook In the Company of Animals for publication in fall, 2008.  A visual artist and poet, Terri McCord is at work on a series of photographs and artworks utilizing her poetry. She received her MFA in poetry from Queens University in Charlotte in 2006. She has taught various ages through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Artists Roster.

Jen Michalski’s first collection of fiction, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, is available from So New (2007), her second is forthcoming from Dzanc(2013), and her novella MAY-SEPTEMBER (2010) was published by Press 53 as part of the Press 53 Open Awards. Her chapbook CROSS SECTIONS (2008) is available from Publishing Genius. She also is the editor of the anthology CITY SAGES: BALTIMORE (CityLit Press2010), which won a 2010 “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, and is co-host of the monthly reading series The 510 Readings in Baltimore.

S.C. Morgan grew up in Oregon, where she learned not everything is black and white. Now she lives in the jungles of Costa Rica where shades of gray cover the full spectrum. Some of her work has appeared in Notre Dame Magazine, Camroc Press Review, Real Travel Adventures, and Escape from America. Her book reviews can be found at The Internet Review of Books.

Kristine Ong Muslim’s stories and poems have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Contrary Magazine, Hobart, Potomac Review, Southword, The Pedestal Magazine, and Third Wednesday.

Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review). His short stories, poems, essays, reviews, and interviews  have been widely published in N + 1, Salon, Mississippi Review, Antioch Review, Houston Literary Review, Westchester Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Rumpus, PANK, Bull, Word Riot, Moon Milk Review, Fogged Clarity, and other places. He is the author of four books in philosophy and an epistolary novel with Susan Tepper, What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G (Cervana Barva  Press). He just completed his second novel, Leaving Telluride, set in Telluride, Colorado.

Juan Carlos Reyes is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador.  He received a PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2007 and is currently pursuing his MFA at The University of Alabama.  He has presented his work at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and the Benham Gallery in Seattle, WA, and he has published in Tertulia Magazine, Arcadia and Black Warrior Review.  He currently lives with his wife in Tuscaloosa, AL.  He graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from New York University.

Laurence Ross’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, Mason’s Road, Gaga Stigmata, and elsewhere. His lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and writes letters/essays to Karen Fish while working on his fiction. He has recently completed a novel, Also, I’m Dying, in which characters deliver performances of crisis, education, anarchy, vanity, husband, wife, child, and alcoholism—among other things.

Rion Amilcar Scott has contributed to PANK, Fiction International and Confrontation, among others. Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, he earned an MFA at George Mason University and presently teaches English at Bowie State University.

In addition to penning the poetry collection Heavy Petting (YesYes Books, 2011), Gregory Sherl is the author of The Oregon Trail Is the Oregon Trail, a novella in verse, forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press, January 2012 and I Have Touched You, a chapbook of linked stories, available now from Dark Sky Books. He blogs at

Erik Smetana teaches and writes in and around St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife and a dog named Sam. His writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) at places like The Missouri Review, BLIP, Annalemma, Hobart, 52nd City, and PANK among others. More information on Erik can be found at

Curtis Smith’s latest books are Bad Monkey (stories, Press 53), Truth or Something Like It (novel, Casperian Books), and Witness (essays, Sunnyoutside Press)

YT Sumner and Chloe Caldwell are writers who live on the other side of the world from each other. They wrote this piece together in between the timezones of Australia and New York. Chloe Caldwell is a non-fiction writer who moves around too often for her biographies to keep up. You can find her work at PANK, Connotation Press and Bananafish Magazine. YT Sumner is a fiction writer who secretly sneaks non-fiction into her work all the time. You can find her work at Housefire, Jersey Devil Press and Gloom Cupboard. Both had stories nominated for the 2010 Pushcart Prize.

Sean Walsh has had writing published in Avery. He lives in Maryland.