Contributors' Notes

J. A. Bernstein is the pen name of Rob Lowe. When he isn't wooing starlets, he's pursuing a doctorate in English at the University of Southern California. He would like to add that his eyelashes are real.

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His numerous chapbooks include I Am Spam (2004), abbrev (2011), About the Author (2011), and Basic Cable Couplets (2012). A full-length collection, Brief Nudity, is forthcoming in 2013. He is also an acclaimed songwriter whose most recent CD release is Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties.

Gretchen Hasse has an MFA from SAIC. She has worked as a videographer in Chicago for over ten years, and taught video production for ten years at the high school and college levels. These days she is focusing on art that moves only in the mind.

Nick Kocz's stories have appeared in a number of places, including Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, The Normal School, and Web Conjunctions. He is a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. Sometimes, he also blogs at

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Sara E. Lamers is the author of the poetry collection A City Without Trees (March Street Press) and the chapbook Applause: The Patron Saint Poems (Pudding House Publications). Other work has appeared in journals such as Fugue, The MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, and Rattle. She teaches at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI and holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University.

Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Boston Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, Lana Turner, LIT, Poetry, Washington Square, and Web Conjunctions. His first book, called I Am Your Slave Now What Do I Say, was published in April 2012 by Canarium Books.

R.D. Morgan lives in the Deep South, and she analyzes websites and markets books online for a living. She earned her MFA in Poetry nearly ten years ago (in 2003).

Upon a call, Verica Patrnogic contributed to this volume fifty-nine photographs and one drawing. She does film.

Susan Sides Phillips is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she received the Margaret Terry Crooks Award for Most Outstanding Creative Writing Student. She teaches middle school English and has recently finished her first YA novel. Susan lives in Dallas with her husband, their son, and their two Shetland Sheepdogs.

Paul Martinez Pompa is the author of Pepper Spray and My Kill Adore Him.

JoAnne Ruvoli is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ksenija Simic-Muller once lived in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, where she published a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. She now spends most of her time being an educator focusing on social justice mathematics. She is not related to Charles Simic.

Diane Solis has practiced contemplative meditation for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Avocet, Label Me Latina/o, Ocho, Parabola online, and elsewhere. Few places happier than out on the trails, Diane enjoys traveling to experience, photograph, and write about the natural world. She resides with her life partner in the Pacific Southwest.