Contributors Vol. 40, No. 1

Brad Collins is a biethnic Puerto Rican American writer and filmmaker. He has had a short story published on The Rumpus and a short film exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. He currently teaches grade school in Los Angeles.

Sarah Heying grew up in the Midwest, but she’s spent her adulthood moving around the South. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her two big goofy dogs.

Jacob Mendelsohn is the author of the short story collection All My Goodbyes. He is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at The New School. Originally from Chicago, he currently lives in Brooklyn but is not too smug about this fact.

Tony Motzenbacker has published in The Los Angeles Review. His stage play, RAY–KA–PAY, was produced in Los Angeles and won DramaLogue and LA Weekly awards for best playwriting. He lives in Southern California.

Raised outside of Chicago, Vincent Wagner studied biology at Rose–Hulman before earning a master’s degree in English from Penn State. He has gone on to teach at universities in South Korea, Japan, Oman, and France, where he currently resides.

W. Royce Adams has published over a dozen college textbooks, several academic journal articles, and juvenile novels. He won the Haunted Waters Literary Magazine’s 2016 Grand Prize Short Story Contest and received an Honorable Mention from Winning Writers. His works have appeared in The Rockford Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Catamaran, In the Depths, Coe Review, and others. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

J. A. Berstein’s forthcoming story collection, Stick–Light, was a finalist for the Beverly and Robert C. Jones Prizes. A Chicago–native, he’s an assistant professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the fiction editor of Tikkun.

David Axelrod is the editor of Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich, forthcoming from Lynx House Press. His new collection of poems, The Open Hand, is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Other work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in About Place, American Poetry Journal, Cape Rock, CrazyHorse, The Hopper, Hubbub, and Miramar, among others.

Recent books by Walter Bargen include Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009) and Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013). Too Quick for the Living will be published in November 2017. He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008–-2009). His website is

Michael Cole has published a translation of the Finnish poet Pentti Saarikoski’s last long poem, Dances of the Obscure (Logbridge–Rhodes), and two chapbooks, After Uelsmann (Bottom Dog Press) and Manna for Winter (Owl Creek Press). He retired (recently) from Kent State University and resides on the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio.

Milton P. Erlich, PhD, is an eighty–five–year–old psychologist. A Korean War veteran, he has published numerous poems in periodicals such as Bombay Review, Descant, Wisconsin Review, Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Toronto Quarterly Review, Off The Coast, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

Andra Emilia Fenton has co–led delegations to the United Nations to advocate on behalf of imprisoned journalists and was a Fellow at the City University of New York. Her work has been published in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Liz Glodek’s work has appeared in several journals, including The Greensboro Review, Lumina, and The North. A finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize (North American Review), her book The Birds of Mississippi is available from Finishing Line Press.

Jonathan Greenhause, winner of the 2017 Prism Review Poetry Contest, has had poems in The Believer, The Fiddlehead, LitMag, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Rattle, RHINO, The Rialto, and Subtropics, among others.

Tom Hansen’s poems have appeared in The Atlanta Review, The Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, and others. His book, Falling to Earth, was awarded the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and published by BOA Editions in 2006.

Edward Harkness is the author of Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, both from Pleasure Boat Studio press. His most recent chapbook collection, Ice Children, was published by Split Lip Press in 2014. He lives in Shoreline, Washington.

John Harn works with international students in Oregon. He’s published in Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Carolina Quarterly, South Carolina Review, and Poetry East. His collection Physics for Beginners was runner–up in the 2016 Vern Rutsala Prize (Cloudbank Books) and a finalist in the 2015 Gerald Gable Award (Silverfish Review). He has three wonderful daughters.

Victoria Kelly is the author of the poetry collection When the Men Go Off to War and the novel Mrs. Houdini.

Gerry LaFemina’s numerous award–winning collections of poetry include The Parakeets of Brooklyn, Vanishing Horizon, and Little Heretic. His collection of essays on poets and prosody, Palpable Magic, came out in 2015 from Stephen F. Austin University Press and his textbook, Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically, was recently released from Kendall Hunt. A new book of poems, The Story of Ash, is forthcoming this year. He teaches at Frostburg State University and as a poetry mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University.

Stephen Meisel is a writer from Alpharetta, Georgia, currently studying French literature at Cornell University.

Beth Ann Mock earned her MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University in 2013 and now teaches at two community colleges in Oklahoma City.

Athur C. Pavis grew up in New York City, attended Mount Holyoke College, and studied literature in France. She lives both in Maine and in France. Her poems have been published in the UK (New Poetry, Candelabrum), in Canada (The Eclectic Muse) and in the United States, in Measure, The Able Muse, The Comstock Review, Slant, Oberon, The Raintown Review, Tule Review, and Trinacria, among others. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is currently working on a collection of poetry to be entitled “Pulled Pork.”

George Perreault has served as a visiting writer in New Mexico, Montana, and Utah. His poems have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and selected for thirteen anthologies and dozens of journals.

Daye Phillippo is a graduate of Purdue University and Warren Wilson MFA for Writers. She is the recipient of a Mortarboard Fellowship and an Elizabeth George Grant for poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Natural Bridge, Shenandoah, Off the Coast, The Comstock Review, The Fourth River, Cider Press Review, Great Lakes Review, and The Adirondack Review, and others. She teaches English at Purdue University, and lives in a creaky, old farmhouse on twenty rural acres in Indiana with her husband and their youngest son.

Brooke Sahni, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, earned her BFA in creative writing from Prescott College, a small liberal arts school situated in the high desert mountains of Prescott, Arizona. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Poet Lore, Hubbub, Alligator Juniper, and Portland Monthly. She is currently an MFA candidate at New Mexico State University.

Nathanael Tagg has an MFA from Rutgers, where he was a Truman Capote Literary Trust fellow. His poems and reviews are published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Pleiades, Confrontation, The Raintown Review, and many other magazines.

Robert Tremmel lives and writes in Ankeny, Iowa. Recently, he’s published in Packingtown Review, Spillway, Poet Lore, Santa Fe Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Fourth River, and others. He’s also published two collections and a chapbook titled There is a Naked Man.

Rachel A. Wise holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas. She is currently a grant writer in Austin. You can find her work in Cave Region Review (Fall 2014) and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review (no. 45 & 46).

John Zedolik taught English and Latin in a private school for thirteen years. Eventually, he wrote a dissertation that focused on the pragmatic comedy of the Canterbury Tales, thereby completing his PhD in English. His iPhone is now his primary poetry notebook, and he hopes his use of technology in regard to this ancient art form continues to be fruitful.