Contributors Vol. 39, No. 2

Phillip Aijian earned an MA in creative writing from the University of Missouri and is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Irvine, where he studies Shakespeare. His poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Camas, and Poor Yorick.

Ayana Ali was born on February 14, 1994, in Brooklyn, New York. Her interests include driving at dangerously fast speeds, playing the electric guitar, and pretending she is queen of a myriad of wholly imaginary kingdoms.

James P. Austin is an assistant professor of English at Fort Hays State University. His fiction has appeared in Mid–American Review and Moon City Review. He holds an MFA from UC–Irvine and a PhD in education from UC–Santa Barbara.

A finalist for the James Wright Poetry Award, Lana Austin has had poems recently featured in Mid–American Review, Sou’wester, Zone 3, Appalachian Heritage, The Pinch and Switchback, among other journals. She has an MFA from George Mason University.

Bill Buege has published poems in Callaloo, Christian Century, Collages and Bricolages, Iris, The Laurel Review, Mid American Review, Phoebe, Riprap, River Styx, Sou’Wester, The Madison Review, and the anthology Chick for a Day. His chapbooks are Jill: A Poem in 100 Spenserian Stanzas (Tamafyhr Mountain Press) and Imitations (Chiron Review Press). He holds degrees from Concordia College, Valparaiso University, Northwestern, and Washington University. He lives and writes in St. Louis, Missouri. His new book, Stumble Into a Lighted Room (Burlesque Press), is available on Amazon or at a local bookstore.

Beverly Burch’s fiction and poetry have appeared in New England Review, North American Review, Mudlark, Willow Springs, Southern Humanities Review, and Poetry Northwest. Her second poetry collection, How A Mirage Works, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her first, Sweet to Burn, won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. She is a psychotherapist in Berkeley.

Mark Burke’s work has been published or is forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, and many other publications.

Todd Davis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Winterkill and In the Kingdom of the Ditch, both published by Michigan State University Press. He is a fellow in the Black Earth Institute and a professor of environmental studies and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College.

Randall R. Freisinger’s poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines and have been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. His collections of poems include Running Patterns, Hand Shadows, Plato’s Breath, and Nostalgia’s Thread. Born and raised in Kansas City, he lives and writes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ben Gunsberg is an assistant professor of English at Utah State University. His work appears in CutBank, The Southeast Review, and The South Carolina Review, among other magazines.

Marc Harshman’s second full–length collection, Believe What You Can, is out from The Vandalia Press of West Virginia University. His four chapbooks include Rose of Sharon (Mad River). Periodical publications include The Georgia Review, Emerson Review, Salamander, 14 Hills, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Gargoyle. His poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and University of Arizona. His thirteen children’s books include The Storm, a Smithsonian Notable Book. His monthly show for WV Public Radio, The Poetry Break, began airing in January. He is the poet laureate of West Virginia.

Ivo Kamps is native of The Netherlands. He earned his PhD from Princeton University, and he is chair of the English department at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature.

Kathleen Kraft is a poet, freelance journalist, and yoga teacher. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Five Points, Gargoyle and The Satirist. Her chapbook, Fairview Road, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Al Maginnes is the author of several poetry collections, including The Next Place, which will be published by Iris Press in spring of 2017. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and teaches at Wake Technical Community College.

Ron McFarland teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Idaho. His most recent book is a biography, Edward J. Steptoe and the Indian Wars, which was described in Military History magazine as “a crowning achievement” and “a must–read for anyone interested in the antebellum U.S. Army.”

As a poet, Will Nixon has published My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse and Love in the City of Grudges. With Michael Perkins he has co–authored Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America’s Most Famous Small Town and The Pocket Guide to Woodstock.

Nate Pillman’s work has appeared in PANK, North American Review, New Ohio Review, Mid–American Review, and others. He is originally from Iowa but now resides in southern Arizona.

Lucas Pingel is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Yes, I Am Sure This Was a Beautiful Place (Strange Cage, 2013).

Cinda Redfield holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa, and was runner–up for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert Winner award in 2002. She finished her first novel in 2014. Previous stories have appeared in The North American Review.

D. E. Steward is creeping up on a thousand publications and way beyond what he hoped to accomplish as an independent writer. He has never had a pedestrian job since college, and never published anything he’s ashamed of. He never studied writing and didn’t even major in English. The only thing he has taught is swimming, and he tries to feed respect for the printed and pixelled word.

Bilinda Straight is an anthropologist and creative writer teaching at Western Michigan University. She has been a finalist for The New Letters Literary Award (2012) and First Runner Up in Poetry for Faulkner–Wisdom Awards (2015). Her anthropological scholarship has been published widely and recognized with Fulbright and National Science Foundation awards.

Christopher Thornton teaches in the writing program at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also taught at Emerson College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Cairo. Many of his essays deal with issues related to international politics and global cultures. They have appeared in the Sewanee Review, Commonweal, American Scholar, Atlantic Online, New Haven Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antigonish, and other publications.

Jeffrey Tucker is the author of Kill February (Sage Hill, 2015), which was selected as the winner of the 2015 Powder Horn Prize.  His work has also appeared in The Cape Rock, RHINO, Poetry South, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere.  He currently lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, where he teaches at Brigham Young University.

Doug Van Hooser is a playwright active in Chicago’s storefront theater. His poetry can be found in Poetry Quarterly, Sheepshead Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine and Stoneboat Literary Journal. His fiction has appeared in RedEarth Review, Intrinsick, Crack the Spine, and The Riding Light Review.

Suzie Vander Vorste, a graduate student in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati, writes nonfiction and poetry, and her previous work has appeared in The Lindenwood Review, The Timberline Review, and Oakwood.

Diane Vreuls has published a novel, a collection of short stories, and a children’s book, as well as work in Commonweal, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker, and other journals. Her second book of poems, After Eden, came out in 2015.

Frederick Wilbur was brought up and still lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, so he relies on imagery derived from the natural landscape and country life to explore human relationships.  He has been an architectural woodcarver for over thirty-five years and has written numerous articles and three books on the subject.  His poetry has appeared in or has been accepted by Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, The Lyric, The South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, POEM, Snowy Egret, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Poetry Quarterly among others.

Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian–American writer who teaches English at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. Her poems, nonfiction essays, and photography appear in The Lindenwood Review, West Trade Review, The Atlanta Review, Midway, and many other online and print venues. Her chapbook Hollow Bottles was published by Red Dashboard Press in December 2016.