No one would be listening if not for a brave many artists, writers and visionaries trusting us to stately represent their work.

Here are just some of our contributors.


Richard Wagle

Richard Wagle is a writer and artist living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a BA in English literature from Drake University and an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Wichita State University. He has lived in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and doubts he'll ever escape the Midwest.

Lucian Mattison

Lucian Mattison's first poetry collection, Peregrine Nation, is available from The Broadkill River Press. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, The Boiler, Hobart, Muzzle, Spork, and elsewhere online and in print. His fiction is soon to appear in Per Contra. He is an associate editor for Big Lucks.

Brett Puryear

Brett Puryear grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana. He now lives in Washington, DC, writing stories, teaching at American University, and tending bar.

Dan Pinkerton

Dan Pinkerton lives in Urbandale, Iowa. His work has appeared most recently in Canteen, 32 Poems, apt, Rhino, and Barrow Street.

Chase Dearinger

Chase Dearinger’s stories have been or will be published in Bayou Magazine, The Southampton Review, The Bitter Oleander, Short Story American, and others. He edits the literary magazine Arcadia, and currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he’s at work on a novel.

Carter Meland

Carter Meland teaches American Indian Literature and Film courses for the Department of American Indian Studies. He received his PhD in American Studies with a thesis that  examined the role of tricksters in the works of contemporary Native novelists. His academic work has appeared in journals like American  Studies, Studies in the Humanities, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Lake, and Fiction Weekly.

Eric Notaro

Eric Notaro currently lives in Durango, CO and is a Visiting Instructor of Writing at Fort Lewis College. He is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA program in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared in the journals Zone 3 and Twisted Vine.

John Woods

John Woods grew up in Appalachian Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 2009. He has been previously published in Midwestern Gothic and The Rag. He has written an unpublished collection of short stories and is currently revising two novels.

Benjamin Drevlow

Benjamin Drevlow was the winner of the 2006 Many Voices Project and the author of a collection of short stories, Bend With the Knees and Other Love Advice From My Father (New Rivers Press, 2008). His fiction has also appeared in the Fiction Southeast, Revolution John,and Passages North. He is the fiction editor at BULL: Men’s Fiction, teaches writing at Georgia Southern University, and lives in Statesboro, Georgia.

Jeff Chon

Jeff Chon is a graduate of the MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Word Riot, Barrelhouse, Heavy Feather Review, and The Seneca Review among others.  He is the editor-in-chief of The East Bay Review.

Emily Costa

Emily Costa teaches freshmen at Southern Connecticut State University, where she received her MFA. She is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, and has been published in Noctua Review and Long River Review.

Lee Tyler Williams

Lee Tyler Williams has been published in Absent, Fiction SoutheastFloodwallSmoking Glue GunSpringGun Press, and Thieves Jargon. A radio piece of his can also be found here on NPR. More of his work can be found at He was born in Dallas, Texas.

Jacob Aiello

In 2012 Jacob Aiello cofounded the Soft Show (, a bi-monthly experimental reading series that weds improvised live drawing with fiction and nonfiction read aloud by the authors. His own short stories have appeared in Fiddleblack, Menacing Hedge, SmokeLong Quarterly, Litro Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, Storychord, The Portland Review and The Wordstock Ten, among others. His nonfiction has been previously published in Reading Local and street roots, a nonprofit homeless advocacy paper based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, dog and four cats and amasses a collection of short fiction consisting of far too many pronouns.

Robert Radin

Robert Radin's work has appeared in Salon, Marie Claire, and The Morning News, among other publications.

Callie Miaoulis

Callie Miaoulis is an emerging literary author from New Jersey, who after graduating from SUNY New Paltz, took a short writing residency in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she worked on completing her collection of short stories, Stories for the Faint of Heart. Currently she lives in a tool shed in Arizona, attempting to make madness and sincerity collide.

Luke Bartolomeo

Luke Bartolomeo is the editor of the Monongahela Review. He has been previously published in Word Riot, The Driftwood Review, and Mount Hope.

Christie Grimes

Christie Grimes is a Texan living in Northern New York. She has had stories published in journals such as Harpur Palate, Cutthroat and Passages Northas well as stories named as finalists in competitions held by Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, and the Cincinnati Review. She is the author of Exit Waxahachie, a novel, and is currently at work on an apocalyptic novel about family. More information can be found at

Zoe Abramson

Zoe Abramson lives and writes in Texas.

Crystal N. Galyean

Crystal N. Galyean is a California native who now writes and edits out of New Jersey. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Village Voice, on the Rolling Stone website, and with various other publications. She recently completed her first novel.

Chella Courington

Chella Courington is the author of three flash fiction chapbooks: Love Letter to Biology 250 (forthcoming from Porkbelly Press), Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana and Girls and Women. Her stories have appeared in SmokeLong, Nano Fiction, The Collagist, and The Los Angeles Review. With another writer and two cats, she lives in the West.

Alexandra Kessler

As a student of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College, Alexandra was awarded the 2013 Kratz Center Fellowship to complete cultural and setting studies in Montauk, New York and surrounding Long Island locales for an upcoming short story collection. She was the recipient of the Kratz Center’s 2014 Reese Award for fiction. She lives between New York City and Baltimore.

Anna Boorstin

Anna Boorstin was educated at Yale University, where she majored in film studies. She worked as a sound editor on such films as Clue and Real Genius and served on the board of Motion Picture Sound Editors. While raising her children, Anna also served on several school boards, and whenever possible, volunteered to work in their libraries. She reads compulsively, manages her 28 year-old book club's website, and writes essays and fiction.

Caitlin Woolley

Caitlin Woolley is originally from Seattle, Washington, and has been living in Fairbanks, Alaska for two years. She is entering her third year at the MFA program at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where she writes a lot of stories about girls and dogs because she misses her own.

Maxwell Howard

Maxwell Howard is a writer and podcast journalist living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He produces Small Wonder, a narrative based podcast focusing on religious history and culture of Michigan

Patrick Falconi

Patrick Falconi is a short story writer from Wash­ing­ton DC. He earned an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from VCU and an MFA de­gree from the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Con­ser­va­tory.

Shannon Perri

Shannon Perri lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and menagerie of pets. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Texas State University and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. Her writing has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Buffalo Almanack, Fiddleblack, and In The Fray.

Roy Bent­ley

Roy Bent­ley has had sto­ries in Fo­li­ate Oak, The Bacon Re­view and Eu­noia Re­view. Roy is the au­thor of a short story col­lec­tion ti­tled Boat in the Attic and a col­lec­tion of poems ti­tled Starlight Taxi (Lynx House, 2013).

Dou­glas W. Mil­liken

Dou­glas W. Mil­liken is the au­thor of White Horses and oc­ca­sion­ally re­views for the Be­liever. His other work also ap­pears in Mc­Sweeney's, Slice, and MAKE.

Liz War­ren-Ped­er­son

Liz War­ren-Ped­er­son's work has appeared in So To Speak, Paper Darts, Cut­throat and Ter­rain. She is based in Tuc­son.

Clive Barker

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. Some of his films include Hellraiser and Nightbreed. Barker lives in Beverly Hills, where he runs his company Seraphim Films.

Weston Cutter

Weston Cutter's from Minnesota and the author of All Black Everything and You'd Be a Stranger, Too. He teaches at the University of St Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Emily Koon

Emily Koon is a writer from North Carolina. She has previously published work in Word Riot, Meridian, Juked, and decomP.

Adam Morris

Adam James Morris is a writer and translator living in San Francisco. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barge, The Coffin Factory's O-bits online fiction, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. An excerpt of his forthcoming translation of Hilda Hilst's With My Dog-Eyes appears in this summer's issue of BOMBmagazine. The complete translation will be published in 2014.

Matthew Jakubowski

Matthew Jakubowski has written for Music & LiteratureThe Kenyon Review online, gorseThe MillionsNecessary FictionCorium Magazine, and 3:AM Magazine, among many others. He is the Interviews Editor for Asymptote, a journal of literary translation, and lives with his wife and son in West Philadelphia. He is at work on a novel.

Alison Nastasi

Alison Nastasi is an artist (MFA) and entertainment journalist from New York City, currently residing in Philadelphia. She is the weekend editor for the arts and culture website Flavorwire and writes about film for Fandango, Fearnet,, and MTV. Previously, her work appeared on Cinematical and Moviefone, and she has been published in Rue Morgue Magazine.

Arthur Diamond

Arthur Diamond was born in New York in 1957. He received degrees from the University of Oregon and Queens College and has published twelve nonfiction books used as school texts. Diamond’s stories have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Global City Review, Umbrella Factory Magazine, The Quotable, Ascent, and Poydras Review. He lives in Queens, New York.

Eric Shonkwiler

Eric Shonkwiler is a writer preoccupied with ruination. He can be followed on Twitter @eshonkwiler.

Steve Himmer

Steve Himmer is author of the novel The Bee-Loud Glade, and editor of the webjournal Necessary Fiction. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Hobart, The Millions, TriQuarterly, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere

Eric Van Hoose

Eric Van Hoose lives in Ohio. His fiction has appeared in the Coffin Factory, Avatar Review, Poydras Review, and SquawkBack.

Lindsay D’Andrea

Lindsay D’Andrea is an MFA candidate for creative writing at Iowa State University. She is currently working on a collection of fictional stories set in the very real Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where she is from originally.

Gillian Morrison

Gillian Morrison is a native of New England now living in the Midwest with her two black cats.

Ross McMeekin

Ross McMeekin’s fiction appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Shenandoah, PANK, Green Mountains Review, and Tin House (blog). He received a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and edits the literary journal Spartan.

Kim Slama

Kim Slama studied fine art and theater in New York City.  She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and dog.

Christiana Spens

Christiana’s third book, Death of a Ladies’ Man, was published by 3:AM Press in autumn 2012, having previously been serialized in 3:AM Magazine in spring and summer 2012. Christiana is also the author of The Wrecking Ball (Beautiful Books UK, and Harper Perennial USA, 2008) and the graphic novel The Socialite Manifesto (Beautiful Books, 2009). She graduated from Cambridge in 2011.

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas' fiction has been nominated for several awards, including several Bram Stoker Awards, while he has also been recognised for his editorial work with a Bram Stoker Award, as well as World Fantasy Award and Hugo Award nominations.

Jon Sealy

Jon Sealy is a freelance writer in Richmond, Virginia.

Copper Sloane Levy

Copper Sloane Levy was born in Canada but grew up in the Midwest and Southern United States. He lives in Toronto.

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is the author of The Dirt Riddles, winner of the Miller Williams Prize in Poetry, as well as the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His chapbooks include Adam Walking the Garden and Sleepwalks. His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewChattahoochee ReviewDIAGRAMNew York Quarterly and other journals.

Rob Bass

Rob Bass is a husband and father and writer and musician and teacher who ricochets back and forth between these various identities with something close to the finesse of a master of disguise, or at least a seasoned apprentice. His fiction has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Carve, Ducts, Lily, and Word Riot. His comic books are published by CCP Comics.

Eric Bosse

Eric Bosse's short stories—which often explore gender and sexual nonconformity—have appeared in The Sun, Mississippi Review, Zoetrope, and other magazines and journals. Ravenna Press published his story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, in 2011. He lives in Norman with his family and teaches at the University of Oklahoma.

Kevin Catalano

Kevin Catalano was born and raised in Chittenango, New York, a small village that celebrates the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. He is the author of The Word Made Flesh, a collection of dark flash fiction. Other stories have appeared in PANK, Booth, Pear Noir!, Atticus Review, Gargoyle Magazine, FRiGG, and many others. His stories have also been anthologized in Press 53’s Surreal South ’13 and in Dark House Press’s Exigencies (forthcoming). Harass him at

Charles Dodd White

Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1976. He currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches writing and literature at South College. He has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a newspaper journalist. He is the author of the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, the novel, Lambs of Men, and co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian short story anthology Degrees of Elevation. His work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Collagist, Fugue, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, PANK, Tusculum Review, and other publications.

John McManus

John McManus is the author of three short story collections—Fox Tooth Heart, Born on a Train, and Stop Breakin Down—and the novel Bitter Milk. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, Oxford American, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award, and a Creative Capital Literature grant. He lives in Virginia.

Joe Ricker

Joe Ricker is a former bartender, innkeeper, and cab driver currently teaching English. Esquire referred to him as “a man of letters who’s gentle in the way that only the toughest hard-asses can be.” His fiction has appeared in Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England WritersThe HangoverRose & Thorn Journal, The Opiate, and Thuglit.

Dom Blanc

Dom Blanc lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dane Elcar

Dane Elcar was raised in Santa Paula California and has a background in theater. His recent work includes a completed collection of short stories as well as a manuscript of his first novel. He currently lives and writes in Los Angeles.

John A. McDermott

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, John A. McDermott directs the BFA program in creative writing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Cimarron Review, Florida Review, Juked, Meridian, and Southeast Review.

Bridget Menasche

Bridget Menasche grew up in New York's Hudson Valley. She went on to work along the Hudson River. After a few summers on the water, the surrounding landscape elbowed its way into her poetry.

Jennifer Fenn

Jennifer Fenn lives, writes and teaches in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  Her writing has been appeared in The Writing DisorderVenus Zine, Education Week, and Bitch.  She is also an avid runner and pursuing an MFA at Rosemont College. 

Ellen Frazel

Ellen Frazel is the author of several nonfiction children's books published by Bellwether Media. She is also a founding staff member of Ostrich Review. Originally from Chicago, she now lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she is pursuing her MFA at McNeese State University.

Daniel Roberts

Daniel Roberts is a magazine journalist in New York and also writes fiction; he is working on a collection of short stories. He grew up around Boston and now lives in Brooklyn.

David Manning

David Manning lives with his wife in Nashville, Tennessee. His work has previously been published in and Bat City Review, as well as in Echo Ink Review and Constellations.

Todd Grimson

Todd Grimson has lived in Avignon, New York City and Guadalajara, and now resides in Portland, Oregon. He has published three novels and had short fiction published in BOMB, Bikini Girl, Juked, Word Riot, PANK, The Quarterly and elsewhere.

Brian Kubarycz

Brian Kubarycz lives in Salt Lake City, where he teaches Intellectual Traditions for the Honors college at the University of Utah.  His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Puerto Del Sol, Black Warrior Review, Unsaid, New York Tyrant, and other literary journals.

Elias Marsten

Elias Marsten is a lifelong Midwesterner, writer and hobbyist hacker. He briefly attended classes in the Ohio State University's creative writing program as an academic auditor.

Adam S. Cantwell

Adam S. Cantwell is a writer, musician and father living in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author, most recently, of Orphans on Granite Tides (Ex Occidente Press, Bucharest). His stories have appeared in Fiddleblack and various anthologies including Ex Occidente's tributes to Meyrink, Bulgakov, and Bruno Schulz.

Hannah Stephenson

Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, instructor, and singer-songwriter living in Columbus, Ohio. Hannah earned her MA in English from the Ohio State University in 2006, and her poems and songs have appeared in publications such as The Nervous Breakdown, qarrtsiluni, MAYDAY, Whale Sound, FORTH, Spoonful, Birmingham Arts Journal and anthologies from Lazy Gramophone Press. She is a poetry blogger for The Huffington Post, and is the founder of Paging Columbus!, a literary arts monthly event series.

Rodney Nelson

Rodney Nelson’s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago, but he switched to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years, restarting in the noughties. A lifelong nonacademic, he has worked as a book and copy editor in the Southwest and now is back in his native northern Great Plains.

Karin Anderson

Karin Anderson has a Ph.D. in creative writing and poststructuralist theory from the University of Utah. She is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University where she was previously Department Chair and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty. Her writing has appeared in Sunstone, Dialogue, Western Humanities Review, Quarter After Eight, Saranac Review, American Literary Review, and in anthologies with Signature Books and University Readers.

Cristina Mathews

Cristina Mathews has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY Stony Brook. She is an associate professor of English at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Bilingual Review, Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and, long ago, in Southern Changes.

Mark Welborn

Mark Welborn was born in Chicago, Illinois, and brought up in Dayton, Ohio. He is currently living, learning, and working in northern Ohio lake country. There, he writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

David Williamson

David Williamson holds an MFA in fiction from Old Dominion University. His stories have appeared in C4 and 5x5, and his original screenplay Colby won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition. David lives with his family in Norfolk, Virgnia.

Deana Nantz

Deana Nantz holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in literature from Eastern Kentucky University where she teaches modern drama. She writes fiction, poetry, and reviews, which have appeared in ParadigmFried Chicken and CoffeeJelly Bucket, and Aurora

Nate Liederbach

Nate Liederbach is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. He is the author of Doing a Bit of Bleeding (Ghost Road Press) and Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review.

Chris Joyner

Chris Joyner is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Miami. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Barely South ReviewFried Chicken and CoffeeCaKe, and Fickle Muses. He was recipient of the 2011 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize.

William Haas

William Haas lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Western Oregon University. His work has appeared in River Teeth, Dark Mountain, Appalachian Heritage, Glasschord, Bull and elsewhere.

Ian Singleton

Ian Singleton is a working writer. His work has appeared in AsymptotePrick of the SpindleMidwestern Gothicqarrtsiluni, and other journals. A story collection, Cussing, is forthcoming. He won a Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan in 2004 and is a graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College.

Lytton Smith

Lytton Smith's second book of poems, While You Were Approaching the Spectacle and Before You Were Transformed by It, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books (2013), who also published his first book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent. He teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth.

Ezra Carlsen

Ezra Carlsen is a writer based in San Francisco. His journalism has been published in California magazine and San Francisco Public Press. His fiction has been published by Fiddleblack, and is forthcoming in the journal REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters and in The Southern Humanities Review.

Chris McCormick

Chris McCormick is the author of Desert Boys (Picador, 2016). He earned his BA at the University of California, Berkeley, and his MFA at the University of Michigan, where he received two Hopwood Awards. He lives in Ann Arbor, where he is a Helen Zell Fellow.

Phillip Neel

Phillip Neel is writer from Northern California. He received his BA in Writing from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and afterward spent time working and tutoring English on an organic farm in Bang Phra, Thailand. He has fiction published in A Cappella Zoo and Monday Night.

Nicholas Rombes

Nicholas Rombes' work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Oxford American, Exquisite Corpse, WigLeaf, The Believer, Prick of the Spindle, and other places. He writes a column for The Rumpus and is author of the 33 1/3 book Ramones.

Brian Jones

Brian Ted Jones was born in 1984 and raised in Oklahoma. He has received the Whidbey Student Choice Award, the Bartleby Snopes Story of the Month Award, and was long-listed for the Fish International Short Story Prize in 2010. Brian lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Jennifer, and their sons Oscar and GuyJack.

Marjorie Maddox

Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (WordTech Editions); Weeknights at the Cathedral (Yellowglen Prize); When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (Redgreene Press).

Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan is a freelance writer and editor based on the Pacific Northwest. Having earned his MFA in fiction from Arizona State University, he remains on staff with ASU’s Hayden’s Ferry Review. Brennan has received several awards for his work, which has appeared most recently in The Copperfield Review, Ginger Piglet, and The Molotov Cocktail.

Dan Moreau

Dan Moreau's writing appears in Redivider, New Ohio Review, Fourteen HillsLos Angeles Review, Zone 3, and Hotel Amerika. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a finalist for the Micro Award, his work has received an honorable mention in the Common Review Short Story Prize and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a writer of fiction, essays and screenplays, and is the Editorial and Design Director of The Creosote Journal. He lives in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood and grew up in the Sierra foothills. He studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, and has been published in The San Francisco Public Press, The Sacramento News & Review, Sussurrus, Transfer, Ashcan, Right Hand Pointing, and other publications. He has also published several chapbooks, most recently Satellite Memories, and has been a featured reader at Litquake, Why There Are Words, and the Peninsula Literary Series.