Issue No. 27, Spring 2012 – Contributors

Editor’s Introduction






Issue 27 Nathalie Anderson’s first book, Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her second, Crawlers, received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press; her third, Quiver, was published in 2011 by Penstroke Press. Her poems have appeared in such journals as APR’s Philly Edition, Atlanta Review, Denver Quarterly, DoubleTake, The New Yorker, Nimrod, North American Review, Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and Spazio Humano. A 1993 Pew Fellow, she serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing.

Karen Babine’s essays have appeared in such journals as River Teeth, Fugue, North Dakota Quarterly, Weber: The Contemporary West, and more. She is in the PhD program the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as Senior Nonfiction Reader of Prairie Schoone

Keith Buie lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He recently completed his first novel, Resistance, and is currently working on his second novel. His fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, Eleven Eleven, Quiddity: International Literary Journal, Rio Grande Review, Willard & Maple, and Metal Scratches.

Elizabeth Chase’s stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Cicada, and Fourteen Hills. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Jim Daniels’ most recent books include Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City (Michigan State University Press) and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (Carnegie Mellon University Press), both published in 2011. BOA Editions will be publishing his next poetry book, Birth Marks, in 2013.

Jaydn DeWald, an MFA candidate at Pacific University, currently lives with his wife in San Francisco, CA, where he writes, plays bass for the DeWald/Taylor Quintet, and serves as an Associate Poetry Editor for Silk Road. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Columbia Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, West Branch, Witness, and others.

Jennifer Fandel’s poetry has appeared in Gulf Stream, Off-Channel, Garbanzo!, The Laurel Review, The Chiron Review, and Relief, and is forthcoming in Calyx, Naugatuck River Review, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press). She lives in St. Louis and works as a freelance writer and editor.

Susan Firer’s most recent book is Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1979-2007. She has current work in Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press) and the Court Green Frank O’Hara Dossier. Her poem “Call Me Pier” is part of the Poetry Everywhere animated poem series, available for viewing on YouTube or at the Poetry Foundation website.

Naoko Fujimoto was born in Nagoya, Japan. Recent poems are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, Spillway, and New Madrid Journal. She currently lives with her deathmetal-hubby and a cat named O-Yuki.

Shelly Clark Geiser is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Cockroach Monologues, Vol. 1, and co-editor of an anthology, Road Trip: Conversations With Writers. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Nebraska Presence, Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace, Telling Our Stories Press, The Memories Project, and An Untidy Season. Shelly maintains a blog for “cockroach editors,” at (All the insect news that’s fit to print.)

Patrick Hicks is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer (2008), and This London (2010). His edited collection, A Harvest of Words (2010), was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. He is the recipient of a number of grants, including one from the Bush Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in South Dakota where he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College.

B.J. Jones is a Virginia/Tennessee native currently living in Dubuque, IA with his wife. B.J. has an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. He is the assistant poetry editor of Stymie: A Journal of Sport & Literature and teaches poetry for the Dubuque Art Center.

Josh Kalscheur’s poetry has been published and is forthcoming from Boston Review, Witness, Cincinnati Review and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. He was awarded a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2011. This past spring he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in Madison, WI where he teaches English at Madison College.

Caledonia Kearns is the editor of two anthologies of writing by Irish American women, Cabbage and Bones and Motherland. Her poems have been published in the New Haven Review, The Mom Egg, and Painted Bride Quarterly, with work forthcoming in Drunken Boat. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, and lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

Noel King was born and lives in Tralee. His poems, haiku, short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in magazines and journals in over thirty countries. His debut collection, Prophesying the Past, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His second, The Stern Wave is due in 2012.

Robert Krut is the author of The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox, 2009). His work has appeared in journals like The Cimarron Review, Blackbird, The Mid-American Review. He teaches at the University of California, in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies.

John Hart was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He currently resides in Winter Park, Florida. His work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Southern Review, and the Washington Square Review.

Margot Lavoie lives in Portland, Oregon earning a living in medical records and living through creative writing, music, family and friends. Her work has appeared in Northeast Corridor, Red Owl, and Poesia. Her collection of poems, The Altar of Amazing Chance, was published by Two Poets Ink in 2009.

Sandy Longhorn is the author of Blood Almanac, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. New poems are or have appeared recently in 32 Poems, North American Review, South Dakota Review, Waccamaw, and elsewhere. Longhorn is an Arkansas Arts Council fellow and blogs at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.

Kim Lozano is on the board of directors of the St. Louis Poetry Center and River Styx, where she serves as a contributing editor. Her work has been published in The Iowa Review, Poetry Daily, The Journal, and is forthcoming in UCity Review and a reader for high school students to be published by The Iowa Review.

Angie Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois. Her recent work appears in Ecotone, The Pinch, and Third Coast, among other journals, and is included in Best New Poets 2010. A recipient of an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, she teaches in Little Rock.

Alan McMonagle lives and writes in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Liar Liar, his first collection of stories, was published in 2008 by Wordsonthestreet. His stories have appeared in various journals in Ireland and North America. His is currently completing a second collection.

Paul O’Reilly lives with his wife and children in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland. His fiction has been listed for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize, the Bristol Prize, the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Prize, published online at Necessary Fiction, and he is currently shortlisted for the 2011 Hennessy Literary Awards.

Richard Robbins was raised in California and Montana. His most recent poetry collections include Radioactive City and Other Americas. He currently directs the creative writing program and Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

James Silas Rogers lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is editor of New Hibernia Review. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, among them Nimrod, Spiritus, and Poetry East. His chapbook Sundogs was published by Parallel Press in 2006.

J.D. Schraffenberger is the associate editor of the North American Review. He is the author of a book of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan), and his other work has appeared recently in Apalachee Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, and elsewhere.

Lucy Simpson is wife of one and mother to two children in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Word-Wrights and PennyDreadful, among other publications. She currently has a poem featured in Word Riot. Her website is She hates Brussels Sprouts and sometimes has nightmares about them.

Rob McClure Smith’s fiction has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Barcelona Review, Confrontation, Chapman and other literary magazines. A former winner of the Scotsman Orange Short Story Award, he teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Sheila Thorne lives in Berkeley, California with her physician husband. She has worked on factory assembly lines as an organizer, taught writing at California State University, San Jose, and raised three children. Her fiction has appeared in Nimrod, Stand Magazine, Louisiana Literature, Evening Street Review, and many other journals, and on-line in Pif Magazine and Storyscape Literary Journal.

Greg Weiss’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Southeast Review, and Now Culture. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel’s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Fairy Tale Review, No, Dear, Sixth Finch, Asymptote, Lana Turner Journal, and The Laurel Review, among others. Her prose can be found at Poetry International, The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, and BOMB Magazine’s blog. She is the winner of the Bennett Poetry Prize at Columbia University, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Recently, Dana Levin chose her manuscript Whither Weather for the Midwest Chapbook Series, sponsored by The Laurel Review. She lives in Brooklyn and is an editor at Argos Books.

Eva Roa White was born in A Coruña, Spain and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has lived in several countries including Saudi Arabia. She teaches English at Indiana University Kokomo. She is at work on her memoir, Back to Galicia: The Immigrants’ Daughter.

Nicholas Wong is the author of Cities of Sameness (Desperanto, 2012). His poems are forthcoming in 580 Split, American Letters & Commentary, Gargoyle, Harpur Palate, Interim, The Jabberwock Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, Quiddity and upstreet. He is the recipient of Global Fellowship Award at ASU Desert Nights Rising Stars Writer’s Conference in 2012. He is a Poetry Editor of Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations and reads poetry for Drunken Boat. He has recently been nominated for a Pushcart.