Contributors’ Notes

b. alexander currently resides in the Bay Area of California. S/he graduated from West Valley College in Saratoga, California. S/he is obsessed with the occult, the cosmos, the après-garde. They have had works appear in Voices, the literary magazine of West Valley, Metazen, The Toucan, and is co-editor of the sapling poetry magazine Red Skeleton.

Allie Marini Batts is an M.F.A. student at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in over one hundred literary magazines. She lives in Tallahassee. Her work and book reviews are available at Bookshelf Bombshells. Allie would like to extend special thanks to Jim Hruska for his military expertise and careful editing of this piece.

Darren C. Demaree lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, and his first full collection, As We Refer to Our Bodies, will be published this winter by 8th House Publishing House.

Alec Hershman lives in St. Louis, where he teaches at The Stevens Institute of Business and Arts. Other poems of his are forthcoming in Cream City Review, Apt, The Pinch, The Associative Press, and The Fiddlehead. He currently serves as poetry editor for The White Whale Review.

Elizabeth Langemak’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Literary Imagination, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Verse Daily. She lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches at La Salle University.

D. J. Lee is a professor at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her M.F.A. from Bennington College. Among her publications are three books and three edited collections of scholarship on nineteenth-century literature. She is working on a creative nonfiction book, Bitterroot: Memoir of a Wilderness, and an edited collection titled Personal Stories/Public Lands. She divides her time between Moscow, Idaho, and Chicago. She can be found online at

Jennifer Robinette has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of North Dakota and currently teaches writing at Baton Rouge Community College. Her fiction has also appeared in Silk Road Review and The Red Clay Review. She is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, and now lives with her husband and dog in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Christine Schutt is the author of two collections of stories, Nightwork and A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer, and three novels, including Florida, a National Book Award finalist, and All Souls, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her most recent book, a novel, is Prosperous Friends. She lives and teaches in New York.

Sally Van Doren is the author of two books of poems, Possessive (LSU, 2012) and Sex at Noon Taxes (LSU, 2008), which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a curator for the St. Louis Poetry Center and lives in St. Louis and New York. Her website is

Catherine Wagner’s books include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012), My New Job (Fence, 2009), Macular Hole (Fence, 2004), Miss America (Fence, 2001), and a dozen chapbooks, including Bornt (Dusie, 2009) and Imitating (Leafe, 2004). Her work has been anthologized in the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Best American Erotic Poems, and elsewhere; new poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in Lana Turner, Poetic Labor Project, Cambridge Literary Review, Abraham Lincoln, The Awl, New American Writing, Evening Will Come, Claudius App, and elsewhere. Her performances and poems are archived on PennSound, Archive of the Now, and Poetry Foundation websites. She is an associate professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Matthew Weinkam is a recent graduate from Miami University’s M.A. program in creative writing and just returned from a year teaching in Zhuhai, China. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Monkeybicycle, The Rumpus, and Jaded Ibis Press.

Chandler Wigton received a B.A. in painting in 2008 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is a second-year M.F.A. candidate in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He spent his first year in the M.F.A. program studying and working in Rome, Italy. He has shown work in Colorado, New Mexico, Italy, and Philadelphia.

Soon Wiley is a native of Nyack, New York. He received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Connecticut College. He currently attends the M.F.A. program at Wichita State University, where he is the assistant editor of MOJO. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Hawaii Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and First Inkling.