Contributors’ Notes

Amelia Bentley studied philosophy and poetry at Evergreen State College. She currently lives and works in West Philadelphia. She is the e-book coordinator for Copper Canyon Press, Assistant editor for Jacket2 Reissues, and volunteer series editor for Ubuweb. A few poems, recordings and announcements can be found at

Elizabeth Cantwell is a Ph.D. student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she has acted as Managing Editor of Gold Line Press. Her writing has recently appeared in such journals as PANKThe Los Angeles Review1110La Petite Zine, and the Indiana Review. Her first book of poetry, Nights I Let The Tiger Get You, was a finalist for the 2012 Hudson Prize and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

Caroline Davidson is a poet and musician currently living in Boulder, Colorado. She is completing an M.F.A. at the University of Colorado, where she also teaches creative writing. She has written contemporary poetry reviews for The Volta, and her poems have appeared in SpringGun Press Magazine, Robot Melon, Sixth Finch, and Word Riot.

Born in Communist Prague in 1958, Emil Hakl (real name Jan Beneš) is the author of two books of poetry, two story collections, and five novels, the most recent of which is The Actual Event (Skutečná událost), published by Argo (Prague, 2012). His second novel, Of Kids and Parents (O rodičích a dětech, Argo, 2002), was made into a feature film, translated into English by Twisted Spoon Press (Prague, 2008), and won the 2003 Magnesia Litera Prize for prose. In 2010 Hakl won the Josef Škvorecký Award for the year’s best Czech work of fiction for Rules of Ridiculous Behavior (Pravidla směšného chování). His 2008 novel,The Witch’s Flight (Let čarodějnice), is forthcoming this year in English translation from Twisted Spoon.

Recently retired from four decades as a newspaper editor, Jnana Hodson lives in the seaport region of New Hampshire, where he blogs at Jnana’s Red Barn. Harbor of Grace, a chapbook of his prose poems, was published in August 2012 by Fowlpox Press. He is also the author of two published novels, Subway Hitchhikers and Ashram.

Cheryl Diane Kidder has a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in CutThroat Magazine, Weber—The Contemporary West, Bound Off, Brevity Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Penduline, Dogzplot, The Northville Review, Cobalt, Identity Theory, The Atticus Review, The New Purlieu Review, Eclectica, Word Riot, In Posse Review, The Reed, and elsewhere. Her blog is Truewest.

Grant Leuning is a poet and essayist living in Seoul, South Korea. He is the co-author, with designer Eric Carlson, of two zines of speculative poetry, Sentence and Aliquid Quo Nihil Maius Cogitari Possit, and the author of Teeth, A Typographical Poem. He writes at Twitter and Tumblr as IlllllllllllllI.

Tiffany Livingston is an M.F.A. candidate in the Painting, Drawing and Sculpture department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, and received her B.F.A from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has shown her work in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Elizabeth May is a professor and writer at The Pennsylvania State University, where she received an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. Her work has appeared in Quarter After Eight, The Red Mountain Review, and multiple times in The Salt Hill Journal. She is also a former recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Literature. She lives in Pennsylvania and Colorado, where she practices amateur naturalism, backpacking, hiking, and alpine running.

David W. Pritchard‘s work has appeared in TINGE Magazine, Red Skeleton, A Literation, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Libertarianism: A Novel, is forthcoming from Donald Food Memorial Library. He lives in the Pioneer Valley and is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Leslie Tucker, a Detroit escapee, lives on a Carolina mountainside and refuses to divulge its exact location. She holds ancient degrees in business and music, is an avid hiker and zip liner, a diligent yogi, and enjoys anything that requires a helmet. Her work has appeared in Press 53 Anthologies, The Baltimore Review, So to Speak, A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Shenandoah Magazine, The Tarnished Anthology, Fiction Fix, and Prime Number Magazine. Her essay “Reckless” was nominated for Best of the Net and Best of the Web Awards in 2011, and “Reunion” won first prize in the 2011 Whistling Prairie Press Contest.

Daniel J. Vaccaro is descended from a long line of New York neurotics, addicts and enablers. He received an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco and his work has appeared in a short, but growing list of literary journals. During various life stages, he has lived in China, Europe, and his own mind. These days he resides in Denver, Colorado, where the fickle weather and his writing practice coexist in relative harmony.