Contributors’ Notes

Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, published by Algonquin: All This Talk of Love (2013), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005); and A Kiss From Maddalena (2003), winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. His next book, The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from Graywolf. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading independent writing centers, and is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In April 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction. He lives in Boston.

Alice Hall’s poetry has appeared in A Literation, N/A Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Central Committee and editor of Industrial Lunch. In addition to poetry, she is also a visual artist specializing in collage and illustration. Her first chapbook, REAL LOVE POEMS, can be read here and her newest work, Laundry Flowers, is forthcoming. She lives in New Jersey.

Jane Hoppen hails from Wisconsin and has lived in the New York City area for more than 20 years. Her stories have been published in various literary magazines, including Story Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, [PANK], Gertrude Journal, and The Dirty Goat. Her first novel, In Between, was published in 2013 by Bold Strokes Books, and her novella, The Man Who Was Not, will be released June 2014.

Susan Landers is the author of 248 mgs., a panic picnic (O Books, 2003); Covers (O Books, 2007); 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style (Least Weasel, 2011); and What I Was Tweeting While You Were On Facebook (Perfect Lovers, 2013). Her latest project, Franklinstein, draws from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and The Making of Americans to tell the story of one Philadelphia neighborhood, Germantown. She blogs at

Alice Lowe writes about food and family, Virginia Woolf and life. Her work has appeared in more than twenty literary journals, including Upstreet, Hippocampus, Switchback, Prime Number, Phoebe, and Hobart. She was a 2013 national award winner at City Works Journal and winner of a 2011 essay contest at Writing It Real. A monograph, “Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction,” was published by Cecil Woolf Publishers in London. Alice lives in San Diego and blogs at

James McAdams is currently a teacher and Ph.D. student in English at Lehigh University, where he also edits the university’s creative writing journal, Amaranth. Before receiving his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.A. in English from Villanova University, he worked for many years in the mental health industry, publishing numerous microfictions based on these experiences in The Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health.

Kaitlin McDonough, MFA candidate at Tyler School of Art, earned her BFA from Boston University, Summa cum laude, in 2007. She then relocated to Venice, Italy where she worked for five years for Boston University’s Venice Studio Arts Program. McDonough’s paintings have been exhibited throughout Italy and in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Serbia. Her work is represented in Italy by Galleria Atlantica of Vicenza. Please visit: for more information.

Zachary L. Pearse‘s work has appeared in A Literation, No Assholes, The Brasilia Review and elsewhere. He is the author a chapbook called Last Poems Ever and works as co-editor of Industrial Lunch magazine. He lives in New Jersey near the bend of a dirty river.

David W. Pritchard is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst, and will soon be pursuing his Ph.D. in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics there as well. His poetry has appeared in TINGE, Route 9, N/A Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Pastoral Trilogy Vol. 1, is forthcoming from the Donald Food Memorial Library. He is one of the editors of Industrial Lunch magazine. David also writes “Quel Siècles à Bains!”, a column about live readings in the Pioneer Valley area.

Amanda Robinson lives in Western Massachusetts, where she is a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her first chapbook, Dario Argento Is Not My Boyfriend, won the 2014 “jubilat MAKES A CHAPBOOK” competition. She edits Industrial Lunch magazine.

Valerie Wallace’s work was selected by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award, and has been supported most recently by the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, Midwest Writers Center, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Barbara Deming Fund for Women. She is an editor of RHINO and an advisory board member for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She teaches workshops and classes in Chicago. Her chapbook, The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping, is available from dancing girl press.