Contributors’ Notes

Toby Altman is the author of two chapbooks, Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015) and Asides (Furniture Press, 2012). His poems can or will be found in Best American Experimental Writing, 2013, Black Warrior Review, Diagram, The Laurel Review, and other publications. He lives in Chicago, where he co-curates the Absinthe and Zygote series and co-runs Damask Press.

Jesse Ball is an American-born fabulist. His most recent novel, Silence Once Begun, appeared in January of 2014. Other novels include The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness, and Curfew. An associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball has taught classes on lying and lucid dreaming.

William Derks is the former fiction editor of The Boiler. He is from a small place in West Michigan and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works in overnight hotel. He has attended Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University, and holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. He is the winner of the 2013 Lumina Journal fiction contest, and his work can be seen within Carte Blanche, Lumina, and MadCap Review.

Kelly Kiehl received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She’s currently pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing at Bowling Green State University. Her fiction has appeared in the Blue Monday Review, Devilfish Review, Defenestration, and elsewhere.

Molly Metz is a Philadelphia-based artist. Her work entails paintings and drawings involving humor in space and making decisions concerning color and form. She received her B.F.A. at Kutztown University in 2014. She also attended a semester in Rome through Temple University’s study-abroad program. She currently attends the Tyler School of Art for her M.F.A. and is expected to graduate in 2016.

Kelly Nelson is the author of Rivers I Don’t Live By, winner of the 2013 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award. Her poetry has appeared in Sequestrum, I-70 Review, Watershed Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. She teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. Find more at

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is a writer and poet based in Philadelphia. His work has also appeared in Gone Lawn, Cleaver Magazine, and APIARY, and is upcoming in Assaracus. He is the author of the chapbook JOGS, a constraint-based rewriting of the 1977 book The Joy of Gay Sex that is currently available on Lulu.

Dominick J. Parris has taken turns working as a forklift driver, a bartender, a group home aide, a buyer at an organic market, and, most recently, as a health policy analyst. He has had recent work in Marathon Literary Review, East Jasmine Review, and The Mackinac. He currently lives in Aldie, Virginia, with his wife and son. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonFrum23.

A. B. Robinson’s poems have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No Assholes, and Industrial Lunch, which she currently co-edits as a member of the Central Planning Committee. Her chapbook, Dario Argento Is Not My Boyfriend, was selected as a 2014 jubilat contest winner. She lives in Western Massachusetts. Factually speaking, she prefers Wagner.

Ruben Rodriguez is an M.F.A. candidate at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the fiction editor of The Great American Lit Mag. You might find him painting or searching for treasure amongst the racks at local thrift stores. His work has appeared in many places, including The Nassau Review, theNewerYork, The Sand Canyon Review, Literary Orphans, and soon in Bird Thumb and Grift Magazine. You can learn more about Rodriguez and his work at