current issue

issue 6 contributors

jeff alessandrelli is the author of the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press, 2011) and the chapbook Don’t Let Me Forget To Feed the Sharks (Poor Claudia, 2012). He currently lives in Lincoln, NE, where he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series. Recent poetry by him appears or will appear in Gulf Coast, Salt Hill, Redivider, and Boston Review. His dog's name is Beckett Long Snout.

maria anderson is a writer from Montana with a Literary Arts degree from Brown University. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. You can find her online at

hannah craig lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has recently appeared in Fence, Prairie Schooner, the Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, and elsewhere.

ashley m. farmer writes and teaches in Southern CA. She is the author of the chapbook Farm Town (Rust Belt Bindery, 2012) and her first collection is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press in 2013. She can be found at

richard hartshorn lives in rural southeastern New York. He was the recipient of the 2011 Richard Bausch short story prize, and his work has appeared in Hawaii Women's Journal, The Dirty Napkin, Numero Cinq, and other publications.

joseph mattson is the author of Eat Hell (Narrow Books) and Empty the Sun (A Barnacle Book), a novel with soundtrack by Six Organs of Admittance. Mattson is the editor and a contributing author of The Speed Chronicles (Akashic Books), which also features the work of William T. Vollmann, Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, Beth Lisick, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, James Greer, and more. Mattson was the recipient of a 2011-2012 C.O.L.A. Individual Literary Artist's Fellowship for his novel-in-progress, Hexico, and is also currently at work on a memoir of his mother's death by homicide. He may be reached at

kevin mclellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, Sixth FinchWestern Humanities Review, Witness and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.

sandra neumann is a commercial photographer and graphic designer from industrial Butte, Montana. Her major publications and works include the Wall Street Journal, the California Manufacturer, the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives "Pekin Noodle Parlor" exhibit, and "From Rocky Shores to the Rocky Mountains," a traveling exhibit shown at the University of Cork, Ireland, and the University of Montana, Missoula. Ms. Neumann also designs greeting cards and enjoys entertaining friends with gourmet cooking, good wine and stories that end abruptly. Sandra can be reached at

derek pollard is co-author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non-fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Diagram III, H_ngm_n, Pleiades, and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is Assistant Editor at Barrow Street, Inc.; is a Black Mountain Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and is on faculty at Pratt Institute and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York.

rachel richardson is the author of Copperhead (Carnegie Mellon, 2011). Her poems have appeared in such journals as the Southern Review, Slate, Blackbird, and Memorious, and her essays and reviews can be found at the Poetry Foundation website, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has taught at several prisons and universities, and is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill.

amanda shapiro lives in Durham, North Carolina. She holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her fiction has been published in Porchlight, Two Serious Ladies, Ben Marcus’ Smallwork, and CutBank.

farren stanley's place-of-origin is Santa Fe, NM, but her heart followed her body to Tuscaloosa, AL. She lives under a magnolia tree with two dogs, two goldfish and seven orchids. She is published or forthcoming in places like Handsome, Front Porch, RealPoetik, Caketrain, H_NGM_N, New Delta Review and Greying Ghost Press.

nicole walker is the author of the nonfiction book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, which won the 2011 Zone 3 nonfiction prize and will be published next year, and a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street, 2010). She edited, along with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Nonfiction, which will be released by Continuum Press in 2013. She teaches for Northern Arizona University’s MFA program.

charles dodd white was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1976. He currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches writing and literature at South College. He has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a newspaper journalist. He is the author of the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, the novel, Lambs of Men, and co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian short story anthology Degrees of Elevation. His short fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Collagist, Fugue, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, PANK, Tusculum Review, and other publications. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship in prose by the North Carolina Arts Council. His next novel, Benediction, is forthcoming in late 2013 from Fiddleblack Press.

photo credit: Sandra Neumann