winter/fall 2011-2012 contributors

Zsófia Bán was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1957 and grew up in Brazil and Hungary. A fiction writer, essayist and critic, she made her fiction debut in 2007 with her much acclaimed book Night School: A Reader for Adults (published in German in 2012 by Suhrkamp, translated by Terezia Mora, with an afterword by Péter Nádas). The story in this issue of Epiphany is from that volume. Her stories have been widely anthologized, and her new book of short stories is forthcoming in June 2012 (Amikor még csak az állatok éltek [When There Were Only Animals]. She lives and works in Budapest, where she teaches American literature and visual studies at Eötvös Loránd University. She is the recipient of a number of prizes for criticism, as well as for essay and fiction writing.


Self Help: or the Power of Nohoo


Arno Camenisch
Born in Graubünden in 1978, Arno Camenisch writes in both Rhaeto-Romanic ((Sursilvan) and German. He débuted in 2005 with Ernesto ed autres Manzegnas, but is best known for his award-winning novels, Sez Ner (2009) and Hinter dem Bahnhof (2010) – the first two parts of a trilogy completed, in 2012, with Ustrinkata. A brilliant performer of his own work, with links to the Spoken Word scene in Switzerland, he has recently been publishing poetry in anthologies and magazines. In 2010, he was awarded both the ZKB Schillerpreis and the Berner Literaturpreis for Sez Ner.


Macgregor Card
Macgregor Card lives in Queens. A new chapbook, The Archers, was recently published by Song Cave. His first full collection, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, came out in December 2009 from Fence Books. A 7-inch album is forthcoming from Unicorn Evil. Poems are recent, a little old, or forthcoming in Jubilat, On the Escape, Telephone, Clock, Vlak, Jupiter 88, Poor Claudia, EOAGH, Supermachine, The Brooklyn Rail and Fence. From 1997-2005 he co-edited The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research with Andrew Maxwell (archives at He teaches poetry at Pratt Institute and curates Private Line with Kendra Sullivan & Megan Ewing, a monthly reading series at Gowanus Studio Space.


Cody-Rose Clevidence
Cody-Rose Clevidence got an MFA from the Iowa Writer's workshop. Their work has appeared in 1913, VLAK, Versal & the online journal Diagram, & their recent chapbook "Everything That is Beautiful is Edible" is available from Flowers & Cream press. They are building a small shack & arsenal in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas.  


DéLana R. A. Dameron
DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of How God Ends Us (University of South Carolina Press, 2009), a collection of poems selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Dameron’s poetry, non-fiction, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her fellowships include the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, Soul Mountain Retreat and New York University where she received her Master in Fine Arts in poetry. Dameron has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, she currently resides in Brooklyn. THE YEARS THE LOCUSTS HAVE EATEN is a poetic story of allegiance, inheritance, faith and spirituality based in the 1960’s American South. It focuses on Annie, a woman for whom all earthly meaning revolves around the building and protection of her house, and her family.
Oonagh Doherty
Oonagh C. Doherty was born in Scotland, and grew up in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Last year, she had a short story in 34th Parallel, and has another in the upcoming issue of Connecticut Review. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines, including Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, Crannog, Margie, William and Mary Review, and Existere.  Although she has earned money as a florist, a secretary, a short order cook, a dishwasher and a cashier, she currently works as a legal services attorney in Holyoke, MA.  


Lewis Freedman
Lewis Freedman moved to Madison where he now resides and co-runs the ___________-Shaped reading series with Andy Gricevich, with whom he also edits and publishes chapbooks for cannot exist. Also, Lewis co-edits the publication of chapbooks with Agnes Fox Press. Three chapbooks have been published under his name: The Third Word (What To Us [Press], 2009), Catfish Po’ Boys (Minutes Books, 2010), and SUFFERING EXCHANGE WALKS WITH AND (Minutes Books, 2011)


Mary Jones
Mary Jones holds an MFA from Bennington College. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Santa Monica Review, Meridian, Pif Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles where she teaches at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension.


Charmi Keranen
Charmi Keranen is the author of the poetry chap The Afterlife is a Dry County (Big Wonderful Press, 2011.)  Her poetry has appeared in Passages NorthThe Salt River Review, JMWW, Stirring, blossombones, elimae, The Dirty Napkin, Ouroboros Review, Sugar House Review, Inter|rupture, Grasslimb Journal and Hot Metal Bridge.  She and her husband live in Northern Indiana, where she works as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts.


Matthew Powers King
Matthew Powers King is a writer and teacher living and working in St. Petersburg, Russia. More of his writing about Russia can be found at The Medulla Review, Otis Nebula, and Subtle Fiction.


Ish Klein
Ish Klein is the author of the poetry books Moving Day and Union! and a video collection entitled, Success Window.  See
She lives with Greg Purcell and they produce the No slander poetry podcast:

In the Beginning


Mark Kline
Mark Kline grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas. He writes short stories and translates Scandinavian poetry and literature. His fiction and translations have appeared in several publications, including The Missouri Review, Tin House, Ecotone, and Words Without Borders. His translation of an award-winning book of Danish poetry, Kingsize, will be published by Subpress in 2012. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Clouds Shall Inherit the Earth


Paul Legault
Paul Legault is the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney's, 2012). He is the co-founder of the translation press, Telephone Books, and can be found here:


Kristin Lieberman

Kristin Lieberman has a BA from Simmons College, a JD from Albany Law School and an MFA from Antioch University. She was a Finalist for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize at UCLA Extension, and was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2012 for her essay "Thin-Skinned" and her short story "Salty Water." Her work has appeared in New Madrid and Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. She lives near Los Angeles, California with her husband and three children.


Matt Mullins
Matt Mullins is the author of the short story collection Three Ways of the Saw (Atticus Books 2012).  His writing has appeared in Mid American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Harpur Palate, and numerous other print and online journals and anthologies.  Once upon a time he played guitar in loud rock bands and worked as an automotive plant security guard, a tree surgeon, a house painter, and a newspaper reporter, among other things.  Now he lives in Muncie, Indiana with his wife and daughter.   His experiments in interactive literature can be found at


Donal McLaughlin
Donal McLaughlin was born in Derry in Northern Ireland, but has spent most of his life in Scotland. Alongside his own writing (see Best European Fiction 2012; and an allergic reaction to national anthems & other stories, 2009), he specializes in translating contemporary Swiss fiction. In 2011, Seagull Books published his translations of Urs Widmer's novels My Mother’s Lover und My Father’s Book. Donal is a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award. He maintains a website at


J.M. ServÍn
J.M. Servín (b. Mexico City, 1962) has won prizes in both fiction and journalism. Among his works are the short story collection, Revólver de ojos amarillos (Yellow-eyed Revolver) (2002), from which “Six Eyes” is taken, and the novels Cuartos para gente sola (Rooms for Single People), Al final del vacío (At the End of the Void), and, after a long sojourn in the U.S. as an undocumented worker, Por el amor al dólar (For Love of the Dollar). D.F. confidencial: crónicas de delincuentes, vagos y demás gente sin futuro (D.F. Confidential: Chronicles of Criminals, Bums and Other People Without a Future),a book of reportage whose theme and tone are trumpeted by the title, was published in August of 2010.


Six Eyes


Bianca Stone
Bianca Stone is the author of several chapbooks, including I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press); and illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions).  Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn.


Reading a Science Article on the Airplane to JFK


Joel Streicker
Joel Streicker’s translations of Latin American authors have appeared in a number of journals, including Subtropics, The Bitter Oleander, Words Without Borders, TWO LINES, Gargoyle, and Hanging Loose. He received a 2011 PEN American Center Translation Grant to translate Samanta Schweblin’s collection of short stories, Pájaros en la boca (Birds in the Mouth). Streicker’s book reviews and essays have appeared in various publications, including The Forward and Shofar, and his academic work in American Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropology, among other journals. He holds a B.S. in Latin American studies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University.
Jim Tucker
Jim Tucker, originally a Classicist, translates primarily from French, German, Italian, and Hungarian. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, and other forums. 
Blas Ulibarri
Blas Ulibarri has published stories and journalism, most recently in Connecticut Review and Swiss News. He is editor of the Swiss anthology Das hab ich mir grössser vorgestellt and is currently working on a translation of Marlene Streeruwitz' Der Abend nach dem Begräbnis der besten Freundin. In 2011 he received a year's working grant from the City of Zurich for his adaptation of the original short story 'Stray' into a graphic novel. Born in California, USA, he currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.


Elizabeth Willis
Elizabeth Willis's most recent book, Address (Wesleyan, 2011), won this year's PEN New England / Winship Award for Poetry. Her other publications include Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006), Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003), The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), Second Law (Avenue B, 1993), and the chapbook All the Paintings of Giorgione (Belladonna, 2006).  She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Rachel Zucker
Rachel Zucker is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Museum of Accidents (Wave Books). With poet Arielle Greenberg she co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic, a non-fiction book about birth, friendship and feminism. Zucker teaches poetry at NYU and at the 92nd St Y. She is also a labor doula. She lives in NY with her husband and three sons. 

The Fox and the Stork

Sour Grapes