winter/fall 2011-2012 contributors

Ana GarcÍa Bergua
was born in Mexico City in 1960. She is the author of the novels El umbral (1993), Púrpura (1999), Rosas negras (2004), and Isla de bobos (2007), as well as the short story collections El imaginador (1996), La confianza en los extraños(2002), Otra oportunidad para el señor Balmand (2004), and Edificio (2009). English translations of her fiction have appeared in The Dirty Goat, Gargoyle, The Helix, Moon City Review, The Portland Review, Red Rock Review, and Silk Road.


LIly Brown
was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her first book, Rust or Go Missing, is available from Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and recent poems are out or forthcoming in 6X6, Transom, Catch Up, and Gulf Coast.


Split Limit


Jon Chopan
is the author of Pulled from the River, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in December of 2011. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines including Glimmer Train, Post Road, Hobart, and Hotel America. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Newark. For more about Jon or Pulled from the River visit:


Sharmila Cohen
is currently living in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She is a graduate of The New School's MFA program and co-editor of the translation press Telephone Books. Her work can also be found in Harper's Magazine, The Cortland Review, and Verse Daily, among other places.

Color Theories


Scott Dievendorf
grew up in California. He is now living in New York City with his wife and their puppy, where he spends too much time comparing the Atlantic coast to the Pacific. He is pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction writing at Columbia University and is working on a novel about a Charlie Chaplin impersonator.


The Dunhuang Music-Ci
is a collection of Chinese folk songs discovered in 1899 among the manuscripts in the Mogao Caves of Unhuang, Gansu province. these folk songs are mainly about love, written between Tang period and the Five Dynasties (618-960). "Vows on the Pillow" is considered one of their representatives. the original is untitled. Its author remains unknown.


Julian Farmer

is a British poet and translator from several languages, especially French, Classical Greek, Latin, Russian and now a little Chinese. He is trying to learn at least as many languages again as he has already studied, in particular, Sanskrit, Bengali, German, Hindi and Modern Greek. Publications include Staple, The London Magazine, Acumen, The Shop, Agenda, Stand Magazine, and, of course, Modern Poetry in Translation.


Michael George
lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Phyllis Green
lives in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared this year in Parting Gifts, Prick of the Spindle, The Blue Lake Review and others. In Spring 2012 she will have a story in Bluestem (formerly Karamu). She has had two radio plays on Wisconsin Public Radio and two stage plays on Off-Off Broadway.


yuan haowen (1190-1257)
also known as Yishan or "Yuan of Yi Mountain," was from Xinzhou, Shanxi Province. Born at the height of the Jin Dynasty, he experienced the social unrest and war at the decline of the dynasty. He was the greatest literary figure of his period, excelling at various genres. His ci poetry is regarded as the best of Jin period poets.

The Wild Geese's Tomb


Sabine heinlein
has received fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the American Literary Review. Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Idler, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and Tablet Magazine, among other places. Her first narrative nonfiction book is forthcoming from the University of California Press. Heinlein teaches writing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.

How I Did Not Become Hettie Jones


Fanny Howe
's most recent collection of poems is Come and See (Graywolf, 2011). Two works of prose are What Did I Do Wrong? (Flood Editions) and The Winter Sun. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ruth Lilly Award for Poetry in 2009 and is currently teaching at Georgetown University.


Diane Nemec Ignashev
is Class of 1941 Professor of Russian and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College, where she teaches Russian culture, cinema studies, gender studies, and an occasional workshop in translation. Her published translations include works by twentieth-century Russian writers, most recently the memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva's daughter, Ariadna Efron: Unforced Labors (2006) and No Love without Poetry (2009). No Love without Poetry, published by Northwestern University Press, has won the 2011 award for Best Translation into English (scholarly volume) by the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. At present she is hard at work on the translation of Victor Martinovich's Paranoia, for which she received a PEN America translation grant (2011). Her current research is a book on the films of Aleksandr Sokurov.


Lucy Ives

is the author of a long poem, Anamnesis (Slope Editions, 2009); a second collection, Early Poems, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. She lives in NYC and is a contributing editor at Triple Canopy.


Toshiya Kamei
holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas. His translations include Liliana Blum's Curse of Eve and Other Stories (2008), Naoko Awa's Fox's Window and Other Stories (2010), and Espido Freire's Irlanda (forthcoming). Other translations have appeared in The Global Game (2008), Sudden Fiction Latino (2010), and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (2010).


Heather landis
is a freelance Photographer and Photo Illustrator residing in Los Angeles. Her clients include Interscope Records, Simon & Schuster, Playboy and Urban Outfitters.


Ilya Lyashevsky
lives and writes in Brooklyn, where he works at Electric Literature, a literary quarterly, and at Broadcastr, a startup building a location-based storytelling platform. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Independent Ink Magazine, The Outlet, Storied, Foliate Oak and elsewhere.


Jonathan Mack
was raised on an apple farm in NH but has lived most of his adult life in India and Japan. Essays and stories have appeared in Gargoyle, QAE, Mary, Quick Fiction, Flash, Fractured West, RFD, Japanzine and Tokyo Advocate. His blog is Guttersnipe Das. He lives in Santiago, Chile.


Chris Martin
is the author of Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011) and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011) and the forthcoming Hymns (Ugly Duckling, 2012). After editing the online journal Puppy Flowers for its entire 11-year run, he is now an editor at Futurepoem books, where he curates the response blog Futurepost.


Victor Martinovich
was born in Oshmiany, Belarus. His novel, Paranoia—a best seller in Russia, banned in Belarus—received a 2011 PEN award for its forthcoming translation by Diane Nemec Ignashev. Paranoia will be published in 2012 by Northwestern University Press. Martinovich's previously published work includes Political Parties in Belarus as a Necessary Element of Civic Society, as well as contributions to the Belarusian weekly, BelGazeta. His story, "Taboo," appeared in Best European Short Stories 2011, edited by Aleksandar Hemon.


Writer's Process


Amanda nadelberg
s the author of Bright Brave Phenomena (Coffee House Press, 2012) and Isa the Truck Named Isadore (Slope Editions, 2006). She lives in California.


Martin ott & john f. buckley
Raised in Michigan but now living in Southern California, Martin Orr and John F. Buckley began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Martin's book Captive won the 2011 De Novo Prize and will be published on C&R Press in the summer of 2012, and John's chapbook Breach Birth was recently published on Propaganda Press. Their poem in this issue—"The American Legends of the Iowa-80 Truck Stop"—is part of Poets' Guide to America, to be published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012.


Vicente Riva Palacio (1832-1896)
was a politician and a military man from Mexico City. "El matrimonio desigual" ("An Unequal Marriage") was published in 1896 as part of his short story collection Cuentos del general (The General's Tales).

An Unequal Marriage


Kim Philley
was born in Singapore and grew up in Indonesia, Thailand, and Virginia. She is a graduate of the MFA Poetry Program at the University of Virginia.


Nate Pritts
is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing. His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print & on barns. He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press. Find him online at


Ben Purkert
currently teaches creative writing at NYU, where he is pursuing his MFA. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek, Barn Owl, and The Southampton Review. He is Poetry Editor of Washington Square and writes book reviews for Harvard Review Online.


theo radic´ 
Born in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, in 1949, Theo Radic is now
a resident of Stockholm, Sweden. He is a writer of prose and poetry, a painter, and a
guitarist/composer. Along with English and American, both French and Swedish literature have influenced his writing. From 2002 to 2006 he worked on translating and
self-publishing the bilingual edition Selected Poetry of Edith Södergran. "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" is an excerpt from his autobiography Theophany, which he spent 27 years writing, rewriting and editing.


John Robinson
is a novelist, playwright, essayist, memoirist, and short story writer. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Sewanee Review, The Cimarron Review, The South Dakota Review, and many other journals.


Matthew Rohrer

One of Matthew Rohrer's tattoos has appeared in two books on literary tattoos.

Homage to Atilla Jozsef

Hello Mermen

Shaman From Thailand



Michael Martin Shea
is an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi, where he is a John and Renée Grisham Fellow in poetry. He is currently at work on a series of persona poems written in the voice of J. Robert Oppenheimer. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Meridian, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sycamore Review, Salt Hill, Rattle, and PANK.


is an editor and teacher in New York. His work has appeared in Cider Press Review and Cimarron Review, among other publications, and he is a recipient of the David Craig Austin Memorial Award for Poetry from Columbia University.


Mary Austin Speaker
is the author of four chapbooks, In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys; Abandoning the Firmament (Menagerie Editions); The Bridge (Push Press); and 20 Love Poems for 10 Months, forthcoming in 2012 from Ugly Duckling Presse. Her poems and criticism have recently appeared in Pleiades, Big Bell, Boston Review, Bright Pink Mosquito, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. She teaches writing and works as a freelance book designer in Iowa City, IA, where she lives with her husband, the poet Chris Martin.


Laura Hulthen Thomas
heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan's Residential College. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of journals, including The Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Witness. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and received an honorable mention in the 2009 Nimrod Literary Awards. She is a contributor to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, a collection of ghost stories by noted Michigan authors published by Wayne State University Press.

Sex on Celexa


Wendy Thornton
received a BA in English and was a graduate student in Cultural Studies at the University of Florida. She has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in such journals as MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, Literary Review, Riverteeth, etc. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the Glimmer Train short fiction prize and the Boston Review non-fiction prize. She has been selected as an Editor's Pick multiple times on She is President of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville and is currently marketing her completed memoir on music and a mystery novel about identical twins.


John Robinson
is a novelist, playwright, essayist, memoirist, and short story writer. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Sewanee Review, The Cimarron Review, The South Dakota Review, and many other journals.


M.A. vizsolyi
is the author of The Lamp with Wings: love sonnets, which won the National Poetry Series, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. His poems have recently appeared the journals Poetry International, Tuesday: An Art Project, Slice Magazine, and BOMB. He teaches ice hockey and ice skating lessons in Central Park, and lives in Brooklyn.


Theodore worozbyt
's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Po&sie, Poetry, Sentence, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly Online and Quarterly West. He has published two books of poetry, The Dauber Wings (Dream Horse Press, 2006) and Letters of Transit, which won the 2007 Juniper Prize (The University of Massachusetts Press, 2008). He is an assistant professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College.


liang yujing
was born in Changde, China, and completed an MA in American Literature in Wuhan University in 2007. Now a lecturer in Hunan University of Commerce, he writes in both English and Chinese. His poems in English have recently appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal, Portland Review Online, Zouch Magazine and Wasafiri. He is currently working with Julian Farmer on translating a collection of ancient Chinese love lyrics into English.