Summer 2014

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Contributors' Notes

John Chapman graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BFA in Creative Writing. He's currently writing a science-fantasy novel as well as researching Civil War field musicians for a nonfiction book he hopes to write. He plans on returning to Boston to break into the publishing world.

M. K. Foster is an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches academic and creative writing. Her poetry won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, selected by Stanley Plumly, has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in H.O.W. Journal, The Journal, Radar Poetry, and elsewhere.

Katharine Johnsen recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing as the Bernice Kert Fellow at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; she received her BA from Emory University. She is the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and a scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere..

Kathleen Jones lives and works as a teacher and designer in Wilmington, North Carolina. She holds a newly-minted MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work most recently appeared in Stirring: A Literary Collection and Gesture and is forthcoming in Heavy Feather Review, Baldhip, and Middle Gray.

Alisha Karabinus recently obtained an MFA in fiction from Purdue University and serves as executive editor of Revolution House. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as the Pinch, Passages North, Southeast Review, Flyway, and the Raleigh Review. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with her husband and children.

Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze (Gold Wake 2015) and Gentle, World, Gentler (Ampersand Books 2015). His third book was selected as one of five books of the year by the Poetry Foundation blog. He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He's received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. He lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa, and is completing his PhD in creativing writing at the the University of North Texas.

Matt Morton was a 2013 Finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, diode, and West Branch, among others. He recently received his MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he currently teaches creative writing and literature. Find more at

Colleen O'Brien is a PhD student in fiction writing at Western Michigan University. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, North American Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Sou'wester, Fugue, and other journals. She has also published poems in West Branch, Poetry Northwest, The Journal, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Western and at the University of Chicago's school of continuing education.

Zana Previti was born in New England. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of California, Irvine, and is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Idaho. Her fiction has been published in the New England Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere, but "Gojira" is her first poetry publication. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Alexandra Tanner lives and writes in New York, where she is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The New School.

J. Preston Witt finished his MFA from The Ohio State University in May. He serves as Fiction Editor at The Journal and is the founding editor of an education project called PhoneFiction. He grew up in Flushing, Michigan, and now lives in Chicago.

Shelley Wong is a Kundiman fellow who lives in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Normal School, Devil's Lake, The Collagist, CutBank, and Linebreak. She received the 2014 Normal Prize for poetry, and recently received her MFA in poetry at The Ohio State University.


Editor: Matthew Minicucci 

Assistant Editors: Christopher Ames, Mercedes Bigel, Scott Blickensderfer, Austin Cyphers, Natalie Declerck, Jack Geist, Heather Gernenz, Ava Holz, Felicita Lie, Joseph Mazurkiewicz, Micaela McLennand, Morgan Metcalf, Jonna Newberry, Rachel Owens, Karl Schroeder, Amanda Toledo, Allison Wall 

Original Design Concept: Scott Jackson, Oliva LaFaire, Sanny Lin, Lucas Albrecht 



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