STEVE ALMOND’s most recent book is the story collection God Bless America. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three kids.


M. AMAYA-TORRES is a writer living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her play, “My Secret Romeo,” received readings and workshop presentations at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, Femfest, and Alameda Theatre’s Festival de Colores.


BRIAN BLANCHFIELD is the author of two books of poetry, Not Even Then (University of California Press) and A Several World (Nightboat Books). His poems and essays have appeared recently in Guernica, Web Conjunctions, Map, Maggy, Manor House Quarterly, The Nation, and The Brooklyn Rail. With John Twice Myers, he lives in Tucson and writes poems they call Letting Cups.


ALEX CIGALE’s poems have appeared in Colorado, Green Mountains, North American, Tampa, and The Literary Reviews, and online in Asymptote, Drunken Boat, McSweeney’s. His translations from the Russian can be found in Cimarron Review, Literary Imagination, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, PEN America, Brooklyn Rail InTranslation, The Manhattan, St. Ann’s, and Washington Square Review. He is on the editorial boards of Asymptote, COEUR journal, The Madhatters’ Review, The St. Petersburg Review, Third Wednesday, and Verse Junkies. Until 2013, he was Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


VINCENT CZYZ worked as a feature writer for the Herald News in Passaic, NJ, spent roughly a decade in Turkey, and is now an adjunct professor of English. He is the author of Adrift in a Vanishing City, a collection of short fiction. He is also the recipient of the 1994 W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction and two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts. The 2011 Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, his short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgetown Review, Tin House online, Louisiana Literature, Southern Indiana Review, Camera Obscura, Skidrow Penthouse, Archaeopteryx, Wasafiri Journal of Contemporary International LiteratureVocabula Review and in Turkish translation. Four of his short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart anthology. He lives in Jersey City with his wife, Neslihan.


MIKHAIL FAYNERMAN was born in Moscow in 1946 and died in 2003 after a protracted and difficult illness. In parallel with his interest in Zen Buddhism and its literature, from the early 1970s he began to develop a poetic style unique in Russian, following in the tradition of such American poets as W. C. Williams. His only published book was The Finch in Flight (Moscow: Geo, 1995) from which these poems are selected. You can find other poems by Faynerman, along with a selection from other Russian minimalist poets, online at Alba: a Journal of Short Poetry (issue 21).


MICHAEL GRAY is an MFA candidate at California State University-Fresno and an editorial intern for The Normal School. He attended the Raleigh Review Writer’s Studio Workshop and was a recipient of a 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award. He recently translated some poems of Yau Ching. He will be a Guest Poetry Editor for Issue #24 (March 2014) of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. His work appears most recently in Flies, Cockroaches & Poets, Atwood Magazine, Asian Pacific Review, Bitterzoet Magazine, and forthcoming in Fence and elsewhere.


KIM KEEVER was born in New York City in 1955 and makes art in the East Village. In his series, “Volumetric,” paint flows out into the water in various volumetric forms, its only constrictions the confines of the glass tank. His collected works can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, New England Museum for Contemporary Art, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Patterson Museum, George Washington University Gallery, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and Elgin Community College. “Volumetric” is currently on view at Undercurrent Projects.


SOOJIN A. KIM is a writer and translator from Seoul, Korea. Her writing has appeared in Dappled Things and her flash fiction was shortlisted for the 2013 AWC Short Short Story Competition judged by Robert Olen Butler. In 2012, she was Fiction Fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and has been artist-in-residence at Ragdale, I-Park, and Ox-bow. Blessing of the Rainbow is among her translations. She holds an MFA from The New School.


EJ KOH’s poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Columbia Review, among others. She is a finalist of the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry. Her work has been covered in Time Out New York, GalleyCat, Flavorwire and she was named number two of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University in New York. She blogs at


ELEANOR LEVINE’s work has appeared in Fiction, The Evergreen ReviewMidway Journal, Pank, Hobart, Connotations Press, The Coachella Review, Milk Magazine, BLAZEvox, Atticus Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Toronto Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Lunch Ticket Magazine, Prime Mincer, Happy, Gertrude and Thrice Fiction; she has work forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine and Storm Cellar. Eleanor is currently a copy editor and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her exuberant puppy, Morgan Freeman.


JOHN TWICE MYERS is going into self-storage. A movement enthusiast, he lives in Tucson. He and Brian Blanchfield make You Be Tonya.


REA NIKONOVA (born Anna Tarshis) is among the most restlessly experimental of the poets who reconstituted the Russian avant-garde during the 1960s, continuing the traditions of Russian Futurism and Zaum. From 1979 to 1987, she was editor (with her husband, the poet Serge Segay) of Transponance, a renowned Russian underground hand-made journal, covers of which can be viewed online at The Sackner Archives ( A collection of her visual poetry, Of Tonezharl’, can be viewed at Xexoxial Editions ( You can view samples of her Mail Art at and hear one of her Zaum sound poems at


REBECCA NISON’s work is published or forthcoming in Gargoyle, Copper Nickel, Weave, Pank, The Bushwick Review, and Short, Fast, and Deadly. She is an MFA graduate of The New School, where she received first place in the Vera List Art Collection Writing Award. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her first solo art show, “Tired of Survival, We Left Home: A Poem in Paintings,” exhibited at Peanut Underground Art Projects in New York City’s East Village this past September. You can find her website at


NANCY ROACH is a writer and film editor who teaches at Parsons the New School for Design. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


LEIGH STEIN is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan, which New York Magazine called “a masterwork of the post-collegiate babysitting genre,” and a book of poems, Dispatch from the Future, which made Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2012 list. Her non-fiction has appeared in Allure, Bookforum online, The LA Review of BooksThe New Yorker online, and Poets & Writers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches poetry and theater to children and adults.


HILLARY STRINGER is currently a Toulouse Dissertation Fellow under the direction of Miroslav Penkov at the University of North Texas. “Bringing Back Lard,” an excerpt from her novel-in-progress The Heart of It All, recently appeared in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Connu, The Tidal Basin Review, and Microchondria, an anthology of short-shorts complied by the Harvard Book Store. She co-edited the 2013 essay collection Worldly Teaching: Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature, part of the series New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Politics from Palgrave Macmillan. She received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati in 2009.


TERESE SVOBODA’s sixth book of prose, Bohemian Girl, was named one of the ten best Westerns in 2012 by Booklist. Who knew? She has stories in recent Conjunctions, December, and Guernica.


GERALD YELLE teaches English at Greenfield High School in Massachusetts.  He has recently published poems in Third Wednesday and The Naugatuck River Review and has poems forthcoming in Poetry Pacific and Prick of the Spindle. His book length manuscript The Holyoke Diaries will be published by Future Cycle Press in 2014. He is a member of the Florence Poets Society.  Notes, comments and links can be found at