KATHARINE CARLON lives in the Beltway bubble with her family and a hypoallergenic dog. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor and a graduate of the undergraduate program of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in a wide assortment of newspapers and magazines, and her fiction has most recently been published in The Nirvana Project .


SEAN M. DAMLOS-MITCHELL is just a soul whose intentions are good—he comes from Arizona, is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry at The New School, and lives in Brooklyn.


HAFIZAH GETER is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BOXCAR Poetry ReviewRHINODrunken BoatNew Delta Review, Memorious,Linebreak, and Vinyl, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and


SASKIA HAHN aka $ASKIA is probably best known as the blonde laying guitar licks on stage with Peaches. Ever since they met in 2008 in Berlin’s music scene, Saskia has been a part of Peaches performances on tour, the laser show, and the theater show, “Peaches Does Herself”.  A self taught artist working with spray paint techniques and cut outs, best described as a mix of Abstract Expressionism, iconic Pop, and Street Art, her art has been shown at exhibitions in Berlin, London, and New York.


ADAM HOLWERDA graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is the author of a chapbook of short fiction and poetry called Clayton’s Secret Notebook, the creator of a web application for writers called Letterloom, and a standup comic in the Nevada desert, where he tells jokes to rooms packed with furniture.


AMY KURZWEIL is an emerging writer and cartoonist. She holds an MFA in Fiction from The New School. She is a 2013 Norman Mailer Center Fellow in Fiction and was recently shortlisted for the Posen Foundation Fiction Fellowship for her graphic memoir-in-progress, Flying Couch , a story about three generations of women. Her first short story is due from Hobart next Fall. By day, Amy teaches undergraduates how to write and public school children how to dance. Originally from Boston, MA, she lives, writes, and draws in Brooklyn.


DAVID LEHMAN is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, the series editor of The Best American Poetry (which he established twenty-five years ago), and the author of such books as When a Woman Loves a Man (2005) and A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, which won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award in 2010. He teaches in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York City.


SUSAN LEWIS’S collection of prose poems, How to Be Another, will be available in June, 2013 from Červená Barva Press. Her chapbooks are The Following Message (White Knuckle Press, 2013), At Times Your Lines (Argotist e-books, 2012), Some Assembly Required (Dancing Girl Press, 2011), Commodity Fetishism, winner of the 2009 Červená Barva Press Chapbook Award, and Animal Husbandry (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Susan’s work has been published in a great number of journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boog City, Cimarron Review, Fact-Simile, Fourteen Hills, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Pool, Phoebe, Raritan, Seneca Review, So To Speak, Sycamore Review, Truck, Verse (online), and Verse Daily. She is Managing Editor of MadHat Press, MadHat Lit, and MadHat Annual. Her website is


MICAH LING earned her MFA in poetry at Indiana University. She currently teaches in the English department at Fordham University in Manhattan. She has three collections of poetry: Three IslandsSweetgrass, and Settlement.


MATTHEW MILIA is a Michigan-based songwriter and poet. He is best known for his work in the folk rock band Frontier Ruckus, which he developed at Michigan State University while studying poetry under the mentorship of Diane Wakoski. His dense iconography most often depicts a rich personal mythology set in suburban Detroit, and has been praised by Rolling StoneAmerican Songwriter, and NPR.


ROBERTO MONTES’S first book of poems, I Don’t Know Do You, is forthcoming from Ampersand Books in 2014, and his chapbook, How to Be Sincere in Your Poetry Workshop, will be out this Fall from NAP. His work has appeared in the 2011 Best of the Net AnthologyForklift, OhioSixth FinchVinyl Poetry; and elsewhere. God bless.


SIGRID NUNEZ has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.


RICHARD PEABODY is a French toast addict and native Washingtonian. He has two new books out—a book of poetry, Speed Enforced by Aircraft (Broadkill River Press), and a book of short stories Blue Suburban Skies (Main Street Rag Press). He won the Beyond the Margins  “Above & Beyond Award” for 2013.  He has edited Gargoyle Magazine since back before Elvis died.


CHELSEA REILLY is an MFA candidate at The New School. Her poetry has been featured on the Best American Poetry blog. She enjoys sparkly things, sandwiches, and resting. She hopes to own many cats one day.


RICK ROFIHE is the author of Father Must, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Judge of the annual Open City Magazine RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest and is Editor of the online literary journal Anderbo.


GREGORY SHERL is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Monogamy Songs (Future Tense Books, 2012) and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail (Mud Luscious Press, 2012). His poetry has appeared in The Rumpus,Columbia Poetry ReviewRedactions Poetry & PoeticsThe Los Angeles Review, and He is Poetry Editor of The Good Men Project, and currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


JACKSON TAYLOR is the author of the novel The Blue Orchard, and he directs the newly launched Writer’s Foundry MFA at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.  He also directs the Prison Writing Program at P.E.N., where he co-edited and co-wrote the program’s Handbook for Writers in Prison. His poems have recently appeared in Letters: The Journal from Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Barrow Street; and the two-volume collection Still Against War.


MERLIN URAL was born in Bulgaria and raised in Turkey, where her short stories and a short film script received awards and were published. Her work was also published in Ping Pong and Warscapes. She is an MFA candidate in the Fiction Writing Program at the New School. She lives in New York.


ZACH VANDE ZANDE is a PhD student of fiction at the University of North Texas, where he serves as Managing Editor for American Literary Review. He has published one novel, Apathy and Paying Rent (Loose Teeth Press, 2007), and is currently at work on two others.


TIPHANIE YANIQUE is the author of the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe  as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 2010 5 Under 35, a list announcing the next generation of fiction writers. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at The New School in New York City.