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Issue One

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. You can find her here:

Bianca Diazs chapbook, No One Says Kin Anymore, was published in 2009 by Spring Garden Press. She earned an MFA from George Mason University and has published poems in Fourteen Hills, Prairie Schooner, Blue Mesa Review, Ellipsis, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She lives in North Carolina.

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), “Warranty in Zulu” (Barrow Street Press), “The Morrow Plots” (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), “Sagittarius Agitprop” (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), and “Aardvark” (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish-thimbleberry ice cream.

Edward Hagelstein lives in Tampa, Florida. His short fiction has appeared in Phoebe, Drunken Boat, Pithead Chapel, and The Whistling Fire. His photography has appeared in St. Somewhere and De:Activate Magazine.

Casey Hannan lives in Kansas City. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Annalemma, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. His first book of stories, Mother Ghost, is available in January 2013 from Tiny Hardcore Press. He is found at

Jesse Hertz is a senior at Brown University. He is from New York. His favorite authors include Foster-Wallace, Faulkner, Murakami, Gardner, Vonnegut, and Palahniuk.

Lindsay Hunter is a writer living in Chicago. Her first book, Daddy’s, is out now on featherproof books. Her next book, DON’T KISS ME, will be out next year on FSG Originals. Find her at

Will Kaufman has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, and an MFA from the University of Utah. His work appeared most recently in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, SmokeLong, and Housefire, with more coming soon from Metazen, Litro, 3:AM, and Bourbon Penn. He also contributed the text for UFOs and Their Spiritual Mission, from Social Malpractice Press. You can find a full list of his publications, with links, at, or follow him on Twitter @specwill.

Jenna Lynch grew up in New York and currently lives and writes in Eugene where she is an MFA poetry candidate at the University of Oregon. Her writing has previously appeared in Stirring.

Helen McClory was raised in both rural and urban Scotland. She has lived in Sydney and New York City and is currently to be found in the South Side of Edinburgh overlooking a prehistoric cliff face. The manuscript of her first novel KILEA won the Unbound Press Best Novel Award 2011, and publication is currently being sought for it. To keep the wire steady, Helen is working on a second novel about the intersections of love, failure and technology set in New York, New Mexico and Cornwall. Progress on this at:

Donald Parker is a Presbyterian Minister and an Executive Leadership Coach. His practice includes both for profit and not-for-profit clients. He served as a pastor in the south during the civil rights struggle, and as senior executive at GM, Pan Am, and Playboy Enterprises prior to founding his own consulting firm in 1982. He holds a BA from Rhodes College, MDiv from Yale University, a Diploma from the University of Geneva, and in May 2012, received an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of the South, Sewanee. His poetry has appeared in the California Quarterly. Don lives with his wife, a photographer, in Greenwich, CT.

Charles Raffertys poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review, and his stories have appeared in Sonora Review and Cortland Review. His most recent chapbook of poems is Appetites (Clemson University Press). Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

Daniel Romo’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, decomP, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Romancing Gravity, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. His second book of poetry, When Kerosene’s Involved, is forthcoming from Black Coffee Press. He teaches creative writing, and lives in Long Beach, CA. More of his writing can be found at

Aaron Teel is the author of Shampoo Horns, winner of the Sixth Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Award. His work has appeared in Tin House, Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Matter Press, Brevity Magazine, North Texas Review, and Side B Magazine, among others. He teaches Language Arts and English as a Second Language and is a workshop instructor for Badgerdog Literary Publising in Austin, TX.

Ryan Werner is a janitor in the Midwest. He is the author of the short short story collection Shake Away These Constant Days (Jersey Devil Press, 2012). Follow @YeahWerner on Twitter and visit his website, Ryan Werner (Writes Stuff).

Cameron Witbeck is a 24 year old writer from Michigan. He works as an associate poetry editor for Passages North literary magazine and studies in the MFA program at Northern Michigan University. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Witness, Rosebud, Cream City Review, and others.

Sarah Wynn is a Ph.D candidate at The University of Southern Mississippi. She received her Masters in Poetry from Missouri State University. She is published in Moon City Review and has a chapter in CLASH! Superheroic Yet Sensible Strategies for Teaching the New Literacies Despite the Status Quo.

Laura Zak is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in English Literature. She is currently a first year MFA student at University of Idaho. I have had short stories, poems, and essays published in The Harbinger, won the 2010 undergraduate nonfiction award from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers, and have completed a writers-in-residence with the Wormfarm Institute.