Contributors 3.2

Sarah Abbott is an MFA candidate in creative writing, specializing in fiction but with an interest in poetry and creative nonfiction as well. She is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a BA in English. Her capstone research topic was “Let Me Tell You: Narrative in the Creative Writing Genres,” research that focused on what genre means–its limitations, commonalities, and strengths. She has studied abroad in England and Bulgaria. Born and raised in West Virginia, she has a strong interest in Appalachia. She has just successfully defended her MFA at the University of Kentucky.


Nandini Dhar is the author of the chapbook Lullabies are Barbed Wire Nations (Two of Cups Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Whiskey Island, Chattahoochee Review, Tusculum Review and elsewhere. Nandini hails from Kolkata (India) and divides her time between her hometown and Miami, Florida, where she works as an Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University.


Michael Lauchlan’s poems have landed in many publications including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, Harpur Palate, and Poetry Ireland. His most recent collection is Trumbull Ave., from WSU Press.


Grace Mattern’s poetry and prose have been published widely including in The Sun, Calyx, Prairie Schooner and Yankee. She received fellowships from the NH Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center and has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes. Her book The Truth About Death won the NH Readers’ Choice Award for Outstanding Work of Poetry. For 35 years Mattern has been deeply involved in the movement to end violence against women, serving as Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence until 2011. She blogs at

Leslie Maxwell’s writing has appeared in Juked, Blunderbuss Magazine, and The Fourth River, among other publications. She lives in Durham, N.C., where she writes, edits, and teaches writing to college students and community members. Find her online at

Anthony J. Mohr’s work has appeared in or is upcoming, among other places, California Prose Directory, The Christian Science Monitor, The Coachella Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eclectica, The MacGuffin, War, Literature & the Arts, Word Riot, Workers Write, ZYZZYVA, and two Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Three of his pieces have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. By day he is a judge on the Superior Court in Los Angeles. He enjoys hiking, sailing, travel, and horseback riding. Once upon a time, he was a member of the L.A. Connection, an improv theater group.

Laura Tansley’s creative and critical writing has been published in a variety of places including Butcher’s Dog, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Deseeded, Gutter, The Island Review (with Amy Mackelden and Jon Owen), Kenyon Review Online (with Micaela Maftei), Lighthouse, NANO Fiction, The Ostrich Review, New Writing Scotland and PANK. She is co-editor of the collection Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form. She lives and works in Glasgow.