Issue 1.4 Contributors

Jayne Benjulian’s poems appear in a number of journals, including Zone 3, The Seattle Review, The Ilanot Review and Barrow Street. She has a parallel career writing essays about the culture of theater. She served as Fulbright Fellow in Lyon, France and Teaching Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta and holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Ashley Bethard is a writer, editor, digital geek and news junkie working in digital media in Dayton, Ohio. Previously, her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart and Pank, among others. Obsessions include: food, cooking, travel, dachshunds and the family farm. You can find her on Twitter @AshleyBethard and online at If you ever meet her in person and there’s a kitchen handy, she’ll be happy to make you a sandwich.

Taylor Bostick is from Alexandria, Virginia. He recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a minor in creative writing. He taught environmental science in West Virginia and now lives in New York City where he does Hurricane Sandy recovery work, writes and runs. This is his first published fiction.

Christopher Citro is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (forthcoming from Steel Toe Books). His recent and upcoming publications include poetry in Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Subtropics, Third Coast, Salamander, The Pinch, The Hollins Critic, and Verse Daily, and creative nonfiction in Colorado Review. He received his MFA in poetry from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York. Visit him at

Stephen Chusman’s newest books are The Red List: A Poem (LSU, 2014) and Belligerent Muse: Five Civil War Writers (UNC, 2014). He is general editor of the fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012) and Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (forthcoming July 2014 from W.W. Norton: Liveright), Pot Farm, and Barolo, the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and the chapbooks, Four Hours to Mpumalanga and Aardvark. He 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 liver ice cream. It paired well with onion bagels.

B.J. Hollars is the author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, and a collection of stories, Sightings. His latest work, a hybrid text entitled Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dave Madden is the author of The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s, DIAGRAM, The Normal School, 1966, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and co-edits The Cupboard, a quarterly pamphlet.

Sarah McCartt-Jackson, a poet and folklorist, has been published by and received honors from: the Academy of American Poets, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, Journal of American Folklore, NANO Fiction, STILL, and others. She was selected as Tidal Basin Review’s inaugural Poetry Series Center Feature poet. Her chapbook Vein of Stone is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. She lives and writes in Louisville, Kentucky.

Katelyn Kiley received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as Levis Fellow and was lead copyeditor for Blackbird. Her poems and essays have appeared in Hobart, Bayou, and Mead, among others. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Jon Michaud is the author of the novel When Tito Loved Clara (Algonquin, 2011). His work has appeared in Tin House, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, and South Dakota Review. From 2003 to 2012, Michaud was head librarian at The New Yorker and he still writes regularly for the magazine’s Page-Turner blog. Michaud now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and children.

Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey & has taught at the University of Alabama since receiving his M.F.A. in 2009. His work has been anthologized in Best Creative Nonfiction Volume 2, 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction, & has been twice selected as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays series. He is the author of So You Know It’s Me, a collection of Craigslist Missed Connections, & Level End, a series of lyric essays about videogame Boss Battles. His newest book, Leave Luck To Heaven, an ode to 8-bit videogames, was released by Uncanny Valley Press.

Sean Prentiss is the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, a craft anthology that examines creative nonfiction. He lives on a small lake in northern Vermont and serve as an assistant professor at Norwich University. You can read more of his work here.

Anne Shaw is the author of two poetry collections: Dido in Winter, is forthcoming Persea Books in March of 2014, and Undertow (Persea 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Kenyon Review, and New American Writing. She currently lives in Chicago, where she studies sculpture at the School of the Art Institute. 

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the author of two full-length collections, The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press 2008) and The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake Press 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Mid-American, 32 Poems, Zone 3, Gargoyle, Tusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She teaches a bit of everything in the English Department at the University of Tennessee and serves as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and Stirring.

Vanessa Stauffer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and West Branch. She is the author of the chapbook Cosmology (dancing girl press & studio, 2013).