Issue 2.1 Contributors

Greg Bottoms is the author of seven books of creative nonfiction and short fiction, including the memoir Angelhead (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and the recent story collection Pitiful Criminals (Counterpoint Press, 2014).

JC Bouchard is a Canadian writer. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Control Literary Magazine, (parenthetical), In/Words, Bywords, and others. In 2013, one of his poems was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Another poem received Honourable Mention for the Bywords John Newlove Poetry Award. His chapbook, Portraits, is published by In/Words Magazine and Press.

John Casteen’s Free Union (2009) and For the Mountain Laurel (2011) are part of the VQR Poetry Series from the University of Georgia Press. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Fence, The Southern Review, The Paris Review, From the Fishouse, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and other magazines, and in Best American Poetry and The Rumpus Poetry Anthology. He has contributed personal and topical nonfiction to Offline, The Morning News, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other magazines and newspapers. He lives in Earlysville, Virginia, and teaches poetry at Sweet Briar College, where he founded and directs the Sweet Briar Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference.

Will Cordeiro received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His work appears or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Copper Nickel, Cortland Review, CutBank online, Drunken Boat, Fiction Southeast, Phoebe, Sentence, and elsewhere. He is grateful for residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, and Petrified Forest National Park. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he is a faculty member in the Honors Program at Northern Arizona University.

Karin C. Davidson is originally from the Gulf Coast. Her stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Passages North, Post Road, Iron Horse Literary Review, New Delta Review, storySouth, and elsewhere. Her awards include a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, a 2012 Orlando Prize for Short Fiction, the 2012 Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, and a 2012 Peter Taylor Fellowship. Her fiction has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net. She has an MFA from Lesley University and is the Interviews Editor for Newfound Journal. Her writing can be found at

Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, and Nonbinary Review. Her chapbook Dear Turquoise is available from Dancing Girl Press. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.

Kim Garcia, author of Madonna Magdalene, is the recipient of the 2014 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize. She has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and her work has appeared or will appear in Crazy Horse, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review and Subtropics, among others. She teaches creative writing at Boston College.

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Connotation Press, Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, and RHINO, and anthologies such as Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (2013). She holds an MFA from George Mason University, and she is currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Assistant Managing Editor for the South Dakota Review.

John Francis Istel has performed as an actor, parked cars as a valet at a fancy NYC restaurant, written plays, taught college and high school English, bartended in Times Square, worked as an arts editor, written about theatre for The Atlantic, Elle, The Village Voice, American Theatre, and elsewhere. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such publications as New Letters, Weave, WordRiot, Soon Quarterly, Ginger Piglet, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and Brooklyn Free Press.

Chris Mink just completed his PhD at Florida State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Harpur Palate, Anti-, Ovenbird, and Storyscape among others.

Emily Vizzo is a San Diego writer, editor, and educator. She serves as Assistant Managing Editor at Drunken Boat journal, and volunteers with VIDA, Poetry International, and Hunger Mountain. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in FIELD, The Journal, The Normal School, North American Review, and Western Humanities Review, among others. Her essay “A Personal History of Dirt” was noted in Best American Essays 2013. A San Diego Area Writing Project fellow and 2013 Vermont Studio Center resident, Emily teaches yoga at the University of San Diego. She completed her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Marco Wilkinson‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, DIAGRAM, Seneca Review, Terrain, Taproot, and the Bending Genre website. He teaches writing at Oberlin College where he is also Managing Editor of Oberlin College Press. He also teaches sustainable agriculture at Lorain County Community College. Right now he is preoccupied with harvesting acorns and building a wattle hut in his backyard.