Issue 2.2 Contributors

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press,2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003).  He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter and completely exhausted by all the things he isn’t anymore. His writing has appeared in Harvard ReviewMid-American ReviewAtlanta ReviewRATTLERiver StyxSouthern Humanities Review and many other journals.  He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
Tasha Coryell is an MFA Candidate at the University of Alabama where she is working on a novel about murderous sorority girls. Her work has been featured in [PANK], The CollagistWord Riot and other journals. You can find Tasha tweeting under @tashaaaaaaa and more work from her at
Krista Christensen writes poetry and nonfiction, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hippocampus MagazineWord Riot, and rawboned. She is an MFA candidate at Ashland University, and is drafting a memoir tentatively titled Hysterics: Pelvic Truths from a Nervous Wreck. Find her at
Karen Craigo teaches English in Springfield, Missouri. A poet and essayist, she is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Someone Could Build Something Here (Winged City, 2013). She is the nonfiction editor of Mid-American Review, and she also serves as interviews editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.
Gregory Crosby is the author of the chapbook Spooky Action at a Distance (2014, The Operating System); his poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Court GreenEpiphanyCopper NickelLevelerSink ReviewPing Pong, & Rattle. He is co-editor of the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre and teaches creative writing at Lehman College, City University of New York.
Christopher Dollard’s work has recently appeared in Barrow StreetThe Little Patuxent ReviewRedactions: Poetry & Poetics, and the Watershed Review. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he slings steak and wine as a waiter to support his writing habit.
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in RattleShenandoahMargieChristianity and LiteratureThe Indiana ReviewHarpur PalateThe Hollins Critic. She’s won an Academy of American Poets Prize, a grant and a fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, an editor’s prize in Margie, honorable mention in Rattle. She teaches for the Department of English at the University of Delaware. Her first book, Pinning the Bird to the Wall appeared from Tres Chicas Books in November 2008. Her chapbook of off-kilter poems about angels, Neither Prayer, Nor Bird was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Lou Gaglia is the author of Poor Advice and Other Stories (Spring to Mountain Press, 2015). His short stories have appeared recently in Main Street Rag, The Writing Disorder, Forge Journal, Eclectica, Blue Monday Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in upstate New York after many years as a teacher in New York City, and serves as an assistant editor with Bartleby Snopes.
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First PhotographerPot Farm, and Barolo, the poetry books, The Morrow PlotsWarranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks. His essay collection/cookbook, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, is forthcoming November 2015 from W.W. Norton: Liveright. He teaches at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he tempered his gin with two droplets (per 750ml) of tincture of odiferous whitefish liver. For health.
Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015), The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Isobar Press, 2014), and the chapbook A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland (Concrete Wolf, 2006). Recipient of the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, she’s had work in Best New PoetsVerse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. Her work is being made into a short film by Motionpoems (May 2015). She lives in Japan. You can find her at or her blog
Zeke Jarvis is an Associate Professor at Eureka College. His work has appeared in 2 Bridges ReviewThe Toucan and Moon City Review, among other places. His first book, So Anyway… was published by Robocup Press in 2014. His short story collection, In the Family Way will be published in 2015 by Fomite Press.
Christopher Lowe is the author of the story collection Those Like Us and the fiction chapbook When You’re Down By the River. His writing has appeared widely in journals including Third CoastBrevityBellevue Literary ReviewBaltimore Review, and War, Literature, and the Arts. He teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University.
Sarah Hulyk Maxwell lives in Pittsburgh with her two cats and husband. She works at a law firm where her MFA from Louisiana State University is practically worthless, but she’s pretty good-natured about it. Her most recent work can be found in Salamander and Up the Staircase Quarterly and is forthcoming in NANO Fiction and Red Paint Hill.
Kelsey Liebenson-Morse lives in Morgantown, West Virginia where she is currently working on completing her M.F.A.. She is an amateur baker and loves everything about food. This is her first publication.
Daniel Romo is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His work can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, Yemassee, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and is the Head Poetry Editor for Cease, Cows and Co-founder/Editor at Wherewithal. He lives in Long Beach, CA and at
David Salner’s writing has appeared in Threepenny ReviewIowa ReviewPrairie SchoonerRiver Styx, and many other magazines. His second book is Working Here (Rooster Hill Press), and his fourth chapbook will be out soon from Finishing Line Press. Salner is finishing a novel on the lives of the sandhogs who built the Holland Tunnel. He has worked as an iron ore miner, steelworker, teacher, librarian. His wife, Barbara Greenway, is a public school teacher.
Jesse Waters a winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest, runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and Finalist in both the DIAGRAM Innovativ.0e Fiction Prize and the 2014 Paul Bowles Fiction Award, Jesse Waters is a recipient of a 2003 NC Artist’s Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently Director of the Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College. Jesse’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in such journals as 88: A Journal of Contemporary PoetryThe Adirondack ReviewCoal Hill ReviewThe Cortland ReviewCimarron ReviewConcrete WolfIowa ReviewPlainsongsMagmaRiver StyxSlideStory Quarterly, Southeast ReviewSycamore Review and others. His first book of poems, Human Resources, was released by Inkbrush Press in February of 2011.
Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial), won the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. She teaches writing in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and daughter.