Contributors | Biographies

Steven Alvarez is the author of The Pocho Codex and The Xicano Genome, both published by Editorial Paroxismo. His chapbook Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus was the Rane Arroyo Prize winner and will be published by Seven Kitchens Press later this year. He is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter @chastitellez and on Instagram @stevenpaulalvarez.

Carrie Bennett is the author of biography of water (Washington Prize, The Word Works, 2005) and chapbooks A Quiet Winter (Dancing Girl press, 2012) and Animals in Pretty Cages (Dancing Girl press, 2013). Her poetry and fiction have been published in Boston Review, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Horse Less Review, Indiana Review, Interim, Prose-Poem Project, The Fairy Tale Review, among many others. After receiving her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she moved to Somerville, MA where she currently teaches writing seminars on theater and feminist performance theory at Boston University. In 2012 she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

Karen Mary Berr is currently living in France, where she studied Applied Arts and Art History. She had several exhibitions as a painter, photographer in France and Canada and is now specializing in Video Art & Poetry.

Rob Cook lives in New York City’s East Village. He is the author of eight collections, including Empire in the Shade of a Grass Blade (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), The Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), and Asking My Liver for Forgiveness (Rain Mountain Press, 2014). Work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Caliban, Fence, A cappella Zoo, Zoland Poetry, Tampa Review, Minnesota Review, Aufgabe, Caketrain, Many Mountains Moving, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Colorado Review, Bomb (online), Sugar House Review, Mudfish, Pleiades, Versal, Weave, Wisconsin Review, Ur Vox, Heavy Feather Review, Phantom Drift, Osiris, etc.

Dawn Corrigan has published poetry and prose in a number of print and online journals, most recently Squawk Back, The Milo Review, Right Hand Pointing, Slipstream, One Sentence Poems, and Wisdom Crieth Without. Her debut novel, an environmental mystery called Mitigating Circumstances, was published by Five Star/Cengage in January 2014. Find her online at

Nick DePascal lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife and son, where he teaches at the University of New Mexico. His first book, Before You Become Improbable, was recently published by West End Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative, The Laurel Review, New Haven Review, interrupture, TAB, Aesthetix, The Los Angeles Review, and more.

Rachel Finkelstein lives in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in creative writing. Work has appeared in Lemon Hound, Prick of the Spindle, Columbia Poetry Review, Shampoo, and elsewhere.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 184 online and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

Johnathan Harper currently lives in Syracuse, New York. His work has also recently appeared in The Queer South: Essays and Poems and the Hawai’i Pacific Review. He is the co-founder of the online literary magazine The Birds We Piled Loosely. “Idioteque” is exactly how he wants all his writing to come across.

Jeanne Heuving is a scholar and writer. Her published books include Incapacity, Transducer, and Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore. Her book length-study The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press and she recently published her long poem, “Miss Lonelyhearts,” in Hambone 20. Heuving directs the MFA program in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program. She is an adjunct professor in Women Studies and on the graduate faculty in the English Department at the University of Washington Seattle. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment of the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale, where she was the H.D. Fellow. Her cross genre book Incapacity won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic.

Satoshi Iwai was born in and still currently lives in Kanagawa, Japan. He writes poems in both Japanese and English. His English work has recently appeared in Poetry Is Dead and Barrow Street.

Vanessa Couto Johnson earned her MFA from Texas State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, gobbet, Map Literary, Toad Suck Review, theNewerYork, great weather for MEDIA’s anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand, and elsewhere. She runs, blogs at, and has a BA in both English and philosophy from Rice University.

Julia Laxer lives for the stories and writes in the afternoons from a rickety desk in Portland, Oregon. She was raised south of the Mason-Dixon line, near Manassas Battlefield, in Virginia, and in her early twenties moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Once she realized the Deep South was just too hot, she fled Atlanta for adventures in San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin, Oakland’s eternal summer and the Great Northwest. She recently published flash-fiction in Litro Magazine and ashort memoir in Prose & Lore. Her poems appear in So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art. She is working on making sense of all this wanderlust.

Daniel Lehan is a former paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, children’s book author and illustrator, gardener, teacher, gallerist.

Marco Maisto is a writer living in New York City. He attended the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop MFA program in poetry. He is a guest editor of Drunken Boat, where his poetry (with Caroline DeVane) and poetry comix (with the painter Margaret Galey) have appeared.

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell lives, breathes, works in Pittsburgh, PA. She has two cats, a husband, and an MFA from Louisiana State University. Her most recent work can be found in the fall/winter 2014 issues of The Bitter Oleander and Salamander, and also online at Blood Lotus Literary Blog.

John McLaughlin is a self taught, full time artist working in mixed media on paper and canvas. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954 and currently lives and resides in Canton, Michigan. His painting and drawing process is a delicate balance of skill and intuition. A fluctuation of control and careful planning, along with letting go, allowing for surprises, then bringing it all back into a state of focus. He is represented by LaFontsee Galleries (Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI), Danielle Peleg Gallery (West Bloomfield, MI), Hudson Gallery (Sylvania, OH) and Corners Gallery (Ithaca, NY). His work and a list of exhibitions can be viewed at

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review(, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (, Touch the Donkey ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annualottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices

Nils Michals is the author of two full collections, Lure (LSU, 2004) and Come Down to Earth (Bauhan, 2014). Recent work has appeared in Posit, *82, and The Conium Review, among others. He is currently English faculty at West Valley College, and live in Santa Cruz, CA.

Kim Parko is the author of Cure All (Caketrain Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in Diagram, Quick Fiction, Jubilat, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, daughter, and spirit dog and is an Associate Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Joseph Reich has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad, been nominated four times for The Pushcart Prize, and his most recent books include, “A Different Sort Of Distance” (Skive Magazine Press) “If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge ” (Flutter Press) “Pain Diary: Working Methadone & The Life & Times Of The Man Sawed In Half” (Brick Road Poetry Press) “Drugstore Sushi” (Thunderclap Press) “The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians” (Fomite Press) “The Housing Market: a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world” (Fomite Press) “The Hole That Runs Through Utopia” (Fomite Press) “Taking The Fifth And Running With It: a psychological guide for the hard of hearing and blind” (Broadstone Books)

Anne Royston is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of Utah, where she studies with Craig Dworkin. She is currently writing her dissertation on the intersection of philosophy and artists’ books and pursuing a Book Arts Certificate. She was also the winner of the 2013 Beechers Magazine Poetry Prize, judged by Lyn Hejinian.

Adel Souto is a Cuban-born writer, artist, and filmmaker currently based in New York City. He has had artwork, as well as photography, showcased in galleries across the east coast, made videos for a handful of musicians, translated the works of Spanish poets, lectured at NYU, and even produces a public access tv show in Brooklyn. His two most recent projects include his industrial junkyard outfit 156, which has a handful of releases on a few U.S. labels, as well as a limited edition book on his experiences during a 30-day vow of silence.

Alex L. Swartzentruber is a writer and musician from Indiana. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been published in several online and print magazines including Canvas, Black Heart Magazine, Dead Flowers, Dirty Chai, Mad Swirl, Electric Cereal, Yellow Medicine Review, Driftless Magazine, Kroodler Kulture, Spoilt Halloween, 1947, and many more.

Robert Vivian is currently working on a collection of dervish essays.

Laura Wetherington’s recent work appears in inter rupture, VOLT, FENCE, Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Mrs. Maybe,and Drunken Boat, among others. Her first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She teaches creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson‘s books are Swamp Isthmus, The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal, and Meadow Slasher, among others. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

David Wirthlin is the author of Houndstooth (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009 & forthcoming in the Dzanc Books rEprint series) and Your Disappearance (BlazeVOX [Books], 2009). His work has appeared in journals like the Denver Quarterly, elimae, Sleepingfish, Harp & Altar, Horse Less Review, and The 2nd Hand. He holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Denver. He currently teaches creative writing at Harvey Mudd College.