Contributors :: Bios

CHRIS AMES is a writer who also draws. His work has been featured in Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, Midway Journal, and elsewhere. You can visit him at

LAYNIE BROWNE is the author of eleven collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collection of poems Scorpyn Odes, is just out from Kore Press. Other recent books include Lost Parkour Ps(alms) in two editions, one in English, and another in French, from Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havré (2014). She is a 2014 Pew Fellow. Forthcoming books include P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel Texts). She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College.

SEAN BURKE lives in South Berwick, Maine. His poems have most recently appeared in Powder Keg and The Destroyer.

JENNIE COLE is a poet and artist who lives and works in London. She is an associate of POLYply, and her work has also appeared at/in things like Amid the Ruins, E.ratio, Otoliths, Shunt, Streetcake, MCBA Book Arts Biennial, ArtLacuna Film Festival, Whitebox Art Center, and Caesura Gallery.

JOHNNY DAMM is the author of a graphic chapbook, The Old Man’s Illustrated Library: Issues #36 and #5 (No Press), and his work has recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, the Rumpus, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Georgia and an editor of A Bad Penny Review.

JUSTIN LAWRENCE DAUGHERTY lives in Atlanta and is the Publisher of Jellyfish Highway Press. He founded Sundog Lit, is the Fiction Editor of New South, and co-pilots Cartridge Lit with Joel Hans. Follow him at @jdaugherty1081.

HEATHER DOOLEY lives in Philadelphia. You can find her poems in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Adirondack Review, and the anthology Music Volleys Through from Ravenna Press.

STEPHEN EMMERSON is an artist and writer. His collections and publications include: A never ending poem… (Zimzalla) Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen), Pharmacopoetics, (Apple Pie Editions) Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes (If P then Q), Comfortable Knives (KFS), and Family Portraits (If P Then Q).

SHELLEY FELLER is an ex-gallery girl & current MFA candidate at the University of Alabama, where they serve as an associate editor of poetry & nonfiction for the Black Warrior Review.

BRADLEY J. FEST teaches literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of a volume of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015), and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Empty Mirror, PLINTH, Spork, and Verse. He has also published articles in the journals boundary 2, The b2 Review, Critical Quarterly, and Studies in the Novel; his essays have appeared in David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing” and The Silence of Fallout. He blogs at The Hyperarchival Parallax.

JENNIFER FOSSENBELL lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches first-year writing at the University of Minnesota and co-curates the poetry reading series Our Flow Is Hard. Some of her poems and translations are or will be found at Minor Literature[s], Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Whole Beast Rag, Cerise Press, Moonshot Magazine, and Midway Journal. Reviews and essays have appeared on The Volta Blog, Delirious Hem, Parabasis, and dislocate. In Hanoi she co-edited Strange Roots, an international anthology of the Hanoi Writers Collective, and has co-translated collections of Vietnamese poetry by Huu Thinh and Tran Quang Quy.

JONATHAN BLAKE FOSTAR is an intern @ the Illuminati. Sometimes he listens to too much Waka Flocka Flame.

JAN-HENRY GRAY was born in the Philippines, grew up in San Francisco, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. A recipient of the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, Jan’s recent work is published in Tupelo Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, Puerto del Sol, Assaracus, and elsewhere.

SHANE GUFFOGG is an artist who received his BFA from Cal Arts and lives in Los Angeles. Guffogg got his start as an assistant to Ed Ruscha, but he is noted for his abstract paintings executed with the exacting techniques of the old masters. Guffogg founded Pharmaka, a non-profit gallery in L.A., and was instrumental in starting L.A.’s Art Walk. He has been in over 100 shows and recently had mid-career retrospectives in Naples, Italy, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

DAN HANEY, born in the Pennsylvania coal region, is currently an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Vanderbilt University, where he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Nashville Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from Ninth Letter, Pacifica, and Radar.

CHRIS HOLDAWAY is a poet / editor / linguist from New Zealand. He is a director of Compound Press and a candidate in the MFA programme at Notre Dame. He received his MA(Hons) in linguistics from the University of Auckland, where he also studied cosmology and astrophysics. Work (to) appear(s) in Prelude, Requited and LUMINA.

JUDY HOYER is a former school psychologist for a small district in Massachusetts. For the past four years she has been active in a poetry workshop that meets in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recent publication credits include The Worcester Review, Naugatuck River Review, Pudding Magazine, and Off the Coast.

JESSIE JANESHEK‘s first book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). You can read more of her poetry at

OWEN LUCAS is a British writer living in Norwalk, Connecticut. His poetry, fiction and translations have been published in more than fifty journals in the U.S., Britain, and Canada. He is an editor-at-large at Potluck Magazine. Look for new work in upcoming issues of Plume, Sakura Review, Really System, Monarch Review, Big Lucks and Tribe. For more:

JULIA MADSEN received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is currently a doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is a tutor, teacher, writer, volunteer and activist. Her poems and multimedia work have appeared or are forthcoming in Caketrain, Deluge, Dreginald, Tagvverk, Black Warrior Review, Alice Blue Review, Devil’s Lake, Versal, and Cutbank.

ERIKA MOYA is an artist living in Bushwick. Her work has previously appeared in Spork Press, Elimae, and Forklift, Ohio among other places.

TAYLOR NAPOLSKY’S work has appeared in Mead Magazine and decomP. He lives in Seattle. Visit him on twitter @taylornapolsky.

DERRICK ORTEGA writes poetry as well as experimental literature. He is interested in the fiction of memory and is currently working on a collection of poems titled Dunes about the space and time of reentering society after experiencing trauma. His past work has been selected for publication in Calliope and Sole Image. He currently resides in Buena Park, CA with his wife, Xenia.

COCO OWEN is a poet and psychologist living in Los Angeles. She has published poems in the Antioch Review, 1913, CutBank, The Journal, Rio Grande Review and The Feminist Wire, among many other venues. Her work has been a finalist in several recent book contests, including the May Swenson Poetry Award, and she has a chapbooks forthcoming from Tammy and dancing girl press. Owen also serves on the board of Les Figues Press in Los Angeles. Read more of her work at:

MARIA PINTO‘s recent work has appeared or will appear in Word Riot, The Butter, Bartleby Snopes, Literary Orphans, 100 Word Story, The Missing Slate, FLAPPERHOUSE and elsewhere. She was the 2010 Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, in the city where she takes care of dogs and does karaoke. Her debut novel is in search of a home. She’s working on her second.

ALINA STEFANESCU was born in Romania, raised in Alabama, and reared by the ghost of Hannah Arendt. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner and three small people who were surprised that she was a finalist in the Black Warrior Review’s annual poetry contest this year. Her syllables are forthcoming in Mulberry Fork Review, Far Enough East, Avatar Review, and Rivet Journal. She aims for good relations with fairies and forsakes a clean house for a clean ontology. More online at

CARLEEN TIBBETTS is the author of the chapbooks a starving music will come to eat the body (FiveQuarterly 2014), and to exosk(elle), the last sugar (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Cloud Rodeo, Powder Keg, Fact-Simile, Nightblock, The Journal Petra, Forklift, Ohio, glitterMOB, TYPO, and elsewhere.

MADELINE VARDELL is an MFA candidate at New Mexico State University and the winner of the 2013 Kay Murphy Prize in Poetry, selected by Lara Glenum. Her poems have recently appeared in Beecher’s Magazine, Bayou Magazine, Rhino, [PANK], and Whiskey Island. She lives in Mesilla, New Mexico.

CHELSEA VELAGA is an artist and student ​living and working in Nashville, TN. Her work focuses on themes of anxiety, repression, and sexuality, translated in video, illustration, and printmaking practices. ​

JAMES A.H. WHITE is an emerging writer completing his MFA in Poetry at Florida Atlantic University. He is a winner of the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project award in Poetry and 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Gertrude, Hermeneutic Chaos, Tahoma Literary Review, and DIAGRAM, among others. His chapbook hiku [pull] is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press.

ALLYCE WOOD is an American artist based in Seattle / Oslo. Since graduating from Cornish College of Arts and The Glasgow School of Art, she has exhibited her work in solo and group shows with institutions such as the Museum of Northwest Art, The Henry Gallery, SOIL Gallery, and more. Wood is the gracious recipient of the City Artist Award, 4Culture GAP Grant, and City Art Walk Award. Inspired by ill-fated relationships with the natural world and the struggle for social empathy, she creates delicate images through a variety of mediums including drawing and printmaking, text, and video.