Darren Angle grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His work as appeared in What Light and elimae. He is currently an MFA candidate at Brown University, where he teaches enthusiastically. He is probably meditating at this very moment.
Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and the Lambda Award-winning Sky Lounge. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University, and edits the poetry section of The Awl.
Amina Cain is the author of the short story collection I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press) as well as an upcoming chapbook entitled Tramps Everywhere (Insert Press/PARROT Series). Her writing has appeared in publications such as 3rd bed, Action Yes, Denver Quarterly, Little Red Leaves, onedit, Sidebrow, and The Encyclopedia Project (F-K); is forthcoming in [out of nothing] and Sous Rature; and has been translated into Polish on MINIMALBOOKS. She is also a curator and a teacher of writing/literature and she lives in Los Angeles.
Emily Carlson’s work has appeared in Bloom, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harp & Altar, Slope, and Whiskey & Fox. Her manuscript Symphony No. 2 was a Finalist in the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series book contest. In 2006 she received a travel grant from the Syria-Lebanon Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh to study poetry in Beirut, Lebanon. Emily teaches high school students in Pittsburgh and runs the Shout OUT Poetry Series. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Susan Daitch lives in Brooklyn with her son. She is the author of three works of fiction and her work was the subject of a recent issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Her short fiction has been included in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction, Tin House, Guernica, Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The Brooklyn Rail, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, and elswhere. Her work has been the recipient of two Vogelstein awards, research grants from NYU, CUNY, a finalist for a Howard Foundatin grant, and the 2010 Failbetter Novella Award. Her novel L.C. won an NEA Heritage Award and was a Lannan Foundation Selection. She teaches at Hunter College.
Farrah Field’s first book of poems, Rising, won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. Her poems have appeared in many publications including Harp & Altar, We Are So Happy to Know Something, Ploughshares, LIT, Sixth Finch, and are forthcoming in Fou and Mantis. She co-hosts a reading series called Yardmeter Editions and blogs at adultish.blogspot.com.
Kate Greenstreet’s books are The Last 4 Things and case sensitive, both from Ahsahta Press. Her poems have appeared lately in Chicago Review, Slope, and Volt, and are forthcoming in Boston Review and Drunken Boat. Delete Press will publish her new chapbook, CALLED, this spring.
Shelley Jackson is the author of the story collection The Melancholy of Anatomy, the novel Half Life, hypertexts including Patchwork Girl, and several children’s books, including the recent Mimi’s Dada Catifesto. Her stories and essays have appeared in many journals including Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Believer, and Cabinet Magazine. In 2004 she launched her project SKIN, a story published in tattoos on 2095 volunteers. The recipient of a Howard Foundation grant, a Pushcart Prize, and the 2006 James Tiptree Jr Award, she is the co-founder with artist Christine Hill of the Interstitial Library and headmistress of the Shelley Jackson Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children, a work in progress.
Noelle Kocot was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. In 1992, after graduating from Oberlin College, she married composer Damon Tomblin. She then went on to get her MFA from The University of Florida in 1995. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems, Sunny Wednesday, and The Bigger World (Wave Books 2006, 2009, and 2011, respectively). She also authored a discography, Damon’s Room. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including those from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fund for Poetry, The American Poetry Review and The Academy of American Poets. She lives in New Jersey. She has been writing poetry since she was four years old.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi received her MFA from Brown University and has taught Literature and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design. She is the co-author of the dispatch series Artists Talk: Israel/Palestine, sponsored by Words Without Borders. Her work can be found in the Wave Books Anthology of Political Poetry, Harp & Altar, Sleepingfish, Xcp: A Journal of Cross-Cultural Poetics, Paul Revere’s Horse, and PoetryProject.com.
Damon Tomblin was born in Germany in 1970. He was accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory at fifteen years old as a piano major, and then switched to composition. While he was a student at Oberlin, he studied at the Schoenburg House in Austria from 1989-1990. In 1992, he graduated from the Conservatory, and he married Noelle Kocot, and then composed many pieces of music, both for piano and orchestra. He rarely performed them. He died in 2004 at the age of 33 in New York, NY. He had been composing music since he was eight years old.
Illustrations for issue 3 by Hannah Reiff. Hannah is a printmaker, bookmaker and grower of vegetables living in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston and has shown work with The Boston Printmakers, Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland, CA) and Artists Image Resource (Pittsburgh, PA). She is currently learning the art of keeping bees. Her work can be found at: www.paperbreakfast.etsy.com.