Winter 2012, #18

#18 Contributors

Derek Alger is a graduate of the MFA fictions writing program at Columbia University, and serves as Editor-at-Large of PIF Magazine, as well as nonfiction editor of Ducts. He has worked as an editor and reporter in the Bronx for over 20 years.

Cynthia Atkins received an MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Her first collection of poems, Psyche's Weathers (Wordtech, 2007) was recently featured on Verse Daily and reviewed in Poets' Quarterly. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bloomsbury Review, Denver Quarterly, Sou'wester, and Valparaiso Review, to name a few, and nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Meghan K. Barnes has a BFA in fiction and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is currently nonfiction editor for Gloom Cupboard Literary Review and copy editor for Wilmington Living, and also is a part-time creative writing instructor.

Rusty Barnes is the author of Mostly Redneck, a collection of stories. He co-founded the literary journal Night Train and oversees Fried Chicken and Coffee, a blogazine of rural and Appalachian literature and commentary.

The River's Song is Jacqueline Bishop's first novel. She is also the author of two collections of poems, Fauna and Snapshots from Istanbul. Her non-fiction books are My Mother Who Is Me: Life Stories from Jamaican Women in New York and Writers Who Paint/Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists.

Kirsten Clodfelter received her MFA (fiction) from George Mason University in 2010, where she was the recipient of the Dan Rudy Fiction Prize. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published most recently in The Iowa Review and Brevity.

John Delfino is a current student at Boston College, studying Creative Writing and Theatrical Lighting Design. He codes websites in his spare time, to make the occasional dollar on the side, but writing is and always will be a passion.

Thomas Fleming is the author of more than 40 books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers and The Perils of Peace: America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown.His bestselling novel, The Officers' Wives, and his novel, Liberty Tavern, are being reissued as e-books by New Word City.

Mathias B. Freese is the author of the four books of the i Tetralogy (Hats Off Books, 2005) and the short story collection, Down to a Sunless Sea (Wheatmark, 2007), the recipient of an Independent Publisher Excellence Finalist Award.

Richard Holinger's poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in The Iowa Review, Witness, The Southern Review, Boulevard, PIF Magazine, and Flashquake. He has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. He has lived in the Fox Valley west of Chicago for 30 years, where he writes a column for a local newspaper.

Amy King's most recent poetry collection is I Want to Make You Safe, published in 2011 by Litmus Press. She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet, Ron Padgett, and teaches English at SUNY Nassau Community. Please visit for more.

Adrianne Kalfopoulou is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Passion Maps (Red Hen Press, 2009). She is at work on a monograph titled “Sylvia Plath’s Emersonian I/Eye”, an essay with that title is forthcoming from Women’s Studies, an Interdisciplinary Journal, October 2011.

Linda Lappin is the author of three novels: The Etruscan, Katherine's Wish, and a forthcoming mystery novel, Signatures in Stone. She makes herhome in Italy where she teaches at the University of Rome.

Christopher Locke is a poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. He is the author of the poetry collection End of Magic (Salmon Poetry, 2011). He has also published three chapbooks of poetry, POSSESSED (Main Street Rag, Editor's Choice Award -- 2005), SLIPPING UNDER DIAMOND LIGHT (Clamp Down Press -- 2002), and HOW TO BURN (Adastra Press - 1995). He currently resides in New Lebanon, NY with his wife and two daughters, and teaches literature and writing at The Darrow School.

R.A. Rycraft has published stories, poems, essays, reviews, and interviews in a number of journals and anthologies, including PIF Magazine and Contemporary World Literature. She was the winner of the Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor's Choice Award for 2008 and aSpecial Mention for the 2010 Pushcart Prize.

Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer living in New York City, who is the author of the novel Swan's Last Song. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review, to name a few. The author of over 20 books of nonfiction, he currently teaches at the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a founding member.

Carolyn Smart's fifth collection of poems, Hooked - Seven Poems was published in 2009 by Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging writers, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen's University.

Joyce J. Townsend has been a recipient of the New Mexico Discovery Awards in fiction and nonfiction, and was awarded an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for work on her novel, Rooming Alone. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Writer's Chronicle and New Letters.

Pamela Uschuk is the author of five books of poems. The most recent, CRAZY LOVE (Wings Press) won the 2010 American Book Award. Pamela's poems have appeared world-wide and are translated into 12 languages. She is Editor In Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts and makes her home in SW Colorado.

Afaa Michael Weaver is a native of Baltimore who now lives in Somerville, MA. He has won NEA and Pew fellowships and been a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. In early 2013 his 12th book of poetry, The Government of Nature, will be published by U Pitt Press. He holds an endowed chair at Simmons College.

Bill Yarrow is the author of two chapbooks, WRENCH (erbacce-press, 2009) and FOURTEEN (Naked Mannekin, 2011). POINTED SENTENCES, a volume of poems, is forthcoming from BlazeVOX. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including PANK, Poetry International, Confrontation, Rio Grande Review, BLIP, DIAGRAM, and Pif Magazine. His poems have been nominated three times for Best of the Net and three times for a Pushcart Prize. He is one of the poetry editors of THIS Literary Magazine. He lives in Illinois.