Our Authors

Mark Baumer lives inside a mouth that is chewing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He once thought he was an igloo and ate a hockey skate. The borders of Mark Baumer’s humanity are highlighted with the fragrance of sweaty lawnmowers and un-cushioned, flat-soled tennis stains.

Jimmy Chen writes creative nonfiction at his office job and memoirs in his mind. He practices yoga, codependence, and narcissism.

Berit Ellingsen (http://beritellingsen.com) is a Korean-Norwegian fiction writer. Her stories have appeared in Bluestem, Asian Cha, SmokeLong, Metazen, decomP, and elsewhere. She was a runner-up in Beate Sigriddaughter’s Ghost Story Competition 2011 and a semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press 2011 chapbook competition. Berit’s novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence (http://emptycitynovel.com).

 Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here: https://sites.google.com/site/rhplanding/howie-good-dreaming-in-red. His most recent chapbook is The Devil’s Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press.

 Carissa Halston is the author of a novella, The Mere Weight of Words, and the editor of apt. She currently lives in Boston.

 Jeffrey Hecker was born in 1977 in Norfolk, VA. A graduate of Old Dominion University, his debut book, Rumble Seat, is published by San Francisco Bay Press (www.sanfrancisco baypress.com). Recent work has appeared in altdaily.com, Plural Turtle, Cannonball City, and The Waterhouse Review (where he was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize), the Los Angeles-based Zocalo Public Square, and London’s La Reata Review. He lives with his wife Robin in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.

 Nathaniel Hunt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, working as a copywriter. His poems have appeared in Iconoclast, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, and Pennsylvania Literary Journal, among others. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the upstart literary journal Cartographer. In 2011 he won an Honorable Mention award from in the Vella Poetry Prize.

 Ofelia Hunt is the author of Today & Tomorrow (Magic Helicopter Press) and my eventual bloodless coup (bear parade). She lives in Portland, OR.

 Andrea Kneeland’s first collection, the Birds & the Beasts, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub. Her stories have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Annalemma, PANK, Gigantic, Wigleaf, Caketrain, Barrelhouse, Weird Tales , Necessary Fiction, NANO Fiction and Starcherone Press’ recent 30 Under 30 collection.

 Yumeno Kyusaku (1889-1936) was an early Showa period Japanese writer of highly avant-garde and surrealistic narratives. His best known work is the novel Dogra Magra. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumeno_Ky%C5%ABsaku)

 David Maverick is an English self-taught artist and writer. As a self-proclaimed Surrealist, his writing, mostly in the form of poetry, stems from unconscious automatism and it is that which fuels his creativity. He writes to see what comes out. He lives in Shropshire, England.

 Katie Moore is freaking adorable, massively talented, and poised to be the next big thing. Promise. Learn of her adventures at The Girl Circus: http://www.downdirtyword.com
Nora Nadjarian is a poet and writer from the island of Cyprus. She is the author of three collections of poetry and two books of short stories, “Ledra Street” and “Girl, Wolf, Bones”. Her work has been published in Israel, the UK, the USA, Australia and elsewhere.

 Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. He teaches literature as an adjunct at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan.

 James A. Smith is a freelance translator. He currently resides in Fukuoka, Japan.

 Janey Smith lives in San Francisco, California. She is the writer of THE SNOW POEMS (forthcoming on NAP 2012) and ANIMALS (2011). She is the editor of METAZEN and contributing editor at BIG OTHER.

 Lucas Southworth teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama, where he is also a partner and editor at Slash Pine Press. He has recently published stories in Mid-American Review, PANK, Versal, and others.

 Marcus Speh is a German writer who lives in Berlin. He’s not a friend of Salman Rushdie, doesn’t have a literary agent and doesn’t like parties. His short fiction has been published widely nevertheless and a collection of his short fiction will be published by MadHat Press in 2012. He blogs at marcusspeh.com.

 David Tomaloff has appeared in several anthologies and in fine publications such as Mud Luscious, A-Minor, >kill author, PANK, and elimae. His book of collaborative poetry with Ryan W. Bradley, YOU ARE JAGUAR, is due out summer 2012 from Artistically Declined Press. Send him threats: davidtomaloff.com

 Brian Warfield has had stories published in The 2nd Hand, Chiron Review, The Bicycle Review and elsewhere. You can visit him on his website: http://brianwarfield.weebly.com.

 Zach Yontz lives in Chicago, edits a journal called Gigantic Sequins, and enjoys riding the bus or train to and from places he has to go or leave.