Blake Butler’s fiction is published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Fence, Black Warrior Review, LIT, and Phoebe. He lives in Atlanta and blogs at
Mark Conway’s first book, Any Holy City, was recently shortlisted for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. The poems in this issue are from a new manuscript entitled Dreaming Man, Face Down.
Tarfia Faizullah is a graduate student in Virginia Commonwealth University’s MFA program in poetry, as well as the associate editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. In 2007, she was named an AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, and in 2006, she was named a Writers at Work Fellowship Finalist. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, Diode, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, and Mid-American Review.
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Sagittarius Agitprop (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Aardvark (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Third Coast, North American Review, Pleiades, and others.
Laura Harrison received a BA in English and French from Skidmore College, and a certificate in fine art from the New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at the Paul Sharpe Gallery in New York, at the Mario Diacono Gallery in Boston, and can soon be seen at the Russell Lamontagne Gallery in Boston. She lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kristen Iskandrian is a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at University of Georgia. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Alice Blue Review, Gulf Coast, La Petite Zine, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and other places. She lives outside of Athens, Georgia, where she is working on her first book, a collection of fiction.
Major Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops (Norton: 2006), a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature–Poetry, and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. A recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Holly Karapetkova recently completed her PhD at the University of Cincinnati and now teaches at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her poems and translations have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Crab Orchard Review, The Formalist, and The Cream City Review.
Robin Lippincott is the author of the novels In the Meantime, Our Arcadia: An American Watercolor, and Mr. Dalloway, and the short story collection The Real, True Angel. The recipient of fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, his work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Fence, American Short Fiction, The New York Times Book Review, The Literary Review, and many other journals. He teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University and at Harvard University.
Jessica Murray is a poet and educator living in Denton, TX. Poems of hers have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Like Starlings, and Shenandoah. Her website,, features linked interviews with contemporary women poets.
Jeff Newberry’s poetry has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including The Cortland Review, Pebble Lake Review, and Barn Owl Review. His chapbook, A Visible Sign, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He is the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and three collections of stories, most recently Like You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of The Story Prize. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The New Yorker, and Best American Short Stories. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Stacey Swann is the editor of the literary journal American Short Fiction and a current Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. "Trinity Site” is her first published story.
Lynne Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by parents born in the Windward Islands, West Indies. Her poetry has been or will be published in Margie, Poetry International, Indiana Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her first full-length manuscript of poems, Beg No Pardon, won the 2007 Perugia Press Book Award and the 2008 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award (Poetry).
Laura van den Berg recently completed her MFA at Emerson College. Her stories have or will soon appear in One Story, StoryQuarterly, The Literary Review, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, among others, and have received awards from Glimmer Train and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The recipient of the 2007 Dzanc Prize, Laura’s first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, will be published by Dzanc Books in 2009.
Peter Waldor is the author of Door to a Noisy Room (Alice James Books). His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Mothering Magazine.
Jordan Windholz has work forthcoming in Diner, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, Bravado (New Zealand), and Best New Poets 2007. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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