Lauren Becker is editor of Corium Magazine. Her work has appeared in Juked, Wigleaf, Los Angeles Review, NANO Fiction and elsewhere.
chenJimmy Chen was born in 1976 in Toronto, Canada. He lives in San Francisco, where he runs a tumblr and away from intimacy. Read more about him at
new5Mensah Demary, whose prose has been published by Thought Catalog, PANK Magazine, Metazen, and others, is co-founder & editor-in-chief of Specter Literary Magazine. For more information, check out his website or find him on Twitter @mensahdemary.
Josh DenslowJosh Denslow‘s stories have appeared in Third Coast, Black Clock, Pear Noir!, Cutbank, Wigleaf and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, among others. He is a staff editor at SmokeLong Quarterly and a blog editor at The Lit Pub. He plays the drums in the band Borrisokane.
shd_bioSean H. Doyle lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is learning how to love himself more and works hard every day to be a better person. Visit him at
berit_small_2Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have or will appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, Metazen, decomP, Unstuck and other literary journals. Her novel, The Empty City (, is a story about silence. Berit’s short story collection, Beneath the Liquid Skin, was published by firthFORTH Books in November 2012. One of her stories was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012. Find out more at
sarah rose etterSarah Rose Etter‘s chapbook, Tongue Party, is available from Caketrain Press. Her work has appeared in Barrelhouse, The Collagist, Black Warrior Review, and more.
SGhed (1)Scott Garson is the author of IS THAT YOU, JOHN WAYNE?–a collection of stories–and AMERICAN GYMNOPEDIES, a book of microfictions. His fiction has won awards from Playboy, The Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and Dzanc Books, and he has work in or coming from Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Hobart, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant and others. He edits the Pushcart-Prize-winning journal of very short fiction, Wigleaf.
author_front_smCarissa Halston is a writer and editor. Her longer works include A Girl Named Charlie Lester and The Mere Weight of Words and her short fiction has recently appeared in Fourteen Hills and The Massachusetts Review. She currently lives in Boston where she runs a small press (Aforementioned Productions), edits a literary journal (apt), hosts/curates a reading series (Literary Firsts), and is at work on a novel called Conjoined States. She is also a prose editor at AGNI.
Casey Hannan lives in Kansas City. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Annalemma, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. His first book of stories, Mother Ghost, is available in January 2013 from Tiny Hardcore Press. He is found at
TaniaAuthorPhoto2012smallTania Hershman’s first collection of short stories and flash fiction, The White Road and Other Stories, was commended in the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Her second collection, My Mother Was an Upright Piano, was recently published by Tangent Books. Find her at
megankruseMegan Kruse is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer from the Pacific Northwest. She earned her MFA at the University of Montana, while also playing a lot of poker. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Witness Magazine, Portland Noir (Akashic, 2009), and Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City (2009), among others. She’s currently at work on a novel titled Call Me Home and a collection of essays about uncertainty and empty places. Find her at
Molly Laich writes personally and professionally in Montana. Molly loves animals and feelings. You can read Molly’s blog at
kendra grant malone_2013Kendra Grant Malone was born in 1984. Her first book of poetry, Everything is Quiet, was published by Scrambler Books in 2010. Her second book of poetry, Morocco, co-written with Matthew Savoca was published by Dark Sky Books in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn. Read more about her at
Scott McClanahan is the writer of The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1 and Stories V! Two Dollar Radio will release his book Crapalachia in 2013. New York Tyrant will also release his book Hill William in 2013. He is the co-partner of the production company Holler Presents.
Mary at The CarouselMary Miller is the author of a story collection, Big World. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, Oxford American, and many others. She is a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where she serves as editor-in-chief of Bat City Review.
Alicia Mountain is a queer writer and artist in Brooklyn, New York. She studied American Literature at Barnard College and will probably publish something soon. Alicia Mountain is also an anagram for “I caution animal.” For more of her work visit her website at
collagist photoDylan Nice’s debut collection, Other Kinds, is available from Short Flight / Long Drive Books. His stories and essays have appeared in NOON, Indiana Review, MAKE, Hobart, Brevity, and Quick Fiction, among others. He lives in Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
Delaney Nolan‘s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Apt, Gargoyle, Grist, Guernica, Hobart, PANK and elsewhere. Her chapbook Louisiana Maps, forthcoming this winter, is the recipient of the Ropewalk Press Fiction Editor’s Chapbook Prize. She will be the writer-in-residence at Skriðuklaustur Culture Center in Iceland this January. For more, find her at
IMG_0364Alissa Nutting is author of Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010) and an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing at John Carroll University. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other venues. She has served editorial roles at three literary publications: as fiction editor of Witness magazine, as editor of Black Warrior Review, and as managing editor of Fairy Tale Review.
Owen Poindexter writes realistic fiction, magical realist non-fiction, and absurd emails. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Non-Fiction from Mills College and is currently editing his novel. He lives in the Bay Area and makes a mean salad.
matt rowanMatt Rowan lives in Chicago, IL, where during the week he tries to educate the youth of America. He edits Untoward Magazine with Ashley Collier, his wonderful girlfriend. There’s also a story collection, Why God Why, forthcoming by way of Love Symbol Press. You can or soon can find his work in publications like Artifice, Booth Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly and Another Chicago Magazine, among others. There’s more here:
matthew savoca_2013Matthew Savoca was born in 1982 in Pennsylvania and now lives in New York and PA where he works as a carpenter. His new book “I Don’t Know,” I Said will be out from Publishing Genius Press in April.
Sean Schlemmer was born in San Francisco and read a lot of Dickens at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He works at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, California.
Simpson Author Photo - colorChad Simpson’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Esquire, The Rumpus, American Short Fiction, and The Sun, among other publications. His collection of stories, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and teaches at Knox College.
Amber GlassesAmber Sparks‘ short stories have appeared in New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Gargoyle, Barrelhouse,The Collagist and elsewhere. Her first full-length story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, was recently published by Curbside Splendor. She lives with a husband and two beasts in Washington, DC. You can find her at or follow her on Twitter @ambernoelle.
SStairhimeShannon Stairhime is smitten with narrative and red wine. Her stories have appeared in The South Loop Review, Inkstails, and apt Magazine. She received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago 347 years ago.
xTx is a writer living in Southern California. She has been published in places like The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, Smokelong, Monkeybicycle and Wigleaf. Her story collection, “Normally Special,” is available from Tiny Hardcore Press.( Her chapbook, “Billie the Bull” is forthcoming from Mud Luscious press. xTx’s story, “The Mill Pond” just won the 2012 storySouth Million Writers Award. She says nothing at
mikemugMike Young is the author of Look! Look! Feathers and We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough. He edits NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and writes for HTMLGIANT. Find him online at


ericEric Amerman is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from western Massachusetts. After fronting the gritty indie rock band Moller for several years, he relocated to San Francisco in the summer of 2008. Since then, he has been focusing on writing and recording mellow, introspective, late 60’s pop-influenced solo material at his home studio in the Mission District. Eric has also performed and collaborated with artists such as The Love Dimension, Burrows, Lovelikefire, Hillsides, and Donovan Quinn. music:, studio:
As active members of San Francisco’s music community, Buzzmutt (Scott Franklin, Jesse Olswang, Eric Alonzo, and Chaz Anton) found in each other an instant musical connection, recording their first song together the first time the four ever found themselves in a room together. Like a chemical reaction each member a catalyst for the others creative drive. Logging in hours and hours of recordings over 2011, they have selected a batch of songs for a record to be called Static in the Minds Eye, chapter 1. Released July 2012.
doom dongDoom Dong started during a game of Scrabble, evolving into a deep friendship and an ongoing childish game of coming up with stupid song titles and dirty band member aliases. Simply speaking, Doom Dong consists of adults, only by title, on psychedelic time machines set to backwards, questing for the ultimate rise-up from adulthood. Musically. They do eat their vegetables though. And blueberries.
High Anxiety: and on Facebook.
Jonathan Mann has been writing a song a day for over 1300 days.
Moonwatcher is a solo acoustic project. She makes and records her own music on her mom’s acoustic guitar. She writes songs that are usually inspired by melodies or phrases captured throughout her day, mostly riding her bicycle. See more of her songs at
Sean Pierce is a singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. His songs and instrumental pieces are heavily influenced by his upbringing in the Central Valley of California where he was immersed in American roots music at a young age. While artists such as Hank Williams and Glen Campbell had a great impact on his music, authors such as Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver also fueled a passion to craft reflective yet succinct lyrics. More of his work can be found here:
andyAndy Puls is a composer, musician, audio engineer, inventor, and video artist living in the East SF Bay, CA. He records music under the names A Magic Whistle and Chilly William. You can find out more about his various projects at:
jojoJohanna Samuels reminds us that pop music isn’t so bad. That, despite its sometimes saccharine, sometimes structured outer coat, it is raw on the inside, and full of ache. She released her 6-track EP “Gaint Fantasy Life” in February of 2012. She and her band are currently recording an LP called “Double Bind” expected to be released this summer. To hear her music head to
tumblr_mf5f3jPOtI1qc21jco1_1280If heaven exists, Ben is going to find it with delay pedals and join the chorus of angels. Waterfall electric guitar, dulcet tones, and long, resonant drones.His latest recording – a take on the American Pastoral – was released this past November. It is called New Song. From CA, lives in Brooklyn, will travel. More information at
Shakey GravesShakey Graves lives in Texas.
shantsThe Shants’ slow-burning sound originates from the rural backgrounds of its members: from South Louisiana delta pines, to the brusk plains of Minnesota to the rolling hills of the Central California Coast. The Shants now call Oakland, California home.


Patrick McGilligan, AKA the Lethargic Artist, lives and works in Santa Monica, California where he eats altogether too much cheese. You can find him at and

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