Joshua Ben-Noah Carlson lives and works as caretaker of an estate in central Minnesota. He builds boats, does yoga, plays Bach, and reads and writes. Both of his daughters are smarter than him, and his wife far prettier.

Louie Crew, 72, is the author of 1,918 published poems and essays. He is a native of Anniston, Alabama, and an emeritus English professor at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey. He and his husband Ernest have been married 35 years. Visit Crew’s Web site.

Barry Graham is a four-time National Tic-Tac-Toe Association champion (1988, 1994, 2004, 2006). He also wrote The National Virginity Pledge (Another Sky Press).

Crystal J. Hoffman is founder, scriptwriter, and co-host of Pennsylvania’s only known poetry cabaret, The TypewriterGirls, and is completing her M.A. in English literature this April. She considers herself to be a leading authority on Zurich Dada and a fine scholar of Parisian Surrealist poetry. However, first and foremost she is a poet-performer quite efficacious at the fine art of bringing audiences to the requisite levels of inebriation, through only the very cheapest of whiskeys and most random of Surrealist games, to believe that they are enjoying every minute of her inanity on stage.

Tiff Holland lives in central Texas with her husband and daughter. Her work has appeared in almost 100 literary magazines, e-zines, and anthologies and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her short story “The Boys” was named a notable story of the year 2008 and her chapbook Straight Out of the Can was a semi-finalist in the Rosemetal Press Chapbook competition this year. Her poetry chapbook, Bone in a Tin Funnel, is available through Pudding House Press.

Paul Hostovsky’s poems have won a Pushcart Prize, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, and The Frank Cat Press. His first full-length collection, Bending the Notes, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. To read more of his work, visit

Dennis Mahagin’s poems and stories have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 42opus, Storyglossia, Pequin, Stirring, Juked, Thieves Jargon, and Underground Voices, among other publications. His latest collection, entitled I, Q, is methodically scrambling for a strictly literary publisher.

Ravi Mangla lives in Fairport, New York. His short fiction has recently appeared online at Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Wigleaf, elimae, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He keeps a blog at

Mary Miller’s short story collection, Big World (Short Flight/Long Drive Books), is available now, or very, very soon. A chapbook of her flash fiction, Less Shiny, was published by Magic Helicopter Press. Her stories can be found in and forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Black Clock, Oxford American, and elsewhere.

Suzanne Ondrus is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Connecticut. She is specializing in West African women authors. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from Bowling Green State University and an M.A. from Binghamton University. She is fluent in French, Italian, and German and has worked in Russia, Burkina Faso, Benin, Germany, and Italy. Her work has appeared in Colere, Revue Review, and Gently Read Literature. These poems are inspired by unspoken racial tensions in an interracial relationship. Suzanne is interested in things that are unstated, but that lurk like icebergs beneath the water.

Jennifer Pieroni is editor in chief of the literary journal Quick Fiction. Her work has appeared in the literary journals Hobart, elimae, Word Riot, and Wigleaf, among others. Work is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Bateau, PANK, and Corduroy Mtn.

Katy Whittingham is originally from Johnstown, New York. She has her M.F.A. in writing from Emerson College in Boston. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and she teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bridgewater State College.

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