Contributors Summer 2017

Adanze Asante resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she writes fantastical stories about unsung heroes. She is a Clarion West graduate and earned her M.A. in journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Her short stories have appeared in the following publications: Omenana, Dawn to Night, and African Voices Magazine. She worked as a journalist for: The Network Journal, The New York Daily News, The Oakland Tribune, New York Newsday, The Oregonian, Corpus Christi Caller Times, and African Voices Magazine. She is currently an English Professor at The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College.

John Andrews‘ work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Redivider, The Boiler, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. His first book, Colin is Changing His Name is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in the June 2017 and it was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Award. He holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and currently he is working on his Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University where he serves as an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.

Terry Barr is the author of the essay collection, Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother. His essays have appeared in such journals as Lowestoft Chronicle, Hippocampus, South Writ Large, The Bitter Southerner, and Full Grown People. He lives in Greenville, SC, with his family.

Darren C. Demaree‘s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines and journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.  He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, OH with his wife and children.

Robert Earle is one of the more widely published contemporary short fiction writers in America, with more than 100 stories in print and online literary journals. Vine Leaves Press published his story collection, She Receives the Night, in May 2017. He has also published three novels and two books of nonfiction. He lives in North Carolina after a diplomatic career that took him to Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. You can read more about Robert and his work by going to

D Gilson is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays (Sibling Rivalry, 2015); Crush with Will Stockton (Punctum Books, 2014); Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry, 2013); and Catch & Release (2012), winner of the Robin Becker Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University, and his work has appeared in Threepenny Review, PANKThe Indiana ReviewThe Rumpus, and as a notable essay in Best American Essays.

John Oliver Hodges lives in New Jersey, where he teaches writing at Montclair State University. His debut story collection, The Love Box, won the Tartt First Fiction Award. His stories are currently appearing in Texas Review, and New World Writing, and are forthcoming from Bull, Crag, J Journal, Hello Horror, Near to the Knuckle, and Fixional, Inc. His first novel, Quizzleboon, is set for publication this year with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Dan Leach’s work has been published in The Greensboro Review, Deep South Magazine, New Madrid Review, and elsewhere. Floods and Fires, his debut short-story collection, will be published by University of North Georgia Press in Fall 2017.

Margaret Luongo is the author of two story collections–If the Heart is Lean and History of Art, both published by LSU Press. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review,, the Pushcart Prize anthology and other publications. Recipient of the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and an Ohio Arts Council grant, she has taught creative writing and contemporary fiction at Miami University since 2004.

Billy Malanga has an M.S. in Criminal Justice and is a first generation college graduate, U.S. Marine Corps veteran (Beaufort, South Carolina) and the grandson of Italian immigrants. His recent poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Ibis Head Review, Cold Creek Review, Dime Show Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Spindrift Art Literary Journal, and The  He currently lives in Urbana, Illinois, and will be relocating to Auburn, Alabama late summer 2017.

Edna McNamara published her first story in Chantwood Magazine last May, after a number of workshop and classes.  Her work also appears in the Winter 2017 web edition of Philadelphia Stories.

Spencer Smith‘s work has appeared in over thirty literary journals, including RATTLE, Potomac Review, RHINO, Roanoke Review, and Tribeca Poetry Review. He is a University of Utah graduate and works in the corporate world to pay the bills that poetry doesn’t pay (i.e. all of them).

Lyle Roebuck is a native of Saint Simons Island, GA. His fiction has appeared in The Arkansas ReviewThe Roanoke ReviewStraylight MagazineRedividerA Torn Page: 2012 Summer Short Fiction Anthology, The Santa Ana River Review, The Timberline Review, The Arlington Literary Journal and Split Lip MagazineThey’re All Gentlemen in the Dark, a book-length collection of stories, was shortlisted for the 2016 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award.

Maryanne Stahl is the author of two novels: Forgive the Moon and The Opposite Shore ( New American Library), as well as a chapbook of poems and flash fiction, Electric Urgency ( Pudding House Press).  She answers to an orange tabby overlord named Herman.

J.T. Townley has published in Harvard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review, and other magazines and journals.  His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, an MPhil in English from Oxford University, and a BA from Texas A&M University, and he teaches at the University of Virginia.  To learn more, visit

Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy, Water And Abandon and two meditative essay collections, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. His first poetry book is called Mystery My Country–and he’s co-written a second called Traversings with the poet Richard Jackson. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member at The Vermont College Of Fine Arts.