MAGALÍ ARMILLAS-TISEYRA is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU; her research focuses on novels about dictators in Latin American and African literature. Beginning in September, she will be the Managing Editor of the journal e-misférica at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

In DARLYNE BAUGH’S debut novel, Black Girl @ the Gay Channel, Darlyne has given up a little dirt, but has saved most of it for her next project. Some of her production credits include In Dreams, All Over Me, Caught, Mr. Jealousy, OZ, and Showtime at the Apollo. During her cable network years she worked at Nickelodeon, Spike TV, Fuse TV, and the LGBT channel, Logo. Visit the author’s website: or follow on Twitter @Johannesgirl.

IAN DEMSKY, a longtime investigative newspaper journalist, often draws from public records in his poems to help make visible what J.G. Ballard called the “invisible literatures” of our society. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

PATRICK W. GALLAGHER is the editor of ANIMAL FARM and curator/host of ANIMAL FARM, a reading series. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glasses Glasses, The Adirondack Review, The Battered Suitcase, PopMatters, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Wheelhouse, and elsewhere. Plus, Patrick is writing his PhD thesis in the department of Comparative Literature at NYU.

THOMAS HEISE is the author of two books, Horror Vacui: Poems (Sarabande, 2006) and Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2010). His poetry has been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and has been published in numerous journals. He has received the Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry, and has been nominated for a Pushcart. He is currently at work on a second book of poetry, titled Moth; or how I came to be with you again. He is an Associate Professor at McGill University, where he teaches American literature, creative writing, and critical theory.

MELISSA HOWARD is a New Zealand-born writer who lives in Melbourne. She studied creative writing at Melbourne University and her work can be found in [Untitled] Pocketbook, nthposition and in the next edition of Going Down Swinging.

MATTHEW JOHNSTONE has poems in the current Robot Melon, Shampoo, and Anemone Sidecar. His first book of poems, Let’s be close Rope to mast, you Old light, was published at the end of 2010 (Blue & Yellow Dog Press). He is hard at work on ‘Pider, the first poetry-art web journal out of Tennessee, Nashville.

ANGELA LEROUX-LINDSEY is the editor of The Adirondack Review, senior editor at Black Lawrence Press, and writes for Kirkus Reviews and A&U magazine.

BRAD LIENING is the author of several chapbooks and the full-length collection Ghosts and Doppelgangers (Lowbrow, 2011). His poems have appeared in places like Sink Review, DIAGRAM, Forklift, and Conduit. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats, and can always be found at

ED LIN is the author of the novels Waylaid, This Is a Bust, and Snakes Can’t Run. A native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, Lin’s fourth novel, One Red Bastard, will be published by Minotaur in April 2012. He lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung.

DANIEL LUKES’s articles, reviews and interviews have been published in the Times Literary Supplement, Decibel, While You Were Sleeping and Il Manifesto. He is also in the process of compiling an edited volume of scholarly essays on William T. Vollmann.

DENNIS MAHAGIN’s poems and stories appear in Exquisite Corpse, Juked, 3 A.M., Keyhole, Thieves Jargon, Storyglossia, decomP, Night Train, Pank, Absinthe Literary Review, and Prime Number. He also edits fiction and poetry for the online zine called FRiGG. Visit Dennis on the web at

ALAIN MARCIANO lives in Montpellier, France. He has written and edited books and articles (essays and nonfiction) and is teaching economics. He is a part-time illustrator and writes fiction.

THADDEUS RUTKOWKSI is author of the novels Haywire, Tetched, and Roughhouse. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction bestseller list. Both Tetched and Roughhouse were finalists for a Members’ Choice Asian American Literary Award. He teaches literature as an adjunct lecturer at Medgar Evers College. His website is

PATRICK SAUER is a contributor for AOL Small Business and a freelance writer for Fast Company, Deadspin, ESPN, Popular Science, Smith, and Huffington Post Humor. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the American Presidents. Originally from Billings, Montana, he now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. For more from Patrick, follow him on Twitter (@pjsauer), or visit

JANICE SHAPIRO is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press 2010). Her recent stories and comics have been published in The Santa Monica Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Storyville, Devil’s Lake, and The Seattle Review. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and dog.

ALISON STEEDMAN has a fair number of shoes and white dresses and hails from South Carolina where there is Kudzu and humidity. She has a job in the arts, which she likes okay. From her office window, she can see tugboats painted as though they were Victorian houses hauling barges up and down the East River. This she likes very much.

ERICA WEITZMAN is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU. Her poems have been published in 6×6 and 236 and her translations have appeared in Words Without Borders, 91st Meridian, and Washington Square, as well as with Ugly Duckling Presse’s Eastern European Poetry Series. She lives mostly in Berlin.