Contributor Bios # 8

Sue Allison’s short fiction and essays have been published in Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Fourth Genre, and Crazyhorse, among others, including Best American Essays 2009 and the 2013 Pushcart Prize Collection.

Michael Bazzett has new poems forthcoming in Cream City Review, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Literary Imagination and Prairie Schooner, and his work has recently appeared on Verse Daily and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His chapbook, The Imaginary City, was recently published in the OW! Arts Chapbook Series, and They: A Field Guide is forthcoming from Barge Press in early 2013. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Carol Rifka Brunt has been published in literary journals such as The North American Review and The Sun. She has also published articles in places such as Family Fun and Valley Kids. In 2006, she was one of three fiction writers selected for the New Writing Partnership’s New Writing Ventures award. In 2007, she was awarded a generous Arts Council grant to write her first novel. That novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, was published by Dial Press (US) and Macmillan (UK) in June 2012. She is currently working on short stories, essays and the beginning of a new novel.

Ryan Burden received his MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. His work has appeared previously in Writers’ Bloc, Foundling Review, and Spilling Ink Review, among others. His story “Dumb Animals” is the title story of a collection in progress.

Marty Cain grew up in Marlboro, Vermont, and is a senior at Hamilton College. His work has appeared in Anderbo, Off the Coast, Softblow, and elsewhere. He is currently in the midst of a yearlong fellowship studying the pastoral tradition through a postmodern lens.

Paul Christiansen is a proud Wisconsin native currently living in Miami, Florida, where he is an MFA candidate in Florida International University’s creative writing program.

Before returning to his native Pennsylvania, Neil Connelly directed the MFA Program at McNeese State University. Currently he teaches writing at Shippensburg University. Connelly’s fourth novel, The Midlife Crisis of Captain Invincible, will be released in fall 2013 from LSU Press.

Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays 2005 and 2011, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, and numerous literary journals, including Shenandoah, North American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University.

Danielle DeTiberus lives and teaches in Charleston, SC. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Arts and Letters. Her first manuscript, indifferent miracle, is currently seeking a home.

Anthony Frame is an exterminator who lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife. His first chapbook, Paper Guillotines, was published by Imaginary Friend Press and recent poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Harpur Palate, Third Coast, The North American Review, and diode among others. He also the co-founded Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Learn more at

Brent House, a contributing editor for The Tusculum Review, is a native of Hancock County, Mississippi. His poetry collection, The Saw Year Prophecies, was published by Slash Pine Press.

Ashley M. Jones is a first year poet in the Creative Writing MFA program at Florida International University. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she studied English and Creative Writing. She has been published in Sanctuary and Aura.

Jay Kauffmann holds an MFA from Vermont College and has taught at Randolph College, Vermont College and Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek. Winner of the Andrew Grossbardt Memorial Prize, and nominee for a Pushcart Prize, he has work out in The Writer’s Chronicle, Lumina, upstreet, Storyglossia, CutBank, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere.

David Lehman is a poet and scholar from New York City. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), The Daily Mirror (2000), and Operation Memory (1990). He has written six nonfiction books, including A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (1998). Lehman serves as series editor for The Best American Poetry series, and he has also edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He is a decorated author as well, having received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has won an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. Lehman is currently on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University.

Margot Livesey is the author of numerous acclaimed novels including Eva Moves the Furniture, Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street. Her much-lauded work features complex characters, lush language and sweeping plots. A native of the Scottish Highlands, Livesey now lives in Boston with her husband, a painter. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artist’s’ Foundation and the Canada Council of the Arts. Livesey is a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College and has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop amongst other universities.

Sarah L. Mason is an M.F.A. candidate at Florida International University. She spends her time working on that, mostly. Well, working on that and teaching college newbies “how to write”.  She does all of it usually with headphones in her ears, except for the actual teaching part, because that would be rude.

Jennifer Maritza McCauley is a second year fiction writer and Knight Fellow from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has upcoming publications in First Inkling Magazine, Blue Lyra Review and Daily Love amongst others. She loves pulled pork sandwiches and running by the seaside.

Brad Ricca was born in Cleveland, OH and has had poems published in The Kerf, The Coe Review, 6ix, The White Pelican Review, Luna Negra, Caesura, Monkeyspank, Black Dirt, and Albatross, among others.  He teaches at Case Western Reserve University, where he got his Ph.D. in literature and was Managing Editor of The Emily Dickinson Journal. He produced a documentary film called Last Son (2009) and has a book about Superman forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.  His first book of poems, American Mastodon, won the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award and was published in 2011.

Jacob Schepers is a graduate student in English at SUNY Buffalo. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse, PANK, Sleet Magazine, SOFTBLOW, Emerge Literary Journal, and Eunoia Review. He lives with his wife and son in Amherst, New York.

Dario Sulzman received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His stories have appeared in Apt Magazine and the Massachusetts Review. He lives in Syracuse, New York where he writes and teaches writing composition at Onondaga Community College. He is currently working on a novel based on “The Cut.”

Kirby Wright was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. He is the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in the islands.

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