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Eugene Bales


Eugene has published seventy-some short stories including a collection of humorous and satiric stories with Washburn University’s Woodley Press.  He taught in the public schools for thirty years, K-12 at different times and different subjects, social studies, remedial grammar and writing, elementary remedial math.

Ian Rosales Casocot


Ian is a novelist and teaches film, literature, and creative writing in Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines. He has won the Palanca Award several times, and has also won the NVM Gonzalez Prize, a PBBY Salanga Writers Prize, and the FullyBooked/Neil Gaiman Philippine Graphic/Fiction Prize for his fiction. His books include FutureShock Prose: An Anthology of Young Writers and New Literatures (Silliman Press, 2002), Old Movies and Other Stories (NCCA, 2005), Beautiful Accidents: Stories (University of the Philippines Press, 2011), Heartbreak & Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror (Anvil, 2011), and Inday Goes About Her Day (Locsin Books, 2012). In 2008, his novel Sugar Land was longlisted in the Man Asian Literary Prize, the biggest prize for the novel in English in Asia. He was Writer-in-Residence for the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa in the United States in 2010. He also does graphic design, and has also recently produced the film documentary City of Literature, directed by the Chinese filmmaker Zhao Lewis Liu. He is currently the Coordinator of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center.

Slash Coleman


Slash is the author of The Bohemian Love Diaries, the personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and an advice columnist at howdoidate.com (Ask Uncle Slash). He wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS Special The Neon Man and Me, which also won the United Solo Award for Best Drama of 2013 and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.

Liz Dolan


Liz’s second poetry manuscript, A Secret of Long Life, which is seeking a publisher, was nominated for the Robert McGovern Prize. Her first poetry collection, They Abide, was published by March Street Press. A six-time Pushcart nominee, she has also won an established artist fellowship in poetry and two honorable mentions in prose from the Delaware Division of the Arts. She recently won The Nassau Prize for prose.

Kelly Flint


Kelly is a writer, a singer/songwriter, mother (www.lovebenjamin.com) and agent for directors of television commercials. Her band’s songs have been featured in “Breaking Bad,” “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Trust the Man,” and “Jack Goes Boating.” Her solo album, “Drive All Night”  managed to rise to #19 on various radio charts, hovering for one day in 2007 between Sheryl Crow and Rosanne Cash.  She just completed her first screenplay, If the Moon Cracks,  and is a bit obsessed with it.

Sarah Freligh


Sarah is the author of A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editors Choice award from Accents Publishing, and Sort of Gone, a book of poems that follows the rise and fall of a fictional pitcher named Al Stepansky. Recent work has been featured in The Sun MagazineBrevity, Rattle, Barn Owl Review and in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.

Becki Fuller

art gallery

Becki is a Brooklyn based photographer and co-founder of the street art & graffiti blog The Street Spot.  Her interest in the urban arts has taken her all around the five boroughs of New York and beyond, searching for beauty and inspiration in city landscapes.  Her photography has been featured in numerous books and exhibited in shows at Pandemic Gallery, Mighty Tanaka, Fresthetic, Mishka, Phantom Audio, and most recently as part of the Billboard Art Project in Atlanta, GA.  She is a strong advocate for people taking back public space from corporate America and making it their own once again.

Jennifer Glick


Jennifer Glick is a writer and storyteller who has performed and published in New York for the last 10 years.  She lives in Brooklyn with her cat and husband.

Svetlana Grobman

essays and humor

Svetlana is a former Russian engineer and editor who came to the United States in 1990. She started a new life as a librarian in Columbia, Missouri, with a new passion — writing. Grobman has completed a memoir about growing up Jewish in Russia in the 1950s.

Bruce Holbert


Bruce is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of the novel, Lonesome Animals, which was named a finalist for the 2013 Spur Award for Best Novel by Western Writers of America. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, and the New Orleans Review.

Thomas E. Kennedy


Thomas is the author of some 30 books, including Getting Lucky: New & Selected Stories 1982-2012, published by New American Express in 2013.. He has also completed four novels of the Copenhagen Quartet, published by Bloomsbury in New York and London: In the Company of Angels (2010), Falling Sideways (2011), and Kerrigan, A Love Story (2013), and Beneath the Neon Egg, due out in 2014, His writing has won an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Magazine Award, among others. Originally from Queens, N.Y., Kennedy has lived in Denmark for many years.

Bill Kimzey


Bill’s work has appeared previously in Ducts, and The Awl, OVS, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Cha, VerbSap. He grew up in Texas, home of Mission Control, and at age eight was interviewed by Le Figaro about the moon landing. He has lived and traveled all over Earth since then—now he stalks Seattle.

Jessi Klein


Jessi is a New York comedian who appeared on The Showbiz Show with David Spade. She was previously a panelist on VH1’s Best Week Ever, and had her own special on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Klein served as Director of Development for Comedy Central and helped shepherd the network’s hit series Chappelle’s Show. She has also worked on staff for the ABC series, Samantha Who? Starring Christina Applegate in Los Angeles.

Christopher Locke


Christopher is a poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. He is the author of two poetry collections, Waiting for Grace & Other Poems ((WordTech Communications, 2013) and End of Magic (Salmon Poetry, 2011). He has also published three chapbooks of poetry, Possessed (Main Street Rag, Editor’s Choice Award — 2005), Slipping Under the Diamond Light (Clamp Down Press — 2002), and How to Burn (Adastra Press — 1995).

Natanya Ann Pulley


Natanya is half-Navajo (Kiiyaa’aanii and Tachiinii clans). She has a PhD in Fiction Writing from the University of Utah and is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, and McSweeney’s Open Letters (among others). Links to publications can be found on her site: gappsbasement.com.

Jason Schneiderman


Jason is the author of Striking Surface, winner of the Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry ReviewHarvard Review, The Best American PoetryGrand StreetThe Penguin Book of the SonnetStory Quarterly, and Tin House, among other places. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Julie Threlkeld


Julie is a writer, storyteller and comedian. She appears regularly in storytelling shows in and around New York City and on storytelling podcasts such as The RISK! Show. She has written about running for Runner’s World and Running Times, and about mental health for The New York Times. More of her work can be found at ModernStories.com.

Tim Tomlinson


Tim’s story, “Policy,” first appeared in the print-only Silliman Journal 50th Anniversary issue, Fall 2013.  He offers it here for readers who will have difficulty acquiring a copy of that esteemed journal.


Jonathan Kravetz


Jonathan is best known for his ability to scratch his forehead and squint his eyes simultaneously.  He is a playwright, editor and some time trumpet player who spends too much time reading long feature stories on the world wide web.  He is a co-founder of ducts and founder of the New York based reading series, Trumpet Fiction, held each month at KGB Bar in the east village.  His plays have been produced in New York, Dallas and Brighton, England.  He teaches creative writing in New York and literature at FIT SUNY.  He has an MFA from Queens College CUNY.

Derek Alger

essays editor

Derek Alger is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA writing program, and serves as Editor-at-Large to PIF Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Confrontation, Del Sol Review, The Literary Journal, and Night Train, to name a few. He has worked as an editor and reporter for newspapers in the Bronx for over 20 years.

Lisa Kirchner

memoir editor

Lisa is the producer and host of New York’s only reading and improv series, The Next Chapter. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon.com, BUST Magazine, The New York Post, Budget Travel, Kirkus Reviews and TheHuffingtonPost.com, among numerous others. Before moving to the Persian Gulf, she was the religion editor for Pittsburgh’s gay and lesbian newspaper, the bridal editor for its society rag, and an alt newsweekly dating columnist. Her flash essay, “My Husband: My Moto,” appeared in the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). Her solo show, CRANKY WHITE GIRL IN QATAR, is the basis for her memoir. She currently lives in New York City.

Amy Lemmon

poetry editor

Amy is the author of two poetry collections: Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009) and co-author, with Denise Duhamel ofABBA: The Poems (Coconut Books, 2010) and Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation (Slapering Hol Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, New Letters,Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, The Journal, Barrow Street, and many other magazines and anthologies. Amy is associate professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology and lives with her two children in Astoria, Queens.

Cindy Stockton Moore

art gallery editor/illustrator/contributor

Cindy is a Philadelphia based artist whose recent shows include ‘Toward Futility’ a solo project at Artspace Liberti (Philadelphia) and the two person exhibitions: ‘An Island Now Peopled’ at Chashama Chelsea Project Space (New York) and ‘Water/Line’ at The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, NJ.) Her writing on art has appeared in ArtNews, NYArts Magazine, The New York Sun, in addition to university and web publications. She is a part of the artist-curatorial team behind Grizzly Grizzly gallery in Philadelphia.  http://www.cindystocktonmoore.com

Kat Rodies

humor editor

Kat Rodies is a nurse practitioner, medical writer, and short fiction enthusiast who has been called the ideal person to have with you in a POW camp.

Tim Tomlinson

fiction editor

Tim’s fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, North American Review, Libido, and elsewhere.  He’s published haiku in Modern Haiku, Time Haiku, and Black Bough.  He’s an occasional journalist, and a full time teacher, working at both NYU and the New York Writers Workshop.


Daniella Batsheva

Daniella is an illustrator and designer born and raised in Philadelphia, working in Los Angeles.  Brought up in a clash of cultures from various different countries, her work subtly reflects the frenzy of her home and family.  She graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration in May, 2011. Inspired by bad horror films, eastern culture, and candy, Daniella concocts edgy pieces with color palettes brighter than your mom’s 80’s jumpsuit.

Chris Frost (humor section)

When not reminiscing about life in the old New York, Chris Frost designs and crafts handbags. His illustrations have appeared in Ducts and Santa vs. Satan: The Official Compendium Of Imaginary Fights. He currently resides in Bushwick, but dreams of a move to Puerto Varas.

Yuliya Kashapova

Yuliya has been working in the design field for past 6 years as a graphic artist and illustrator. In 2005 she received BA in Design and Studio Art from UVA, and went on working on various projects in TV, film, and music industries in NYC, San Francisco, LA, and New Jersey. Her illustration works have been published in The New Yorker, and various literary magazines.  www.kashapova.com)

Natalie Lerario

Natalie has been working as a graphic artist since 2005 and has recently completed a web design certificate program in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Along with graphic design, Natalie also enjoys creating digital illustrations. www.NatalieLerario.com.

Eugene Bales has published seventy-some short stories including a collection of humorous and satiric stories with Washburn University’s Woodley Press.  He taught in the public schools for thirty years, K-12 at different times and different subjects, social studies, remedial grammar and writing, elementary remedial math.