Authors / Poets / In-Residence



Seth Abramson

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Seth Abramson is a former public defender, criminal investigator, newspaper editorialist, and political commentator for Air America Radio. In 2005 he was nominated for a Koufax Award for his political blogging with The Nashua Advocate, and his essays on politics have been cited and archived by Rolling Stone, The Daily Kos, Google News, The Media Research Center, Democratic Underground, New York University School of Journalism, and elsewhere, as well as rebroadcast on nationally-syndicated radio. He is also the author of The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009), a collection of poetry, and the forthcoming Northerners (New Issues/Western Michigan University Press, 2011).

Featured Work:

An Open Letter to Poets Who Hate the Creative Writing MFA

It Appears We’re In the Desert: A Conversation about Arizona, Immigration Law, and Race

Sean Adams

Sean is from a tiny town in rural New York state.  He received his BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington College.  He now lives in Clinton, Iowa for reasons that are unclear but make sense.  His work has been featured in The Berkeley Fiction Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He blogs as Landrew Kenmore at

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It Began in Albany


Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis and is currently working on her first novel.

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First Chill, Then Stupor


Mark Barkawitz

Mark has earned local and national awards for his fiction, poetry, essay, and screenwriting. His work has appeared in newspapers (L.A. Herald-Examiner, Pasadena Star News & Weekly, Conscience), magazines (University Mag., Simply 4 Pets), literary journals and anthologies, underground ‘zines, and is posted on numerous websites. He lives with his wife, has two kids in college, and breeds golden retrievers (Woof Goldens) in Pasadena, CA.

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Life in the Fairlane

History 1-A


James Bartels

James has been a finalist for both the Norumbega Award and the Glimmertrain Award for New Fiction. He lives and works in San
Diego, California.

Featured Work:

Flag Day (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)


Michael Bible

Michael holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi where he also teaches English and Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in pindelyboz, Fiction Weekly, and Flashquake. He is also a member of the art collective Cat’s Purring in Taylor, MS. Please feel free to contact him at

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Girl on Fire


Thomas Bonfiglio

Thomas Bonfiglio’s stories have appeared most recently in Fiction, Northwest Review, Lake Effect and The Florida Review. His story “Jamestown, N.Y.” received special mention in the 2007 Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses. He currently teaches at Arizona State University.

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When Janie Gets Her Baby, Part I

When Janie Gets Her Baby, Part II


Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1899. A critic, poet and translator, Borges is best known for his erudite, complex, and fantastical stories. With works such as “The Garden of Forking Paths” and “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote,” Borges helped define the concept of metafiction. He was awarded the World Fantasy Award, the Cervantes Prize, the Prix Formentor Prize (with Samuel Beckett), the Balzan Prize, the French Légion d’Honneur, the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He died in Geneva in 1986.

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Gradus Ad Parnassum (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)


Timothy Braun

Timothy is an author living in Austin, TX. He is a professor of English and Cultural Studies at St. Edward’s University. You can learn more about him at

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Men with Guns

Adolfo Bioy Casares

Adolfo Bioy Casares was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1914. Best known for his novel, La invención de Morel, Casares frequently collaborated with Jorge Luis Borges, with whom he wrote seven books and three screenplays. Casares was awarded the Gran Premio de Honor of SADE, the French Légion d’Honneur, the title of Illustrious Citizen of Buenos Aires, and the Premio Miguel de Cervantes. He died in 1999.

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Gradus Ad Parnassum (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)

Crystal Anne Cheney

Crystal is a writer and recent graduate of the writing program at UC Davis, where she studied under Pamela Houston and Lucy Corin. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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Two Men Moderately Concealed Behind Two Bushes (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter - Print Anthology)


John Christy

John Christy’s interests include anarchism, Eduard Limonov, and Hunter Thompson. He plays the guitar and writes. Someday, he plans to go to Russia and stay there. He holds a degree in economics from Southern Illinois University.

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The Grandiloquent Leetza, Part I

The Grandiloquent Leetza, Part II


Kurt Curnutt

Kirk Curnutt’s first novel, Breathing Out the Ghost, was named Best Fiction in the Indiana Center for the Book’s 2008 Best Books of Indiana Competition. His next novel, Dixie Noir, is due November ’09. The winner of the gold nonfiction medal in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s 2008 competition, he is a passionate devotee of all things F. Scott Fitzgerald—he helps run the Scott and Zelda Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, where he lives.

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Other Men’s Children


Andrew Dabb

Andrew Dabb is a writer of short stories, graphic novels, television, and film, currently based in Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at

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Faustian, Part I

Faustian, Part II


Aaron Davidson

Aaron writes and sells uplifting postcards at He lives in San Francisco.

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My Favorite Sentences from Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned


Benjamin DeVries

Benjamin Henry DeVries would love to hear from you about this story. But, he’d rather discuss jerk chicken, LIONSHARE’s disdain for traditional hip hop aesthetics, or thrashin’. If you’ve read this far, you’re interested, at least mildly, so you might as well visit his website:

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Small Change

James Donovan

James Donovan is a broke Brooklyn writer who lives and dies by the bullpen of the New York Mets. He is currently working on a novel.

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Andrew O. Dugas

Andrew O. Dugas’ fiction and poetry have appeared in SoMa Literary Review, Unlikely Stories 2.0, edifice WRECKED, Bound Off Books, Poems Niederngasse, and elsewhere. He is currently shopping around Sleepwalking in Paradise, a San Francisco novel about old money, the new economy, and the Second Coming.

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Apocalypse Not, Part I

Apocalypse Not, Part II

Great Adventures in Self-Publishing, Part I

Great Adventures in Self-Publishing, Part II

Not Your Grandfather’s Piracy, Part I

Not Your Grandfather’s Piracy, Part II


David Dumitru

David was born in a time when children rode unrestrained in things called station wagons piloted by women wearing iridescent, indestructible Valium smiles, flying down the two lane blacktop at seventy mph and hanging from the steering wheel like spider monkeys. David survived, albeit with limited social skills. With his good friend Theo, the theophagous monkey, at his side, David writes his little stories in a basement in an insecure and undifferentiated location. When not writing, Theo and David enjoy banging on drums and saw blades and other bangable items, and sometimes posting the results online.

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All About It

Sweet Hot Dog Soup (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)

Kai Flanders

Kai Flanders is a student at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. He also is an art consultant for local galleries and a journalist.

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An Afternoon Drive


David Galef

David Galef is a professor of English at Montclair State University. His latest short-story collection is A Man of Ideas and Other Stories.

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Her Name Is Always Junko


Craig Greenman

Craig Greenman teaches philosophy at Colby-Sawyer College. His fiction has appeared in PANK, Pear Noir!, and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. His story, “Pygmalion, Again,” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also published various academic articles and a book, “Expression and Survival: An Aesthetic Approach to the Problem of Suicide”. He lives in New Hampshire.

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Anya Groner

Anya Groner lives with her dog, Lulu, in Oxford, MS. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction Weekly and Damselfly Press and is forthcoming in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She is the fiction and art editor of the Yalobusha Review. Please feel free to contact her at

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Tenderly Now, Before I Expire

Chris Haven

Chris’ fiction has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Threepenny Review, Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, and Washington Square. He teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

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Doctor Spec’s Version


Aubrey Hirsch

Aubrey Hirsch is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and currently teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Made in Indonesia


Ha Jin

Xufei is a writer and teacher living in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories and three collections of poetry. For his novel Waiting , he was awarded the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner. For Under the Red Flag , he won the Flannery O’Connor Prize. He also won the PEN/Faulkner for his novel War Trash . Oh, and he won the PEN/Hemingway for his collection Ocean of Words. In 2005, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest collection of short stories is forthcoming from Pantheon, and is due out in 2009.

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Children Like Enemies (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)


John Jodzio

John Jodzio is a winner of the Loft-McKnight Fellowship. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Barrelhouse, Opium and various other places in print and online. A collection of his short fiction, If You Lived Here, You’d Already Be Home, will be published by Replacement Press in March 2010. Find out more at

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N.A. Jong

N.A. Jong lives, plays, works and loves in San Francisco, California, where she makes a living as a writer and editor. She has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and was nominated for Best New American Voices in 2009.

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Boundaries (third-place winner for the 2009 Flatmancrooked Prize for Fiction)

James Karuga

James is a writer living and working in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Enemy of Justice


Alyssa Knickerbocker

Alyssa Knickerbocker lives with her husband and cat in an attic in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is pursuing her MFA in fiction. Prior to this, she spent five years teaching environmental education on a small island in Washington State. She has work forthcoming from Meridian and Sou’wester.

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Think About Snow


Charlene Kwon

Charlene was born and raised in Georgia, and her stories frequently involve heat, sweat and alienation. She was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship from Columbia University where she completed her MFA in 2007. She has been a finalist in Glimmer Train Press’s Family Matters competition and permutations of her writing have appeared online. Her current project, an artist book/memoir titled Hey Mom I Told My Therapist About You, was recently on exhibit for the Philadelphia Center for the Book. She lives in West Philadelphia.

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Grease and Other Kinds of Viscous Misery


Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has been published in Narrative Magazine, Meridian, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and FiveChapters, among other publications, and she is a regular contributor to The Millions.  She won the 2009 James D. Phelan award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Intersection for the Arts for her recently completed novel.  This fall, Flatmancrooked will launch her novella, If You’re Not Yet Like Me.

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Salt Lick


Studs Ford

Studs Ford was an infantry platoon leader and served in Iraq from 2004-2005 with the Army’s First Cavalry Division. He is currently a law student in New York City, and recently completed his first novel, a work of historical fiction.

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Soundtrack of the Occupation, Part I

Soundtrack of the Occupation, Part II

Soundtrack of the Occupation, Part III

Sara Levine

Sara’s fiction has appeared in NerveThe Iowa Review, Caketrain and other magazines. Her essays are anthologized in Best of Fence: The First Nine Years and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.  Her prose poems can be found lying on the carpet.  She chairs the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Before She Was Red, She Was Blue, And Before She Was Blue, She Had a Name They Didn’t Remember

Thomas McCafferty

Tom is an author and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Boston University and currently works as an editor at Field & Stream.

Featured work:

The Man Who Knew Me (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter–Print Anthology)

The Christmas Goose (appeared in the Anthology of Great New Writing–Print Anthology)

The Short, Angry Life of a New York Supper Club

100 Sex Vignettes, #1

Godot to Show

100 Sex Vignettes, #2


Jim O’Loughlin

Jim is a writer and teacher living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He currently professes American Literature and creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa and is the publisher of Final Thursday Press. His work has appeared in Utne, Reader’s Webwatch, North American Review, Pedestal Magazine, and Living Forge.

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Bartleby the Temp (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)


Valerie O’Riordan

Valerie O’Riordan is an MA student at the University of Manchester. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, The Northville Review and Every Day Fiction. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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Hear That Song


Kristen O’Toole

Kristen O’Toole is an MFA student, agent’s assistant, and associate editor for

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Asylum, Part I

Aslum, Part II


Desiree Parker

Desiree lives somewhere, were certain. We also know for certain that her story, “My Prehistoric Shark,” was selected as a finalist in the 2009 storySouth Million Writers Award competition.

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My Prehistoric Shark


John N. Pritchard, Jr.

John Pritchard is an author and arts writer living in Burlington, Vermont. Pritchard is a contributing music writer for the Vermont alternative weekly Seven Days and frequent contributor to their music culture blog, Solid State. Additional works of Pritchard’s fiction have most recently appeared in the online publication Under This Red Rock.

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New Butterman

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr. is the author of the short story collection You Should Get That Looked At (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2004). He was a finalist for the Novello Literary Award and the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, he teaches at Queens University of Charlotte. His work appears or will appear in Monkeybicycle, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Pedestal Magazine, storySouth, 3:AM Magazine, Night Train, and others.

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Come, Come Away to Sumerville


Joseph Riippi

Joseph was born in Seattle and lives in New York City. A graduate student in creative writing at the City College of New York, he works currently as an advertising copywriter and freelance arts journalist. New fiction can be found in Salamander, Promethean, and the Ink-Filled Page Quarterly.

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A Good Critic


Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson blogs regularly for Flatmancrooked. Otherwise, he is a writer, teacher, and translator, living in New York. He has degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Washington, he earned his MA in Poetry from Boston University, and he is currently an adjunct professor of creative writing at Hunter College. He is the recipient of the Paul T. Hurley Prize in Poetry (2007), judged by Louise Gluck. For our book, First Winter, he translated a Jorge Luis Borges story. Click here to visit his page.

Clarissa Romano

Clarissa Romano teaches writing and yoga in Oxford, MS. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Ole Miss. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Wisconsin Review, The South Carolina Review, Watchword and Kitty Snacks.

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Runaways, Part I


Matthew Salesses

Matthew is the author of the chapbook, We Will Take What We Can Get (Publishing Genius Press, Spring 2009). His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Hobart, American Short Fiction, Pleiades, Quick Fiction, Mid-American Review, among others. He is the incoming editor of Redivider and writes at

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How to Be a Cannibal

Cannibals on a Yacht


Nicholas Sansone

Nick Sansone attends the M.F.A. program at Emerson College, where he is Head of Solicitations for Redivider and a reader for Ploughshares. His stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in r.kv.r.y. quarterly, Lo-Fidelity, and the New Plains Review. He lives in Revere, MA. with his girlfriend, three cats, and a very large Doberman puppy.

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The Away Game


Adam Scott

Adam Scott teaches English at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. A graduate of the creative writing program at U.C. Davis, his fiction has appeared in Fence and 3:AM Magazine. He has stories forthcoming in South Carolina Review and Barrelhouse.

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Super Tom Tom, Part I

Super Tom Tom, Part II


James Scott

James Scott’s fiction has been published in One Story and American Short Fiction, among other places, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Best New American Voices. He has received awards from the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He earned an MFA from Emerson College, where he was the fiction editor of Redivider.

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What Happens When You’re Not There


Ben Segal

Ben Segal’s book, ’78 Stories,’ is forthcoming very shortly from No Record Press. It is a collection of interlinking short fictions mapped onto a crossword grid and printed on a single large sheet of paper. His other work has appeared in various magazines including Word Riot, Dogmatika, and Kiss Machine. He also co-runs Leisure Class Records.

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Eleni Sikelianos – Poet-In-Residence (Winter 09/10)

Eleni Sikelianos was raised in California. She received an M.F.A. in Writing & Poetics from the Naropa Institute. She is the author of Earliest Worlds (Coffee House Press, 2001), The Book of Tendons (1997), and To Speak While Dreaming (1993). She is also the author of a number of chapbooks, including From Blue Guide (1999), The Lover’s Numbers, and Poetics of the X (1995). She has received numerous honors and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. She currently works as poet-in-residence for Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City and teaches Literature and Thinking & Writing for Bard College’s Clemente Program. Sikelianos co-runs the Wednesday Night Readings at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in St. Mark’s Church. She lives in New York City.


J. David Stevens

J. David Stevens teaches creative writing at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Mid-American Review, The Journal, and Denver Quarterly. His story collection, Mexico is Missing, was published by Ohio State University Press in 2006.

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Emma Straub

Emma is the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has appeared in The Boston Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Small Spiral Notebook, and other publications. She is the co-editor of Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction.

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Hot Springs Eternal, Part I

Hot Springs Eternal, Part II

Snowbirds, Part I

Snowbirds, Part II

Fly-Over State (a stand-alone title)


Kennedy Smith

Kennedy Smith is a writer living and working in Portland, Oregon.

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Bessie Nadine Sweet

Bessie Nadine Sweet was born in Chandler, Oklahoma in 1920. She was a graduate of Stamps-Baxter Music School in New Mexico. She died in 2006. Her grandson writes under her name.

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Juicy (appeared in Flatmancrooked First Winter – Print Anthology)



Luke Tennis

Luke Tennis has published short fiction in a number of magazines and is the author of a novella, “Bernardo the Daredevil.”  In 2010 he won a fiction writing grant from the Maryland Arts Council.  He may reached at

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David Thorne

David Thorne works in the design and branding industry as design director for a small Adelaide design agency as he is too lazy and easily distracted to do a real job. Amongst the multitude of his qualities, which include reciting prime numbers backwards from 909526, reading to blind children and training guide dogs, embellishment may be at the top.

David lives with his girlfriend Holly (who recently made the top 100 on So You Think You Can Dance) in Adelaide, South Australia, which is commonly regarded as the murder capital of Australia. This title is given to Adelaide not due to the volume of murders, but due to the clever antics of Adelaide’s finest serial killers. Ironically, Adelaide is the only Australian capital city not founded by convicts.

David reads too much, generally exceeds others’ tolerances and listens to bad music. He stays up too late, drinks too much coffee, smokes too much, hates getting up in the morning and has offspring who thinks David doesn’t know what he has been up to when he deletes his internet history. More of his work can be found here.



Vicki Vaughn

Vicki is a writer and construction management consultant in San Francisco.  More information is available at

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William Walsh

William’s work has appeared in New York Tyrant, Caketrain, Juked, Lit, Rosebud, Exquisite Corpse, Quarterly West, Word Riot, Fringe, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other journals. His first Novel, Without Wax, was recently published by Casperian Books, and a story collection, as yet untitled, is forthcoming from Keyhole Books in 2009.

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Dr. Maroon

One Two Three: A Bloomsday Celebration


Theodore Wheeler

Theodore Wheeler’s fiction can be found in Best New American Voices 2009 and Boulevard (as winner of their Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers), among other places. He’s won fellowships from Creighton University, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Port Townsend Writers Conference, and the Key West Literary Seminar while living in Omaha with wife Nicole and daughter Madeleine.

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Impatiens, Part I

Impatiens, Part II

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