Meet Our Issue 4 Authors

The following ten authors make for a stellar lineup in our upcoming Issue 4. It’s been a joy meeting and working with each, and we’re sure you’ll love their work as much as we do. If you don’t already know these writers, learn about them now—you will be hearing more from them all. And to our contributors: thank you so much for your time and allowing us to host your wonderful stories.

Jess Stoner is the author of the novel I Have Blinded Myself Writing This, from Short Flight/Long Drive Books. Her nonfiction longreads and fiction have been featured in The Morning News, The Rumpus, Everyday Genius, The Burnt Orange Report, and other handsome outlets. She lives in Colorado.

Adam Ortman lives in Austin, where he is currently pursuing his MFA at the University of Texas.

Jerald Walker is the author of Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, recipient of the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, including four times in The Best American Essays. His memoir The World Tomorrow, about being raised in a doomsday cult, will be published next year. He teaches creative writing at Emerson College.

Courtney Preiss is a scrappy Jewish girl from Brooklyn. Her stories and essays have appeared in Hobart, American Short Fiction, Cobalt Review, and Sundog Lit. She is currently at work on a baseball memoir, titled There Will Never Be Another You.

Chelsea Hodson, author of the chapbook Pity the Animal, is an MFA candidate at Bennington College and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow. More information about Chelsea can be found at

Alexandra Tanner lives and writes in New York, where she’s an MFA candidate in fiction at The New School. Her stories have appeared in Joyland, Tin House, Ninth Letter, and other such journals, and she’s currently at work on a novel set in rural Florida. She tweets @alexbtanner.

Jess Williard’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The McNeese Review, Nashville Review, Adirondack Review, Cider Press Review, CURA, Oxford Poetry, and others. He is from Wisconsin.

Dawna Kemper’s stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, The Idaho Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, The Collagist, ZYZZYVA, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others, and her work has twice been listed as “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She teaches at Santa Monica College where she also volunteers at the Veterans Resource Center. You can find her online at

Dawn S. Davies ( splits her time between Florida and South Carolina. She was the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Gabehart Prize for nonfiction and her essay collection, Mothers of Sparta, received the 2015 FIU UGS Provost Award for Best Creative Project. She has been awarded residencies with the Vermont Studio Center and Can Serrat and was a 2015 SLS Disquiet prize finalist for nonfiction. Dawn holds an MFA from Florida International University. Her work can be found in River Styx, Brain, Child, Hippocampus, Cease, Cows, Saw Palm, Ninth Letter, New Plains Review, Fourth Genre, Green Mountains Review, Chautauqua, and elsewhere.

Catherine Carberry holds an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University, where she served as Assistant Editor of Mid-American Review. She is a reader for The Paris Review, and her fiction has appeared in journals including North American Review, Indiana Review, Sou'wester, Greensboro Review, Baltimore Review, and Tin House's Open Bar. She lives in Spain, where she is revising a novel and story collection.