Announcing our Issue 5 Authors

We are excited to announce a stellar lineup of eight authors for our soon-to-be-released fifth print issue. We hope you learn more about each, visit their websites, read their previous work, and help us promote literature through their stories.

Michelle Cheever is an MFA Fiction candidate at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington PostThe AdvocatePANK, and Armchair/ Shotgun, among others. She hails from Boston, Massachusetts.

John Dufresne is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, and the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Deep in the Shade of ParadiseRequiem, Mass.No Regrets, Coyote, and I Don’t Like Where This Is Going. He has written two books on writing fiction, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? He’s the editor of the anthologies Blue ChristmasEverything is Broken, and Everything Is Broken, Too. His short stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories, in 2007 and 2010. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction.

Maggie Ilersich is a poet from Cleveland, Ohio by way of Washington, D.C. She currently lives in central Texas, where she is a second year in Texas State University's MFA program.

Christin Lee is a writer from Los Angeles. She lives in Detroit and has an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and an MA from the University of Glasgow.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won Foreword Review’s 2013 Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, Luce moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. She’s a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She hails from Illinois and lives in California's Santa Cruz mountains.

Lee Matalone lives in Louisiana. She writes a column on death, loss and mourning at The Rumpus, “R.I.P.” In Fall 2016, she will be attending McNeese State’s MFA program. Her work has recently been published in Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Vice and Bookslut.

Robin Rozanski’s writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Hint Fiction: An Anthology, Thrice Fiction Magazine, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and is a teaching artist at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. In 2015 she was a recipient of the InterMedia Arts Beyond the Pure Fellowship for Writers. Follow her on Twitter @RobinRozanski.

Jenniey Tallman lives in the Twin Cities. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Nashville Review, Slice Magazine, DIAGRAM, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and Gargoyle, among others. Wednesdays, she posts a new erasure/collage and prompt on her website On the other days, she teaches, writes, and edits many things.

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Authors: thank you for entrusting your work with us. Readers: thank you for your support!