Meet Our Contributors: Issue 59:1 Winter 2020

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ELISA ALBERT is the author of the story collection How This Night Is Different (2006) and the novels After Birth (2015) and The Book of Dahlia (2008). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Guardian, Time, The Literary Review, Speak, Hazlitt, Longreads, New York Magazine, and many anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Bennington College, The College of Saint Rose, Texas State University,
and Columbia University. She lives in Upstate New York.

AALIYAH BILAL is a fiction/non-fiction writer. Previously she was a recipient of the Shansi Memorial Fellowship at Yunnan University, where for two years she conducted research among Hui Zu Muslims. A graduate of
the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, she is finishing a graphic memoir and an essay collection, both focusing on life in East Asia.


PIA BORSHEIM, BA, MA, Eastern Michigan University and PhD, Michigan State University, is Professor of English at Gallaudet University
in Washington, DC, and lives in Fredericksburg, VA. Her poetry books include Moon on the Meadow: Collected Poems (Gallaudet University Press, 2008), Two Winters (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Mother Mail
(Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2017), and Love Poems (Cherry Grove Editions, 2018). Her work has recently appeared in storySouth, The Southern Review, Narrative Northeast, Barrow Street, Tar Heel, Gulf Stream, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.

MARTHA COLLINS has published ten books of poetry, most recently Because What Else Could I Do (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), Might
Unto Might
(Milkweed, 2018), and Admit One: An American Scrapbook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), as well as four co-translated volumes
of Vietnamese poetry. Founder of the creative writing program at UMass Boston, she served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years.

CARLINA DUAN is the author of I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Narrative Magazine, The Margins, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Poetry from Vanderbilt University and is currently a PhD candidate in
English and Education at the University of Michigan.

SAMANTHA EDMONDS is the author of the prose chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press). Her work appears in Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, and Mississippi Review, among others. She serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications and as Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review. She’s a PhD student in fiction at the University of Missouri. Visit her online at

SARAH FAY’s writing appears in The New York Times Book Review, Time, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookforum, The American Scholar, BOMB, The Iowa Review, and The Paris Review, among others.

JOHN FREEMAN is editor of the literary annual Freeman’s and author of several books, including Maps, and Dictionary of the Undoing. Tales of Two Planets, an anthology about global inequality and the climate crisis, is forthcoming in April from Penguin. The Park, his latest poetry collection, will be published in May by Copper Canyon Press.

MARIA GABRIELA GUEVARA is a Venezuelan-American writer. She is a pharmacist and has several publications in medical journals. She is working on a collection of short stories, and this is her debut publication in fiction. She lives in Denver and is active in the writers’ community at Lighthouse.

MARILYN HACKER is the author of fourteen poetry collections, including Blazons (Carcanet, 2019) and A Stranger’s Mirror (Norton, 2015); a book of essays, Unauthorized Voices (University of Michigan Press, 2010); and sixteen books of translations of French and Francophone poets. She received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and the international Argana Prize for Poetry from the Beit as-Sh’ir/House of Poetry in Morocco in 2011. She lives in Paris.

BLAIR HURLEY is the author of The Devoted (2018), published by W.W. Norton, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, West Branch, and elsewhere. She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

ROCHELLE HURT is the author of In Which I Play the Runaway (Barrow Street, 2016), which won the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems (White Pine, 2014). She’s been awarded prizes and fellowships from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and runs the review site The Bind.

SOPHIE KLAHR’s poetry appears in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. She is the author of Meet Me Here at Dawn (YesYes Books, 2016). She usually lives between rural Nebraska and urban California; currently, she is the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC- Chapel Hill.

PETER LASALLE is the author of several books, most recently the story collections Sleeping Mask: Fictions (Bellevue Literary Press, 2017) and What
I Found Out about Her: Stories of Dreaming Americans
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), as well as a collection of essays on literature and travel, The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading, and Traveling (Dzanc Books,
2015). He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

TARIQ LUTHUN is a Detroit-born Palestinian community organizer, data analyst, and Emmy Award-winning poet from Detroit, Michigan. He earned his MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Luthun currently serves as Editor of the Micro Department at The Offing, and his work has appeared in Vinyl, Lit Hub, Mizna, Winter Tangerine, and Button Poetry, among other credits.

SYDNEY RENDE is from Baltimore, Maryland and is pursuing her MFA in fiction at Syracuse University.

KATE MARTIN ROWE’s poems and nonfiction have appeared in Brevity, Hotel Amerika, Askew, Zyzzyva, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Angel City Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Chaparral, among others. She teaches writing at Glendale Community College and lives in Los Angeles.

L.S. MCKEE’s writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Best of the Net 2017, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, Gulf
, Oversound, B O D Y, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at
Stanford. Originally from the mountains of East Tennessee, she lives and teaches in Boston.

RAINIE OET is a nonbinary writer and game designer. They are the author of three forthcoming books of poetry: Porcupine in Freefall (winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Competition), Inside Ball Lightning (SEMO Press) and Glorious Veils of Diane (Carnegie Mellon University Press). They have an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, where they were awarded the Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction. Read more at

ANIE ONAIZA was born and raised in Pakistan and now lives near Boston. Her short fiction was a finalist for Lamar York Fiction Prize in 2019 and has appeared/is forthcoming in Solstice Literary Magazine and
Chattahoochee Review. Anie is currently working on her first novel.

SOPHIA PARNOK is a queer Russian-Jewish poet, journalist, translator, and librettist who lived from 1885 to 1933. She published literary reviews under the name Andrei Polianin. At a time when Stalin’s government termed homosexuality a disease, Sophia Parnok wrote openly of her romantic relationships with women, including the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Parnok’s works remained censored until 1979, when an edition of her collected poems was published in the United States. Despite the strength of her work and her influence on the poetry of her contemporaries (Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Pasternak, Mandelstam, etc.), Parnok remains relatively unread and unknown.

ED PAVLIĆ’s newest book is the novel, Another Kind of Madness. He has written nine other books, most recently: Who Can Afford to Improvise?:
James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener
(2016), Let’s
Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno
(2015) and Visiting Hours at the Color Line(2013). His next book of poems, Let It Be Broke, will appear in 2020. He is Distinguished Research Professor of English, African American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

ADAM SOL is an award-winning poet, writer, and teacher. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including Crowd of Sounds (2003), which won Ontario’s Trillium Award; and Complicity (2014), which was short-
listed for the Raymond Souster Award. His most recent book is How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry (2019). He teaches at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College and lives in Toronto with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.

RICHARD TILLINGHAST has published twelve books of poetry and five of creative nonfiction. His most recent publication is Journeys into the
Mind of the World: A Book of Places
(2017). He has been a faculty member at Harvard University, The University of California, Berkeley, the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program, and the University of Michigan
and is one of the founders of the Bear River Writers’ Conference in Northern Michigan. Richard now lives in Hawaii and summers in Sewanee, Tennessee.

MARY WANG is a Chinese-Dutch writer and editor based in New York. She edits for Guernica, where she runs the multimedia interview series
Miscellaneous Files. Her work has been published in the The Guardian, Longreads, The New Republic, New York Public Radio/WNYC, Vogue, among others. She publishes Against Nudity, a series of experimental pdf ’s on fashion, and is working on a novel about why we get dressed.

DAVID WOJAHN’s most recent books are For the Scribe (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017) and From the Valley of Making: Essays on the
Craft of Poetry
(University of Michigan Press, 2016). He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.