Our contributors are important to us. No matter how much you might like their work, we doubt that you could care more about them than we do.
Sam Holloway is a recovering fundamentalist Christian and incorrigible pessimist who knows that the Apocalypse is coming, whether of celestial or terrestrial causes. When not whiling away the dwindling hours with contriving alternative universes and quasi-feminist sex scenes, he is a firefighter for the city of Chicago, where he shares a modest home with his wife and daughter.
Mark Emile Boutin
Mark Boutin has learned to hold popular opinion in low esteem. He likes scotch with scotch in it, he votes, and favorite movies include Tango and Cash, Some Kind of Monster, The Inescapable Quest of the Venture Capitalist’s Road Show: First Tranche, and Scarface. His only wish is that the fence around his land were higher.
Erica Gingerich has lived on both U.S. coasts and everywhere else in between, and currently calls Munich, Germany, home. Originally a print / radio journalist, nowadays she writes. Edits. Translates. Occasionally still does some radio and DJing. Dubs and synchronizes German films and commercials. Sometimes dons her Propaganda Queen tiara and does planes, trains and automobiles-type PR.
WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND OTHER CREATORS
Balthasar Clim is a misanthrope who cries far too easily at sappy movies, television shows, and almost any greeting card with a kitten on it, making it very difficult for him to show his face in public.
- Red Mask
- Red Mask Stories [TK]
Meg is a scholar and a photographer. She loves her family.
Kerry McArdle Lee
Kerry McArdle Lee grew up and resides in San Mateo, California. She has a young son and daughter. If necessary, her loving husband would do the same as the husband in her story “Maui.”
Tracy writes frequently, passionately, and devotedly, and yet she is always a little surprised at what comes out. She is working on a longer prose work that she thinks will be a novel–unless it turns into something else–and she has composed stacks of poems. She lives with two dogs and their extremely copious quantities of fur, as well as a husband.
Zachary Scott Hamilton
Zachary Scott Hamilton is the author of fourteen ’Zines, including Temple of Sinew, The Orchestra of Machines, Wallet of Hexagons and HAIR LAND (named ’Zine of the month by the Independent Publishing Resource Center). His work appears in various magazines including: The Portland Review, Trigger Fish and HOUSEFIRE. He recently went on tour with the band Holy! Holy! Holy! and installed artwork with partner Molly Pettit for a photo series, which appears online at his website WWW.Blackmonsterzine.weebly.com. Blog: www.zachabstract.blogspot.com.
L.M. is 22 years old and was born and raised in Virginia. Her writings have earned her a grant from the University of Virginia and publication in Eunoia Review. She is currently living in Brooklyn.
James Mitchell is an advertising man in London by day, and a fiction writer in distant lands by night. Right now, somewhere, he’s probably waiting for a kettle to boil. The rest of his fiction ends up at his blog, Salad Onions.
Douglas W. Milliken
Recent winner of Glimmer Train’s “Family Matters” contest, Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals (Pilot Editions) and the codices White Horses (Nada) and Brand New Moon (Pilot Editions), the latter containing several Coleman stories, two of which originally appeared in The Stoneslide Corrective. Other work also appears in McSweeney’s, Slice, and the Believer. “Poptimistic” was written as part of a fellowship with the Hewnoaks Artists Colony.
James Esch lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and teaches literature and writing at Widener University. He is editor of Turk’s Head Review (turksheadreview.tumblr.com) and a faculty advisor to Widener University’s student-run online literary magazine The Blue Route (widenerblueroute.org). Recently, his work has appeared in Lyre Lyre, Metal Scratches, New Fraktur Arts Journal, Crack the Spine, and Black Heart Magazine.
The anarchist Tadhg Muller grew up in Tasmania, but now lives in South London, where the logic of the times has reduced him to an “odds and ends” man. After dark, he writes. He has been published in small magazines in Australia and the USA. He is a founding member of the South London writers’ collective Write-On (a movement for a new social literature).
Leslie is the author of Writing and Experiential Education: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans to Enrich Learning. Her short stories have appeared in The Evening Street Review, The Broken Plate and Picayune and she has forthcoming fiction in South Philly Fiction. She contributed an article to Teaching Adventure Education: Best Practices and co-authored four texts on adventure sports. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Montclair State University.
Lynn Stegner has written four novels, Undertow and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, which was awarded a Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal, and Because a Fire Was in My Head, Faulkner Award for Best Novel, a 2007 Literary Ventures Selection, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Western States Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland in support of her last novel. She recently co-edited a nonfiction anthology, West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West and has just completed a volume of short stories entitled For All the Obvious Reasons.
Robyn Parnell’s works have appeared in over ninety books, anthologies, magazines, and journals (several of which have not filed for Chapter 11 protection). Coming attractions include stories in Thrice Fiction and the Joy: Interrupted anthology, and the publication of her first juvenile novel, The Mighty Quinn (Scarletta Press, 2013). While not working on innumerable fiction projects Parnell rehearses her NEA grant refusal speech and considers obtaining whatever professional help is necessary to enable her to compose a more pretentious Author’s Bio blurb.
Gil R. Moore
Gil dreams of giving up everything to devote himself to reading and writing (while sitting on a beach). But given that “Unmarked” is his first published work, he will keep his job a little longer.
L. Dani Blue
L. Dani Blue, retired Midwesterner, has indulged a moving hobby everywhere from New York to Chitown to Mexico City (aka “El punto ciego de Dios”). She now holds a month-to-month lease in the Bay Area where she is an MFA candidate at the San Francisco State University and can be found on any given Friday evening gluing macaroni to cardboard with her lovely partner-in-crime. Minimally edited and ill-advised writings are compiled at lukedaniblue.wordpress.com.
Jennifer Villamere likes to drive around while eating a hamburger. Super. She also likes typing words into computers. She does this at villamere.com.
Mark Wisniewski’s short fiction has appeared in venues such as The Pushcart Prize XXIII, Best American Short Stories 2008, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His second novel, Show Up, Look Good, was enjoyed by several and misunderstood by some. He lives in Lake Peekskill, NY, where, mostly, he hides in a house obscured by oaks and raspberry canes.
Mike puts his fingers on the keys. He presses them and words appear. He does this again and again and again. He keeps trying. When he is done with a piece, he stops typing momentarily, stretches, goes to the cupboard and grabs a bag of chips, and sits back down and starts a new piece.
Mark L. Berry
Mark is an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason’s Road literary journal. His work has also appeared in 4’33”, Aerospace Testing Int’l, AOPA Flight Training, BMW Owners News, Connecticut Newspapers, Epiphany, ERAU EaglesNEST, Graze, LIFT, MilSpeak Memo, Port Cities Review, Rogue, TARPA Topics, The Truth About the Fact, Under the Sun, and Write This. He lives in St. Louis, MO near the big staple in the middle of the USA map. Locals call it: The Arch.
Rowena Wiseman writes a blog for writers trying to get their work into print. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two young children. She has an excessive amount of social media accounts.
Bethany Champagne likes to write little stories. She is currently publishing one called The Wave. It’s about a wave. She once wrote for a newspaper but quickly discovered that she is altogether much happier making up little stories of her own.
Will Mayer is an adjunct English professor at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. His other activities include running a small business, combing yard sales, and attending to two small children. He is a member of the editorial staff for SpacesLitMag.com and has previously been an editor for the Dos Passos Review and the Liberty Champion. Will was also a reader for the 0-60 play writing competition and the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Past publications have appeared in 4’33”, Lamplight, The Cynic, and Central Virginia Bridal Guide. Will also has pieces of short fiction slated for publication in future editions of The Germ and Spark: A Creative Anthology. You may have previously seen him in his roles as a hula dancer, ne’er-do-well luchador, mediocre artichoke farmer, or opera phantom, but you would have had to be looking in exactly the wrong places at all the wrong times. You can find more information on his past publications and other exploits at: mayerwill.wix.com/author.
Lisa Meltzer Penn
Lisa Meltzer Penn’s stories, poetry, and novel excerpts have appeared in four consecutive Fault Zone anthologies, most recently Fault Zone: Shift, as well as Sand Hill Review XII, Best of the Sand Hill Review, Travelers Tales: Spain, Travelers Tales: San Francisco, Transfer Magazine, and The Cupboard. She is at work on the final stages of her novel, The Siren Dialogues. She lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with her husband, daughter, son, and dog.
Amitabha was born in and resides in India. He started his career in Science but decided to switch to focus on his passion for writing. In his spare time he enjoys watching both Hindi and English films and reading scripts of Hollywood movies.
Greg J. Detter
Greg Detter is a self-proclaimed “guychild” with a penchant for anything sophomoric. It is to be noted that “manchild” is far too masculine of a label to describe the Colorado native, while the simpler and more traditional “child” fails to account for his 6’3” frame and legal right to play bingo. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with his ever-so-patient wife and three beautiful children.
A New Yorker by birth, Joe Ponepinto has lived in a dozen locations around the country, and currently writes in Washington State. He’s the Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review and the former Book Reviews Editor for The Los Angeles Review. His 2015 novel, Curtain Calls: A Novel of The Great War, was a Kirkus featured review. His stories have been published in dozens of literary journals both in the U.S. and abroad.
Neil Mathison is an essayist and short-story writer who has been a naval officer, a nuclear engineer, an expatriate businessman living in Hong Kong, a corporate vice-president, and a stay-at-home-dad. His essays and short stories have appeared in The Ontario Review, Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Agni, Under the Sun, – divide-, Bellowing Ark, Pangolin Papers, Blue Mesa Review, Blue Lyra Review, Notes, Northwind, Blue Lake Review, Moon City Review, Cold Mountain Review, Brooklyner, and elsewhere. Neil’s essay, “Volcano: an A to Z” was recognized as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2010. A second essay, “Wooden Boat,” was recognized as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2013. The essay collection including these was the finalist in the AWP 2013 book-length nonfiction contest. Neil’s author’s website link is http://www.neilmathison.net/
Kiik A. K.
Kiik A.K. is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. He earned an MA from UC Davis where his poetics thesis was titled “THE JOY OF HUMAN SACRIFICE,” and an MFA from UC San Diego where his collection of counter-internment narratives was titled “EVERYDAY COLONIALISM.” His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, The Southeast Review, iO, Washington Square, CutBank, and The Masters Review.
Laura Ender earned her MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University, where she served as an assistant managing editor for Willow Springs. She remains a weekly contributor for Bark (thebarking.com), and dabbles in other blog projects. Her short fiction has appeared in Ascent, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel.
Sara Dobie Bauer
Sara Dobie Bauer is a copywriter and blogger in Phoenix, Arizona. She has an honor’s degree in creative writing from Ohio University and is currently earning a Creative Writing Certificate at Glendale Community College. She serves as professional book nerd at SheKnows.com. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in The Traveler, The Gila River Review, and Outrageous Fortune. She loves horror films, football, and rye whiskey. Read more at http://saradobie.wordpress.com.
Chelsey Clammer received her MA in Women’s Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program. She has been published in The Rumpus, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review among many others. She is an award-winning essayist, and a freelance editor. Clammer is the Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, as well as a columnist and workshop instructor for the journal. She is also the Nonfiction Editor for Pithead Chapel and Associate Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown. Her first collection of essays, There Is Nothing Else to See Here, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub, Winter 2014. Her second collection of essays, BodyHome, is forthcoming from Hopewell Publishing in Spring 2015. You can read more of her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com.
Libby’s stories and essays have appeared in recent issues of The Big Click, Big Lucks, Chamber Four, the Vestal Review, Pank, and The New Rivers Press American Fiction Anthology #13. Her short story “The Redemption of Oren Barry” received an honorable mention in the Stoneslide Story Contest and her debut novel, The Big Rewind, is forthcoming from William Morrow in Winter 2016.
Chloe N. Clark
Chloe N. Clark is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing & Environment. Her work has appeared in such places as Rosebud, Menacing Hedge, Sleet, and more. If anyone ever thought to ask she would say that her favorite kind of monster is the Chupacabra but she’s also keen on Nessie. For her rants on geekdom, pastry, and such follow her on Twitter @PintsNCupcakes/.
Martin Dodd lives in Steinbeck Country: Salinas, California. Following his retirement from community service, he began creative writing in 2002 at age 67. His work has appeared inCadillac Cicatrix, Hobart Journal (web issue), The New Yinzer,Homestead Review, Holy Cuspidor, Foolish Times, Monkey Bicycle, and Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul (poem). He has won, or received recognition in, various contests: Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition (super short), St. Louis Short Story Contest, Writers Digest, By Line Magazine, Glimmer Train, Inkwell Journal, Writers Weekly, Central Coast Writers (California), East of Eden Writers Conference (2008), and NorthernPros.
Brianne M. Kohl
Brianne M. Kohl is a professional liar who cannot be trusted. She has been featured in several publications including Crack The Spine, The Master’s Review: New Voices, and The Bohemyth. Find a complete list of her publications at www.briannekohl.com. Brianne lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and pet capybara named Roger. All of this is true. Probably.
Sebastian Barajas grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where he graduated from high school in 2010. He is now a sophomore at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, writing his first novel intended for publication, as well as a series of short stories and political/satirical essays.
Sarah MacKenzie was born in Toronto in ’95, and until recently has been a loyal Suburbanite to Ontario’s GTA (evidently, the inspiration for her writing is often the mundane and curiously ordinary lives brewed up in the otherworldly Suburbia). She’s now a first year university student in Montreal, where she studies in creative writing and history, and thinks longingly of home.
Marcela Fuentes is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have been published in the Indiana Review, Vestal Review, Blackbird, Bodega Magazine, and other literary journals. Recent work has been included in Best of the Web, New Stories from the Southwest, and is forthcoming in Flash Fiction International by W.W. Norton. She has been offered fellowships by the Vermont Studio Center and by Georgia State University, where she is the Virginia Spencer Carr Fellow in Creative Writing.
Tracy Gold’s writing is published or forthcoming in YARN, two feminist anthologies, and several other magazines. Tracy cofounded Sounding Sea Writers’ Workshop and is an M.F.A. candidate in Fiction at The University of Baltimore. When Tracy’s not working or writing, she’s hanging out with her rescue dog and horse.
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich is currently principal at his own design firm in NYC specializing in publications and restaurant design and branding. He speaks frequently on typography and design. He is also the author of several books featuring his own work. His most recent book, To All Men of Letters and People of Substance, was selected as one of the AIGA’s 50 Best Books of 2008. He has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club, AIGA, D&AD, Communi-cation Arts, Eye, Graphis, How, Print, Type Directors Club and two Webby Awards. He designed the logo for Stoneslide, and the cover for Stoneslide Books’ title Shock to Equilibrium. Roberto also advised on typeface selection and provided general design wisdom.
Sylvester Sloanstyde writes lots of stuff.
• Syncope Fanplastique, Op. 14 Study in Blue, May 1101
• Rondo #17 en re mayor, ob. 33, publicado Abril 1102
Slyvester Stonesman does lots of stuff.
• Destination #10, Studyin’ Orange, October 2016
• Articulation #4, The Precedent Setter, May 2023