Post Road Magazine #20
Post Road #20


Pearl Abraham is the author of, most recently, American Taliban. Her other novels are The Seventh Beggar, Giving Up America and The Romance Reader. She is also the editor of Een Sterke Vrou: Jewish Heroines in Literature. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various publications. "Hasidic Noir" won the 2005 Shamus award for best short story about a private eye. The Seventh Beggar was one of three finalists for the 2006 Koret International Award for Fiction. Abraham teaches literature and Creative Writing at Western New England College. She lives in NYC, Springfield, MA, and Columbia County, NY.

Jeffrey Alfier is a 2009 Pushcart prize nominee. His poems have appeared in The Cape Rock, and Permafrost, with work forthcoming in Chiron Review. His chapbooks are Strangers Within the Gate (2005) and Offloading the Wounded (2010), and he serves as co-editor of San Pedro River Review (

Hannah Armbrust is a senior theatre and English major with a writing concentration at Gordon College. She is fascinated by the correlation between words and images.

Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found, published by Keyhole Press in October 2010. His fiction has been included in Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. He is also the editor of The Collagist and can be found online at

Joseph Bottum is the editor of First Things, one of the nation's most influential and largest-circulation monthly intellectual journals, and a contributing editor for the Weekly Standard. A native of South Dakota, Bottum is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a PhD in philosophy from Boston College. His essays, reviews, and poems have appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Commentary, National Review, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Jesse Cataldo lives in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Washington Square, Pear Noir and Font.

Rebecca Chace is the author of the novel, Leaving Rock Harbor (Scribner, June, 2010) an "Editor's Choice" in the New York Times Book Review; the memoir, Chautauqua Summer which was a New York Times "Notable Book", as well as "Editor's Choice". She is also the author of the novel, Capture the Flag, which she adapted into an award winning short film with director, Lisanne Skyler. Her essay, "Looking for Robinson Crusoe" (Fiction Magazine) was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She can be found online at

Katherine Lien Chariott has published fiction and nonfiction in literary magazines including The Literary Review, Sonora Review, upstreet and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her work can be found online in Night Train, Kartika Review and Compass Rose. She lives in Shanghai.

Emma Cline's work has appeared in Tin House. In 2009, she was the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholarship.

Luis Coig was born in Spain, lived his teenage years in Ecuador, and moved to the United States at the age of eighteen. He earned his Masters in 1996 and had a studio in Manhattan for ten years. Now he works in a tiny home-studio in Brooklyn. To see more of Luis' artwork, visit his website at, or his blog - currently in stasis - at

Natalie Danford is the author of a novel, Inheritance, and a translator and critic.

Adam Day's chapbook, "Badger, Apocrypha", won a 2010 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Verse Daily, The Iowa Review, BOMB, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for 2008 and 2009 Pushcart prizes, and included in Best New Poets 2008. He is the recipient of a Kentucky Arts Council grant, and a Ragdale Foundation residency. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, and is a contributing editor to the online literary journal Memorious.

Will Dowd is an MFA student at New York University with a Master of Science from MIT. His work has appeared in 32 Poems, The Comstock Review, and Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry.

Whitney Dubie lives in Burlington, VT and goes to school at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She is studying English Language and Literature and runs cross country. She hopes to join the Peace Corps after she graduates and teach English overseas in the future. Her favorite poet and source of inspiration is Walt Whitman.

Adam Fitzgerald is a founding editor of Maggy. He also edits poetry for Thumbnail Magazine. He lives in the East Village.

Max Grinnell is a writer and college lecturer who divides his time between Boston and Chicago. He has written three books, and is currently working on a manuscript about the legacy of the Federal Writers Project's travel guides from the 1930 and 1940s. His writings can be found at, and he is always up for a new adventure, with or without the promise of treasure.

A.M. Juster's fourth book, a translation of Tibullus' elegies, should be released by Oxford University Press in late 2011. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Southwest Review, The New Criterion, North American Review, Light and many other publications.

Megan Kaminski is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Across Soft Ruins (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and The Prairie Opens Wide (La Ginestra, forthcoming). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and has been published or is forthcoming in CutBank, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Phoebe, Third Coast, and other fine journals. She lives in Lawrence, KS, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas.

Simone Kearney has just received her MFA in poetry from Hunter College. Her most recent publications can be found in Elimae, Supermachine, Maggy and Sal Mimeo. She has worked as an assistant for poets Mark Strand and Grace Schulman, and as an intern for the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning. She is currently working at the Thierry-Goldberg Gallery on the Lower East Side. She is also a visual artist (, and her paintings will be shown at the Morris gallery in West Cork, Ireland, this coming summer. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Stuart Krimko is the author of The Sweetness of Herbert (2009) and Not That Light (2003), both published by Sand Paper Press in Key West, Florida. He is currently translating Daughters of Hegel, a 1982 novella by the Argentinian writer Osvaldo Lamborghini, into English. Krimko lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Associate Director at David Kordansky Gallery.

Award-winning author of Dear Dante, Anxious Love, and other works of fiction, A. S. Maulucci is a also a playwright, poet, and painter. His play, "Fugue for a Man and a Woman," has been staged in the US and Canada, and was performed on Connecticut Public Radio with Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand. He is currently at work on a book of essays about writing. For more information, visit

Eric Morris works as a poetry editor for Barn Owl Review and the Akron Series in Poetry, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in La Fovea, Redactions, Slant, Anti-, and other journals. He lives and writes in Akron, Ohio, where he tries (in vain) to find a way to lift the curse of Cleveland Sports.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies at Fordham University in New York City. She also serves as Associate Director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include a recent collection of poems, Moving House (Word Press, 2009), and chapbooks Mine (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (Franciscan University, 2009). In 2011, Word Press will publish her second full-length collection, Saint Sinatra.

Robert Pack teaches in the Honors College at the University of Montana. His most recent book of poems is Still Here, Still Now, and a new collection, Laughter Before Sleep will be published, also by The University of Chicago Press, in 2011.

Dan Pope is the author of a novel In The Cherry Tree (Picador, 2003), and short stories that have been published in Post Road, Harvard Review, McSweeney's, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and other literary journals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and currently a writer in residence in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.

Allison Power is an editor for Rizzoli International Publications and edits the poetry journal Maggy. Her chapbook, You Americans, was published by Green Zone Editions in 2008. Her poems have appeared in Pax Americana, The Best American Poetry Blog, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the New School.

Sumanth Prabhaker is the founding editor of Madras Press, a non-profit publisher of individually bound short stories and novella-length booklets that donates all net proceeds to charitable organizations selected by the authors. His novella, A Mere Pittance, was among the inaugural titles, and benefited Helping Hands, a program where capuchin monkeys are trained to become live-in helpers to people with physical disabilities.

Joanna Smith Rakoff's novel A Fortunate Age (Scribner, 2009) was awarded the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction. She writes regularly for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Hannah Retzkin recently graduated Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in English focusing on creative writing. This is her first publication in a literary journal. She hopes to teach ESL classes abroad and travel to every continent by age thirty.

Joseph Scapellato was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. Currently he teaches as an adjunct professor in the English/Creative Writing departments at Susquehanna University and Bucknell University. His work appears/is forthcoming in The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, UNSAID, Gulf Coast, and others. He occasionally blogs at

Amy Scheibe is the author of the novel What do You Do All Day and writes/edits/ghostwrites/tells people what to read from her outpost in Manhattan.

Alanna Schubach's stories have appeared in Lumina, the Bellevue Literary Review, and Underwater New York. She lives in Fukuoka, Japan.

Jonathan Starke has essays published or appearing in Brevity, Fourth Genre, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Normal School, and The Pinch. He's also the co-founder and editor of an underdog literary journal called Palooka. He's currently working toward his MFA in creative writing at Colorado State University.

Bianca Stone received her MFA from NYU's creative writing program in poetry in 2009. She is the creator and co-curator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series in New York City and is a regular contributor to The The Poetry Blog. Her most recent poetry publications include The Patterson Literary Review, Fou, Agriculture Reader, and Conduit. She is also a recent finalist for the 2010 Crazyhorse prize in poetry. Besides writing poetry, Bianca is also a freelance illustrator, often combining poetry and illustration. Her blog is called Poetry Comics ( She lives in Brooklyn.

Tryfon Tolides was born in Korifi Voiou, Greece. His first book, An Almost Pure Empty Walking, was a 2005 National Poetry Series Selection and published by Penguin in 2006. In 2009, he received a Lannan Foundation Residency in Marfa, Texas.

Christopher Tozier happily lives deep in the sand pine scrub between Paisley and Cassia, Florida. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tampa Review, The Yalobusha Review, Saw Palm, The Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, Maryland Poetry Review, and The Wisconsin Review. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing and English program.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collection What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), which was selected for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Program and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Award. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, the Julia Peterkin Award, the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College, and the 20102011 Tickner Fellowship at the Gilman School. She currently lives in Baltimore.

Lindsay Waters, Executive Editor for the Humanities at Harvard University Press, originated the Theory & History of Literature series at the University of Minnesota Press. At Harvard he has published, among other books, Walter Benjamin's Selected Writings and The Arcades Project, Hardt and Negri's Empire and Commonwealth, Greil Marcus's Lipstick Traces, and the Greil Marcus/Werner Sollors New Literary History of America. He has written extensively on aesthetics and is working on a book called Slow Reading. He published Enemies of Promise: Publishing, Perishing, and the Eclipse of Scholarship in 2004, and it has appeared in Portuguese, French, and Polish, and will appear in Chinese this year.


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