Post Road Magazine #22
Post Road #22


Alethea Black's debut collection of short stories, I Knew You'd Be Lovely, was recently chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and will be in bookstores in July, 2011. When Robert Olen Butler used the words "Downright brilliant," and Kirkus said, "This debut reads like a dream, with nary a false note," Black felt as if all the work had been worth it.

Sarah Braunstein's debut novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, was published by W.W. Norton in 2011. In 2010, she was named one of "5 Under 35" fiction writers by the National Book Foundation. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she's at work on a second novel and a collection of essays.

Stacy Carlson is the author of Among the Wonderful, a novel that chronicles the rise and fall of PT Barnum's first enterprise, the American Museum. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Inkwell, and In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing. She was awarded a 2010 residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives in Oakland, California.

Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet, writer, and translator. Recipient of the Indian Government's Senior Fellowship to Outstanding Artists, she has worked on the Rasa Theory of Aesthetic Rapture, co-founded a club showing silent films, written the script for a Critic's Award film, and collaborated with classical dancer Malavika Sarukkai. Her books include two poetry collections, a novel, and one speculative fiction narrative; her work is also anthologized. In 2012, Eels of Time, essays on Mumbai, and Love: Stories will be published followed by The Autobiography of a Goddess, Aandaal translations (published by Zubaan) in collaboration with Ravi Shankar. She's at

Leah Hager Cohen is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and author, most recently, of The Grief of Others.

Carolyn Coman is the author of What Jamie Saw, a National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor Book; Many Stones, a National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book; The Memory Bank, a graphic storybook co-created with Rob Shepperson. Her professional book for teachers, Writing Stories, was recently published by Stenhouse.

Valerie Duff-Strautmann is the poetry editor for Salamander Magazine. Her first book, To the New World, was published by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2010.

Camille T. Dungy is author of three books, including the American Book Award winning Suck on the Marrow and Smith Blue, and has edited three anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. She teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

C. Ronald Edwards is the co-host of the Weekly Reader on KMSU and an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His writing has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Yemassee, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Ferrer is a New York-based curator and writer. A specialist in Mexican and Latino photography, she has published books and curated exhibitions on these subjects for such institutions as the Aperture Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Ferrer is Director of Contemporary Art at BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn. See and

Ann Hood is the author, most recently, of the novels The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Tin House, Bon Appetit, Traveler, Glimmertrain, and The Atlantic Monthly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award. She lives in Providence, RI.

Amorak Huey recently left the newspaper business after fifteen years as a reporter and editor. He teaches professional and creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems can be found in The Southern Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, Indiana Review and other journals, both print and online.

Julie Innis's stories have appeared in Gargoyle, Pindeldyboz, Prick of the Spindle, Blip Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, and WomenArts Quarterly, among others.

Lars Iyer teaches Philosophy at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of the novel Spurious, and two forthcoming sequels, Dogma (2012) and Exodus.

Elizabeth Kadetsky's short stories have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best American Short Stories notable stories, 2010, and her personal essays have appeared in the The New York Times, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She has been a fellow at MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the St. James Centre for Creativity in Malta. A twenty-five-year practitioner of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she lived in India as a Fulbright scholar and wrote a memoir about her studies with the yogi BKS Iyengar, First There Is a Mountain, published in 2004 by Little, Brown. She is visiting assistant professor of creative writing in fiction and nonfiction in the Penn State MFA program's Emerging Writer Series.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of Somebody's Daughter: A Novel. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Witness, Slate, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Erin Lynn Marsh lives in Bemidji, MN. She recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and she blogs at

Jason Ockert has won several national fiction awards and is the author of the short story collection, Rabbit Punches. His stories have appeared in many journals including the Oxford American, McSweeney's, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, Witness, and in the anthologies New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories. His second collection, Neighbors of Nothing, will be published in 2013 by Dzanc Books.

Yolanda Petrocelli is a contemporary artist from Mexico City, now living at Artspace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Petrocelli explores subconscious mental landscapes, creating images that celebrate the spirit of women and nature. She has recently exhibited her work at the Silvermine Galleries, Norwalk Community College, and Brooklyn College, among other venues. In 2010, Petrocelli was invited as an artist envoy to Honduras.

Eliezra Schaffzin is at work on a novel, a story of magic, seduction, and the first American department stores. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming with Fifty-Two Stories, AGNI Online, SmokeLong Weekly, Mixer, PANK, and other publications, and is indexed at She has taught writing at Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ravi Shankar teaches at Central Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, & City University of Hong Kong. He founded Drunken Boat, has won a Pushchart Prize, has been featured in The New York Times & San Francisco Chronicle, appeared on BBC & NPR, & has written or edited seven books and chapbooks of poems, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W. Norton & Co.) which anthologizes poets from sixty-one countries, writing in over forty different languages.

Rob Shepperson grew up in Louisiana and Arkansas. Recent illustrated books include The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson (2010)(First Prize, New York Book Show, 2011), and Lilly and the Pirates by Phyllis Root (2010). He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with his wife, two daughters, and himself.

Alessandra Simmons, originally from Los Angeles, has served as editor for Indiana Review and has poems published in WomenArts Quarterly. She's a teaching fellow at Indiana University South Bend.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the memoir Wild (Knopf, 2012), and the novel Torch (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Torch was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books of the year by writers from the Pacific Northwest. Strayed's personal essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Allure, Self, Brain, Child, The Rumpus, and The Sun. She's won a Pushcart Prize and her essays have twice been selected for inclusion in the Best American Essays. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Julian Zabalbeascoa's fiction and non-fiction have recently appeared in Zone 3 and THEMA, respectively. He earned his MFA in Madrid from the University of New Orleans.


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