Post Road Magazine #23
Post Road #23


Lisa Abend is the author of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen of Ferran Adria's el Bulli. Based in Madrid, she is the Spain correspondent for Time magazine, and she contributes frequently to the New York Times, Bon Appetit, The Atlantic, AFAR, and Food and Wine.

Christian Barter's first book, The Singers I Prefer, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and his second book will be forthcoming in 2012 from BkMk Press. In '08-'09 he was a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton. He is a trail crew supervisor at Acadia National Park and an editor for The Beloit Poetry Journal.

Kaveh Bassiri is the co-founder of Triptych Readings and the Literary Arts Director of the Persian Art Festival in New York City. He was the recipient of the 2010 Witter Bynner Translation Residency and the 2011 Walton Translation Fellowship. His poetry won the Bellingham Review's 49th Parallel Award and was recently published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Drunken Boat, and Mississippi Review.

Born in 1982, Stefan Merrill Block grew up in Texas. His first novel, The Story of Forgetting, won Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize, and the 2009 Fiction Award from The Writers' League of Texas. The Story of Forgetting was also a finalist for the debut fiction awards from Indie Bound, Salon du Livre, and The Center for Fiction. His second novel, The Storm at the Door, was released in the summer of 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.

James Boice was born in 1982 in Salinas, California and grew up in northern Virginia. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Good and the Ghastly, NoVA, and MVP. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Fiction, Salt Hill, and other publications. He dropped out of college after three weeks to be a writer. He lives in New York and writes about pathological people.

Amy Boutell is a graduate of Barnard College and holds an MFA from the University of Texas, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. Her short stories have been published in New Letters, Nimrod, and Other Voices, and she has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and the William Faulkner Short Story Competition. She has been awarded scholarships and fellowships by the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and Summer Literary Seminars. She is currently revising her first novel, which is set in the world of vintage fashion in Los Angeles and was a runner-up for the 2011 Pirate's Alley/Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progress Competition. She lives in Santa Barbara and works as an instructor at UCSB's Writing Lab.

Nora Cameron is a senior in high school. She lives in Cambridge, MA. This is her first published story.

Maggie Dietz is the author of Perennial Fall (University of Chicago Press, 2006). The former director of the Favorite Poem Project, she teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Rhina P. Espaillat has published poems, essays, short stories, and translations in numerous magazines and over fifty anthologies, in both English and her native Spanish, as well as three chapbooks and eight full-length books, including three in bilingual format. Her most recent are a poetry collection in English, Her Place in These Designs (Truman State University Press, Kirksville, 2008), and a bilingual collection of her short stories, El olor de la memoria/The Scent of Memory (Ediciones CEDIBIL, Santo Domingo, D. R., 2007). Her honors include the Wilbur Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the Robert Frost "Tree at My Window" Award for Translation, the May Sarton Award, a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College, and several prizes from the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture.

Atar Hadari was born in Israel, raised in England, and trained as an actor and writer at the University of East Anglia before winning a scholarship to study poetry and playwrighting with Derek Walcott at Boston University. His plays have won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Young Writer in Residence. Plays have been staged at the Finborough Theatre, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum (where he was a Mentor Playwright), Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. His Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators' Association Award, and his poems have won the Daniel Varoujan award from New England Poetry Club, the Petra Kenney award, a Paumanok poetry award and many other prizes.

Jim Hett lives in Connecticut. He has exhibited his work at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Katonah Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, New York University and the University of Connecticut.

Owen Hill is the author of several small poetry collections, a book of short stories, and two mystery novels, The Chandler Apartments and The Incredible Double. A pamphlet, Union Steward, is just out from Decentralized Publications. He works as a buyer and events coordinator at Moe's Books in Berkeley.

Jenn Hollmeyer is a founding editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal and received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Meridian, Etching, Quality Fiction, A Prairie Journal and other journals. Jenn also paints architectural portraits and works as a marketing copywriter. She lives near Chicago.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City. Her stories appear in The Best American Short Stories 2011, The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Sean Keck is in the English PhD program at Brown University, where he examines 19th-and-20th century American literature through the lens of media studies. His poetry has appeared in Concho River Review, Eclipse, and Poetry Society of America-sponsored posters on the St. Louis Metro. He has lived in New Jersey, Missouri (twice), Oregon (twice), Massachusetts, and (currently) Rhode Island.

Michael Kimball is the author of three novels, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls "a curatorial masterpiece") and, most recently, Us (which was named to Oprah's Reading List). His work has been on NPR's All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Bomb, and New York Tyrant, and has been translated into a dozen languages. He is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). His new novel, Big Ray, will be published by Bloomsbury in Fall 2012.

Dave King's debut novel, The Ha-Ha, was named one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post and other venues and earned him the 2006 John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. King's poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice, Ninth Letter, Big City Lit, and the Italian literary journal Nuovi Argomenti. He divides his time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley of New York. A new novel, tentatively entitled The Beast and Beauty, is forthcoming.

Len Krisak's latest books are translations of Virgil's Eclogues and The Complete Odes of Horace. He has work in AGNI, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, and London Magazine, and is a four-time champion on Jeopardy!

Anna Leahy's Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize, and her poems and prose appear regularly in literary journals such as Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, The Journal, The Southern Review, and others. She edited Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom (Multilingual Matters). She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she directs Tabula Poetica and its annual reading series. For more info:

Holly LeCraw is the author of The Swimming Pool, a Kirkus 2010 Top Debut, which was recently released in paperback. Her story "August," which appeared in Post Road 8, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives outside Boston with her family, where she is at work on her next novel.

Jim Lewis is the author of three novels–most recently, The King is Dead—mdash;and numerous essays on visual art.

Cynthia Northcutt Malone is a professor of English at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Her current research projects focus on Laurence Sterne, Charles Dickens, and the evolution of the book.

Sally Wen Mao is an 826 Valencia Young Author's Scholar and a Kundiman fellow. Her work can be found published or forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sycamore Review, and West Branch, among others. Born in Wuhan, China, she has lived in Boston, the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Amsterdam, and most recently Ithaca, where she is an MFA candidate at Cornell University.

Delaney Nolan's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, Arts & Letters PRIME, Contrary, Gargoyle, online at Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. She is twenty-two, she lives in New Orleans, her neighbor keeps a fake leg in her house but she has both her legs, and yesterday she saw an alligator.

Catherine Parnell teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University, as well as the occasional seminar at Grub Street in Boston. She's the fiction editor for Salamander, an associate editor for Consequence Magazine, and an editor for Anomalous Press. Her recent and forthcoming publications include stories and reviews in The Baltimore Review, Slush Pile, roger, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Dos Passos Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stone's Throw Magazine, and Another Book, as well as various newspapers and newsletters. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, was published in 2007 by Arrowsmith Press.

After riding through the Cote d'Azur Mountains and surviving a swarm of angry bees, D. Gatling Price managed to complete his first Ironman Triathlon in Nice, France. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Creative Writing Program and has previously published in Post Road as well as the New Orleans Review.

Jane Roper is the author of a novel, Eden Lake, and a memoir, Double Time, forthcoming from St. Martin's Press. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and twin daughters. Her website is

Joshua Ruffin received his MFA from Georgia College & State University, where he now teaches. He has also held jobs as a bartender, freelance journalist, peach picker, trail crew worker, and very unintimidating bouncer. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Eclipse, The Southeast Review, The Pinch, 491 Magazine, and Poetry South.

Peter Schireson is a Zen Buddhist priest living and writing in the foothills of the Sierras in California. His work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Midwest Literary Magazine, Annalemma, Flashquake, and poetrysuperhighway, among others.

Skye Shirley graduated in 2010 from Boston College with a major in English Literature and Creative Writing. Skye has most recently been a featured reader at the Brookline Poetry Series and the Calliope Poetry Series. Upon the completion of her first poetry manuscript, The Good Women, Skye received the Dever Fellowship for Creative Writing. Her poems have been awarded the McCarthy Prize, Kelleher Poetry Prize, and the Gary Fincke Poetry Prize. Her work has been published by numerous journals, including The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Best Undergraduate Writing of 2009, and Susquehanna Review.

Curtis Smith's most recent books are Bad Monkey (stories, Press 53), Truth or Something Like It (novel, Casperian Books), and Witness (essays, Sunnyoutside Press).

Michael Sowder's poetry collection, The Empty Boat, won the 2004 T.S. Eliot Award; A Calendar of Crows won the New Michigan Press Award; and his study of Walt Whitman, Whitman's Ecstatic Union, was published by Routledge Press. House Under the Moon, a collection of poems about fatherhood and the bhakti tradition of Kabir, is forthcoming next year. He is currently at work on a spiritual memoir, and his essays about Buddhism and poetry appear in the Buddhist magazine Shambhala Sun. He teaches at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul. She's been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Five Chapters, St. Ann's Review and others. In 2003, she founded The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, which she runs out of Joe's Pub, part of the Public Theater.

Daniel Tobin is the author of five books of poems, most recently Belated Heavens (Four Way Books), which won the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. His book of essays, Awake in America, is newly out from Notre Dame. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently interim Dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson College.

Jennifer Tonge's poetry has appeared most recently in Copper Nickel. She lives in Salt Lake City.

Addie Tsai received her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her work has been published in NOON: A Journal of the Short Poem, American Letters & Commentary, Forklift, Ohio, Caketrain, and Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women's Poetry, among others. Her work has been most recently published in the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and her nonfiction is forthcoming from Pebble Lake Review. Her manuscript and in its place—mdash; was semi-finalist in Tupelo Press's 2009 Dorset Prize and a finalist in Four Way Books' 2011 Larry Levis Prize. She was co-conceiver of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's production Victor Frankenstein, and she exhibited a series of photographic collage work, the body as landscape: the body as terror: the body as ecstasy in collaboration with Traci Matlock. Addie currently teaches Literature and Composition at Houston Community College, where she runs a nationallyknown reading series.

Alissa Tsukakoshi is a recipient of a Hopwood Award in short fiction. She received her MA in creative writing from Boston University.

Melanie Unruh received her MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared in New Ohio Review and Pear Noir!, and is forthcoming from Echo Ink Review. She's currently finishing her first novel, At the Rim of Vision.

Rimas Uzgiris' poetry has been published in Bridges, 322 Review, Lituanus, Prime Number Magazine, The Poetry Porch, and is forthcoming in Quiddity. His translations have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Spork Press, and are forthcoming in Modern Poetry in Translation, Hayden's Ferry Review, Lituanus, and Two Lines Online. Uzgiris received his MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University, where he studied poetry with Rigoberto Gonzalez and Rachel Hadas. He also holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His philosophical monograph, Desire, Meaning, and Virtue: The Socratic Account of Poetry, was published in 2009.

Adam Vines received his MFA from the University of Florida. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he edits Birmingham Poetry Review and serves as faculty advisor for the UAB Fishing Team. His poems have appeared in North American Review, 32 Poems, The Cincinnati Review, Third Coast, Barrow Street, The Literary Review, Greensboro Review, New Orleans Review, among others. The University of Arkansas Press will publish his first collection, The Coal Life, in 2012. During the summers, he is on staff at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Zachary Watterson's essays, articles, and stories appear in The Massachusetts Review, The Stranger, Sendero, Struggle, Salt River Review, and River Styx, among many other publications. Originally from New York City, Zachary played collegiate basketball in Colorado and South Africa. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of multiple scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, he received a 2010 fellowship from the Jentel Arts Foundation, was a semifinalist for a 2011 fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and is the recipient of a 2011 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.


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