Post Road Magazine #24
Post Road #24


E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says "BA in Classics," which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Ms. Anderson is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines, and she is an assistant YA and Children's editor at Hunger Mountain. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. Look out for Ms. Anderson's work in the forthcoming anthology Coin Opera II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books. She now lives in Austin, TX and blogs at and

A.J. Aronstein lives on Chicago's Northwest Side. He has written for The Paris Review Daily, The New Inquiry, The Millions, and Bookslut. He's a regular contributor at Splitsider and The Motley Fool, where he writes "The Humanist," a blog about finance and aesthetics. He teaches writing at the University of Chicago, where he received an MA in the Humanities.

Ross Barkan is a journalist and essayist originally from Brooklyn, New York. When not flagging down local politicians during his day job as a reporter for a weekly newspaper, The Queens Tribune, he works on a yet to be named novel. Despite his admiration for Henry Miller, he would prefer a life more like John Updike's, though he likes Updike's fiction much less. His work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The L Magazine, The Coffin Factory, and The Rumpus.

Jo Ann Beard is a prose writer who lives in upstate New York. Her work includes a collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth, and a novel, In Zanesville.

Amy Boesky teaches literature and creative nonfiction writing at Boston College. She is author of What We Have (Gotham, 2010), a memoir about her family's experience with hereditary cancer. Currently she is editing a collection of personal essays on genetics and identity, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins Univ. Press in 2013.

Sarah Gardner Borden holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of journals, including Open City, Willow Springs, the Chicago Reader, Other Voices, Literary Mama, and The New Haven Review. She is the author of Games to Play after Dark, published by Vintage Books in May 2011.

Ryan Boudinot is the author of the novels Blueprints of the Afterlife and Misconception, and the story collection The Littlest Hitler.

Valerie Brennan is an Irish artist based in Madrid and Cyprus. She has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions in Mexico City and in Nicosia. She is represented in the United States by Giampietro Gallery and in Cyprus by the Apocalypse Gallery. She is the author of Studio Critical blog and is the recipient of an arts bursary from the Cyprus Ministry of Education & Culture. Her website is:

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), winner of the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award. She's currently a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University.

Baltimore native Kate Crane moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1997. Since then she has written and copy-chiefed for publications including New York Press, Men's Journal, TimeOut NY, Brooklyn Rail, Radar, and WSJ. Now based in Jersey City, she is writing a memoir of her father's 1987 murder.

Brian Komei Dempster is editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing up in America's Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011). His poems have been published in New England Review, North American Review, and Ploughshares, and the anthologies Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton, 2008) and Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation (University of Illinois, 2004). His debut book of poetry, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2013. He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian American Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Gary Dop—poet, scriptwriter, essayist, and actor—lives with his wife and three daughters in Minneapolis, where he's the Writer in Residence at North Central University and a board member of Rain Taxi. Dop received a Special Mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize Anthology, his essays have aired on public radio's All Things Considered, and his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, AGNI, New Letters, Poetry Northwest, and Rattle, among others.

Tony Eprile is the author of The Persistence of Memory (Norton) and the recently reissued story collection, Temporary Sojourner, both NY Times Notable Books. He lives in Bennington, VT, and teaches in Lesley University's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing.

Lauren Fath holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Oregon State University. She is presently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri, where she holds the Creative Writing Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the South Loop Review and First Inkling, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "Haystacks" comes from her first collection of essays, My Hands, Remembering.

Seth Fried's writing has appeared in McSweeney's, One Story, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and many others. His debut short story collection, The Great Frustration was published in 2011 by Soft Skull Press.

Adam Giannelli's poems have appeared in New England Review, Field, Colorado Review, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Diadem, his translations of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio, will be published by BOA Editions in the fall of 2012.

Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. The poet, teacher, critic and journalist publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories and essays regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe,,, and the Christian Science Monitor, among dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide. As a poet, he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize, and has published poems in Poetry, The Southern Review, The North American Review, Exquisite Corpse and several anthologies. Follow Ethan's adventures at, or follow him on Twitter @ethanfreak.

Michael Graves' debut collection of stories, Dirty One, was released this past year. He was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Michael's short fiction can be found in numerous publications, including Eclectica Magazine, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly and Cherry Bleeds. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writer's Award. Michael is finishing his novel, Parade. Connect with him at: Facebook.

Molly Herman lives and paints in New York City and teaches at Parsons School of Design. In her youth, Molly studied at a wildlife sanctuary in West Virginia, where she learned to closely observe and appreciate the interconnectedness of nature. Encouraged by her mother, also an artist, Molly began experimenting with mixed media. Well after her formal education, Molly continues to expand her artistic expression by practicing meditation, and views drawing as a form of reflection. More works by Molly can be viewed at

Martha Stoddard Holmes is Professor and Chair of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos, where she teaches British literature, body studies, film, children's literature, and creative writing. She has published extensively on the cultural history of the body from Victorian representations of disability to the public culture of cancer in the twenty-first century. Her current projects include a study of desiring disability in the Victorian novel, study of Dinah Mulock Craik's diaries, and a graphic narrative (comic book) on ovarian cancer.

Gail Hosking is the author of Snake's Daughter, a memoir published by the University of Iowa Press. Her essays and poems have been published in The Florida Review, The Fourth Genre, The South Dakota Review, and Lillith Magazine. Her work has been included in several anthologies. She was a finalist for the Iowa Review's 2012 creative non-fiction award, and her poetry chapbook was a finalist for the NY Center for Book Arts two times. She teaches creative writing at Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MFA from Bennington College.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Adam Houle is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech. His poetry has appeared in AGNI online, Willow Springs, and Best New Poets 2010. He received an honorable mention in The Atlantic Student Writing Contest and was a finalist for the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

Jessica Francis Kane is the author of a story collection, Bending Heaven, and a novel, The Report, which was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Indie Booksellers' Choice Award. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including VQR, McSweeney's, Granta Online, and The Morning News, where she is a contributing writer. A new story collection, This Close, will be published by Graywolf Press in March 2013. She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.

Paul LaFarge's fourth novel, Luminous Airplanes, was one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2011—and one of the Huffington Post's 10 Most Criminally Overlooked Novels of 2011. It will be published in paperback in October. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, Fence, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He is a sporadic contributor to The Believer. He lives in the woods.

Brenna W. Lemieux has a tendency to ruin electronics by dousing them with water accidentally. When she is not spilling drinks, she enjoys running, baking, and writing. She lives with her husband in Chicago.

Priscilla Long's science column, Science Frictions, appears each Wednesday on The American Scholar website. Her most recent book is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life. Her poems, stories, and creative nonfiction appear widely in literary journals and her awards include a National Magazine Award. She teaches writing and is author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. She serves as Senior Editor for, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit and

Lucy Mink was born in 1968 and raised in Oakland, NJ in a family of six, with three brothers. She attended undergraduate studies in Fine Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and earned an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has exhibited with Geoffrey Young and the McGowan Gallery, and is currently represented by Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Lucy moved to the Concord, New Hampshire area in 2011. She has expanded her work and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant. Her website is:

Caitlin Moran is a Boston College graduate with a degree in English and creative writing. Her work has appeared in the Women's Media Center, Pleiades, Pure Francis, Susquehanna Review, Winds of Change magazine, HerCampus, Bitch Flicks, and other outlets. She lives in New York City.

Greg Nicholl lives in Baltimore and is an assistant editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Crab Creek Review, Ecotone, Gay & Lesbian Review, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere.

Dünny Josafat Potter is a Colombian-born artist, poet, writer, and composer, currently living in Seattle, United States. His main passion lies in synthesizing and conceptualizing the human experience through oil paint, words, and musical notes to create the concrete and succinct tokens of reality apparent in his work.

Craig Reinbold's work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics, Copper Nickel, South Loop Review, Swink Magazine and a few other more or less literary places. He currently resides in Tucson with his wife and their dog, Olive.

Christie Rogers grew up on Orr's Island in Harpswell, Maine. Her upbringing was largely shaped by the local fishing community, which included her father, uncles, and grandfather. Christie graduated from Boston College in 2010 with a BA in English and currently works as an Access Counselor for Bottom Line, an organization that helps low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college.

Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say (PANK) and Cut through the Bone (Dark Sky Books), the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. Her work has or will appear in World Literature Today, Tin House Online, The Irish Times, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review Online, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in fiction from Mills College, California. Raised in Ireland, Ethel Rohan now lives in San Francisco. Visit her at

Floyd Skloot's most recent books include the memoir, The Wink of the Zenith: the Shaping of a Writer's Life (U of Nebraska Press, 2008/2011), the poetry collection The Snow's Music (LSU Press, 2008), and the short story collection Cream of Kohlrabi (Tupelo Press, 2011). He has won three Pushcart Prizes and his work has been included twice in Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing anthologies.

Cary Smith has been exhibiting his paintings in the US and Europe since the mid 1980s. He has had solo shows in New York at Feature Inc., Derek Eller Gallery, Koury Wingate Gallery and Julian Pretto. His work was included in the 1989 Whitney Biennial, in "The Geometric Tradition in American Art, 19301990," Whitney Museum, and most recently in "The Jewel Thief," Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga, NY. Smith is represented by Feature Inc. He lives in Farmington, CT.

Grace Talusan teaches at Tufts University and Grub Street. Her writing can be read at Boston Magazine, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, Solstice, and other publications.

Steven Tweddell's fiction has appeared in North American Review and M Magazine. He was a 2009 recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for emerging writers and was a finalist for the 2010 Kitab Short Story Contest in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he lives, writes, and works. In addition to fiction, he has written his fair share of restaurant reviews, guidebook chapters, PR copy, recipes, blurbs, articles, and essays that have appeared in such varied outlets as Time Out Abu Dhabi, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Mobile Lagniappe, liveworkexplore, and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Oliver Wasow is an artist working with photography and other related media. Over the last thirty years he has had numerous one-person exhibitions, been included in a variety of important group exhibitions, and had his work reviewed in numerous publications. In the early 1980s, Wasow ran an art gallery and has, since then, curated a number of museum exhibitions. He is currently teaching photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Bard College, and the Arts Institute of Boston.


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