Post Road Magazine #26
Post Road #26


Will Allison is the author of two novels, What You Have Left, named one of 2007's notable books by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Long Drive Home, a New York Times bestseller. He lives outside of New York City and is a contributing editor for One Story.

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry and one book of nonfiction. Her poetry has appeared in PANK, Rattle, Conduit, Gulf Coast, La Petite Zine, decomP, kill author, Thrush, and Muzzle, among others. Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, was released by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013 and her second book of nonfiction, Curiosity: Thomas Dent Mütter and the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be released by Penguin's Gotham Books in Fall 2014. For more information, please visit her website at

Amie Barrodale is a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, McSweeney's, and J&L Illustrated. She is the fiction editor of Vice.

Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (Chicago Review Press), the editor of AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press), and the associate editor of the literary journal Conduit. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, Fiction, Bridge, Memorious, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and teaches creative writing and creative nonfiction at Lesley University.

Jolene Brink is a writer, editor, and publicist for the University of Minnesota College of Design. She attended the College of St. Benedict and currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work has appeared in dislocate, Camas, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Studio 1.

Mia Brownell was born in Chicago, Illinois to a sculptor and biophysicist. She has had solo exhibitions in major American cities including New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Mia's paintings are in several private, corporate, and public art collections including Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments and the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been reviewed and published in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, New York Times, HiFructose and Artnet Magazine. She teaches painting and drawing in New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University. Mia is represented in NYC by the J.Cacciola Gallery.

Rebecca Chace is the author of Leaving Rock Harbor (novel), which was named "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the 2010 New England Book Award; Chautauqua Summer (memoir), selected as "Notable Book" and "Editor's Choice" by the New York Times Book Review; Capture the Flag (novel), which was adapted for the screen by Ms. Chace and director Lisanne Skyler, and earned the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award (Short Film) in the Nantucket Film Festival, 2010. She has written nonfiction for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Review of Books, the Huffington Post, NPR's All Things Considered, and other publications.

Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney's, 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, Boston Review, POETRY, jubilat, Gulf Coast and many other journals. He is a member of the advisory board for lying Objectand is an Assistant Professor of English at Elms College. He lives in Massachusetts.

Paul Clabby is a visual artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. Stills featured in this issue are from Clabby's video work recently exhibited at the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College. Clabby also serves as director and curator of The John Slade Ely House, a center for contemporary art.

Martin Cloutier has stories forthcoming in Tampa Review and Shenandoah, and has been published in Story Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Upstreet, The Portland Review, New English Review, The Bryant Literary Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Bombay Gin, and The Southeast Review. He teaches Film and Literature at Brooklyn College.

Billy Collins's tenth collection of poems is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 2013). He has also edited three anthologies: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems For Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He served as United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and New York State Poet (2004-6). He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

Erin Cowgill is forever grateful to a drawing teacher at Boston University who told her she should be in art school. Her art education was strongly informed by her academic background in science and her awe of the body and the natural world. By day she poses as a photojournalist of elite sports in Europe. In a parallel time zone she is building an online-magazine, testing wine, and trying to save the planet.

Jaime deBlanc-Knowles grew up in New Zealand, Australia, and an assortment of American cities, where she read as many books from as many libraries as she could. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Texas at Austin, she is currently at work on a collection of short stories set in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a novel. She is the recent recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Lighthouse Works Fellowship.

Mina Pam Dick (aka Jake Pam Dick, Gregoire Pam Dick et al.) is the author of Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Aufgabe, EOAGH, Fence, Matrix, and elsewhere, and will be featured shortly in Postmodern Culture; it is included in the anthologiese Sonnets (ed. S. Cohen and P. Legault, Telephone, 2012) and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (ed. TC Tolbert and T.T. Peterson, Nightboat, 2013). Her book Metaphysical Licks is forthcoming from BookThug in 2014; her collaboration with Odile A., ff or letters to a fellow fluency, will follow from BookThug in 2015.

Kevin Dowd lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. He's the author of The Fourth of July, published by Roundabout Press. Kevin runs a technology company, races sailboats, plays music and writes. The Fourth of July is his third book, and his first work of fiction.

An award-winning Irish poet and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, Peter Fallon is founder, editor, and publisher of The Gallery Press. His several collections include News of the World: Selected and New Poems and The Company of Horses. His acclaimed translation of Virgil's Georgics is published by Oxford in its World's Classics series. He was Burns Library Visiting Scholar at Boston College in 2012/13.

Debra Ginsberg is the author of three critically acclaimed and best-selling memoirs: Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey into Autism, and About My Sisters. She is also the author of four novels: Blind Submission, The Grift (a New York Times Notable Book for 2008 and winner of the SCIBA Mystery Award), The Neighbors Are Watching, and What the Heart Remembers. A publishing industry professional since 1992, Ginsberg works as a freelance editor, writes for the online industry magazine Shelf Awareness, and has contributed several pieces to NPR's All Things Considered. More information can be found at

Among Peter Glassgold's many books are the novel The Angel Max (1998), Hwaet! A Little Old English Anthology of American Modernist Poetry (1985; rev. ed. 2012), and Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth (2001; rev. ed., 2012). The former editor-in-chief of New Directions, he remains the editor of work by that publishing house's legendary founder, the late James Laughlin. The Collected Poems of James Laughlin 1935-1997 will be published in the fall of 2014; Byways, Laughlin's verse memoirs, was published in 2005.

Ellen Goldstein was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Common, Measure, Solstice, and Able Muse, as well as in anthologies: Rough Places Plain: Poems of Mountains (Salt Marsh Pottery Press), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press), and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury). She lives in Eastern Massachusetts.

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. 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, Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. He is an Associate of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and his collection of biblical monologues, Rembrandt's Bible, was recently published in the UK.

David L. Harrison's books for young people have received dozens of honors, including the Christopher Award. His work is widely translated and anthologized. David's poem, "My Book," is sandblasted into a library sidewalk in Phoenix, Arizona and adorns a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado. His poetry inspired the popular school play, Somebody Catch My Homework. The Missouri Librarian Association honored him with its Literacy Award for the body of his work. David holds science degrees from Drury and Emory universities and honorary doctor of´┐╝letters from Missouri State and Drury universities. David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. He is Drury University's poet laureate.

Emma Healey is a Montreal-based writer and the founding editor of The Incongruous Quarterly Her work has been featured in publications including Matrix Magazine, Joyland, Broken Pencil, Said the Gramophone, and Lemon Hound, and won the Irving Layton award for poetry in 2010 and 2013. Her first book, Begin with the End in Mind, was published by Arbeiter Ring in 2012.

Sonne Hernandez is a hyper-photo realist painter who lives and works in NYC. She studied at the School of Visual Arts and was an artist assistant to Jeff Koons. She has shown at numerous galleries including Woodward Gallery in New York City. She is currently working on a series that takes a closer look at piracy, ownership, and political audio surveillance.

Rachael Inciarte holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

Matt Izzi was born and raised in Rhode Island. He lives in Brookline, Mass., and works in Cambridge. This is his first published story.

Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry and eight novels. For her most recent collection, Space, in Chains, she received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Meg Kearney's books include Home by Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award for Poetry and a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year; An Unkindness of Ravens; two YA novels-in-verse, The Secret of Me and its sequel, The Girl in the Mirror; and a picture book, Trouper, forthcoming from Scholastic with illustrations by E.B. Lewis (2013). Meg's poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor's "A Writer's Almanac," and is featured in myriad anthologies. She is Director of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Visit

Jessica Keener is the author of the widely praised debut novel, Night Swim. Stories in her latest collection, Women in Bed (October 1, 2013), have been listed in The Pushcart Prize anthology under "Outstanding Writers" and published in literary magazines. She is also a recipient of a Redbook magazine second prize in fiction and a Massachusetts Individual Artist grant.

Karla Knight has exhibited her work since 1985 in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including ones at the Fisher Landau Center for Art, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, Lorence-Monk Gallery, Adam Baumgold Gallery, Artspace New Haven, and Art Forum Berlin. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Mrs. Emily Fisher Landau, among others. Her website:

Peter Konsterlie is an artist, curator, and gallery director. Konsterlie earned a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His works have been featured in numerous collections including The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Plains Art Museum, and The Drawing Center, and have appeared on ABC News 20/20 with John Stossel. Konsterlie lives in Black Rock, Connecticut with his wife, Dr. Cindy Anderson, ND.

Caitlin Lahsaiezadeh will not be surprised if you mispronounce her last name. She graduated from Boston College this past year, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her first collection of poems, The Later Goddesses, was awarded the Doherty Thesis Prize and Bishop Kelleher Award. She currently lives in San Diego, California.

Annabelle Larsen is a graduate of The New School where she was a Riggio Fellow. She is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in the 12th Street Journal and Opium Magazine.

David Samuel Levinson is the author of the novel, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence, and the story collection, Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will. His fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, West Branch, and Prairie Schooner among others. He's the current Fiction Fellow at Emory University.

D. Dominick Lombardi dedicates most of his time to making art, curating exhibitions, and writing criticisms and essays. Represented by Kim Foster Gallery, reviews of Lombardi's exhibitions and his criticisms and features have appeared in Sculpture, The New York Times, ARTnews, and The Huffington Post, among other publications. He has curated numerous exhibitions including HEAD, Anonymous, The Intelligent Design Project and Speaking in Strings. His website:

Frankie Lopes is in his junior year of undergraduate study in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has also appeared in Tran(s)tudies, Scribblers, White Ash Literary Magazine, and Fat City Review. He currently resides in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.

Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize from The Word Works, Inc., and a twentieth anniversary second edition has been recently published, with an introduction by Nick Flynn. He has co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947. He is the Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston.

Christopher Merrill's recent books include Necessities (prose poetry), Boat (poetry), and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War (essays). He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Ben Merriman is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Recent work by Ben has appeared in n+1 online, Los Angeles Review of Books, minnesota review, and many others. Read more at

David Philip Mullins is the author of Greetings from Below: Stories. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Cimarron Review, Ecotone, Folio, and Fiction. He has won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories, and the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, and has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Nebraska Arts Council. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is an associate professor in the MFA program in creative writing at Creighton University. He is at work on a novel.

Stuart Nadler is the author of Wise Men, and the short story collection The Book of Life. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was recently a recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation.

Brian Norman lives in Baltimore and teaches at Loyola University Maryland. His books include Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature (Johns Hopkins, 2013), Neo-Segregation Narratives: Jim Crow in PostCivil Rights American Literature (Georgia, 2010), The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (SUNY, 2007), and the edited volume Representing Segregation (SUNY, 2010).

Jonathan Papernick is the author of the story collections There Is No Other and The Ascent of Eli Israel, and the novel Who by Fire, Who by Blood. His work has appeared in Night Train, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, Nerve, Folio, Failbetter, The Drum, Confrontation, and The Reading Room as well as numerous anthologies. He is currently at work revising a novel about a con man who sells the Brooklyn Bridge. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Robert Pinsky's new book is Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. His other recent publications include Selected Poems and PoemJazz, a CD with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood. As three-term Poet Laureate of the United States he founded the Favorite Poem Project, with the videos at

Marin Sardy is an essayist, memoirist, and cultural critic whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, as well as two photography books—Landscape Dreams (2012) and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009). Her creative nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in SFWP, Lumina, Phoebe, Elsewhere, Anamesa, Blood & Honey, Outside, Broken Bridge, and in the Forum on Sardy is currently an MFA candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University.

Linda Schlossberg is the Assistant Director of Studies for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in literature and creative writing. She is the author of the novel Life in Miniature (Kensington, 2010).

Hugh Sheehy is the author of The Invisibles (University of Georgia Press). He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Derek Sheffield's book of poems is Through the Second Skin (Orchises, 2013). His work has also appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Orion. He teaches poetry and nature writing at Wenatchee Valley College and serves as poetry editor of He lives with his family in the eastern foothills of the Cascades near Leavenworth, Washington.

Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books). A new book, Otherwise Unseeable, will be published by the University of Wisconsin, spring, 2014. Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Image, Field, Brilliant Corners, Best American Poetry 2009, and Best Spiritual Writing 2012. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Rachel Shteir is the author of three books: Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show (Oxford University Press, 2004), Gypsy: the Art of the Tease (Yale University Press, 2009), and The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting (The Penguin Press, 2011). Rachel has also written for magazines, newspapers, and blogs including The New York Times and The New Republic. Rachel also wrote "The Rahm Report," a column about Rahm Emanuel's mayoral campaign, for Rachel is Associate Professor at the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Liz Solms is a writer who divides her time between her hometown of Philadelphia and rural Jamaica where she works with small farmers. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Bennington College. Her writing has been featured in The Village Voice, Frank Magazine, and Glimpse, among other publications.

Katrin Tschirgi is currently an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University. She is originally from Boise, Idaho.

Robert Uren is a fiction student in the MFA program at Virginia Tech. His work has appeared in Quarterly West.

Jeremy Voigt's poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Writer's Almanac and other magazines. His chapbook is titled Neither Rising nor Falling. He lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife and three children.

Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at UMass-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers' Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Cimarron Review, and Linebreak, among others. Her first full-length manuscript was recently a finalist for the Milkweed Editions' Lindquist & Vennum Prize in Poetry. She currently lives in Madison, WI.

David Wagoner has published twenty books of poems, most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). He has also published ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He won the Lilly Prize in 1991, six yearly prizes from Poetry, two yearly prizes from Prairie Schooner, and the Arthur Rense Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011. In 2007, his play First Class was given forty-three performances at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years. He edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and he is professor emeritus of English at the U. of Washington. He teaches at the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.

Josh Wallaert's stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, and other journals; and he co-directed the documentary film Arid Lands. He lives in San Francisco, where he is associate editor of Places [at] Design Observer

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of twelve full-length books and a poetry chapbook. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His most recent book is Impenitent Notes (CavanKerry Press, 2011). He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program.

E. Genevieve Williams is fascinated with agricultural terracing. Her compositions utilize fluid contours, languid lines, layer upon layer placed to build irregular surfaces that resemble archeological digs, suggesting earthly explorations, excavations of the mind, ebbing emotions.

Nancy Zafris is the series editor of The Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction. She teaches every June at the Kenyon Review writing workshops. Her latest book, The Home Jar, a collection of short stories, came out in April 2013. For more info: