Post Road Magazine #27
Post Road #27


Joy Allen lives in Los Angeles. She has been published in Word Riot and The Ampersand Review. She posts at and can be reached at She loves burritos.

Mona Awad's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, The Walrus, Joyland, St. Petersburg Review, and Two Serious Ladies. She holds an MScR in English literature from the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Brown University.

Michael Bazzett's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He is the author of The Imaginary City, recently published in the OW! Arts Chapbook Series, and The Unspoken Jokebook, from Burning River. His verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

J. Camp Brown is the George Bennett Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. His poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, Juked, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. He is a mandolinist hailing from Fort Smith, AR.

Kenneth Calhoun's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, Fence, New Stories from the South, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize anthology. His debut novel, Black Moon, was published this spring by Hogarth. He currently teaches graphic design and fiction at Lasell College.

Abigail Carl-Klassen's work has appeared in Geez, Rhubarb, The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, Rio Grande Review, Blue Collar Review, and BorderSenses and is anthologized in New Border Voices (Texas A&M University Press). She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso's Bilingual Creative Writing Program and teaches English at El Paso Community College. She lives with her husband Jonathan and is completing her first book of poetry, Pressing Seams.

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 "Notable Book," "Editor's Choice"; 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 for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Review of Books, the Huffington Post, NPR's All Things Considered, and other publications. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a 2014 recipient of the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.

Patrick Conway is a criminal defense investigator, who has worked at Public Defender offices in Washington, DC and the Boston area. He currently teaches literature and writing at Norfolk and Framingham Prisons as part of Boston University's Prison Education Program, one of the few programs in the country that enables incarcerated men and women to earn a college degree. His book manuscript on investigating for the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, from which the pieces in this magazine are excerpted, is in the final stages of completion. He can be reached at

Alicia Erian is the author of a short story collection, The Brutal Language of Love, and a novel, Towelhead, which was made into a film by Alan Ball in 2008. Her memoir, The Dragon Lies Down, is forthcoming from Crown in 2014. She lives in Chicago with her family, and teaches at Northeastern Illinois University.

Charles Farrell spent most of his professional life moving between music and boxing (with a few detours along the way). He has managed five world champion boxers and has thirty CDs listed under his name. Farrell is currently at work on a book of essays about music, boxing, gangsterism, and lowlife culture.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin's Press). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including The Kenyon Review, Glamour, Salon, New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, and Bitch Magazine. The recipient of a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund artist grant, a 2012 Bread Loaf nonfiction fellowship, and MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010 and 2011, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod, and lives in Brooklyn.

Colin Fleming's fiction appears in the VQR, Boulevard, Black Clock, Denver Quarterly, and Slice, and he also writes for The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Slate, and The New Criterion, and contributes to NPR's Weekend Edition. His first two books—Dark March: Stories for When the Rest of the World is Asleep and Between Cloud Horizon: A Relationship Casebook in Stories—were released in 2013, and will be followed by The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories from the Abyss, in 2015. He is completing a novel about a piano prodigy who does not wish to be one, called The Freeze Tag Sessions.

James Franco is an actor, director, writer, and artist. His first book of poetry, Directing Herbert White, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in April 2014.

Joe Garden is a very nice man who lives in Brooklyn, NY with two lovely cats. In addition to being conspicuously cheap, he is the co-author of three novelty books that make great gifts for aunts, and the former features editor at The Onion. He is currently a soon-to-be former writer/producer for

Christian Anton Gerard's first book Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella is forthcoming from WordTech Communications' CW Book imprint in spring, 2014. He has received Pushcart Prize nominations, scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and his recent poems appear in Redivider, Pank, Orion, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, and The Journal. Gerard currently lives in Knoxville where he's editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers and an English PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee.

Richard Hambleton is an American Pop Expressionist. In the late 1970s and 1980s his artwork became known to the public through his "Mass Murder" and "Shadowman" series. Since 2009, Hambleton has had major exhibitions travel from New York to Italy, France, Russia, and London sponsored by Giorgio Armani. Solo exhibitions at Woodward Gallery and the Art Gallery at Rockefeller State Park Preserve most recently highlighted Hambleton's "Beautiful Paintings." A feature film documentary by Oscar-nominated director and producer Oren Jacoby is currently in progress.

Kathrin Harris is a "third career" author and graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in history and creative writing. Her poetry and prose appears in Barefoot Review, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and other publications. When she isn't traveling adventurously, she hangs her hat in a suburb of Chicago.

Ryan McIlvain's first novel, Elders (Hogarth/Random House), was longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including the Paris Review. A former Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, he now lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

Chris Messer is a writer from the Monongahela River Valley. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and currently resides in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The Fiddleback and is forthcoming in No Tokens.

David Moolten's most recent book, Primitive Mood, won the T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press and was published in 2009. He is a physician specializing in transfusion medicine, and lives, writes, and practices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michael Robbins is the author of the poetry collections Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012) and The Second Sex (Penguin, forthcoming). He's at work on a collection of criticism, Equipment for Living, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. He received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Paul Schmidtberger is the author of the novel Design Flaws of the Human Condition (Doubleday/Broadway). His writing has also appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe Magazine. Born and raised in Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey, Mr. Schmidtberger currently lives in Paris. He teaches in the faculty of law at the University of Paris V–Descartes.

Adam Reid Sexton is the author of Master Class in Fiction Writing. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches writing at Yale University.

Christopher Staudinger likes to explore the intersections between water, land, and people. He is a member of the Kinship of Rivers Project, which shares the cultures of the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers through art, literature, music, food, and installations of river-flags.

Matt Tompkins lives in upstate New York with his wife and their cat. Matt's writing has appeared in decomP magazinE, Gigantic Sequins, and a couple of other places. To read more of Matt's work, visit his website:

Kevin Van Aelst is a New Haven, Connecticut based artist. Born in Elmira New York, raised in central Pennsylvania, he received a BA in psychology from Cornell University in 2002 and an MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School in 2005. He has taught photography courses at the Hartford Art School, Quinnipiac University, and currently at the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and his photo illustrations can be found in such publications as Time, Wired, The Atlantic, and Scientific American.

Andrew Wickenden grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and now lives in Michigan. He is a former fiction editor of Third Coast. His stories have recently appeared in Witness and NANO Fiction.

Gregory J. Wolos lives in upstate New York on the bank of the Mohawk River. His short fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in JMWW, Yemassee, Bluestem, The Baltimore Review, Versal, The Roanoke Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK, A cappella Zoo, Superstition Review, and many other journals and anthologies. His stories have earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, and his latest collection was named a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award. For lists of his publications and commendations, visit

Kristine Woodward and Director John Woodward are founders and co-owners of Woodward Gallery, NYC, established in 1994 and currently located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Visit:

Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. These books include A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press) and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon UP/EWU Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV (2010). Wright is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press. In 2005, she returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.

G. K. Wuori, an Illinois Arts Council Fellow and Pushcart Prize winner, is the author of the novel, An American Outrage (Algonquin), the story collection, Nude In Tub (Algonquin), and the novella, Now That I'm Ready to Tell You Everything (Vagabondage Press). He lives in DeKalb, Illinois and can also be found at