Post Road Magazine #28
Post Road #28


Zak Breckenridge is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. His fiction and poetry has previously appeared in The Glacial Erratic. He will be on the road, collecting stories and ideas in the coming year.

Jane Buchbinder's stories have been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, Black Warrior Review, and Green Mountains Review. Her work has been cited as one of 100 distinguished stories in The Best American Short Stories. Earlier this year, her short story collection was a semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

Susan Carr, a multifaceted artist, has a MFA from SMFA Boston and Tufts 2003. She is currently being represented by Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Joaquin Carter is a Mexican-born New York based artist with a background in conceptual architecture. He is now exploring novel approaches in painting to create imaginary worlds defined by a progression of texture and structure.

Alexandra Chasin is Associate Professor of Writing at Lang College, The New School. Her books include Kissed By and Brief. Anslinger Nation: A Documentary History of the Origins of Drug Prohibition, Starring Harry J. Anslinger is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Chasin directs Writing On It All, a public participatory writing program that runs every June on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, and the forthcoming collection of essays, Ultrasonic: Soundings. His nonfiction has been published recently inPassages North, River Teeth,, DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, and many others. He's a founding editor of the literary magazine, The Normal School.

Astrid Cravens is a painter living in Brooklyn, New York. Her ESP collaborations can be found at Paintings at

Will Dowd is a poet and essayist from Braintree, Massachusetts. After attending Boston College as a Presidential Scholar, he earned an MS at MIT and an MFA at New York University, where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. His work has recently appeared in The Rialto, 5 AM, and Barrow Street. To see more of his broadsides or to order prints, please visit .

Natalie Edgar is a second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter-a student of Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko at Brooklyn College, Meyer Shapiro at Columbia, and a friend of Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Later she married the sculptor Philip Pavia. She is the author of Club Without Walls Selections from the Journals of Philip Pavia, and a former critic for ARTnews magazine with the legendary editor Thomas B. Hess. Also, she was assistant professor of Art History (1966-1994) at Queens College, and in 2010 she was a Pollock-Krasner Grant Recipient. Woodward Gallery, NYC, has been her representative since 1997.

Lori Ellison is a writer and artist living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work is in MoMA along with other private collections.

Lisa Gornick is the author of two novels: Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Picador) and A Private Sorcery (Algonquin). Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and The Sun, and have received many awards. She holds a BA from Princeton, a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale, and is a graduate of the writing program at NYU and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia. A collection of linked stories, Louisa Meets Bear, is forthcoming, also with Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

V. Hansmann was raised by wealthy people in suburban New Jersey; he grew up to be neurotic, alcoholic, homosexual, and old. His publishing credits to date consist of an anecdote in the The New York Times, essays in the The Common online and BLOOM, and a poem in the British journal, Structo.

Michael Hawley's short stories have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The New Yorker, The Saint Ann's Review, Tupelo Quarterly and other publications. His work has been nominated for Pushcart prizes and has received honorable mentions in The Best American Short Stories anthologies. He lives in New York City. (

Karl Heine graduated from University of Bridgeport in 1982, with a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration and minor in Photography. He is a life-long explorer in traditional and digital imaging.

Eminent among contemporary Chinese poets and essayists, Wang Jiaxin's award-winning work has been translated into several European and Asian languages. The 2007 Luce Poet-in-Residence at Colgate University, and 2013 resident in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, he has published eight poetry and eight literary essay collections. He is also a distinguished translator of Yeats, Tsvetaeva, René Char, and particularly Paul Celan. His Darkening Mirror: New & Selected Poems, edited/translated by Diana Shi and George O'Connell, is forthcoming this year from US publisher Tebot Bach. He is currently Professor of Literature and Director of the International. Writing Center at Beijing's Renmin University.

Katherine Karlin's fiction has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, New Stories from the South, One Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, ZYZZYVA, and many other venues. She teaches creative writing and film at Kansas State University.

JS Khan was born in the Seventh House, his moon in Gemini, and remains to this day ruled by a heartless Venus and scheming Mercury-being overall a volatile admixture of black bile and too much blood. Khan's deck bristles with wands, though swords and cups sadly divide his coins every time. Khan catches signals in the astra and transcribes them as parables. This parable (in particular) is dedicated to Amy Miara.

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter, and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO's "Sopranos" as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher's mother. Her essays and op ed pieces on a variety of topics have appeared in the Boston Globe, Bark Magazine and WBUR's Cognoscenti blog. She is married to Chris Cooper, an academy-award winning actor. Jesse, a Mother's Story of Grief, Grace and Everyday Bliss (Simon & Schuster 2010), is a chronicle of the remarkable life and untimely death of her child. Jesse was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry. He also had severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and used a computer to speak. He died suddenly at age seventeen.

David Samuel Levinson is the author of the novel, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence (2013), and a story collection, Most of us Are Here Against Our Will (2005). You've probably never heard of either of them, but check them out because they're quite good, especially the novel. (At least, this is what his mom and dad tell him and since they're never wrong...) His latest short story can be found in Issue 26 of Post Road.

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, published by Tin House Books. The Oregonian named Luna's debut novel a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. She is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere. Cari lives in Portland, Oregon.

Megan Marshall is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. She is at work on a short biography of Elizabeth Bishop, and will be researching a life of Elizabeth Hawthorne, Nathaniel's reclusive older sister, as a fellow of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library during 2014-15. She teaches nonfiction writing and the art of archival research in the MFA Program at Emerson College, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing.

Kate McMahon lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. When she is not practicing municipal law or tending to the needs of a small child, she spends much of her time meaning to write more fiction.

Caitlin Keefe Moran is an editor in New York City. Her work has appeared on The Toast and in the Iowa Review, Pleiades, and other outlets. She lives in Washington Heights.

Patrick Myers is a recent graduate from the Environmental Writing program at the University of Montana. His work draws upon, and is inspired by, the people he meets and the complex and unique ways in which they interact with their natural surroundings. He presented his work at the Wild Mercy Reading Series in Missoula, and "Thin, Brilliant Lines" is his first publication.

Recipient of numerous poetry awards, George O'Connell has taught in both the US and China, and at Peking University as Fulbright professor. With Diana Shi, he co-edited/co-translated the 2008 Atlanta Review China Edition, their work also appearing in Copper Canyon'sPush Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China. Tebot Bach will soon publish their selection of poems by Wang Jiaxin, Darkening Mirror. Currently rendering Lan Lan's From Here to Here, he and Ms. Shi received a 2014 US National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation. They direct Pangolin House, ( an international journal of Chinese and English-language poetry.

John O'Connor is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. His writing has appeared in Open City, Quarterly West, The Believer, Gastronomica, and the anthologiesThe Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 1 and They're At It Again: An Open City Reader. He has also written for The New York Times, GQ, Saveur, Men's Journal, and The Financial Times, and for two years was a foreign correspondent for Japan's largest daily newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. He currently teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Shelly Oria's short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, is forthcoming from FSG in November. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Quarterly West, and fivechapters among other places, and won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize among other awards. Shelly curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, teaches fiction and co-directs the Writers' Forum at Pratt Institute, and has a private practice as a life and creativity coach. You can find more information at

Melanie Parke lives and paints in the tiny village of Chief, Michigan, population thirteen, with her husband, Richard Kooyman, who is also a painter.

Heidi Pollard is a painter and sculptor working in New Mexico. Further information and images of her work are available on the artist's website:

Casey Quinn is originally from Upstate New York. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Hamilton College. This is his first published story.

Nancy Reddy's poems have recently appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, 32 Poems, Smartish Pace, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in composition and rhetoric.

CC Robin lives in New York. This is her first published story.

Christopher Robinson's debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists, co-authored with Gavin Kovite, will be published by Scribner in 2015. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Bread Loaf, and the Djerassi Resident Artist program, to name a few. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University and his MFA from Hunter College. His secret underground lair is located somewhere in Seattle.

Ethel Rohan is the author of the story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Hard to Say, and a short ebook memoir, Out of Dublin. Her work has or will appear in The New York Times, PEN America, World Literature Today, Tin House Online, and The Rumpus, among many others. Raised in Ireland, Ethel Rohan lives in San Francisco. Visit her at

Wesley Rothman's poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review , Prairie Schooner, Rattle, The Rumpus, Vinyl, and The White Review, among other venues. He edits Toe Good Poetry and teaches writing and cultural literatures at Emerson College, Suffolk University, and Grub Street Writers' Workshop. His work has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and a grant from the Vermont Studio Center.

Simon Savelyev is a writer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. He graduated from Boston College and UCLA film school, and now teaches at Studio 4. Most recently, he directed a segment of the forthcoming feature Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, starring James Franco.

Julia Schwartz is a Los Angeles-based artist who has exhibited widely. Her paintings, influenced by years of psychoanalytic study, have been included in New American Paintings. As the Arts Editor for Figure/Ground Communication, she interviews other artists about their creative process. Her website is

Lynne Sharon Schwartz's latest book is a collection of essays, This Is Where We Came In. Her novels include Disturbances in the Field, Leaving Brooklyn, and The Writing on the Wall. She has published several story collections, two books of poetry, In Solitary and See You in the Dark, and several translations from Italian. She is on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Diana Shi's translations of Chinese-language and American poetry have appeared in many publications east and west. She co-edited/co-translated the 2008Atlanta Review China Edition with George O'Connell, their work also appearing in Copper Canyon's Push Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China. Darkening Mirror: New & Selected Poems by Wang Jiaxin, co-edited/co-translated by Ms. Shi, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach. Winner of the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Dawson Lee Memorial Prize, she is co-recipient of a 2014 US National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation. Ms. Shi co-directs Pangolin House (, an international journal of Chinese and English-language poetry.

Suzan Shutan combines manufactured and handmade materials in colorful minimalist installations that address issues of nature. She has exhibited extensively internationally and nationally, most recently at the Zacheta National Gallery of Contemporary Art and Kenise Barnes Gallery. Artist website:

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published in Joyland, Fifth Wednesday, The North American Review, and numerous anthologies including Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice (Carayan Press) and Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian American Writers Workshop). He was recently selected as a 2013 NYC Emerging Writers Fellow from The Center for Fiction. Ricco received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught writing at Boston College. He lives in New York City and is completing his first novel.

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, 1930-1990," Whitney Museum, and most recently in "The Jewel Thief," Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga, NY. Smith is scheduled to have a one-person show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in October 2014. He is represented by Feature Inc., NY, and lives in Farmington, CT.

Brian Sousa writes fiction and nonfiction, poetry and songs. His first book, Almost Gone, was published in 2013, and he is at work on a novel. Sousa also writes for the Aspen Times, and a number of magazines, including Outside Magazine. Find out more at

Oriane Stender is based in Brooklyn. Collections include Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Federal Reserve Board, JP Morgan Chase, International College Center and Rose Art Museum/Brandeis University.

Ravenna Taylor works in pictorial abstraction employing oil paint, watercolor, or collaged torn materials in paper. Colors and geometrical forms are derived from nature, and from a fascination with systems, as can be found in measures, time pieces, game boards, and maps.

Lane Twitchell is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. His recent work uses processes of folded and cut material, which produce Mandala like forms. More of his artwork can be found at:

Don Voisine is a Maine-born, Brooklyn-based painter who shows regularly in the US and Europe. Collections include the Corcoran, National Academy, and Portland Museum of Art.

Nicholas Ward's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Hypertext Magazine, the Eunoia Review, Hobart, and the 2nd Story podcast, where he has been a company member since 2006. He lives in Chicago with Amadeus the cat.

Laura K. Warrell is a freelance writer living in Boston. She teaches at the Berklee College of Music and the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a graduate of the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in, the Boston Globe and, and she is a regular contributor to Numero Cinq magazine.

Jonathan Wilson's fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Tablet, The Times Literary Supplement, The Paris Review Daily, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications. He is the author of eight books including A Palestine Affair (Pantheon 2003), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Kick and Run, a memoir. He is Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University.

Charles Yoder has managed to make a long and productive career in the arts based on a life-long delusion that such a life was possible.