Post Road Magazine #29
Post Road #29


Ilona Anderson is a South African artist with an international career, who came to Boston on a Fulbright Scholarship. She has many works in major South African collections including the National Gallery, the University of Witwatersrand Art Gallery, the Nelson Mandela Art Museum, as well as in private collections there and abroad. Ilona has exhibited in numerous museum shows in South Africa and America, such as The Carnegie International (in Pittsburgh), the Currier Museum Gallery of Art (NH), and all the museums in South Africa.

Howard Axelrod's memoir, The Point of Vanishing, about his two years in solitude in northern Vermont, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in September, 2015. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shambhala Sun, and Harvard Magazine, and he's a regular contributor to the Opinion page of The Boston Globe.

Carlene Bauer is the author of the memoir Not That Kind of Girl (HarperCollins) and the novel Frances and Bernard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Scott Cairns, Professor of English at University of Missouri, is co-director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki/Thasos, bringing writers to Greece every June for engagement with literary life in Greece. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, etc., and both have been anthologized in Best American Spiritual Writing.  His most recent books are Idiot Psalms (poetry), Short Trip to the Edge (memoir), Endless Life (translations), and a book-length essay, The End of Suffering. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.

Ayn S. Choi grew up in Northern California and has been residing in New York City for over twenty-five years. She is pPrimarily an abstract painter, visual impact of color, and intuitive brush strokes and lines, inspire her work. Wisteria, part of her iconic women series, came from her exploration of stereotypes of women. She was conscious of stereotypes from an early age going to the movies with her grandmother and growing up as the only Asian American girl in her high school. This series is about taking control of negative images, and leaving us with what should have always been a beautiful image. As well as self acceptance. website:

Mike Cockrill's paintings have evolved through several distinct phases over his thirty-five year career—from a zany cartoon style in the 1980s to suggestive tableaux based on children's book illustrations in the 2000s. In 2012 he shifted his work again, drawing inspiration from the masters of high modernism.

Robert Cording teaches English and creative writing at College of the Holy Cross where he is the Professor of English and Barrett Professor of Creative Writing. He has published seven collections of poems: Life-list (Ohio State University Press/Journal award, l987); What Binds Us To This World (Copper Beech Press, l991); Heavy Grace (Alice James, l996); Against Consolation  (CavanKerry, 2002); Common Life (CavanKerry, 2006); Walking With Ruskin (CavanKerry, 2010); and A Word in My Mouth: Selected Spiritual Poems (Wipf and Stock, 2013).  A new book, Only So Far, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in 2015.

Sarah Cortez, a Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, has hundreds of poems, essays, and short stories published and anthologized.  Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut collection is How to Undress a Cop.  An award-winning editor of six anthologies, her most recent is Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, winner of a Southwest Book AwardTexas Review Press published her memoir, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston, and her second poetry collection, Cold Blue Steel, finalist for The Writers' League of Texas Poetry Award.

David Craig has published twenty books, the most recent: Trouble in the Diocese (Wipf & Stock, '14). His poetry has been widely published and anthologized.  Along with Janet McCann, he has co-edited three volumes of Christian poetry.  He holds MFA and PhD degrees from BGSU and has taught creative writing for twenty-eight years as a Professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where he edits a Christian poetry chapbook series. He lives in Weirton, WV with his wife Linda and their three children, David Thomas, Jude Francis, and Bridget Jean.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the forthcoming novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (St. Martin's Press, August 2015) and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award. A winner of an O. Henry Prize and a recent Picador Fellow at the University of Leipzig (Germany), she currently lives in North Florida.

Maria D'Alessandro is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Portland State University. Her former homes include NYC, Redhook, NY, and Somerville, MA. Currently she lives with her husband in Portland, OR and is at work on a novel-in-stories, which is also titled, "In Her Place."

Kate Daniels' most recent book of poetry is A Walk in Victoria's Secret (LSU 2011).  She is the Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, and lives in Nashville.

Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, [PANK], and Revolver among many others. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Elizabeth lives in Baltimore. Visit her website ( and follow her on Twitter (@elizdickinson).

Nadine Ellsworth-Moran is an ordained Presbyterian minister serving a small church in Charlotte, NC.  She is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary (NC) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. She holds masters degrees in Divinity, Christian Education, and European Studies.  Her hope in writing is to bridge the sacred and the secular, giving voice to that in-between place where we live.

Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming collection of poems is called The Leaves of El Moriviví (2016).  Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003). His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata's Disciple (1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Libby Flores is the Program Manager for PEN Center USA's Emerging Voices Fellowship and PEN Workshops.  She is originally from Texas but has lived in Los Angeles for over ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Strange Cargo: an Emerging Voices Anthology, and Circa Magazine. She was also selected as a PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow in 2008. Her short story "The Table," published in The Rattling Wall, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Libby holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.

Sabina Forbes II is an international artist who uses colors, textures, and patterns to create emotive paintings. Forbes has exhibited in major cities including New York, Miami, Santa Fe and Washington, DC. Forbes has had a collaborative show with acclaimed Pop artist Romero Britto, and her work hangs in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Mira Gerard has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally, including an upcoming three-person exhibition entitled Contemporary Focus at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She lives and works in Johnson City, Tennessee where she is a painting professor in the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University.

Phil Hearn lives in Baltimore, MD and is currently pursuing his MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. This is his first published story.

Julie Heffernan is a Professor at Montclair State University, NJ. She received her MFA at Yale School of Art and is represented by PPOW in NYC, Catharine Clark in SF, and Mark Moore in LA. Heffernan's recognitions include a MacDowell Fellowship, induction into the National Academy, a NEA, and a Fulbright.

Oscar Martinez Heredia is a visual artist living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Martinez studied graphic design, and is a self-taught painter. He is also a musician, husband, and father. His art has been exhibited throughout Mexico and the United States. He works in a large variety of mediums and an even larger variety of styles.

William Heyen lives in Brockport, NY.  His most recent books of poetry are Straight's Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O'Hara, Hiroshima Suite, and The Football Corporations. He has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Germany, and has been awarded Guggenheim, NEA, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and other prizes and fellowships. He edited September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond.  His Crazy Horse & the Custers: Poems with thirty paintings by DeLoss McGraw will soon appear from Nine Point Publishing. Etruscan Press will publish his The Candle: Selected & New Holocaust Poems in 2016.

Katherine Hill is the author of the novel The Violet Hour. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Bookforum, n+1, and The Guardian. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at Arcadia University.

Michelle Holley teaches composition at the University of Cincinnati. Despite this, she still loves words.

Curt Hoppe is a New York-based artist whose photographs and realist paintings chronicle his life and interests over the past forty years. His diverse work ranges from caricatures for sex tabloid Screw to meticulously rendered photorealist cityscapes of the ethnic neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan or the Hamptons. He is currently working on a series of photographs and larger-than-life black-and-white portrait paintings of the artist friends who were part of the bohemian milieu of his youth.

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories (Bellevue Literary Press), which won the New Hampshire Literary Award. He teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Grub Street, and is working on a novel.

Baptiste Ibar was born outside of Paris in 1977, and at the age of seven immigrated with his family to the US. He obtained a BFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. In 2004, Baptiste was called by film director Michel Gondry to do a series of disaster paintings for his film "The Science of Sleep." Since the release of the film and the Michel Gondry Exhibition at Deitch Projects, featuring the Disasterology Calendar, Baptiste has been busy with many projects including large scale installations and various group and solo exhibitions in the US and Europe. Presently, Baptiste is working in a new studio/art space called Pioche Projects in Biarritz, France.

JAHMANE's career as an artist began in the form of Graffiti, or "Street Art," and has evolved into a wide spectrum of mediums including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, mural painting, screen printing and graphic design. Through years of formal training and life experience as an "Artist of the People," JAHMANE has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology and abstract language in a way that intrigues all who view his work.

Mark Jarman's most recent collection of poetry is Bone Fires:  New and Selected Poems.  He is Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.  He recently completed his term as elector for the American Poets' Corner of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Jac Jemc's collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel, My Only Wife, was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is also the author of a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She'd Invited In (Greying Ghost Press).  She is the poetry editor at decomP and web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

Devin Kelly is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he serves as the nonfiction editor of LUMINA. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Armchair/Shotgun, RATTLE, The Millions, Midwestern Gothic, Meat for Tea, apt, Big Truths, Kindred, Dunes Review, Steel Toe Review, Cleaver Magazine, Passages North, Lines & Stars, and District Lit. He co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in Upper Manhattan, and teaches creative writing and English classes to 7th graders and high schoolers in Queens, as well as the occasional children's poetry workshop at the New York Public Library in Harlem, where he currently lives.

Philip C. Kolin is the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern Mississippi where he also edits the Southern Quarterly. He has published more than forty books on Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks as well as six poetry collections, the most recent being Departures (Negative Capability Press, 2014). His widely used business writing textbook Successful Writing at Work is now in its 10th edition with Cengage Learning.

DB Lampman is an artist, mother, and co-founder of the Staten Island MakerSpace, a community work space for creative people. She likes to take on impossible tasks that pull her in a thousand directions.

Eugenia Loli is a filmmaker and a modern vintage collage artist. Originally from Greece, she currently lives in California.

Kathleen Markowitz has new poetry in the forthcoming anthology Goodbye, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Ruminate Magazine. She is the recipient of the Leslie Sheil Endowed Fellowship in Creative Writing established through the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia, and the Paul and Eileen Mariani Fellowship for Poets through Image Journal. She lives and works as a fine arts painter in Richmond, Virginia.

Dennis McFarland is the bestselling author of seven novels, the most recent of which is Nostalgia, a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" and a Washington Post "Best Book of 2013."  His short fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, The New Yorker, Prize Stories: the O'Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University.  He lives in rural Vermont with his wife, writer and poet Michelle Blake.

Ryan McIlvain's debut novel, Elders, was long listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. His shorter fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, The Rumpus, Tin House online, Post Road, and other venues. A former Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, he currently lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Ben Merriman is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago and fiction editor at Chicago Review. Ben's writing has appeared in magazines such as n+1, Threepenny Review, Democracy, and Black Warrior Review, as well as Issue 26 of Post Road.

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press. His many children's books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker and He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award (3X) and the Phillis Wheatley Award. He owns R. Michelson Galleries and he is the current Poet Laureate of Northampton Massachusetts.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell has published three collections of poems, Saint Sinatra (2011), Moving House (2009), and Waking My Mother (2013), and the chapbooks MINE (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009).  A sixth book of poems, Lovers' Almanac, will appear in 2015. Her work has appeared in many journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Web Award, and the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing. O'Donnell teaches English & Creative Writing at Fordham University and serves as Associate Director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.  Readers can visit her on the web at

Alice G. Otto is the recipient of an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for short story writing. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals including Best of Ohio Short Stories, Yalobusha Review, Hawai'i Review, Harpur Palate, and Surreal South '13. She holds a MFA from the University of Arkansas, where she received awards and fellowships in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.

Robert Pack is currently teaching a course in Shakespeare and Mozart's operas at the Molli Program for adults at the University of Montana.  His twentieth collection of poetry, Clayfeld Holds On, is scheduled for publication in 2015.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Visit him online at

Frank Foster Post is an artist and musician. Post's "cartoon" art is exhibited extensively in Connecticut and NYC, with collectors throughout the United States. His work can be seen at Woodward Gallery, NYC, and at

Joseph Seven, a/k/a David Six, a/k/a Virginia Trembles, a/k/a David Spiher is a painter/printmaker currently working out of the Compound Gallery & Studio in Oakland, California. This current body of paintings and prints are involved with appearance and loss as evidenced through disjoint metaphor and narrative. Seven's husband is in the middle stages of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND).

Gary Sheppard is a contributor to New York Tyrant Magazine, Redivider, The Southeast Review, and others. He is a recipient of a John & Renee Grisham Fellowship at The University of Mississippi, and a winner of a Bondurant Writing Award, judged by Jesmyn Ward. He has worked numerous jobs in the Eastern United States, Kenya, Wales, and Mexico. Currently he teaches English in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is completing a PhD at Florida State. He is from Mississippi.

Justin Taylor is the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be found at or @my19thcentury.

Matt Tompkins lives in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, and cat. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Atticus Review, H_NGM_N, Ostrich Review, and other places. You can find more of Matt's writing by visiting his website,

Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk is a surreal artist influenced by 19th Century imagery. She develops compelling mystical female characters in unusual contemporary settings. She is represented by Woodward Gallery in New York City. website:

Cristina Vergano's classical painting style offsets the imaginative content of her work. The style of the Old Masters, a surreal vein, a subtle feminist concern, and a love for words enrich her work. Vergano has shown in numerous museums and institutions.

Thuan Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in New Orleans, LA. His paintings examine constructions of identity and his research has led him to study Vietnamese communities world-wide. He currently lives in New Haven, CT where he is a Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University.

Wil Weitzel is a 2014 NYC Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction, and his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, Southwest Review, and elsewhere.  

Jim Whiteside holds degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Vanderbilt University. Recent poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK Magazine, the minnesota review, diode poetry journal, storySouth, and Heavy Feather Review, among others.