Post Road Magazine #31
Post Road #31


Jeffrey Alfier won the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection, Idyll for a Vanishing River (2013). He is also author of The Wolf Yearling (2013), The Storm Petrel (2014) and The Red Stag at Carrbridge (2016). He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

Rosaire Appel is an ex-fiction writer who abandoned words for images. She explores the betweens of reading / looking / listening. She makes books (commercially printed, hand-made, and recycled), ink drawings, digital drawings, abstract comics, and short animations. Her subject is visual language. She develops combinations and sequences which remain open to interpretation, keeping the relationship between the viewer and the work active rather than passive. Her website is

Emily Barton's first two novels, Brookland and The Testament Of Yves Gundron, were both named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her third novel, The Book of Esther, came out in June. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She can be found on Twitter @embleybarton.

W.B. Belcher is the author of Lay Down Your Weary Tune, published by Other Press in early 2016. When not writing, Belcher is the Director of External Affairs at The Hyde Collection, an art museum and historic house in Glens Falls, New York. He lives on the border of New York and Vermont with his wife and two kids.

Loren Britton holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Yale. In January 2015 Britton presented a solo exhibition titled Physical Sun at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, Japan. Britton is 1/2 of the curatorial team for Improvised Showboat with Zachary Keeting and loves looking at and making juicy paintings. Artist website:

Susan Carr is an MFA graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. Susan is presently working to expand the idea of painting and curatorial practice. She is very interested in indigenous cultures, magic, and raw brute art. Susan also uses found objects in her work, which she feels give the work a sense of chance and possibility. You can find her surfing the Internet, at the ocean and in her studio. For more of her work:

Suzanne Cope is the author of Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food and has written essays and articles for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Lucky Peach, among other publications. She teaches writing at Manhattan College and University of Arkansas Monticello MFA Program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

W.B. Belcher is the author of Lay Down Your Weary Tune, published by Other Press in early 2016. When not writing, Belcher is the Director of External Affairs at The Hyde Collection, an art museum and historic house in Glens Falls, New York. He lives on the border of New York and Vermont with his wife and two kids.

Theodore Dawes lives in Irvine, California. This is his first published story.

Ezra Dan Feldman is a PhD student in English at Cornell University and the author of Habitat of Stones, a collection of poems. His dissertation, "Real Possibilities: Speculative Metafiction and the Poetics of Speculative Selves," focusing on works by Margaret Atwood, Lydia Davis, Tom McCarthy, Colson Whitehead, and Don DeLillo, will investigate the form and significance of fictional characters presented as possible, hypothetical, or projected—and yet unreal. Ezra's writing has most recently appeared in Newfound, Hayden's Ferry Review, and The Carolina Quarterly.

Kirby Gann is the author of three novels; his most recent, Ghosting, was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and flavorpill. Having served eighteen years as managing editor at Sarabande Books, he is now a freelance editor and book designer, while also on faculty at the brief-residency MFA Program at Spalding University.

Brad Geer is a native of Kansas who recently returned from a stint working at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He is a teacher, instructional designer, and writer. His work has also been featured in The Mondegreen.

Holly George-Warren is the author of more than a dozen books, including Public Cowboy #1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry and A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. A two-time Grammy nominee and ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award recipient, she is currently writing a biography of Janis Joplin, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

Jaclyn Gilbert holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches writing at Pace University and Westchester Community College and is at work on her first novel.

Connie Goldman utilizes the vocabulary of reductive art to visually articulate her intellectual and emotional responses to the world. Her use of essential means describes natural phenomena and the contradictory forces of stasis and flux. Goldman exhibits internationally and her work is featured in many museum collections. Her website is

Becky Hagenston's first story collection, A Gram of Mars, won the Mary McCarthy Prize; her second collection, Strange Weather, won the Spokane Prize. Her third collection, Scavengers, won the Permafrost Book Prize and is forthcoming in 2016 from University of Alaska Press. Twice the recipient of an O. Henry award, she is an associate professor of English at Mississippi State University.

Alan Hanson is a writer from California. He's written for Cosmopolitan, McSweeney's, and The Hairpin, among others.

David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he taught at the University of Vermont for thirty-eight years. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's, and Green Mountains Review. In 2012, his novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 Pen New England Award for Poetry. His most recent book is a collection of poems, Dream Sender, published in September 2015 by LSU Press.

Noé Jimenez is a painter living and working in New Haven, CT. Starting with old family photographs, he assembles a structure by collaging and shaping the cut outs as a surface for paintings. The work comes out reading as sculpture first and a picture plane second, and so Jimenez explores personal narratives with color and flat space. Under the skin of paint on a textured 35mm print, the colors of both photography and painting are used to create the forms and abstracted imagery of his assembled canvases.

Josh Kalscheur is the 2015-16 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow. His book, Tidal (Four Way Books), was the winner of the 2013 Levis Prize in Poetry and was published in Spring 2015. Individual poems have been published in Boston Review, The Iowa Review and Slate among others.

Sarah Kennedy lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Rutgers University Camden. She previously worked as a lexicographer, a travel writer, a waitress, a bartender, and an amusement park ride operator. She holds a BA from Harvard and an MFA from Rutgers-Camden. Her work appears in Chautauqua Magazine, Under the Sun, Some Call it Ballin', and Hidden City Philadelphia.

Lania Knight's first book, Three Cubic Feet, was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in Debut Fiction. Her stories, essays, and interviews have been published in The Missouri Review, PANK, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, Jabberwock Review, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming in Quiddity and Queen Mob's Teahouse. Lania was a Resident Writing Fellow at Vermont Studio Center for July 2015. She currently teaches as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Gloucestershire in the UK. Read more about her at

Stacy Leeman exhibits widely throughout the nation. She is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, where her next solo exhibition will be shown in 2016. Leeman has a BA in Studio Art from Oberlin and an MFA from Rutgers. Her work can be found at

Bonny Leibowitz is an artist working in mixed media with recent exhibitions at Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA; Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX; and The Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX. Notable group exhibitions have been held in New York, Baltimore, and London. She co-curated "Family Ties" with Julie Torres of New York. Artist website:

Meg Lipke has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. She received a BA from the University of Vermont and an MFA from Cornell University. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Ghent, NY. She often treats her paper, canvas or panel as if she were working with fabric. Artist website:

Stephen B. MacInnis lives and works in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he was born and raised. A painter, for the past several years he has been working on a long-term project entitled Long Series, a series of over 1,500, 12 × 12 inch mixed media paintings. It's his plan to complete 10,000 paintings in this series. The Long Series is primarily mixed media on paper. Within the series the exploration of drawing, painting, collage, and unusual materials such as tape, objects, and found papers are exploited. The use of accident, contrivance, simulation, and collaboration with other artists and the public have also been utilized. The project explores the effects of a long-term project on the development of a personal iconography. Artist website:

Jana Martin's books include the collection Russian Lover and Other Stories and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in publications from New York Times and Cosmopolitan to the Mississippi Review, Glimmer Train, Five Points, and New World Writing. She is a contributing editor for The Weeklings and the SUNY New Paltz Writer in Residence for Spring 2016. A veteran of numerous punk bands and a former denizen of the spoken word scene, she now lives in the Hudson Valley.

Carrie Messenger lives in West Virginia. Her fiction has appeared most recently in Fairy Tale Review, The Florida Review, and The Literary Review. Her translations from Romanian have appeared in Circumference, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Words Without Borders.

Lincoln Michel is the author of the story collection Upright Beasts and the co-editor of the science flash fiction anthology Gigantic Worlds. His work has appeared in Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, NOON, The Believer, and elsewhere. He is the editor-in-chief of and the co-editor of Gigantic magazine. You can find him online at and @thelincoln.

Steve Monroe has written seven one-act plays, four ten-minute plays, three full-length plays, two original screenplays (co-written a third), a couple of short stories, and a novel. He is currently working on his first detective novel. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and three sons.

Andrew Morgan is a professor, poet, editor, and volunteer whose work can be found in magazines such as Conduit, Verse, Slope, Stride, Fairy Tale Review, Country Music, GlitterPony, Pleiades (as part of a "Younger American Poets" feature), and is included in the anthology Disco Prairie Aid and Pleasure Club. He is the recipient of a Slovenian Writer's Association Fellowship which sponsored a month long writing residency in the country's capital city of Ljubljana. He has served as the Juniper Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he facilitated the Visiting Writers Program, and he has worked as an editorial assistant for Verse Magazine, and an assistant managing editor for Verse Press. He is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New England College. His first book, Month of Big Hands, was published by Natural History Press in 2013.

Laura Moriarty is former long-time director of the R&F workshop program and The Gallery at R&F. Her honors include two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a Radius Award from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, a MARK Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and most recently, a Projects Grant from United States Artists. Laura has participated in numerous artist residencies including The Vermont Studio Center, The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and The Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She has exhibited extensively at venues including the OK Harris Works of Art, International Print Center New York, The Islip Art Museum, The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, and The Jyväskylä Art Museum. She is the author of Table of Contents, an artist's book published in 2012. Artist website:

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's work focuses on environmental issues by exploring the meaning embedded in materiality, utilizing everything from snail trails to honeycomb to industrial waste. She received her undergraduate degree in painting from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and earned her MFA at The Ohio State University in 2012. Artist website:

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, Post Road, and McSweeney's. He teaches writing at Coastal Carolina University.

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The book is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in August 2016. Palm owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the editor of Please Do Not Remove, a book featuring work by Vermont writers. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Brevity, DIAGRAM, Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Sundog Lit, Essay Daily, and elsewhere.

Ricardo Paniagua was born in Dallas, TX, in 1981. Ricardo left the educational system his sophomore year in high school and is self-informed. Now approaching ten years of serious practice, his work finds itself included amongst academically trained professionals and on institutional platforms throughout Texas and more recently abroad. While engaging in the ongoing dialogue that is "contemporary art," he has been known to evolve multiple bodies of work concurrently. Recurrent in his work are themes ranging from pure abstraction to exquisitely precise geometric design, at times experimental and/or conceptual. Having a rigorous work ethic and eye for detail that can be traced back to a lineage of master tile artisans, Paniagua utilizes articulated craftsmanship in much of his recent work.

Paola Peroni was born and raised in Rome. Her fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, Mississippi Review, Fence, The Common, and other publications. She has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles for many years. She now lives in New York City and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

Wendy Rawlings is the author of a novel, The Agnostics, and a collection of short stories, Come Back Irish. Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, The Cincinnati Review, and the 2016 Pushcart Prize anthology.

Jason Rohlf, born in 1970, is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has resided with his family in Brooklyn, New York for the past sixteen years. While exhibiting nationally, Jason has also created a public work in glass for the MTA's Arts for Transit program. About his Shop Rag Project, he writes, "Like a recalled memory, a once obscure thing, hidden elements from the piece's past will form an essential role on the surface, often as relief, while the most hard-fought details will likely earn a swift opaque top coat as a result of each day's fits and starts. By conveying an urban palimpsest, many of the most thoughtful moments occur as these conflicting efforts achieve harmony and then begin to recede, resulting in the melding of competing ideas." Artist website:

Suzanne Manizza Roszak's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, Hayden's Ferry Review, Redivider, and ZYZZYVA. Her first full-length manuscript, After the Wake, was a finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes, the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, and the Akron Poetry Prize. Suzanne received her MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine in 2015.

Joanna Ruocco is an assistant professor of creative writing in the English Department at Wake Forest University. She has published several books, including Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize (judged by Ben Marcus), and most recently, Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). Ruocco also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, MidnightFlame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex). Her stories have appeared in numerous journals including NOON, Conjunctions, The Black Warrior Review, Caketrain, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Ethan Rutherford's fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories. His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Born in Seattle, Washington, he now lives in Hartford, Connecticut, and teaches at Trinity College.

Susan Still Scott is an artist living and working in New Lebanon, NY. She has exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and museums, and on multiple occasions in Europe. She has received noteworthy residency fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. More information can be found at

Suzan Shutan's work straddles two and three dimensions. Rooted in Post Minimalism, she explores life processes through materials, pattern, and color. She received a BFA from Cal Arts and MFA from Rutgers University. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and is in various collections and publications. Artist website:

Remy Smidt is a 21-year-old writer from Phoenix, Arizona.

Julie Torres is a Brooklyn-based painter and curator, organizing community focused projects and frequent collaborations with likeminded artists. More about her work and upcoming events can be seen at

Joyce Ann Underwood is a writer whose identity as a Floridian has inspired much of her work. Growing up in Crescent City, Florida, she spent many afternoons listening to the old-timers tell stories about just about everyone they had ever known. Her love for storytelling would grow into a refined passion at the University of West Florida where she received a BA in English and Creative Writing in 2009. Joyce blogs at First Person Narrative and has been published on Offbeat Home, HIV Here&Now, and in the now defunct publication Kairos. She lives with her husband and daughter wherever the military takes them, which at the time of this writing is Fayetteville, NC.

Sarah Vallance recently won a Pushcart prize for an essay published in the Gettysburg Review in Winter 2014. She also received a Special Mention in Pushcart XL and a notable mention in Best American Essays 2015 for an essay published in The Pinch, in Fall 2014. Sarah is a graduate of the City University of Hong Kong MFA program.

Jill Vasileff was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently lives and works in Stockton, California. She holds a BFA from Parsons School for Design, NY, and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale, NY. She has exhibited internationally in New York, California, Detroit, Dallas, Washington DC, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Artist website:

Jennifer Wheelock's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including Negative Capability Press Georgia Poetry Anthology, Diagram, River Styx, Atlanta Review, New Millennium Writings, The Inflectionist Review, Garbanzo, North Atlantic Review, The Peralta Press, Comstock Review, The Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, and the online journal Blaze. Her poem "Feeding Francis Bacon" appears in the book Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry in the chapter on formal verse. She holds an MFA from Georgia State University and a PhD from Florida State University. She lives in Los Angeles and works at UCLA.

Kim Ablon Whitney's novels have earned special distinction from the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, and Booklist Magazine. A graduate of Tufts University, Kim has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, three children, and dog. She is a member of the PEN New England Children's Book Committee and coordinator of the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.

Angela Woodward is the author of the collection The Human Mind and the novel End of the Fire Cult. Her collection Origins and Other Stories won The Collagist's 2014 prose chapbook competition and will be out from Dzanc in 2016. Her novel Natural Wonders, also forthcoming in 2016, was the winner of the 2015 Fiction Collective Two Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.