Post Road Magazine #34
Post Road #34


Alan Ackerman is a Professor of English at the University of Toronto. His books include Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America and Seeing Things, from Shakespeare to Pixar. His poetry has appeared previously in The Dalhousie Review.

Andrew Blackman is a novelist and freelance writer from London, currently traveling full-time with his wife Genie. He's had two novels published in the UK and is working on his third.

Stefan Bolz lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York. He believes that his dad reading German poetry to him as bedtime stories is responsible for his love for language and writing. He won't be pinned down in any genre and feels at home in science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, as well as poetry and essays. You can find him at .

Bill Coyle's poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, andThe Hudson Review, and his collection The God of This World to His Prophetwon the New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 2010 he received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A collection of his translations of the Swedish poet Håkan Sandell, Dog Star Notations: Selected Poems 1999-2016, was published by Carcanet Press.

Jim Daniels' fifteenth book of poems, Rowing Inland, was published in 2016 by Wayne State University Press. Forthcoming books include Street Calligraphy, Steel Toe Books, and The Middle Ages, Red Mountain Press. A native of Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

Brynn Downing previously served as the 34th Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, DC. A former bartender, au pair, barista, and copy writer, she now teaches literature at a boarding school in California's Central Coast region. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in Global Studies, focusing on Masculinity and Nationalism in Former-Yugoslavia, from the College of William and Mary. She conducts interviews with Four Way Review. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Glass: a Journal of Poetry, The James Franco Review, Specter Literary Journal, and Prairie Schooner.

Donna Gordon's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Story Quarterly, The Quarterly, The Boston Globe Magazine , and others. She has at various times been a PEN Discovery, Ploughshares Discovery, and a Stegner Fellow. She is completing a novel, What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me.

Tracey Gratch lives in Quincy, MA with her husband and their four children. Her poems have appeared in publications including Mezzo Cammin, The Literary Bohemian, The Flea, Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Literary Magazine, The New Verse News and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Her poem, "Strong Woman" is included in the American College of Physicians, On Being A Doctor, Volume 4. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in health communication at Boston University.

Atar Hadari's Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik(Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the ALTA Award and his debut collection, Rembrandt's Bible, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2013. His Pen Translates Award-winning Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levinis forthcoming from Arc Publications in March 2018.

Cris Harris teaches writing and experiential education at an independent school outside Cleveland, OH, and spends his summers growing tomatoes and restoring a turn of the century barn. His essays and poems have recently appeared in The Flexible Persona, Alice Blue Review, Skylark, Proximity Magazine, New South, Rogue Agent, The Gambler, Cleaver , and the New Engagement.

John Harn has worked with international students more than twenty-five years, mostly in Oregon. His poems have been in: Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Carolina Quarterly, South Carolina Review, Poetry East, Hotel Amerika, Spillway and other journals. His full-length manuscript, Physics for Beginners, was first runner-up in the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize (Cloudbank Books), judged by Dennis Schmitz, and a finalist in the 2015 Gerald Gable Book Award (Silverfish Review Press), judged by Rodger Moody. He is the father of three outstanding, grown up girls.

Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good(CCM, 2016). Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, she is also the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

Meghan Houlihan is a recent graduate of New England College's MFA program. She lives and writes in Vermont. This is her first published story.

Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, author of seven collections of poems, recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council, and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

Jody Keisner's recent work has appeared in The Threepenny Review; Hunger Mountain; River Teeth; Brain, Child; Brevity ; and elsewhere. She lives, loves, writes, parents, and teaches in Omaha, Nebraska--smack dab in the heart of the USA.

Peter Koch was an editor at the late Republic of Letters, and his fiction has appeared in the Xavier Review. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Daniel Lassell lives with his wife and son in Fort Collins, Colorado. His recent poetry appears in Yemassee, Lunch Ticket, Barely South Review, The American Journal of Poetry, andPermafrost. Visit his website at

Ben Loory is the author of Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017) and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day(Penguin, 2011). His fables and tales have appeared inThe New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, andREAD Magazine, and been heard on This American Lifeand Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Becka Mara McKay directs the Creative Writing MFA at Florida Atlantic University. Her chapbook of prose poems, Happiness Is the New Bedtime, was published in 2016 by Slash Pine Press. Other publications include a book of poetry, A Meteorologist in the Promised Land(Shearsman), and several translations of fiction and poetry from Modern Hebrew. Her work can be found in recent issues ofColorado Review, Cream City Review, Forklift Ohio, Interim, Iron Horse Literary Review, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares.

Ashley Mayne is the author of two novels, Tigerand Mankiller. She lives in Upstate New York.

Devin Murphy's debut novel, The Boat Runner, was published by Harper Perennial/Harper Collins in the fall of 2017. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, The Chicago Tribune, New Stories from the Midwest, and Confrontation among others. He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.

McKinley Murphy's work has appeared in the Chariton Review, Burntdistrict, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Purdue and a BA from Knox College.

Melissa Oliveira's essays and poems are published in AGNI, The Fourth River, BOAAT Journal, and others. Her work has been listed as a Best American Essays Notable and received honorable mention from Glimmer Train. Her book reviews have appeared in Hippocampus, The Review Reviewand PANK Online. She currently lives in Berlin, where she is at work on a collection of essays about walking through history and the once-divided city.

William Orem writes in multiple genres. His first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, formerly given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford, and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award. His first collection of poetry, Our Purpose in Speaking, recently won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Award, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, fiction and creative essay. Meanwhile, his short plays have been performed around the country, thrice being nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Currently he is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College. Details at

A wilderness guide before she began writing, Beth Peterson has an MFA from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Missouri. Her writing has appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Passages North, Mid-American Review, The Pinch , and other publications. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she teaches nonfiction in Grand Valley State University's writing program.

Rachel Pollack is the author of forty books, including two award-winning novels, Unquenchable Fire and Godmother Night. She has also written a series of books about Tarot cards known around the world, a book of poetry called Fortune's Lover, and has translated, with scholar David Vine, Sophocles's "Oidipous Tyrannos, " ("Oedipus Rex") under the title Tyrant Oidipous. She designed and drew her own Tarot deck, The Shining Tribe Tarot. With artist Robert Place she has created two more decks. She has taught and lectured on five continents. For eleven years she taught in Goddard College's MFA writing program.

Molly Quinn's fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, River City, and Blithe House Quarterly. She's currently working on a collection of stories set in a psychiatric hospital, which draws on her experience as a registered nurse. She lives in Minneapolis.

Aidan Rooney is a native of Ireland, resident in the US since 1987. He teaches at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. Awarded the Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Poet in 1997, his collections, Day Release(2000) and Tightrope(2007), are published by The Gallery Press. In 2013, he was awarded the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Club. A new collection, Go There, is forthcoming.

Kevin Sampsell is an author, small press publisher, collage artist, and bookseller in Portland, Oregon. His books include This Is Between Us(Tin House) and A Common Pornography(Harper Perennial). He has tried yoga several times without much success.

Anna Saroldi is a Master's student of Modern Literature at the University of Pavia (IT). She writes in Italian, French, and English. "Solo a metà" ("Only in half") was written in Italian and then translated into English. The two versions are both published, so that they can continue to interact with each other.

Polly Shindler (b. 1977) is a painter from Hamden, CT. She received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 2011. Polly had a solo show at Ortega y Gasset in July 2017, and has shown recently at Spring Break Art Show in NYC, Good Works Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and The Neuberger Museum.

Michael Sowder's first poetry collection, The Empty Boat, won the T.S. Eliot Award. His second, House Under the Moon, explores questions of fatherhood and contemplative life. His book on Whitman is Whitman's Ecstatic Union. A Fulbright Fellow to India, he has work in American Life in Poetry, Five Points, Sufi Journal, New Poets of the American West, Pilgrimage , and The New York TimesOnline. He occasionally writes a religion blog for the Huffington Post. A professor of English and Religious Studies at Utah State University, he lives in Logan with his partner, the writer Jennifer Sinor, and their two boys.

Laura Steadham Smith's stories have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quarterly West, and other magazines. She received the Hamlin Garland Fiction Award in 2015 and an AWP Intro Journals Prize in 2014. She lives and teaches in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is at work on a novel.

Jenny D. Williams is the author of The Atlas of Forgotten Places (St. Martin's Press, July 2017). She lives in Seattle with her husband and dog. Her website is

Alison Wisdom's fiction has recently appeared in Ploughshares, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Houston, TX, where she is currently at work on a novel. Find her online at