Post Road Magazine #35
Post Road #35


Alysia Abbott is a writer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Real Simple,, Out, Salon, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other publications. She is the co-founder of The Recollectors Project ( and the Director of the Boston Literary District. Abbott is also the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (W.W. Norton). She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968, Osama Alomar is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he is the writer in residence at the City of Asylum and performs as a musician. His short stories have been published by Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, The Southern Review,, The Paris Review Daily,,, Guernica Daily, The Outlet (the blog of Electric Literature), NoonThe Coffin FactoryPainted Bride QuarterlyGiganticThe Literary Review, and Dissent. New Directions published Fullblood Arabian, a pamphlet-sized collection in 2014, and the story collection The Teeth Of The Comb in 2017, which was also released this year in Spain.

Christian Collins is a librarian and a translator in Compton, Quebec.

Hillary Fifield has also been published in New World Writing. She is a graduate of New England College’s MFA program. She teaches high school English.

Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths. Her work has appeared in Black Heart Magazine,Fried Chicken and Coffee,and Knee-Jerk Magazine.She is Framingham State University’s Miriam Levine Reader for 2018, a software project manager, and instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center. Kelly is Arkansas bred and Boston based.

Ru Freeman is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl(Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, Dutch, and Chinese. She is the editor of the anthology Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015) and co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (2018). Her writing appears internationally including in the UK Guardian, the New York Times,and the Boston Globe.She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and is the recipient of many fellowships including from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Lannan Foundation. She is a winner of the Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the JH Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

Lori Yeghiayan Friedman was born and raised in Southern California. She holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of California at San Diego. This is her first journal publication.

Michael Gracey is an English teacher at Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. His writing has appeared in The Briar Cliff Review, Dogwood, The Green Mountains Review Online,Under the Sun, Water~Stone Review, and Ninth Letter.The Ninth Letter piece was the winner of the 2015 Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, and it was cited as a noteworthy essay in Best American Essays.

Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake's Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (University of Iowa Press) and the poetry chapbook The Tug (Finishing Line Press). Her essays and poems have been published in such places as The Florida Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Lillith Magazine, Upstreet, Consequence Magazine and Tar River Poetry. Several pieces have been anthologized. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and taught at Rochester Institute of Technology for fifteen years. Two recent essays were considered "Most Notable" in Best American Essays.

Jeff Jackson is the author of the novel Mira Corpora which was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second novel, Destroy All Monsters,was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in October 2018. It has received advanced praise from Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Dennis Cooper. As a playwright, six of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe company in New York City. His play Dream of the Red Chamber: Performance for a Sleeping Audience, an adaptation of the epic Chinese novel, debuted in Times Square in 2014.

Rachel Joseph ’s short stories and plays are published or are forthcoming in a range of journals ranging from North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Coachella Review to Heavy Feather Review, After the Pause, Dime Show Review, and The Brooklyn Review. She was a shortlisted finalist for the 2017 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novella competition. Additionally, she was a finalist for the 2017 Arts & Letters Drama Prize, a semi-finalist for the 2017 Elixir Press Fiction Award, and a finalist for the Black Lawrence Press 2017 Hudson Prize. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Trinity University.

Christopher Kennedy is the author of five poetry collections, including Clues from the Animal Kingdom, published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in the fall of 2018. Kennedy is also one of the translators of Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil, (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013), published as part of the Lannan Translation Series. His work has appeared in several journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Plume, New York Tyrant, Ninth Letter, The Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, and McSweeney’s. In 2011, he was awarded an NEA Fellowship for Poetry. He is a professor of English at Syracuse University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Ran Keren is a PhD student in Sociology at Northeastern University. He is an ethnographer who has studied trailing spouses of elite scholars and is currently researching humor and stand-up comedy, focusing on the ways gender, race, age, and ethnicity intersect, including how humor is used for resistance. He received a BA in Science from The Hebrew University in Israel, a BA in sociology from The Open University in Israel, and an MA in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Harris Lahti’s work has appeared in New York Tyrant, Yemassee, Potomac Review, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and edits for Juked.

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 in The New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and READ Magazine, and have been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Louise Marburg is the author of a collection of stories, The Truth About Me (WTAW Press, 2017), which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle and Entropy as a best book of 2017. Winner of the Independent Press Book Award for short story collections, The Truth About Me was also shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her stories have appeared in Narrative, The Pinch, Carolina Quarterly, Ploughshares, The Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City with her husband, the artist Charles Marburg. You can find her at

Bethany Marcel is a freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her creative work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction Advocate, The Nervous Breakdown, and Entropy, among others. She has received a residency from the Spring Creek Project. She is currently working on her first book. Find her online at

Michael Mercil is a visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches at the Ohio State University. His art explores realms of “the near, the low, the common” in works close to if not within the categories of sculpture, drawing, painting, landscape architecture, film, performance, and agriculture. Mercil has previously contributed writings to Anthropocene, PLACES Magazine, Public Art Review, and TriQuarterly.

Michelle Muldrow is a nationally recognized painter whose work is a conceptual exploration of the American landscape. Her work explores the relationships between landscape, consumerism, historical aesthetic philosophy, and personal narrative. She applies philosophical ideas to American landscape painting, using historical precedents and imbuing the contemporary experience to reach an understanding of America.

Fabia Oliveira is a graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program. She is a Brazilian- American writer who writes about navigating both of her inherited cultures. Her essays have appeared in Perversion Magazine, Rigorous, a journal by people of color, and Your Impossible Voice. She has an essay forthcoming in the Crab Orchard Review and her poetry has appeared in Lesley’s literary magazine, Common Thought. She is currently promoting her collection of essays entitled Threads. She lives in Somerville, MA with her two children.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish poet and theologian. He lives in Belfast and works in fields of conflict, reconciliation, and the arts. His poetry and prose are published by Canterbury Press and Hodder.

KL Pereira ‘s debut short story collection A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality was published by Cutlass Press in September 2017, and her chapbook Impossible Wolves was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Pereira’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in Electric Literature, LampLight, The Drum, Shimmer, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Bitch Magazine, and other publications. She’s a member of the New England Horror Writers Association and has taught creative writing in high schools, domestic violence shelters, colleges and universities, and writing institutions throughout New England for over ten years. She’s been awarded grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Writing Downtown. Find her online @_klpereira and

Allan Peterson ’s sixth book, This Luminous: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Panhandler Press. Other recent books are: Other Than They Seem, winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize from Tupelo Press; Precarious, 42 Miles Press; Fragile Acts, McSweeney's Poetry Series, a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle and Oregon Book Awards. A visual artist and poet, he lives in Florida and Oregon.

Suzanne Reeder ’s fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin,Midwestern Gothic, New Haven Review, and descant. Previously, she worked as a newspaper reporter.

Ryan Ridge is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Second Acts in American Lives, a collection of stories coauthored with Mel Bosworth. An assistant professor at Weber State University, he lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and edits the literary magazine Juked.

Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal: Stories. She has published numerous stories in such publications as Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City,The Collagist, Your Impossible Voice, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction.In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives.Her website is:

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Poems appear recently or soon in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day” series, Bettering American Poetry 2017, The Best American Poetry 2016, and elsewhere. Kill Class is based on two years of fieldwork she conducted within war trainings in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America.

Becky Tuch ’s fiction has been awarded prizes from Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train, Moment Magazine, and a literature fellowship from The MacDowell Colony. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Barrelhouse, Day One, Hobart, Literary Mama, Salt Hill, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review online, and in Sundress Press’s 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. She is the Founding Editor of The Review Review. Find her at

Jason Villemez teaches creative writing at Boston University, where he received an MFA in 2016. Before graduate school he worked as a journalist for the PBS NewsHour and Philadelphia Gay News. He is currently at work on a short story collection about LGBT people. He lives in Philadelphia with his husband.

Kerri Webster is the author of three books of poetry: The Trailhead (Wesleyan, 2018), Grand & Arsenal (Iowa, 2012), and We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone(Georgia, 2005). Poems have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including the Boston Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review, and Denver Quarterly. She received her MFA from Indiana University. The recipient of a Whiting Award and the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, Webster teaches in the MFA program at Boise State.

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems(Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace(Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. Author of nine previous books and chapbooks of poetry, five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a book of essays, she teaches for Richard Hugo House and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende. She has received grants from the NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and returned to Brazil in mid-2018 on an Instituto Sacatar fellowship in Bahia.