MENAGERIE

 

Guest Editor Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. She graduated from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where she was the recipient of Hopwood Awards in poetry and non-fiction, and she has been awarded an Emerging Writer fellowship to Aspen Summer Words and the Littoral Press Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, The Iowa Review, Drunken Boat, SOFTBLOW, Day One, Apogee, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and she is the managing editor of the Anthropoid collective. She lives in Norway, and on her tribe’s reservation in Green Bay.

 

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn’t anymore. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals, and his newest book The Prisoners is available now. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

 

Travis Dahlke is a writer from Connecticut. His work has appeared in Five Quarterly, Verbicide Magazine, Dead Beats Literary Blog and in the collection of short stories ‘Love on the Road 2013’. He regularly posts illustrated fiction on manateeriverbank.wordpress.com.

 

Alexa Doran is a poet who recently graduated from the UNCW MFA Poetry program. She has recently been featured or is forthcoming in Ekphrasis, Petrichor Review, So to Speak, Gertrude Press, The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart and CALYX literary magazines. Her poems were finalists in the 2014 Third Coast Poetry Contest, the 2014 Puerto Del Sol Contest, the 2014 Fairy Tale Review Contest and for the 2015 Nancy Hargrove Editor’s Prize.

 

Originally from Denver, Brian Robert Flynn is currently breathing the fiction and poetry of Washington, DC. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in LETTERS Journal, The Learned Pig, Glasgow Review of Books, Banango Street, and The Moth.

 

Rosie Gailor is a recent graduate of Edinburgh University’s MSc Creative Writing programme (yeah, try and figure that one out). She currently lives in Bristol; surrounded by Jaffa Cakes and in the company of her female cat, John Smith. (Don’t ask.) She’s been published twice before and has had a few of her short plays produced in Bristol and Edinburgh, and her greatest claim to fame is that if you Google her she’s the only Rosie Gailor to currently exist.

 

David Greaves’ poetry and fiction has appeared in the ‘Verge’ anthology, ‘Valve’, and ‘From Glasgow To Saturn’, and his prose-poetry pamphlet, ‘Hinged’, was released by the New Fire Tree Press in 2011. He currently lives and teaches in Madrid and generally doesn’t tweet at @dgrbolith.

 

Samuel Hovda was born and raised in rural Minnesota. He now attends the MA program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cleaver Magazine, Contrary Magazine, and elsewhere. You can find him at SamuelHovda.com and on Twitter @SamuelHovda.

 

Canese Jarboe doesn’t have a coat of many colors, but she does have a pair of cowboy boots in every color. She was raised on a farm in southeastern Kansas that sits on the cusp of the Ozarks. She is currently an MFA candidate and instructor at University of Idaho. Her visual art in collaboration with poetry can be devoured in her online ‘zine at www.velvet-tail.com.

 

Conley Lowrance began writing poetry after an aborted career in punk rock. His interest in lyrics and subculture literature eventually led him to the University of Virginia’s poetry writing program where he received his BA in 2012. His poems have appeared in publications by Tupelo Press, Columbia Journal, Underwater New York, The Glasgow Review of Books, and Empty Mirror, among others.

Currently, he is exploring the intersections of Surrealist poetry and detective fiction and is the Program Manager at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities and Society of Fellows. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and cats. Follow him @ConleyLowrance.

 
 
 

Wyatt McMurry is a current student in the MFA program at the University of Alabama.

 

Myra Pearson is an American poet from Virginia. Pearson graduated from Radford University, where she studied literature and poetry. She currently lives in Seoul and teaches English at Duksung Women’s University. Her poetry has been published in Grey Sparrow Press, Tulane Review, Chiron Review, and Antiphon Poetry Magazine. Her debut book of poetry, Familiar Spirit, will be available through Aldrich Press.

 

Emily Pinkerton is a technologist and poet. Previously an editor at Twitter, she is currently an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University. Her writing has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Transfer, Gravel, LEVELER, Electric Cereal, Lemon Hound, and The Bold Italic, among others. She can be found online on Twitter at @neongolden and at thisisemilypinkerton.tumblr.com. Her favorite color is fog.

 

Jessica June Rowe is Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Review literary journal. She is a Playground-LA playwright, and a graduate of USC’s multi-genre Master of Professional Writing. In 2015 (so far!), she has had four short plays staged at the Zephyr Theater in LA, and wrote and directed her first short film. To pay the bills, she is a content marketing specialist, creating articles, infographics, and videos for the web. She also really loves chai lattes. Find out why by following her on Twitter @willwrite4chai.

 

Meg Smitherman is a 29-year-old writer and hermit of the Pacific Northwest. Occasionally she draws things. She has several unfinished and one nearly-finished novel under her belt, a crippling addiction to coffee, and a chihuahua companion named Professor Lyall. The most important things in Meg’s life are: Coke Zero, rainy Portland winters, Twitter, and her soul mate Stacey. Her favorite food is bread.

 

Julian Stallabrass is a writer, photographer, curator and lecturer. He is Professor in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is the author of Art Incorporated, Oxford University Press 2004. He is the editor of Documentary, in the MIT/ Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series; and Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images, Photoworks, Brighton 2013.

 

Brandon Taylor is a PhD candidate in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studies stem cells in tiny animals. He was selected as a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction, and his work has appeared in Chicago Literati and Jonathan. He can be found tweeting at @brandonrambles.

 

Stuart Thursby is an art director and designer who spends his days playing with colours, shapes and letters to make internet things happen. When he’s not doing that, he’s usually either cooking, playing video or board games, or reading — and in occasional fits of inspiration and manic energy, all three at once.

 

Sonya Vatomsky is a Moscow-born, Seattle-raised ghost and the author of poetry collection Salt is for Curing (Sator Press) and chapbook My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press). They are an asst. editor at Fruita Pulp, where they also review poetry. Find them by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at sonyavatomsky.tumblr.com.

 

Eric Williams is a writer living on the lithified remains of a Cretaceous seaway in Austin, TX. Come say hello to him on twitter (@geoliminal).