Candice Adams (Roma) (2004) is CEO, co-founder, and copywriter at EMuse Creative, a company that subsists on the production of superior web and print graphics for members of the arts and entertainment community. She has also worked as project editor/coordinator for a book packager in Texas, with Aspen Publishers, and as a freelance copyeditor.
Zachary Anderson (2017) is a bookseller at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO. His reviews, poetry, and translations have appeared in Dream Pop Press, Fusion, Notre Dame Review, and Muse/A Journal.
Matthew Apple (1997) is the coordinator of the English program at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Measurement and JALT Journal, and his co-edited book Language Learning Motivation in Japan was released by Multilingual Matters in 2013. He has since published five more books, including Approaching Twi-Night (Kinoshita Kijitsu Press, 2015), Taking Leave: An American on Paternity Leave in Japan (Perceptia Press, 2015), Notes from the Nineties (Kinoshita Kijitsu Press, 2016), and L2 Selves and Motivations in Asian Contexts (Multilingual Matters, 2016). His newest book, Adam’s Stepsons (Amazon Digital Services) was published in April, 2017. More information can be found on his personal website.
Francisco Aragón (2003) is the director of Letras Latinas, the literary component of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He edited the collection The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007). Aragón has published two books of poetry, Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press, 2005) and Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010) for which he won the 2nd place International Latino Book Award. His poetry has appeared in The Journal and in the anthologies How to Be This Man (2003), Bend, Don’t Shatter: Poets on the Beginnings of Desire (2004), Red, White, and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (2004), Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality (2006), Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (2007), Mariposas: Queer Latino Poetry (2008), Helen Burns: New Voices from the Academy (2010), and Full Moon on K Street (2010). His work has also appeared in Jacket, Chattahoochee Review, Notre Dame Review, Crab Orchard Review, Great River Review, Heliotrope, Terra Incognita, Electronic Poetry Review, Mandorla, Pilgrimage, The Volta, MiPoesias, Origin, Borderlands, and Poetry. Aragón’s translations have appeared in Ariel, Poetry Daily, and Packing House Review. He won the Outstanding Latino Cultural Arts, Literary Arts and Publications Award (AAHHE) in 2010, and the Midwestern Voices and Visions Project Residency at the Anderson Center in 2007. He was nominated for the 2011 United States Artist Fellowship and won the 2015 VIDO Award given by Vida, Women in the Literary Arts.
Robert Archambeau (1996) is a professor at Lake Forest College. He has published four books of poetry, Inventions of a Barbarous Age (Madhat Inc, 2016), The Kafka Sutra (Madhat Press, 2015), and Home and Variations (Salt Publishing, 2004), and the collaborative poetry book, Revolutions (Dos Madres Press, 2017), written with John Matthias and Jean Dibble. He published the critical book, Laureates and Heretics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), and three chapbooks, Another Ireland (Wild Honey Press, 1999), Citation Suite (Wild Honey Press, 1999), and Slight Return: Remix and Ekphrasis (Argotist Press 2011). He also edited the books Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias (Swallow Press, 1998), Vectors: New Poetics (Samizdat Editions, 2001), and co-edited The & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press, 2010). His poems, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Poetry Daily, Prelude Magazine, Copper Nickel, The Laurel Review, At Length, Battersea Review, Voltage Poetry, Re-Reading the New Criticism, Criticism, Poetry, Cimarron Review, The Argotist, Sous les Paves, Horizon Winter, Cambridge Literary Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Action Yes, Fence, Notre Dame Review, and numerous others. Archambeau’s work has been anthologized in The Possibility of Language: Seven New Poets (iUniverse, 2001) and The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). A collection of his poetics, essays, and reviews, entitled The Poet Resigns: Poetry in a Difficult World was published by the University of Akron Press in 2013. His translations have been published in Poetry, Acido Revista, The Drunken Boat, Samizdat, and other journals. In 2006, he won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. He has also won grants from the Illinois Art Council, Lake Forest College, the Mellon Foundation, and a grant from The Swedish Academy in 2010 for an edition of the works of Göran Printz-Påhlson, later published as Letters of Blood and Other English Works of Göran Printz-Påhlson (Open Book/Cambridge, 2011). He was also the recipient of the New York Public Library “Best of the Web” Award (2003), the William Dunn Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarly Promise, and the Academy of American Poets Prize (1996). He also maintains a blogging website, featuring reviews and personal writing updates.
Kelley Beeson (1999) is a librarian in Pittsburgh. After a nearly 10-year hiatus from writing, she has returned to poetry and is writing and workshopping with Joy Katz and the Madwomen in the Attic, Carlow University’s infamous writing group. Her poetry has appeared in Kalliope, Danta, and The Rhubarbarian.
Mark Behr (1998) passed away on November 27, 2015. He was a professor of English at Rhodes College and published three novels: Kings of the Water (Abacus, 2009), Embrace (Little Brown, 2001), and The Smell of Apples (Picador, 1995) which won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the LA Times Books Prize in 1996.
Matthew Benedict (1994) has had short stories published in The Bend, The Write Room, The Mochila Review, Ginger Hill #42, Raven Chronicles, Vermont Literary Review, Drexel Online Journal, Hamline Journal, The Byline, RE:AL, Sgraffito, Potpourri, and the anthology Freedom’s Just Another Word (Outrider Press, 1998). He has written two plays, one of which, DogMatics, was featured in a staged reading at the 20th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Festival in 2011. The other, a False Lie, was featured at a staged reading at the South Bend Civic Theater in 2016. He was a runner-up in the 2010 New American Press Fiction Contest for his short story collection, Visitation & Other Fictions.
Shannon Berry (2005) earned an M. Phil in theology from The Catholic University of America in 2015, and now teaches religion at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. She wrote the libretto for the one-act chamber opera A Fire in Water, which was performed by the Silver Finch Arts Collective as part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. She has also collaborated with the composer Sarah Horick on a song cycle titled “Songs of Memory and Earth” (2010) and a choral mass titled Missa De Lumine (2012). Her work with the composer Richard Zarou appears on the album Family Dinner: A Thanksgiving (2014). Her poetry and essays have appeared in Dappled Things and Parola, and her theological writings have appeared in Assembly (2009) and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics (2015). One of her essays, “Refiner’s Fire” was nominated to the anthology Best Catholic Writing. She lives in Washington, DC, where she is currently working on another libretto for the Silver Finch Arts Collective.
Virginia Bess (Munroe) (1994) works as a development editor at Deadline Driven Publishing. She is working on a book project detailing the history of her alma mater, Culver Girls Academy.
Karni Pal Bhati (2001) teaches at Furman University. He has published a book of poetry, On Another Ground (Ninety-Six Press, 2006). His poems and translations have appeared in The Rhubarbarian.
Jackson Bliss (2007) is the 2007 Sparks Prize winner. He is the winner of the 2020 Noemi Press Award in Prose and the mixed-race/hapa author of Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments (Noemi Press, 2021), Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017). His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, ZYZZYVA, Longreads, TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Witness, Fiction, Santa Monica Review, Boston Review, Juked, Quarterly West, Arts & Letters, Joyland, Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, Pleiades, Hobart, African American Review, Stand (UK), 3:am Magazine, The Good Men Project, The Daily Dot, and the Huffington Post UK, among others. He earned his MA in English and his PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from USC where he was a FLAS fellow in Japanese, a College Merit Award Fellow, and a two-time ACE/Nikaido grant recipient. He is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter: @jacksonbliss.
Jenny Boully (2002) is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, where she received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She has published several books and chapbooks including The Body (Slope Editions, 2004), Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books, 2007), one love affair (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007), not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon (Coconut Press, 2012). Boully’s poems and essays have appeared in Eleven Eleven, Lingerpost, Columbia Poetry Review, 1913, Tarpaulin Sky, Black Warrior Review, Triquarterly, Dislocate, MAKE, Cavalier, Huffington Post, DIAGRAM, and Best American Poetry 2002 (Scribner), among others. Her work has been anthologized in YOU: An Anthology of Essays in Second Person (Welcome Table Press, 2013), The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction (2012), and the poetry anthology The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), among others. She was the 2002 winner of the Sparks Prize Fellowship, and her poetry won the AWP Intro Journal Award in 1997 and 2000, and received an honorable mention in 2002. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, in 2002 and 2009, and received the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2001. In 2010, Boully was named one of HTML Giant’s, “15 Significant Contemporary Women Writers.” She was featured as a “Sampler Poet” by Boston Review in 2006, and her book one love affair was nominated for five awards by Coldfront Magazine, winning two of those awards. In 2011, she was nominated for the 2011 Dissertation Year Prize, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, English PhD Program. She also maintains a website.
Sarah Bowman (2000) is a co-founder and director of education at Coady|Bowman LLC, where she develops educational tools and facilitates community engagement workshops. She is also the Director of Public Engagement for Trinity College in Dublin. She has taught online for Boston University and University of California Irvine. She has also held a tenured professor position at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. She co-founded The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, which is focused on helping cities and towns become more walkable, bicycle friendly, sustainable, socially engaging, and welcoming by improving the built form in Port Townsend, WA. Her poetry has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, The Bend, and Golf Course Management Magazine. She won the TYCA Midwest Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2006.
Anne Bracewell (2001) is an IB coordinator at Druid Hills High School in Florida. She was a member of the NYC Teaching Fellows.
Margaret Emma Brandl (2013) teaches at Texas Tech University, where she is pursuing a PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing and serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Gulf Coast, Paragraphiti Hobart, Sundog Lit, The Bend, Re:Visions, Pocket Broadsides, Specter, and Phantom Kangaroo. In 2017, she was awarded the George T. Prigmore Scholarship. She maintains a website which follows her readings, conferences, recent publications, and teaching.
Jace Brittain (2015) completed a Fulbright Foreign Language teaching assistantship in Austria upon graduation from ND. He now works as a freelance writer, editor, and translator. His short stories, poetry, and critical reviews have appeared in Deluge, The Bend, Jacket2, Entropy, Queen Mob, Sleeping Fish, Fanzine, Issue Zero, and The Destroyer.
Jenny Bryant (2002) has published poetry in Shenandoah, Danta, and Notre Dame Review. She won the 2002 AWP Intro Journal Award for her poem “Connections.”
Abigail Burns’s (2018) review of Toni Nealie’s The Miles Between Me appears in the 2017 issue of Notre Dame Review.
Evan Scott Bryson (2013) was the Associate Director of Communications at Adler University in Chicago. He has published his fiction in the Atticus Review and The Bend. His short film, entitled “Upon Joy and Evil” was featured at the USC Cruelty Conference in 2013, and in 2012, he was nominated for the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Prize. A regular contributor to The Actuary, he also blogs at Duck Beater and writes about film for A Bright Wall in a Dark Room. He is currently a communication specialist for a Chicago-based fintech company.
Paige Tilton Capacci (Regan)’s (2001) poetry appears in la rue barbarian.
Stacy Cartledge (2000) is the poetry editor for Georgetown Review and teaches English at Delaware County Community College. He has published two books of poetry, Within the Space Between (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2007) and Topography (Samizdat #16, 2001), and his poetry has appeared in Tapestry, Samizdat, Notre Dame Review, Danta, the Rhubarbarian, The Bend, and The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). His reviews have appeared in Free Verse and Pith. He has won two teaching awards: the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Reading Area Community College (2007), and the Honorable Teaching Ethics Award from Montgomery County Community College (2004).
Brenna Casey (2008) finished her PhD in English with a certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University in the spring of 2017. She also teaches courses in writing and literature for the university. Her nonfiction has appeared in Post Road and Ploughshares. She received the 2007-08 AWP Intro Journal Award for her creative nonfiction, was nominated for the AWP’s George Garret Prize for community service (2008), and received the Stephen Horne Award in 2016. Additional information can be found on her website.
Kelsey Castaneda’s (2017) poetry appears in Glittermob.
Yanbing Chen (1995) has a collaborative poetry translation published in The Rhubarbarian.
EddieJoe Cherbony (2011) works in public affairs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He won the 2011 Sparks Prize Fellowship, was a 2010-2011 HASTAC Scholar, and was nominated for the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award in 2011. He had a novel excerpt published in A Time to Write (Violence Prevention Initiative Literary Journal).
Lynne Chien (2007) works for CheetahMail in Hong Kong. She has published poetry in The Bend, Stone Table Review, RHINO, Susurrus, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Collaged Verse.
Tim Chilcote (2007) is senior copywriter at Shinola Detroit and a former editor of BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men. He also works as an adjunct composition instructor at Adrian College. His articles and essays have appeared in BULL: Men’s Fiction, Grand Rapids Magazine, Pokerati, HOUR Detroit, Pure Michigan, Art of Manliness, and Michigan Microbrews. He received a Best New American Voices Nomination in 2007.
Mari Christmas (2014) is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at SUNY Albany. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Paragraphiti, and The Canary Press. She is the recipient of Black Warrior Review’s Ninth-Annual Contest’s prize in Fiction/Prose and the 2016 University at Albany’s Initiatives for Women's Barlow Family Award.
Daniel Citro (2010) is a lecturer at Clemson University, South Carolina. He has published two chapbooks, Just Now the Wallop (Mud Luscious Press, 2010) and an innovative short collection entitled Seas/Horses (Opo Books and Objects, 2013). He is published in Real Poetik and The Bend.
Kieran Cloonan (1997) manages a software team at Genescois and has also worked as IT director for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
Michael Collins (1991) received a Master’s degree in creative writing at Oxford University. His books include The Feminists Go Swimming (Orion, 1996), The Life and Times of a Teaboy (Phoenix, 1999), Emerald Underground (Phoenix House, 1999), The Keepers of the Truth (Scribner, 2001), The Meat Eaters (Phoenix, 2002), The Resurrectionists: A Novel (Scribner, 2003), Lost Souls (Viking/Penguin, 2004), The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton (Bloomsbury, 2006), Death of a Writer (Bloomsbury, 2006), and Midnight in a Perfect Life (Orion Publishing, 2010), and The Death of All Things Seen (Head of Zeus, 2016). The Keepers of the Truth was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize (2001), and Midnight in a Perfect Life won the Deauville Film Festival Grand Prize for Literature (2011). Collins has also published an essay in the anthology Solo: Writers on Pilgrimage (Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2004). In 2012, his work was adapted alongside that of fellow Irish immigrant author Colum McCann for the play Belfast, which debuted in France to high critical praise. He won the Rev. Robert F. Griffin, C.S.C., Award in 2008, and the Lucien Barriere Literary Prize in 2011. In May 2009, he was the keynote speaker at the Notre Dame Mendoza Business College for Undergraduate Scholars Conference. He maintains a website.
Dawn Burns (Comer) (1998) returned her last name to Burns in 2016 and moved back to Indiana. She now lives in Syracuse and teaches writing classes at Manchester University and Ivy Tech Community College. Through her business partnership Unmeasured Words, Dawn writes and edits copy for entrepreneurs who want their stories told and their products and services sold. In addition, she maintains and publicly shares The 42 Beautiful Things Project through exhibits and presentations. Dawn has three completed books of fiction in search of homes: Jam on Bread; Born Beneath Pedro's Sombrero: Tales of Trauma and Triumph from the National Association of Tourist Attraction Survivors; and Evangelina Everyday. At present she is working on a creative nonfiction collaboration with poet Becky Miller titled Picking Persimmons: Encounters With Midwestern Men. In 2008, she was awarded the Paul Somers Prize for Creative Prose from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) for “Raised in a Corn Palace,” a story from Born Beneath Pedro’s Sombrero. In 2009, Dawn was again awarded the Paul Somers Prize, this time for her creative nonfiction piece “Fella With an Umbrella: Finding Joy on the Autism Spectrum.” Both “Raised in a Corn Palace” and “Fella With an Umbrella” were published in MidAmerica. In addition, Dawn has published work in Re:Visions, The Café Irreal, The Bend, The Dream People, Pedestal Magazine, Polite Company Magazine, Boomers Today, Watercress Journal, and The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. In 2014, Dawn was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award based on a story from Born Beneath Pedro's Sombrero. Dawn is a long-term member of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, for which she has served terms on the executive council and as president. Finally, with poet Mary Catherine Harper, Dawn is co-founder and co-organizer of the annual SwampFire Retreat for Writers and Artists, a sustaining force of her creative life. She maintains a website and Facebook page.
Patricia Connolly (2012) is an associate professor of Sociology at City Colleges of Chicago. Her poetry appears in The Bend and Other Room’s Press.
Kevin Patrick Corbett (1997)’s poetry has been published in The Rhubarbarian.
Betsy Cornwell (2012) is a New York Times bestselling author currently living and teaching in the west of Ireland. She is the story editor and a contributing writer at Parabola, and her short-form writing includes fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation, which has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Zahir Tales, Luna Luna, Echo, and elsewhere. Cornwell’s latest young adult fantasy novel, Venturess (Clarion, 2017), received a Kirkus star and was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for best young adult books. Her two other award-winning novels, Mechanica (Clarion, 2015), and Tides (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) also received critical recognition. Tides earned a place in The Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and Mechanica has been featured on several best of the year lists, including Amazon.com’s Best Young Adult Books and USA Today’s Must-Read Romances. Cornwell also hosts a monthly Podcast series titled Parabola Podcast through Soundcloud, which discusses fairy tales, mythology, mythic and religious traditions. More information can be found on her website.
Thade Correa (2013) is currently an associate professor of English at Indiana University, Northwest, as well as a piano instructor for HGS Music. He has published poetry, translations, and essays in Bitter Oleander, Moss Trill, Tripwire, Poetry City U.S.A., Vol. 4, Bird’s Thumb, The Ostrich Review, Actuary Lit, Prime Number, RHINO, Asymptote, Paragraphiti, Ibbetson Street, The Aurorean, Modern Haiku, and other venues. He co-founded The Actuary with a group of other Notre Dame MFA students. He received the 2008 Emile and Ruth Bayer Composition Award for his composition Two Poems of Louise Gluck for Voice and Piano and was nominated for the 2012 Iron Horse Literary Review Discovered Voices Award. Correa won both the 2012 Billy Maich Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2014 RHINO Translation Prize for the poem “Peace After Cigarette Butt Storm” (trans. from the Persian of Shahram Shahidi, with Alireza Taheri Araghi).
Julia Cosmides (Harris) (1996) is a writer/editor at Florida Atlantic University and maintains a blog. She has a short story published in Re:Visions.
Leo Costigan (2014) won the 2013 Discovered Voices Award from the Iron Horse Literary Review, and his story “An Account of the Cold” appears in the April 2014 issue of the magazine.
Melanie Cotter (Page) (2010) is adjunct faculty at Holy Cross College and Lake Michigan College. She has had creative work published in Word Riot, Temenos, Squid Quarterly, The Helix, 971 Menu, Leaf Garden Press, Everyday Weirdness, Danse Macabre, The Collagist, [alice blue review],Glossolalia, Corium, Necessary Fiction, Construction, JMWW, and Paper Darts. She reviews books regularly for JMWW and The Next Best Book Club blog. Her fiction has been anthologized in Dirty: Dirty (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011), The Platypus Prize: An Anthology of the Best Innovative College Writing 2009-2011, Wreckage of Reason II (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), and Too Much (Uno Kudo, 2014). In 2013, Melanie created Grab the Lapels, a blog that reviews and interviews women. The project led to the decision to create unique virtual book tours, on which she collaborates with authors.
Katy Cousino (2016) received the 2016 Mitchell Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Entropy, Deluge, Issue Zero, Seven Corners, Tagvverk, and glitterMOB.
Beth Couture (2007) received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in May of 2017 and is working as a child and family therapist. She is also an assistant editor and social media specialist for Sundress Publications. She recently published the novella Women Born with Fur (Jaded Ibis Press, 2014). She co-founded an online journal for shorts, Squid Quarterly, and has been published in journals like Georgetown Review, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, The Southeast Review, Ragazine, Connotation Press, and was featured in Thirty Under Thirty from Starcherone Books.
Donald Cowan (2010) was nominated for the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award in 2010. His poem “Eavesdropping” was published in The Bend.
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Tom Coyne (1999) has a tenure-track teaching position at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is currently the Director of their Graduate Writing program. His books include A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country (Gotham Books, 2009), and Paper Tiger: An Obsessed Golfer’s Quest to Play with the Pros (Gotham Books, 2006). His novel A Gentleman’s Game (Grove Press, 2002) was adapted into a full-length film in 2002. His writing has been published in Virgin Fiction, Sports Illustrated, and Notre Dame Magazine. A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country was a Barnes & Noble Recommended Selection and made the American Booksellers Association bestseller list. In the fall of 2009, he read as part of Notre Dame’s 43rd Annual Literary Festival. His fourth book, A Course Called Scotland was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018 and was a New York Times bestseller. He is also a Senior Writer at the Golfer's Journal where he hosts their podcast publish features in each issue. More information regarding his writing and golfing can be found on his website.
John Crawford (2001) is a freelance writer and the senior editor of Babson Magazine. His literary work has appeared in The Bend, The Threepenny Review, Philadelphia Stories, Bull, Word Riot, and Notre Dame Review. He can be found on Twitter, @crawfordwriter.
Christopher Crossen (1992) is the co-author of two medical volumes, Ask the Doctor: Hypertension (with Vincent Friedewald, Andrews and McMeel Press, 1994) and Ask the Doctor: Asthma (with Vincent Friedewald, Andrews and McMeel Press, 1994). His work has appeared in CalBusiness, Aspect Journal, Natural Soil Journal, Tahoe Quarterly, Haas Press, Manoa, The Juggler, Pacific Discovery, Backpacker, Outside, and Couloir. He owns a greeting card and art business, paints, and is an editor and contributor of Real Deep Snow.
Paul Cunningham (2015) currently holds an editorial position with Fanzine and formerly worked alongside Nichole Riggs as an editorial assistant for Action Books and Action, Yes. He is the author of the lyrical play Goal/Tender Meat/Tender (horse less press, 2015) and the translator of two chapbooks by Swedish writer, playwright, and videoartist Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias: Selected Poems (winner of the 2015 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation Contest) and The Night’s Belly (Toad Press, 2016). His e-chapbooks of poetry include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Pangur Ban Party, 2010) and FOAMGHAST (NAP, 2012). He founded Radioactive Moat Press in 2009 and the online journal, Deluge in 2012. His creative writing has appeared in publications including Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s Cassette68, InferiorPlanets, Fireflies,TheVolta, DIAGRAM, Spork, DREGINALD, BatCity Review, RealPants, SinkReview, LIT, Tarpaulin Sky, BOAAT, Witness, glitterMOB, H_NGM_N, Toad Suck Review, and others. His poem-films have appeared in tenderloin, Public Pool, Kastratet, the MAKE Magazine Lit & Luz Festival, Seattle’s INCA (The Institute for New Connotative Action), and the Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City. His reviews and interviews have appeared in Harriet the Blog, Montevidayo, HTML Giant, Fanzine, and The Poetry Foundation. Cunningham has served as a judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is an affiliate scholar of the global consortium known as INCH (The International Network of Comparative Humanities). He was a recipient of the 2015 Sparks Prize fellowship during his MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame. You can read more about his accomplishments on his website.
Douglas Curran (2000) is an editor for Rizzoli International Publications. He has published essays and short stories in Notre Dame Magazine, American Letters and Commentary, Exquisite Corpse, and Black Dirt. He received the Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship for Fiction Writing in 2000.
Renée E. D'Aoust (2006) is a fellow at the NEH Institute, and managing editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She also teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College, and lives in Switzerland and Idaho with her husband and dog. Her narrative nonfiction book, Body of a Dancer, was published by Etruscan Press in 2011. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Rain Taxi, Essay Daily, Ragazine, LARB, Triquarterly Review, Assay Journal, Ballet Review, The Volta, Notre Dame Review, Idaho Forest Owners Association Newsletter, Under the Sun, HTML Giant, The Rumpus, The Collagist, Under the Gum Tree, Trestle Creek Review, Drunken Boat, Culture Vulture, and Hippocampus Magazine, among others. She has also published work in the anthologies Reading Dance (Pantheon, 2008), Animal Companions (OVC, 2012), On Stage Alone (University Press Florida, 2012), and Naturally Yours: Poems and Short Stories about Indiana State Parks (CreateSpace, 2013). In 2005, she received the AWP Intro Journal Award for nonfiction. Her piece “Twine” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2009, and she was the recipient of the Touchstone Journal Graduate Student Nonfiction Award in 2005. She has received a Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council accommodation grant to attend Swiss Dance Days in Bern, Switzerland, a Puffin Foundation grant, an NEA fellowship, and several awards for her drama and essays, including the honor of “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and “Best Essay” for “You Move Away. You Move Closer” in Best American Essays, 2014. Updates on her writing and intellectual projects can be found on her website.
Ailbhe Darcy (2011) is a tenured lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University. Her published works include the poetry collection Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), and the chapbook A Fictional Dress (Tall-Lighthouse Press, 2009). Her work appears in a number of anthologies including If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (ed. Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, 2014), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (ed. James Byrne and Clare Pollard, 2009) and Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (ed. Roddy Lumsden, 2009). Her poems and essays also appear in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Magazine, Gorse, Poetry International, Poethead, Wordlegs, Eire-Ireland, The Wolf, The Guardian, The Battersea Review, The Moth, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Connotation Press, 3:AM, Wordlegs, Chroma, The London Magazine and Seam. She writes occasional criticism for The Stinging Fly, The Critical Flame and The Dublin Review. Her work was featured as The Guardian’s Poem of the Week during the week of Sept. 24th, 2012, and was nominated for the Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award in 2011. She received the Krause Fellowship from the American Council of Irish Studies to support her dissertation research and was awarded the Shaheen Graduate Award for the Division of the Humanities from Notre Dame.
Bryant Davis (2012) launched a podcast series in 2016 through Soundcloud titled The Joy of Serious Literature, which discusses literary criticism. In 2012, he received the Sparks Prize Fellowship, and was awarded honorable mention in the Zoetrope: All Short Story Fiction Contest.
Colby Davis (Chilcote) (2007) is a product marketing manager at Google. She has published poetry in Harpur Palate, Current Magazine, The Bend, and Grand Traverse Woman.
Amy Faith DeBetta (1996) has published creative work in Re:Visions, The Bend, and London Magazine.
Sandy Dedo (2006) is a digital media producer at Liazon. She has published poetry in Sojourn and was awarded a Cornell School of Criticism and Theory Fellowship in 2009 and the Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from Notre Dame in 2010.
Catherine Denby (1994) is on the faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. She wrote a chapter in the anthology Love the Second Time Around (Outrider Press, 2005).
Lisa De Niscia (1993) published the novels My Valley is Icky Too (Firetrap Press, 2003) and Momentary Mother (Firetrap Press, 2010), and the collection of short stories To the Left of the Microwave (Whitepoint Press, 2011). Her fiction has appeared in Brentwood Bla Bla, Noe Valley Voice, The Bend, Work Literary Magazine, and Beach Reporter.
John Dethloff (2002) teaches at Lonestar College in Texas. He has a short story published in The Bend.
Jeanne De Vita (2000) works as a developmental editor for Waterhouse Press. She has published two novels, Blue Suede Boi (Amazon, 2015) and One Exquisite Night (Decadent Publishing, 2015). Several of her chapters and short stories have been published in The Bend, Yiva Publishing, and Wizards in Publishing.
Jonathan Adriel Diaz (2015) serves as a faculty member of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. He was also nominated for the Best New Poets Anthology in 2015.
Kevin di Camillo (1995) is an editor at Paulist Press/HiddenSprings Books. He has published the poetry books Why I Drive Alfa Romeos (Typographeum, 1997) and Occasionally Yours & Others: Poems (Typographeum, 1999). He edited James Martin’s Becoming Who You Are (HiddenSpring, 2007), and co-edited John Paul II in the Holy Land (Paulist Press, 2005). His poetry has appeared in National Poetry Review, Deadalus: Journal of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Prairie Fire, Antigonish Review, Poetry East, and the anthology Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in Publishing Perspectives, Columbia, America Magazine, and National Catholic Register.
Emily DiFilippo (2010) is a PhD candidate in Iberian literatures and cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she recently received a Diffenbaugh Fellowship. She has published in Natural Bridge and The Bend.
Shaun Dillon (2004) is vice president of Dillon Energy Services in Michigan. He edited Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football (Carrol and Graf, 2007), The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees, October 13, 1960 (Carrol and Graf, 2007), and Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (Da Capo Press, 2008). His poetry has appeared in The Bend, FIELD, South Carolina Review, Danta, and Hawaii Pacific Review.
Mary Dixon (2006) is an adjunct faculty member in language and literature at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Remembered Arts Journal, Chronopolis, Dirty Chai, Something’s Brewing, Moon Magazine, The Bend, Writer’s Tribe Review, Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, Untidy Season, About Place Journal, Depths Haunted Waters Press, Eclectica, University of Georgia Press, Liturgical Credo, Willa Cather Review, and Broken Circles Project. In 2008, she published the poetry chapbook Eucharist: Enter the Sacred Way (Franciscan University). Dixon was awarded Best Thesis in All Academic Disciplines at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for her master’s thesis “The Way of the Eucharist” in 2004.
Joseph Doerr (1998) teaches writing at St. Edward’s University in Texas. He has published two books of poetry, Order of the Ordinary (Salt Publishing, 2003), and Tocayo (Shearsman Books, 2016), and his poetry and criticism has appeared in Stand Magazine, Notre Dame Review, and the anthology The Possibility of Language: Seven New Poets (iUniverse, 2001). He received the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship. His website is available through Salt Publishing, and his exploits in rock music can be viewed here.
Ryan Downey (2010) works full-time as the director of outreach and admissions at Year Up Chicago. He has had critical and nonfiction work published by Community Connections, HTMLgiant, Octopus Magazine, and Jacket. He has also published two poetry chapbooks: Poems from a News Ticker (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and This is the Fall Line (Mud Luscious Press, 2010). His poetry has also been featured in Culture Vulture, elimae, Sawbuck, Zygote in My Coffee, Word Riot, and Lamination Colony as well as in the anthology 30 Under 30 (Dzanc Books, 2011). He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009.
Shannon Doyne (2000) works for Volunteers of America in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she has helped create programs like Learning Works and The Magnolia Project, which helps at-risk high school girls build self-esteem, healthy relationships, and plan for their futures. She also writes, edits, and produces posts for The New York Times Learning Network. Her poetry and short stories have been published in The Bend, Big Toe Review, Danta, and The Rhubarbarian.
Tony D’Souza (2000) is a contributing editor at Sarasota Magazine. He is the winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2007), and he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008–2009. He has won the Florida Gold Medal for General Fiction (2006), the California Newspaper Publishers Association 1st Prize for Environmental Reporting (2009), the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting, the Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award for Investigative Reporting, and has been placed on the Best Authors, Best Novel, and Editor’s Choice lists of People Magazine, The Common Review, Literary Journal, The Washington Post, and Publisher’s Weekly, among others. His novels include Whiteman (Harcourt, 2006) and The Konkans (Harcourt, 2008), both included in the Permanent Peace Corps Collection in the Library of Congress, and Mule (Harcourt, 2011), which was shortlisted for the St. Francis College Literary Prize. His stories, poems, essays, book reviews, and conducted interviews have appeared in Album, Black Warrior Review, Notre Dame Review, Electronic Book Review, Hollins Critic, Scholastic Magazine, Stand Magazine, Elysium, Iron Horse, The New Yorker, Chicago Quarterly Review, Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Poets & Writers, Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Zembla, McSweeney’s, Subtropics, Fiddlehead, Mother Jones, The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, Riverfront Times, Sarasota Magazine, Peace Corps Worldwide, Lumina Journal and Darkhorse, among others, and in the anthology Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction (Story Press, 1997). He has also appeared on Dateline, the Today Show, NPR, the BBC, and covered the Occupy Movement in St. Louis for The Riverfront Times. He maintains a website.
Kevin Ducey (2004) is the managing editor of Scientific Journal. He has published a book of poetry, Rhinoceros (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). His work has appeared in Circumference Journal, Evergreen Review, Crazyhorse, Zoland, The Bend, Notre Dame Review, LVNG, AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, Sonora Review Caesura, Hotel Amerika, Notre Dame Review, Quarterly West, Cannot Exist, Malahat Review, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto Del Sol, Elixir 3, Fox Cry Review, Booth, and Samizdat. His play, Dust Magic, was performed by the Madison Theatre Guild in 2005. He won the Honickman Prize from APR in 2004 and the Sonora Review’s Concentrated Essay Contest in 2010.
Stephane Dunn (2000) is an associate professor of English and Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) at Morehouse College. She authored “Baad Bitches” and Sassy Supermammas: Black Power Action Films (University of Illinois Press, 2008), and her poetry and articles appear in Still, Denver Post, TheLoop21, Ms. Magazine and NewBlackMan (In Exile). Her play, Titty, was performed at the Southwest Fulton County Arts Center in August 2007. In 2009, her play, Chem-Girls, was performed by the Horizon Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA. She received the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award by Sisters in Crime in 2016. Her essay, “Standing Up for Bad Words,” was included in the Best African American Essays (Random House, 2009).
Jaclyn Dwyer (Stephens) (2009) is a PhD candidate in creative writing at Florida State University, and she currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband and daughter. She has published fiction and poetry in a number of literary magazines, including Sixth Finch, Blackbird, Witness, Wisconsin Review, 3:am Magazine, Blue Mesa Review, Notre Dame Review (an interview), Gargoyle Magazine, Rattle, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The Journal, and Witness. Her work was also featured in the anthology 30 Under 30 (Dzanc Books, 2011), and her essays have appeared in Electric Lit, Fairy Tale Review, Baltimore Review, Salon and Brain, Child. Her fiction received Special Mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and she also received a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers Conference. More information and news can be found on her website.
Nora Edwards (Dethloff) (2002) is a librarian at the University of Houston. She has published poetry in Thin Air and articles in Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 21st Century Access Services, Reference Reviews, New Library World, and Journal of Access Services.
Kristen Eliason (2008) is a strategic communications director and content creation consultant at MasterControl in the Salt Lake City Area, and the co-founder and editor of the online literary magazine Menagerie. She is the author of Picture Dictionary (Flaming Giblet Press, 2014) and the chapbook Yours (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Kristen holds an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she was the Sparks Prize recipient in 2008. Her work has been anthologized in The Best of Kore Press 2012 POETRY, and Fire in the Pasture (Peculiar Pages, 2011). Kristen’s work also appears in print and online journals, including Lantern Review, DIAGRAM, Six Little Things, Juked, Robot Melon, Two Review, Makeout Creek, Kitaab, and others. She lived in Japan in 2006, and currently lives in Northern California with her husband and their dog.
Danna Ephland (2006) lives in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a Lincoln Center trained teaching-artist, offers quarterly writing workshops called The Left Margin and hosts site-specific poetry readings. She also teaches at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University, and Kellogg Community College. She recently published two chapbooks: Needle Makes Tracks (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and A Small Acrylic Frame (2015), which won the Celery City Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in Rhino, Indiana Review, Folio, Redactions, Encore, Notre Dame Review, The Bend and the anthologies, Saints of Hysteria (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Villanelles (Knopf, 2012). She was awarded the Tea Party Magazine’s Poetry Prize in 2008. Her most recent work was a collaboration with printmaker Vicki VanAmeyden.
Michael Estes (2005) teaches at Poudre High School in Colorado. His poetry has appeared in Court Green, Margie, Re:Visions and Southwest Review. In 2011 he was a finalist in Winning Writers’ War Poetry Contest.
David Ewald (2003) serves as nonfiction and miscellany editor for Eclectica Magazine and works as an English teacher at Patterson High School. He is the author (with Stuart Ross) of Markson’s Pier (Volume XI of Essays & Fictions), as well as the solo work He Who Shall Remain Shameless (2011), stories which first appeared in The Harrow, The Bend, Morbid Outlook, and The Chimaera. Additional work has appeared in Spork Press, Metazen, Eclectica, BULL: Men’s Fiction, Halfway Down the Stairs, Serving House Journal, The Corner Club Press, and Denver Syntax. His first full-length play, Mormania, was part of Paragon Theatre’s The Trench (2009) and his second, Seat 14A, was published in The Bend (2011).
Carina Finn (2012) is the author of Invisible Reveille (Coconut Books, 2014), Lemonworld & Other Poems (Co.Im.Press, 2013), My Life Is A Movie (Birds of Lace, 2012), and I Heart Marlon Brando (Wheelchair Party Press, 2010), which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. She also published The Grey Bird, a book of emoji poetry, with Stephanie Berger (Coconut Books, 2014). Carina's creative and critical work has been published in Sink Review, Typo, NAP, Supermachine, PANK, alice blue, Coconut Magazine, Tender,Hyperallergic, Cold Front Mag, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, and elsewhere. Her plays Two Genius Husbands,Everyone, Let’s Believe in This Imaginary Currency, 13 Ways of Breaking, and 4Evr Rainbow have been performed at Howl! Happening Theater Fest, The Bowery Poetry Club, and the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Carina curates The Bratty Poets Series, co-curates The Ear Inn Series, which was started by Charles Bernstein and Ted Greenwald in 1978 as a venue for language poets and formalists to read side-by-side. She works as the advertising and events coordinator at ARTnews Magazine.
Veronica Fitzpatrick (2008) is pursuing her PhD in English/Film at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received the Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship in 2009 and the Film Studies Graduate Writing Award in 2011. She had two poems published in O Tempora! Magazine as well as critical work published in Cleo Journal, Ploughshares Blog, and world picture.
Elizabeth Anne Fredericks (2003) has had poetry published in Danta.
Clare C. Frohrip (Moen) (2000) edits WIN magazine and is at work on an anthology for The Icarus Project. She is a columnist for dykediva.com and a senior editor at Kaplan Financial. She has had essays published by CHILL Magazine and poetry published in The Rhubarbarian.
Erik-John Fuhrer (2018) 's poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in BlazeVox, Noble/Gas Qrtrly, Dream Pop Press, Crab Fat Magazine, Maudlin House, Ghost City Press, Cleaver, Softblow, Okay Donkey, and elsewhere. In 2018, Hoot Review nominated him for a Pushcart Prize and he was named an honorable mention for Survision's Inaugural James Tate Chapbook Prize. Erik's flash has appeared in venues such as Leopardskin and Limes, formercactus, Unbroken and Pigeonholes. IN 2018, Pidgeonholes nominated him for Best Microfictions 2018. More information can be found at his website: www.erik-fuhrer.com.
Suzi Garcia (2015) is the current poetry editor of Noemi Press and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. Her poetry has been anthologized in Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When EcoPoetry Thinks of Climate Change (2016). Additional poetry and critical work has been published by Word Riot, Heavy Feather Review, Yalobusha Review, Nap Lit Mag, The Dirty Napkin, Barely South, The Offing, The MFA Years, Art Amiss, Likewise Folio, The Pinch, Entropy, Harriet: the Blog, Kenyon Review, Anthropoid, The Packinghouse Review, Reservoir Literary Magazine, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Chris Gerben (2003) is a freelance content creator at Qnary. His articles and poems have appeared in Across the Disciplines, Peer Pressure/ Peer Power, The Writing Instructor, Council Chronicle, Media in Transition, Reading Research Quarterly, Common Sense, Xylem, and Scholastic, among others. He has received the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, the Rackham Humanities Fellowship, and the Linda Pinder Fellowship from the University of Michigan, as well as a CCCC Emerging Pedagogies and Travel Grant from Pearson Publishing (2011).
Lisa Gonzales (2005) has published a poetry chapbook, Arroyo (Momotombo Press, 2004). Her fiction has appeared in Chattahoochee Review. She is the director of editorial content at Learning Policy Institute. She was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow from 1997-2000 and in 2006 was nominated for Best New American Voices.
Dónal Kevin Gordon (1996) is the program director at Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and holds a concurrent appointment as adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Already Board-certified in Family Medicine, he will soon begin the process required to obtain Board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board and a regular contributor to the Journal of Palliative Medicine and has co-authored several book series’ for Torstar, the National Geographic Society, and Time-Life Books. His poetry has been published in The Bend, Notre Dame Review, The Rhubarbarian and Danta. In 2014, he won the Iowa City Poetry in Public Competition. He maintains a blog.
Darin Graber (2008) is currently working towards an MA/PhD in comparative literature at the University of Colorado, where he teaches first year writing. He has published a poem translation in das geforene meer. He has also published work in KULT, Magpie Magazine, Squid Quarterly, Studies in Romanticism, and Weisz auf Schwarz.
Emily Grecki (2014) is the 2014 recipient of the Nicholas Sparks Fellowship. She is currently the editor of Literacy Content and Instruction at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Alicia Guarracino (2009) has published in The Idiom and The Bend. She adjuncts at Ocean County College and Stockton College, NJ. She also works as a professional writing assistant at Monmouth University.
Stephanie Guerra (Reidy) (2004) teaches children’s literature in the Department of Education at Seattle University, and creative writing at King County Juvenile Detention. She is also the editor for Headonfire Books. She is the author of the children’s book Billy the Kid is Not Crazy (Brilliance Audio, 2013), the young adult novels Torn (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2012), Betting Blind (Skyscape, 2014) and Out of Aces (Skyscape, 2015), and the picture book series Zach and Lucy (Simon Spotlight, 2016). Her research has been published in Children’s Literature in Education, PNLA Quarterly, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She is the winner of the 2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her research on multicultural literary experiences for youth, and the recipient of artists’ grants from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture. She was also awarded the Bonnie Campbell Hill Washington State Literacy Leader Award in 2015. She also maintains a website.
Nate Gunsch (2006) is a senior program analyst at The Doe Fund Inc. His poetry and fiction has been published in The Straddler and The Bend.
Thomson Guster (2017) was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Kelly Writers House Junior Fellows Prize, and managed, edited, and published HEAT MAP #9, a fictional punk fanzine covering the secret histories of music that doesn’t exist and the millenarian obsessions that inspire it. Other work has appeared in the pages of Strange Attractors: Investigations into Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexuality and the spring 2014 issue of Bedfellows magazine.
Jarett Haley (2008) placed third in Playboy’s 2007 College Fiction Contest. He has been published in Notre Dame Review, Pear Noir!, The Collagist, and Word Riot. He is the founding editor of Bull: Fiction for Thinking Men, for which he received a Dockers grant, and the current editor-in-chief of Triton Magazine at UCSD.
Evan Harris (2016) is in the doctoral program at the Royal College of Art. His poetry, fiction and essays have been published in The White Review, Metazen, OpenDemocracy, Litro, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Quietus, JOTTA, 3AM Magazine, and Roundhouse Journal.
Julia Harris (2015) is the CEO / co-founder at Speaks Creative Agency and also works at Mavenlink. Her poetry and essays have been published in Deluge and Entropy.
Trish Hartland (2019) poetry, soundpieces, translations & etc. can be found or are forthcoming in Fence, [PANK], Cleaver, Circumference, tagverk, Two Lines, BrooklynRail, Anomaly, Asymptote, Exchanges, Notre Dame Review, TL;DR, Black Warrior Review, Burning House Press, Empty Mirror, Duende, Quarterly West, Lunch Ticket, World Lit Today, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Her translation with Hodna Bentali Gharsallah Nuernberg of Raphaël Confiant's novel Madame St. Clair, Queen of Harlem is imminently forthcoming with Dialogos Books, and translations in an anthology of Maghrebin Francophone essays are forthcoming with University of Liverpool Press. This Fall, she'll be a BULPIP Fellow in Lahore, Pakistan, and afterward will pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Kevin Hattrup (2007) teaches English at the Catholic High School of Baltimore. His poetry has been published in The Bend.
Justin Haynes (2003) received a fiction fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an assistant professor at Randolph-Macon University.
Rebecca Hazelton (Stafford) (2005) is an associate professor in creative writing at North Central College. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Four Way Review Poetry, Verse Daily, Conduit, The Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Indiana Review, Potomac Review, Margie, Salt Hill, Chattahoochee Review, Notre Dame Review, RHINO, Slipstream, Midway Journal, American Book Review, Pleiades, FIELD, Conjunctions, Drunken Boat, Gulf Stream, Coconut, La Fovea, and The Poetry Foundation Online, among others. She authored four poetry chapbooks, titled The Manifesto Project, co-edited with Alan Michael Parker (University of Akron Press, 2017), No Girl No Telephones, co-authored with Brittany Cavallaro (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), Bad Star (yesyesbooks, 2013), and Tender Trapper (Floating Wolf Quarterly #11, 2012). She also has two full-length poetry books published, titled Vow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and Fair Copy (Ohio State University Press, 2012). She has received two Pushcart Prizes and was selected for Best New Poets in 2011. More updates and information can be found on her website.
Sean Henry’s (1996) novel Limbo was published by Akashic Books in 2004. His fiction has appeared in Obsidian II, Salamander, Callaloo, and The Bend.
Lindsay Herko (2012) is an adjunct professor of creative writing at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), an adult adviser for Canvas Teen Literary Journal, and vice president of Herko Computers. Her fiction, poetry, and visual art have been published in Sundog Lit, Caketrain, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and BOAAT 2. Her critical work has been published in Luna Luna Magazine and Salt Hill 34.
Steve Hidalgo (1995) teaches in Kenner, LA. His poetry translations have been published in The Rhubarbarian.
Lily Hoang (2006) has joined the MFA program at the University of California, San Diego as an associate professor of literature, creative writing. She is also editor of Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor of HTML Giant, and was a summer 2017 Mellon Scholar at Rhodes University in South Africa. Hoang is the author of numerous books, including A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), Multifesto: A Henri d'escan Remix (novel, Spuyten Duyvil, 2013), Invisible Women (StepSister Press, 2010), Unfinished (Jaded Ibis, 2011), The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press, 2010), Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2009), Invisible Woman (StepSister Press, 2010), Parabola (Chiasmus Press, 2009), and the e-novel The Woman Down the Hall (Lamination Colony, 2008). Changing received a PEN Open Books Award in 2009. She is also the author of three chapbooks, The Coupon Thief (The Cupboard, 2016), On rats and tigers (Essay Press, 2015), and Mockery of a Cat (Mudluscious Press, 2009). With Blake Butler, she edited 30 Under 30 (Starcherone Books, 2011) and with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, edited The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility (Night Boat Books, 2014). Her short fiction has appeared in Banango Street, The Spectacle, PEN/America, Lamination Colony, Wigleaf, Squid Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, NAP, and the anthologies My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Contemporary Fairy Tales (Penguin), Haunted Legends (Tor Books), and Best of the Web 2010 (Dzanc Books). Her poetry has been published in Gulf Coast, decomP, Wigleaf ,and others. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice in 2008. She can sometimes be found virtually at htmlgiant.com.
Christopher Holdaway (2016) is a communications contractor at Vista Entertainment Solutions. He is also the co-founder and director of Compound Press, and the founding editor of min-a-rets poetry journal. He has published two chapbooks, Gorse for five voices (Compound Press, 2013) and Six Melodies (Compound Press, 2014). His poetry and essays have been published in The Seattle Review, Southerly, Cream City Review, Fanzine, Prick of the Spindle, Rogue Agent, Pith, DELUGE, Small Portions, Requited, minor literature(s), Prelude Magazine, Whiskey Island, Cordite Poetry Review, Compound Press Blog, Lumina Journal, Heavy Feather Review, Entropy, Issue Zero, Sweet Mammalian, brief, Brautigan Free Press, Gesture Magazine, and Minarets Journal. More of his updates can be found on his website.
Andrew Hughes (1995) is the arts and entertainment editor of the South Bend Tribune in Indiana.
Joseph Hughes (2006) passed on June 15, 2013. His poetry was published in the anthology Best New Poets 2006. He was pursuing a PhD at Syracuse University in New York.
Kathryn Hunter (Prater) (2007) received the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2004. Her poetry has appeared in The Bend.
Angela Hur (2005) is a lecturer of English at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea. She was the recipient of the 2005 Sparks Prize Fellowship and has published a novel, The Queens of K-Town (MacAdam Cage, 2007). She was a featured reader and panelist at the PEN USA Symposium on Korean-American literature. She has been appointed as a full-time lecturer at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, where she is part of the English literature department.
Campbell Irving (2004) was awarded an Ahmanson Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts, where he served as a national initiatives and literature fellow from 2004 to 2006. His fiction has been published in The Bend. He works as strategic marketing counsel for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.
Kelly Jacques (Russell) (1993)’s poem “The Weather House” appears in the 2009 publication of The Bend.
Drew Kalbach (2013) is a PhD candidate in English language and literature at the University of Michigan. He has published a poetry collection, Spooky Plan (Gobbet, 2014), and three chapbooks, Zen of Chainsaws and Enormous Clippers (Dogzplot’s Achilles Chapbook Series, 2008), Theater (Scantily Clad Press, 2009), and Can’t Action (Cow Heavy Books, 2011). His poetry and prose have appeared in Fence, Smoking Glue Gun, Fanzine, Tarpaulin Sky, Entropy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Posit, Deluge, Cabildo Quarterly, Radioactive Moat, Gobbet, and Whole Beast Rag, among others. He is a co-founder and regular contributor to The Actuary. He also maintains a website.
Cecile Kandl (1995) earned a PhD in 2001 and is now a professor of English at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, British modernism, and popular culture. She has published short fiction as well as interviews in journals such as The Bend, Icarus, New Pathways, and Grimoire and has presented scholarly papers at institutions such as the University of Toronto, The University of California, Berkeley, Otterbein College, Boise State University, and the University of London.
Kelly Kerney (2004) won the 2004 Sparks Prize Fellowship. Her debut novel, Born Again (Harcourt, 2006), was listed as one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, was awarded a Book Sense Pick, and was recognized among the best debuts of the year by Kirkus Reviews. She recently published her second novel, Hard Red Spring (Viking, 2016). Kelly was nominated for Best New American Voices (2006) and received the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship (2011).
Kimberly Koga (2011) is a junior solutions engineer at Zesty I.O. in San Diego, CA. Her chapbook, Ligature Strain, was published by Tinfish Press in 2011. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in 1913, The Bend, Vibrant Gray, Ariel, List Magazine, and Grab the Lapels.
Megan Komorowski (Hogle) (2013) works in sales and marketing. She was nominated for an AWP Intro Journals Award for a selection from Hydra Roulette (2013).
Desmond Kon (2009) is a founding editor of Squircle Line Press. He is the author of the epistolary novel, Singular Acts of Endearment (Grey Sparrow Press, 2015), a hybrid work, Babel Via Negativa (Ethos Books, 2015), a neo-noir poem suite, FOODPORN cum Maundy Thursday (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), and nine poetry collections. The poetry books are titled: Apophenia (Glass Lyre Press, 2017), Reading to Ted Hesburgh (Glass Lyre Press/Squircle Line Press, 2017), Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), Mirror Image Mirage (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), Sanctus Sanctus Dirgha Sanctus (Red Wheelbarrow Books, 2015), Phat Planet Cometh (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), The Arbitrary Sign (Red Wheelbarrow Books, 2014), and I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist (Math Paper Press, 2013). He also has three poetry chapbooks published, titled: 500 Favourite Words (Naissance, 2012), Changeling in the Boustrophedon’s Outfield (White Knuckle Press, 2011), and Between Pineapple and Parsley (Ronin Press, 2011. His fiction chapbooks include: Let Dinggedicht Speak (Silkworms Inc, 2011), In Memoriam to a Marionette: Caudate Sonnet of the Year Ad Interim (Silkworms Inc, 2011), To Whose Mandolin It May Concern (Naissance, 2010), and Dear Physical Environment (Naissance, 2010). He also edited the three anthologies: Asingbol (Glass Lyre Press/Squircle Line Press, 2017), Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments in Ekphrasis (Squircle Line Press, 2015) and Ars Moriendi (Squircle Line Press, 2015). He wrote a number of hybrid works, including: Jia Lat Lah: An Antiplay (Glass Lyre Press, 2017), Babel Via Negativa (Ethos Books, 2015), and This is Visual Poetry (Naissance, 2010). Kon’s poetry and prose appear in numerous publications including AGNI, Confrontation, Faultline, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, Parcel, Pinch, Seneca Review, Lantern Review, Dead Paper, Copper Nickel, Folly Magazine, Sonora Review, Menagerie, and Versal, among others. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a Theology MA in World Religions from Harvard and an MFA in Creative Writing from Notre Dame, his honors include the PEN American Center Shorts Prize (2015), the Beverly Hills International Book Award (2015), the Living Now Book Award (2015, 2016), the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (2016), and seven USA Regional Excellence Book Awards in 2016. In 2014, he won the Poetry World Cup. An interdisciplinary artist, he also works in clay. His ceramic works are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. All of his publications and awards can be found on his website.
Christina Kubasta (2003) resides in Wisconsin, where she teaches writing, literature, and cultural studies at Marian University, and coordinates the Lake Reading Series at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. She also serves as assistant poetry editor at Brain Mill Press, and is active with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Kubasta’s poetry appears in ROAR, The Seventh Wave, Mortar Magazine, Verse Wisconsin, Notre Dame Review, So To Speak, Stand, Spoon River Poetry Review, Mankato Poetry Review, Hematopoiesis Press, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Ginosko Literary Journal. She is the author of the two chapbooks, &s (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and A Lovely Box (Finishing Line Press, 2013), the latter of which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual prize. Her full-length poetry collection, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), explores stories of growing up as a girl in rural Wisconsin. She has received many honors, including the Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award from Marian University (2008), a Summer Literary Seminar Fellowship in St. Petersburg, Russia (2003), and first place in George Mason’s Magazine Contest So To Speak (2002). She writes a regular column for The Rain, Party & Disaster Society about teaching, writing and reading, and is a reviewer at Gently Read Books. More information can be found on her website.
Alice Ladrick (2014) has published poetry, fiction and essays in Vector, Radioactive Moat, Word Riot, Spooky, Issue Zero, and Postmedieval. Her work in Vector was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She works in special collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. More information can be found on her Tumblr page.
Julie Ann Lanke (Dudrick) (1997) is the program director of the Upstate Institute at Colgate University in New York, a program that pairs students with regional community organizations to facilitate a reciprocal transfer of research and knowledge. Her poetry and fiction were published in Re:Visions and The Rhubarbarian. She was the winner of the Bily Maich Academy of American Poets Award in 1997.
Katie Lattari (2013) teaches creative writing at the University of Maine part-time while working on new fiction. She also works as a research analyst for the University of Maine’s Office of University Development. She recently published her new novella American Vaudeville (MAMMOTH Books, 2016). Her fiction has also appeared in Pennsylvania English, The Writing Disorder, Eighty Percent Magazine, The Bend, Stolen Island, Cabildo Quarterly, and most recently, NOÖ Journal. Her short story “No Protections, Only Powers” was selected as a Top 20 Finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition. She was a recipient of the Notre Dame Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2013. More information regarding her publications and awards can be found on her website.
R. Jess Lavolette (2011) has published in Carolina Quarterly, Raft Online and The Bend.
Iris Law (2010) is a Kundiman Fellow and the editor of Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry. She also works as an assistant editor at University of Kentucky Press. She has published a chapbook, Periodicity (Finishing Line Press, 2013) which was selected as a finalist in Black Lawrence Press’s chapbook contest. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as qarrtsiluni, Phoebe, The Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Lumina, Kartika Review, Cha, Boxcar Poetry Review, Kin, TAB: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and Drunken Boat. Her work has also been featured in Sundress Publications’ 2009 Best of the Net anthology and in A Face to Meet the Faces anthology (University of Akron, 2012).
Ae Hee Lee (2016) was recently accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s literature and creative writing PhD program with the Chancellor Award. Her poetry has been published in Four Way Review, Cha, Ruminate, Duende, Silver Birch Press, The Margins, and the Denver Quarterly, among others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Billy Maich Academy of American Poets Prize and was nominated for the 2016 Best New Poets Anthology.
Jiyoon Lee (2012) has published the two chapbooks, FunSize&BiteSize (Birds of Lace Press, 2013), and IMMA (Radioactive Moat Press, 2012). Her manuscript Foreigner’s Folly: A Tale of Attempted Project (Coconut Books, 2014), won the Joanna Cargill Prize. She has had poetry published in The Bend, Nap, Radioactive Moat Press, and Evening Will Come, and presented work entitled “Presses with a Mission,” and “Writers Teaching Translation” (with Carina Finn) at the AWP Conference in 2012. Lee’s translation of excerpts from Jo Malson’s Rounded Seizure appeared in Eleven Eleven Magazine.
Raechel Lee (2008) is a lecturer in the program in writing and rhetoric at Stanford University. She completed her PhD in Iberian and Latin American cultures at Stanford in 2014. Her translations have been published in Editora de UNESP: Sao Paolo and Portuguese Literary Studies. She was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology in 2010 for her piece “The Newlyweds.”
Mary Katherine Lehman (1999) is the recipient of the 1999 Billy Maich Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry has been published in The Rhubarbarian.
Christina Leo (2019) graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015 with degrees in English and Mass Communication, concentrating in Creative Writing and Journalism, respectively. Once a summer student of oil painting and travel writing in Florence, Italy, she later interned with LSU Press, The Southern Review, and Country Roads Magazine before working for two years as staff writer for the Baton Rouge lifestyle magazine, inRegister. During that time, she also served as a mentor for New South Story Lab, a nonprofit offering free creative writing workshops for local high school students. Since working as a 2018 Sparks Summer Intern at Park & Fine Literary and Media in New York City, she has been named a finalist in the Sewanee Review's first annual fiction and poetry contest, and currently pursues completion of her first collection of short stories, a series of tales largely set in the Gulf Coast region of the Deep South.
Lynda Letona (2014) was awarded the American Dream Summer Grant from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and received an honorary mention for Liternational’s The Kristen Iversen & David Anthony Durham Award for her nonfiction piece “My Body is a Cage” in 2012. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Ostrich Review, Liternational, The Acentos Review, and Hotmetalpress.
Alan Lindsay (1991) is a professor in and head of the department of English/Fine Arts/Foreign Languages at the New Hampshire Technical Institute. He has published the two novels, A: A Novel (Red Hen Press, 2004), and OzHouse (Interset Press, 2013). His fiction has appeared in the anthology, The Crucifix Is Down (Red Hen Press, 2005). His play, Thimble Major, was selected for the Page to Stage Series and performed at Boston University in 2011. Alan has published poetry and fiction in Re:Visions, The Bend, and The Muse: An International Journal of Poetry.
Wei Liu (2003) has published a book, Biking Out (ProStar Publications, 2002). His short stories have appeared in Wired Heart, The Pioneer, Seedhouse, and Minnesota English Journal. He received an honorable mention in the 2003 AWP Intro Journal Awards for nonfiction.
Alex Lobdell (1997) has published fiction in the anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God (Twilight Times Books, 2006), which won the 2007 EPPIE Award for Best Science Fiction.
Luis Lopez-Maldonado (2017) is a Xican@ poeta, choreographer and educator born and raised in Orange County, CA. His poetry has appeared in Razorhouse Magazine, Baldhip Magazine, Nepantla, The Spoon Knife Anthology, Counter Archives, Convos of Color, Off The Rocks, Harts & Minds, The Packinghouse Review, The Bend, EOAGH, Crab Fat Magazine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Connotation Press, and Public Pool, among others. He was co-founder and editor at The Brillantina Project and founder of Humans of the University of Notre Dame. He was the recipient of a Sparks Summer Internship with Grand Central Publishing (2016). His website has more.
Brian Lysholm (2008) published a story in the spring 2009 issue of Bull Men’s Fiction. He is a faculty member at Daytona State College in Florida and edits a Korean/English newspaper.
Alexander MacLeod (1997) is an associate professor at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. His collection of fiction, Light Lifting (Biblioasis, 2009), was reviewed in The Globe and Mail in 2010 and was short-listed for the Giller Prize in the same year. His fiction has appeared in Notre Dame Review.
Robin C. MacRorie (1996) has a short story published in the 1995 issue of Re:Visions.
Marinella Macree (2000) works in Atlanta as a writer and editor for the Center for Disease Control.
Corey Madsen (2004) lives in Glenwood Springs, CO with his wife and daughter. His debut novel An Evensong for Father Bob was published in 2008 (Sacred Rock Publishing), and won 2nd place at the 2005 West Virginia Writers’ Conference. Since then his focus has turned to music in the 3-person rock band 4am, which has played in a number of music venues & festivals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. His recent work includes a collaborative, long-distance, digital audio project with a friend in Connecticut titled “A Pale Moon Rises,” in which all tracks are composed separately and sent back and forth through the mail. “APMR” has written, mixed, and recorded over 30 original songs without ever setting foot in a studio together. He completed another collaborative audio project, “Copper & Coal” in 2015.
Jessica Maich (1997) teaches at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. She has published three chapbooks: The West End (Green Bean Press, 2001), Twenty-Four Questions for Billy (Finishing Line Press, 2006), and Treatment Island (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poetry has also appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Bend, The Rhubarbarian and the anthology And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana (Indiana Historical Society, 2011). Her poem “The Robakowski Sisters” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2002.
Jayne Marek (2005) is a professor emerita of English at Franklin College in Indiana. She recently published the full-length book of poetry In and Out of Rough Water (Kelsay Books, 2017). Prior poetry collections include Imposition of Form on the Natural World (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press, 2013), co-authored with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson. She also authored the critical book Women Editing Modernism: "Little" Magazines & Literary History (University Press of Kentucky, 1995). Her poetry, essays, critical reviews, and photography have also appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Notre Dame Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, The Bend, and elsewhere.
Mark Marino (1996) teaches writing at the University of Southern California and edits Bunk Magazine. He has published an electronic novel, 12 Easy Lessons to Better Time Travel (MIT Press, 2006), and his writing has appeared in Notre Dame Review, Hyperrhiz, New River, Bunk Magazine, Iowa Review Web and Second Person: Role Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media (MIT Press, 2006). Marino has experimented with new media and electronic literature, creating multiple netprovs, interactive story games and Twitter fiction, among other innovations. He is the founder of the online forum Writer Response Theory.
Jessica Martinez (English) (2009) has had poetry published in The Toast, Menagerie, Helix, Two Review, Cahoots, Fogged Clarity, The Bend, and Calliope. A sequence of her poems and photographs appear in Mind. She currently works as the executive administrative assistant at NS Software Services.
Ruth Martini (2011) is a writer at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She was awarded a Sparks Summer Internship at Park Literary Agency in 2010.
Mark Phillip Matson (1998) has published poetry in The Bend and The Rhubarbarian.
Tasha Matsumoto (2010) is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Utah. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in 1913: A Journal of Forms, The Collagist, Switchback, Redivider, Black Warrior Review, Hobart, Ninth Letter, Marginalia, Quarterly West, Nashville Review, and Pank. Her essays have been published in DIAGRAM and Kartika Review. She was the winner of the Beacon Street Prize for her story “Mathematics for Nymphomaniacs” (2012).
David Mayer (2001) is creative director for American Greetings in Ohio. His poetry has appeared in la rue barbarian, The Bend, Danta, Spoon River Review and The North American Review. He can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter (@davidNDmayer).
Jake McCabe (2019) is a writer from the Midwest. His thesis, Passengers, is a linked collection of nine short stories about the intertwining lives of characters on their way to, through, or from Chicago. In these stories, McCabe explores, among other things, friendship, sexuality, family, mental illness, absurdity in daily life, and death. His written work can be found in or is forthcoming from Meridian, the Chicago Review of Books, and elsewhere.
Madison McCartha (2018) is a black poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, DREGINALD, The Fanzine, Full Stop, jubilat, The Pinch, and elsewhere. At the University of Notre Dame, he received the Samuel and Mary Anne Hazo Award in Creative Writing, and served as the Managing Editor for YIELD Magazine. In 2018, after receiving his MFA, he was an Artist-in-Residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Madison is based in Milwaukee, where he serves as an Assistant Editor for Storm Cellar, and is interested in capacious, irreverent forms of poetry pulsing at the intersection of race, technology and the occult. He's working on a poetry manuscript, called FREAKOPHONE WORLD, and an experimental translation project which reimagines "The Man with Two Mouths," a short story by Japanese author Yoko Tawada, as an intertextual piece of collage-art.
Courtney McDermott (2011) is the program administrator of film and media studies at Tufts University, and a professor in the online Masters in Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. McDermott’s debut collection of short stories, How They Spend Their Sundays (Whitepoint Press, 2013), was nominated for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and The Story Prize. Her prose, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Bookends Review, First Line Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Emerge Literary Journal, The Nassau Review, Sliver of Stone, Found Press, Allasso Magazine, The Lyon Review, Highlights Magazine, Raving Dove Online, A Room of Her Own Foundation Online, Third Wednesday, Berkeley Fiction Review, Daily Palette, Italy From a Backpack, NewPages, Dual Vision/Warscapes, Late Night Library, and Little Village Magazine. Her poetry has also been featured in Iowa Source Poetry, and NACADA Journal. In 2010, she was awarded a Library Liason Grant by ISLA and received the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching. For her upcoming events and recent news, visit her website.
William McGee (1993) has published fiction in Notre Dame Review, Re:Visions and The Bend.
Janet McNally (2005) teaches English and creative writing at Canisius College in New York. Her first novel, Girls in the Moon, was published by HarperTeen in 2016. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Ecotone, Gettysburg Review, Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Louisville Review, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, Southampton Review, Traffic East, and Best New Poets 2012. McNally received the Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2008, 2015), the Iron Horse Literary Review Discovered Voices Fiction Writer Award (2004), and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize for her book Some Girls, judged by Ellen Bass. In 2012 she was selected for Best New Poets’ Final 50 anthology. More information and updates can be found on her website.
Tony Messina (2016) published a short story in the anthology Taiwan Tales.
Elizabeth Meyer (2000) teaches creative writing and literature at Oak Bridge Montessori Middle School in Indiana. Her poetry has appeared in The Bend.
Thomas Miller (2006) is an emergency physician in Madison, WI. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Science Creative Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Cream City Review, Knock Magazine, Brown Paper, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cavalier, and the anthologies The New Book of Masks (Raw Dog Press, 2006) and Dark Distortions (Scotopia Press, 2008).
Monica Mody (2010) is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press) and two cross-genre chapbooks. Her poetry has also appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Poetry International, Indian Quarterly, Boston Review, and Almost Island. Her awards include the Nicholas Sparks Postgraduate Writing Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Naropa University’s Zora Neale Hurston Award, and the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing. Mody has a PhD in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Bachelor of Arts and Law from the National Law School of India University. Her doctoral dissertation on a decolonial feminist consciousness for South Asian borderlands, utilizing multiple genres, was awarded the 2020 Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. She was born in Ranchi, India. drmonicamody.com | Twitter @monicamody | Instagram @monica.mody.
Jenica Moore (2014) received an ISLA Graduate Research Award in 2012 to study translation in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Marie Louise Munro’s (2001) poetry has appeared in Danta and The Rhubarbarian.
Kyle Muntz (2016) is the author of five books: Scary People (Eraserhead Press, 2015), and Green Lights (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014), VII (Enigmatic Ink, 2012), Sunshine in the Valley (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2011), and Voices (Enigmatic Ink, 2010). His short fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Mayday Magazine, and others. He is also the writer and developer of “The Pale City,” an independently produced roleplaying game in production for PC. In 2016, he was awarded the Sparks Prize Fellowship.
Chris Muravez’s (2017) poetry has appeared in Deluge, The Radvocate Literary, The EMadow, Heavy Feather Review, Santa Clara Review, South 85 Journal, and Entropy. His flash fiction has been published in O-Dark Thirty. In 2015, he was nominated for Sundress Press’ Best-of-Net Anthology.
Thirii Myint (2015) graduated with a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver and is currently a Visiting writer at Amherst College. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Cloud Rodeo Journal, Quarterly West, The Collagist, Sleepingfish ∞, Caketrain, The Bicycle Review, The Literarian, Assembly Journal, and Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain, a residency at Hedgebrook, and fellowships from Tin House and Summer Literary Seminars. In 2015, Myint received a full scholarship to attend the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and was selected as a finalist for the Fairy Tale Review Award in Prose (2016). In March of 2018 she published a novel called "The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven" by Noemi Press.
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Bret Nye (2016) was the winner of the 2016 Kaneb Center Graduate Teaching Award at Notre Dame. He has been an editorial assistant for Notre Dame Review and OxMag, the literary magazine at Miami University. His fiction and interviews have been published in NDR, Midwestern Gothic and Paper Tape, among other places. In addition to his fiction, he also writes critically about videogames and horror films.
Tom O’Connor (1999) has been an adjunct professor at Binghamton University, Broome Community College, and was a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Tulane University from 2007 to 2011. O’Connor has published a critical book, Poetic Acts & New Media (University Press of America, 2006), and his poetry and criticism have appeared in The Bend, Word Riot, Private Poetry Line, Poetry Southeast, Oak Bend Review, Soundings East, Private Poetry Line, South Carolina Review, Pebble Lake Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Plainsongs, Burnside Review, Danta, Mankato Poetry Review, Nebula, No Exit, Notre Dame Review, Soul Fountain, Touchstone, Curbside Review, Prism Quarterly, Aurora Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Journal of Film & Video, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Social Semiotics, among others. He is the winner of the 2001 AWP Intro Award in poetry for Binghamton University, and the Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts, also from Binghamton.
Jere Odell (1995) has published poetry in Pleiades, Danta, and in the anthology The Possibility of Language: Seven New Poets (iUniverse, 2001). He was the 2012 recipient of the Carnegie-Whitney Award for the project “Conscientious Objection in the Healing Professions: A Reader’s Guide to the Ethical and Social Issues.”
Seth Oelbaum (2012) is CEO and founder of Bambi Muse. He published the chapbook macey [triolets] (Birds of Lace, 2013), and the e-book Scream is Real (Create Space, 2014). He has had work published in magazines and journals such as PANK, La Fovea, Radioactive Moat, The Notre Dame Review, Sadcore Dadwave, Screaming Seahorse, The Inquisitive Eaters, The Bend, and StyleLikeU.
Shannon O’Keefe’s (2003) poetry has appeared in Re:Visions. She was the 1999 Winner of the Richard T. Sullivan Prize in Fiction.
Grant Osborn (2009) is the operations coordinator for the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He is also the editor, designer, and a contributor to the NDIAS Quarterly. Osborn has published poems in The Bend, UVM Press, and Common Sense. He received an Honorable Mention in the W.B. Yeats Poetry Society 2009 Poetry Awards for his poem “Bronx Zoo.” His book The Human Market was published by Luapatir Press in 2007.
Steve Owen (2013) is the founder and executive editor of Mixer Publishing. In addition to his editing duties with Mixer Publishing, Owen is executive editor at Your Editor, which provides editing services, ghostwriting, screenplay development, and creative writing lessons. He is also a current PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah. His prose and reviews have been published in The Bend and Quarterly West. He is the editor of the anthology Of Love and Death: heartburn, headaches, & hangovers (Mixer Press, 2011).
Gwendolyn Oxenham (2006) served as the U.S. women’s national head of content in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup and as a sports ambassador of the U.S. State Department. She is the author of the book Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer (Icon Books, 2017), in addition to Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries and the Search for Pickup Soccer (St. Martin’s Press, 2012). She was also the director of Pelada, an award-winning documentary film. The New York Times review of the movie is available here. Her nonfiction essays have appeared in The Atlantic, US Soccer, Sports Illustrated, Slate, The Notre Dame Review, The Global Game, This is American Soccer, and Love and Pomegranates. She was the recipient of a Duke University Arts Initiative Grant in 2008 and received an honorable mention in the 2005 AWP Intro Journal Awards for her nonfiction. More information about her film, books, and selected essays can be found on her website.
Rumit Pancholi (2008) works as a production editor/project manager in the office of the publisher at the World Bank in Washington, DC. A winner of an individual writer’s grant from Poets and Writers Magazine, Pancholi has published poetry in The Banyan Review, Double Dare Press, Foliate Oak, Antithesis Common, The Clemson Poetry Review, High Altitude Poetry, SNReview, Iodine Poetry Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Rainy Day, Emerson Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Blue Earth Review, The Avatar Review, Santa Clara Review, Lines and Stars, The Houston Literary Review, Gertrude, Other Poetry, brownpaper, High Desert Journal, Pank, Flint Hills Review, Harpur Palate, The Strip, Iron Horse Literary Review, Stirring, The Laurel Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, Folio: A Literary Journal, Red Clay Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Kennesaw Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others. In 2008, he won Laurel Review/Green Tower Press’ chapbook competition with his manuscript “Anatomy of a Ghost,” as well as prizes for his poetry from both Iron Horse Literary Review and High Desert Journal. In 2013, Pancholi was named a Kundiman Fellow.
Elijah Park (2010) is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system.
Matthew D. Pelkey (2016) is a content manager at Opploans and resides in Chicago. His short stories have been published in Entropy Magazine, Summerset Review, and Liars’ League, and his interviews have appeared in Yield and Notre Dame Review.
Jennifer Penkethman (2010) works at Gailan College. She has had creative work published in The Bend and Kill Author, as well as a review published by The Hipster Book Club. During her time as an MFA candidate, she was awarded the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Justin Perry (2009) was awarded the Stegner Fellowship in fiction at Stanford University in 2010-2012.
Evan Petee (Kuhlman) (2004) has published four novels: Wolf Boy (Shaye Areheart/Random House, 2006), The Last Invisible Boy (Atheneum Books, 2008), Brother from a Box (Atheneum Books, 2012), and Great Ball of Light (Atheneum Books, 2015). He has also published a picture book entitled Hank’s Big Day (Schwartz & Wade, 2016). His fiction has appeared in Madison Review, Third Coast, Glimmer Train, and Notre Dame Review. More information and updates can be found on his website.
Krista Peterson (Quinby) (2003) has published fiction in Quirk. In 2004, she was nominated for Best New American Voices. She works for Sierra Media, writing scripts.
Rod Pao Phasouk (1999) has published poetry in The Rhubarbarian.
Joanna Philbin (2003) is the author of several young adult novels. Her most recent book, Since Last Summer (Poppy, 2016), sequels Rules of Summer (Poppy, 2014). Her young adult book series, The Daughters, is published with Little, Brown and Company.
Kathryn Pilles-Genaw (Carter) (2007) is an English and math teacher at CITE Business School in Pennsylvania. Her poetry has appeared in Mimesis, Re:Visions, and Philadelphia Stories. She received her M.S. in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Bailey Pittenger (2017) is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She has published fiction, criticism, and poetry in NANOFiction, Crab Fat Magazine, and The Fem.
Danielle Rado (2005) is associate professor at Johnson & Wales University Denver. She received her PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver in 2011. Her fiction has appeared in SNReview, Clackamas Review, Mochila Review, The Bend, Re:Visions, and Inspired Pen Magazine. She was the 2005 recipient of the Mitchell Award.
NoNieqa Ramos (2001) is an educator, literary activist, and writer of young adult literature. Along with her MFA, she earned her MEd from the University of Notre Dame. She has published poetry and fiction in Today’s Little Ditty and The Bend, and is the author of The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary (Carolrhoda Lab TM, 2018). Ramos maintains both a Twitter and an Instagram account. More of her work may be found here, and you can also connect with her on her website.
Jared Randall (2009) is an adjunct instructor in English and mythology at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the production editor for the scholarly journal Rethinking Marxism. Randall has had poetry published by SubtleTea.com, The Offending Adam, The Bend, Crucible, Bull: Men’s Fiction, and anthologized in Ars Moriendi (Squircle Line Press). An excerpt from his first book, Apocryphal Road Code (Salt Publishing, 2010), can be heard online at WMUK 102.1 FM. Randall was nominated for the 2009 AWP Intro Journal Awards. He keeps a blog.
Jon Readey (2002) is a Senior Lecturer in English, and Co-Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program, at Brown University. He focuses on nonfiction writing, literary criticism, and creative writing. He co-edited Crafting Cultural Rhetorics: Readings for University Writers (Pearson Custom Publishing, 2004), and has published essays in The Henry James Review as well as the book collection The Literature of New York. His creative writing, including many short stories, has been published in several literary journals. Readey also holds experience teaching at the University of Virginia, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University-South Bend. Prior to returning to academia, he worked in television news, business writing, technical writing, and researching and editing commemorative books.
Dylan Reed (2006) is program director of Global Advancement at Notre Dame and has published fiction in the Kenyon Review. In 2006, he received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.
Amy Reese (2001) is a systems and emerging technologies librarian at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Her poetry has appeared in Permafrost, The Bend, and la rue barbarian.
Michael Gregory Richards (2002) is the chief of staff of the Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the U.S. He has published two collections of short stories, Floating Midnight (River Lily Press, 2005), Revelations of the Secret Storyteller Society (Mystery and Suspense Press, 2002), and his fiction has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, Southeast Review, Quirk, The Bend, and Pecan Grove Review. He wrote a short film titled The End, which screened at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Recently, he has been working with legislators and colleagues to write laws that will improve the fortunes of America’s young scholars – including, most recently, the School Divisions of Innovation Act, passed in 2017 by the Virginia General Assembly. He and his wife, NoNieqa Ramos (2002), are co-authoring a novel.
Matthew Ricke (2006) is the owner of Exley, in Brooklyn, NY. He has published fiction in Harpur Palate and The Bend. He was nominated for Best New American Voices in 2007.
Nicole Riggs (2016) teaches writing classes at Pima West Community College, and is a poetry editor at Spork Press. Her poetry has been published in The FEM online, Witch Craft Magazine, Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, Quaint Magazine, Entropy, White Stag, S/tick, and Transcendence Magazine. In 2015, Riggs was nominated for the Best New Poets anthology and the AWP Intro Journals Project. She also received the Sam and Mary Hazo Poetry Award in 2016.
AM Ringwalt (2019) is a writer and musician. Called "haunted" by The Wire, her words most recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Bennington Review and the Kenyon Review. She has performed at the Watermill Center and the New Yorker Festival. "Like Cleopatra," her debut poetry chapbook, was published by dancing girl press. Her albums "Fog Area" and "AM" released in 2018 to acclaim from Bandcamp, The Wire, The Line of Best Fit and more.
Jeffrey Roessner (1998) is a professor and the dean of Arts and Humanities at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. He edited the volumes The Possibility of Language (Writers Club Press, 2001), and Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2014). His book, Creative Guitar: Writing and Playing Rock Songs with Originality, was published by Mel Bay in 2010. His nonfiction has also appeared in Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism and the Fab Four (SUNY University Press, 2006). His reviews, criticism, and poetry can be found in Palgrave, Bloomsbury, McFarland, The Music Documentary, Notre Dame Review, Samizdat, Colby Quarterly, College Literature, Along the Lake, and Religion and Literature among others.
Pablo Ros (2007) received a state award in 2007 for a series on local immigration enforcement that he wrote as a columnist for South Bend Tribune. He works in the press office of the Organization of American States, Washington, DC.
Stuart Ross (2003) writes and lives in Chicago. He has published essays, fiction and poetry in BULL Men’s Fiction, Fanzine Pioneertown, Stockholm Review of Literature, Funhouse Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Maudlin House, Squwak Back, Windy City Rock, Transmission, The Good Men Project, human parts, The Awl, Diagram, Vol1Brooklyn, and Essays & Fictions. He is the winner of the 2013 Summer Literary Seminars’ Unified Literary Contest for his non-fiction. He writes about books and music for sites such as HTMLGiant, Gaper’s Block and Frontier Psychiatrist. You can follow his work on Twitter, as well as his website.
Sarah Roth (2015) is pursuing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at John Hopkins. She has fiction published in MAKE, Hot Metal Bridge, EP Magazine, Entropy, SheWired, Spires, and The Bend, and a translation published in Documenting Life and Destruction. In 2015, she was nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction and received the William J. Mitchell Award from the University of Notre Dame. She was also a Goldfarb Family Fellowship Finalist at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2014, Roth was awarded an Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Aspen Writers Foundation as well as a Summer Graduate Research Assistantship at the Center for Holocaust Studies. For more information, check out her website.
Jayme Russell (2014) is the current head librarian at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lake. She also writes book reviews for Heavy Feather Review and The Fanzine. She recently released her latest chapbook, Pinkification (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Russell’s poetry has been published in Enclave, Smoking Glue Gun, Luna Luna Magazine, Deluge, Apricity Press, Banango Street, Prelude, Tender-Loin, Tiny Donkey, CartridgeLit, Columbia Poetry Review, Issue Zero, Plinth, Black Warrior Review, The Bend, Re:Visions, Magic Lantern Review, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, and Fringe. Excerpts from her long poem “As the World Falls Down” can be found in Black Warrior Review and PANK. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. She was also named a finalist in Black Warrior Review’s Ninth Annual Poetry Contest for her poem, “Mountain Simulator,” and was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology in 2015. Russell created the website permadeathplease.com with Jace Brittain, in which they feature personal writing and poetry. More information and news updates are featured on her website.
Michael Russell (1996) is a tutor at Summit Educational Group. His fiction has appeared in New England Review, Third Coast, Notre Dame Review, Denver Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, and Salt Hill.
Dustin Rutledge (2006) is adjunct faculty member in the English department at Boston College. In 2006, he received a Best New American Voices nomination.
Levi Sanchez (2011) is a literature and creative writing instructor at Colorado Early College Fort Collins. During his time as an MFA, he participated in the Sparks Summer Internship, working with Hatchette Book Group (2010).
Blake Sanz (2001) teaches in the writing program at the University of Denver. His fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Chariton Review, Xavier Review, RE:AL, and other literary magazines. In the summer of 2014, he attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on a fellowship.
Tania Sarfraz (2017) is the 2017 Sparks Prize Winner at the University of Notre Dame. Her fiction has appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Plinth, and Journal 69.
James Sauer (1993) retired from teaching English at Penn High School in Indiana.
Jacob Schepers (2019) is the author of A Bundle of Careful Compromises (Outriders Poetry Project, 2014). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse, The Fanzine, The Common, PANK, Entropy, Tupelo Quarterly, and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlaxeVOX 2017). A critical article on poetics, “Correction of Disfigurements,” can be found in Contemporary Women’s Writing 12.1 (Oxford University Press). His thesis, Ugly Ground Swell Moss, examines the roles of rhetorical “filler,” allegory, and close relationships through the framework of ecopoetics and taxonomic nomenclature. Alongside his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, he is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in English with a graduate minor in the History and Philosophy of Science.
Laura Schafer (Smit-Schafer) (2000) is a volunteer at the Take Stock in Children program, as well as a member of the alumni committee at the University of Puget Sound.
Sami Schalk (2010) is assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former Dissertation Fellow at the American Association of University Women, Schalk has had poetry published in Gargoyle Magazine, The Battered Suitcase, A Time to Write (Violence Prevention Initiative Journal), Emprise Review, Gloom Cupboard, Torch, Diverse Voices Quarterly, CC&D Magazine, Magnolia Magazine, and Fragments, as well as the anthology Lyrotica (Vagabound Press, 2010). Her critical essays have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Palimpsest, African American Review, Lateral, Journal of Popular Culture, Cambridge Companion to Disability and Literature, Disability Studies Quarterly, MELUS, Girlhood Studies, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies and Disability Studies Quarterly. She received the 18 of the Last 9 Young Alumni Award from the Miami University Alumni Association, and in 2015, she was selected for an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, and was honored with the Diversity Transformation Fund Award by the University of Albany. Schalk was also named a finalist for the National Women’s Studies Association and University of Illinois Press First Book Prize in 2014. She was a 2011 Cave Canem Fellow and selected for the Callaloo Writing Retreat in May 2011. Recent article publications and events are updated on her website.
Don Schindler (1999) is senior vice president of Digital Initiatives for Dairy Management Inc.
Cynthia Searfoss (1995) is currently the director of education and collaborative partnerships at Hospice Foundation, Indiana. She co-wrote the screenplay for the documentary Road to Hope, a documentary which follows the lives of orphaned children who helped care for their dying parents in Sub-Saharan Africa. The film received numerous awards from the Global Independent Film Awards and other film festivals. Her fiction has been published in The Bend.
Sheheryar Sheikh (2007) is a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. His first novel, The Still Point of the Turning World, was published in 2017 by Harper Collins India. Sheikh has published fiction in Bewildering Stories, Black Warrior Review, The Potomac, Prism International, The New Orphic Review, and 5_Trope, among others. He also has a number of book reviews and news articles published in Dawn.
Jac Smith (2019) is from Long Beach, California. She is a 2014 recipient of the UCLA Phyllis Gebaucer Scholarship in writing and was recently awarded a 2018 artist residency through the Studios of Key West. In 2018 she received a Graduate Student Research Award at the University of Notre Dame and a Biddlecon Research Grant through the Gender Studies department to support her novel in progress, The Loose. Set in Key West, The Loose, follows Johnny Longfellow as he attempts to escape an adolescence pockmarked by loss. A nightly revue whose performers entertain by combining social phenomena with acts of illusion, The Loose celebrates the strange, questions the truth, and favors the bold. They lure Johnny, mild and perfectly normal, into their web, leading him on a transformative journey that challenges his understanding of grief, loss, love and friendship.
Mike Smith (2001) is an assistant professor of poetry at Delta State University, where he also serves as the editor of the literary journal Tapestry. His poetry has appeared in Brain Mill Press, The Edgar Allen Poe Review, Raleigh Review, Free Verse, Verse Daily, Carolina Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Nebraska Review, Notre Dame Review, North American Review, and the anthologies The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011) and The Possibility of Language: Seven New Poets (iUniverse, 2001). His most recent book, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, was published in 2017 by WTAW Press. He has published two poetry chapbooks, titled Anagrams of America (Mudlark Online, 2005) and Small Industry (South Carolina Poetry Initiative at the University of South Carolina), and three books of poetry, including How to Make a Mummy (CustomWords, 2008), Multiverse (BlazeVOX, 2010), and Byron in Baghdad (BlazeVOX, 2012). His translation of Goethe’s Faust was published by Shearsman (March, 2012). Together with software engineer Brandon Nelson, he created and curates The Zombie Poetry Project, which generates “zombified” poetry from user-submitted source text. His essays have been featured in Best American Essays 2016 and Done Darkness: An Anthology about Life after Sadness, and he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times in 2005, and again once in 2013. Readings of his selected can be found here. More information is updated his website.
Ryan Glenn Smith (2009) currently works as an executive sous chef. He has had fiction published in BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men. In 2009, he was awarded the Kaneb Center Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.
Ryan Sanford Smith (2009) works at the South Bend Tribune.
Elizabeth Smith-Meyer’s (2000) poetry has appeared in The Bend. She was nominated for Best American Voices in 1999.
Sarah Snider (2017) has a review published in Yield Magazine. She was awarded a Notre Dame Graduate Student Research Award in 2016.
Mark Stafford (2005) currently lectures at Beloit University in Wisconsin. He received his MFA in Studio Art at Florida State University in 2011. His sculptural work has been featured in national and international juried exhibitions, including A New Decade of Clay, 2010, the NCECA 2010 National Student Juried Exhibition, and Baltimore Claywork’s Body and Soul, as well as group exhibitions including Blue Spiral 1’s New Artists Exhibition, New X Three, and With Out Walls Public Art Exhibition and Symposium. He has an essay published in Ceramics: Art and Perception. Stafford received a Fogelberg Studio Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center (2012) and an artist’s residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (2011). He keeps a website with updates and news.
Lindsay Starck (Rebecca) (2010) received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina. She is a tenure-track professor at Augsburg College teaching creative writing and literature, and helps direct their MFA program. She is also the editor-in-chief of Carolina Quarterly. Her first novel, Noah’s Wife, was published in 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. She also maintains a website with updates and news.
Jennifer Stockdale (2011) teaches at Triton College and Dominican University in River Park, IL. She has published two poetry chapbooks: Now Puppy Teeth (What To Us, 2006) and Kid Fingers (Wheelchair Party, 2011). Her poems have also appeared in 1913: A Journal of Forms. Jubilat, Action, Yes, Alice Blue Review, Weird Year, The Carolina Quarterly, Rabbit Catastrophe, Pomegranate, Breadbox Parsons, Other Rooms, and Hot Metal Bridge. She was the 2011 recipient of the Gernes Community Outreach Award.
Marcela Sulak (1992) is a tenure-track Senior Lecturer in American literature and the Director of the Shaindy Rudoff graduate program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Her poetry collections include Decency (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Immigrant (Black Lawrence Press 2010), and the chapbook Of all the things that don’t exist, I love you best (Finishing Line Press, 2008). She has translated four collections of poetry: May, by Karel Hyneck Macha from Czech (Twisted Spoon Press, 2005); Bela-Wanda. Poetry from the Heart of Africa by Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha from French (Host Publications, 2011); A Bouquet by Karel Erben from Czech (Twisted Spoon Press, 2011); and Twenty Girls to Envy Me: The Selected Poems of Orit Gidali (Texas University Press, 2016). She edited the anthology Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in Jewish Journal, Black Lawrence Press, Guernica, Poet Lore, No Tell Motel, Red Lion Sq, Daughters of Sarah, The Other Side, Greenfuse, Notre Dame Review, Kalliope, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, X-Connect, Indiana Review, Jabberwock, Spoon River Review, South Dakota Review, Quarterly West, River Styx, Sulphur River Review, Third Coast, and Harpur Palate, among others. Her nonfiction and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, Rattle and Poet Lore. Sulak’s work has been anthologized in Writing from Israel: Poets, Poems, and Translations (The Bakery, 2013), and Anthology: The New Promised Land (2013). She hosts the radio show “Israel in Translation” at TLV.1 and is an associate editor at Tupelo Quarterly and an editor at The Ilanot Review. She won the Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Texas in 2002, the Fania Kruger Award (also from the University of Texas) in 2004, and the Moving Words DC Metro Area Competition in 2010. She also maintains a website with updates and recent news.
Daniel Sumrall (Casey) (2003) lives in Murray, Kentucky. From 2008-2014, he ran the online journal Gently Read Literature. He recently published his newest poetry book, titled Casual Myth (Amazon Digital Services, 2017). His three non-magic fantasy novels, Adversaries Together (2014), Winterfinding (2015), and The Punishment Hand (2015), were all published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. In 2008, Gold Wake Press published his electronic chapbook of poetry entitled Well Enough. His poetry has appeared in Ink Node, Autumn Sky, Dispatch, Ditch, Pettycoat Relaxer, Paperstreet, Right Hand Pointing, Tattoo Highway, The Wild Goose Poetry Review, The Smoking Poet, and Ouroboros Review. He has written on pop culture for The Stake, and on North American soccer for Soccer Newsday, OTF Soccer, and Midfield Press.
Kimberly Swendson (2019) is a Colorado native poet with roots in Santa Fe, NM, where she managed a local biodynamic, organic farm. She also owns and operates a small kennel, Mesa Top Berners, breeding and showing Bernese Mountain Dogs. In 2016 she graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Creative Writing and Italian. She was the recipient of the Curtis Michael Gimeno fellowship, the Jovanovich Imaginative Writing Award, the Alex McGuiggan Memorial fellowship, and the Sparks Internship at Hachette Book Groups. In August she will be beginning the University of Iowa's Translation MFA with an Iowa Arts Fellowship.
Sara Swanson (2003) earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently works as a reference librarian at Hartland Public Library, WI. She has published fiction in Tampa Review, Connecticut Review, Re:Visions, The Bend and Arkansas Review. She also won the 2003 Sparks Prize Fellowship, and the 2003 AWP Intro Journal Award for fiction.
Silpa Swarnapuri (2008) published a series of articles called “Inside the Fortress” for Outlook Traveler magazine in 2009, and edited for Harper’s Bazaar. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 2008, she was awarded the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching and was nominated for Best New American Voices in 2010.
Alireza Taheri Araghi (2014) is an Iranian writer and translator. He is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and serves as editor-in-chief of literary magazine PARAGRAPHITI. He is the author of the short story collection, I’m an Old Abacus (Ney Publication, 2008), and the editor of the anthology I Am a Face Sympathizing with Your Grief: Seven Younger Iranian Poets (co-im-press, 2015). His fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rusty Toque, Green Mountains Review, Avatar Review, and Gloom Cupboard among others. His translations into English have been published in RHINO, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bat City Review, Asymptote, and The Journal Petra. He won the 2014 RHINO Award for Translation. More updates on his writing and translations are available on his website.
Garrett Terrance Travis (2015) does freelance transcription work. He has published a review in Fanzine.
Christine Texeira (2014) served as editorial assistant for Notre Dame Review, worked on the journals Re:Visions and The Bend, and taught introductory creative writing courses while at Notre Dame. She currently works as an Engagement and Events Administrator at Hugo House. She is the 2014 recipient of the William Mitchell Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in Moss and The Conium Review.
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Amy Marie Thomas (Ryan)(2011) is an 8th grade writing teacher at South Bend Career Academy. Her chapbook, Fawns’ Head, was published through Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in The Bend, BlazeVOX, decomP magazinE and Word Riot, and SCUD.
James Ellis Thomas (1998) has been an English instructor at Wallace Community College since 2009. He has published fiction in The New Yorker and in the anthologies New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 2001 (Algonquin Books, 2001) and The Beacon Best of 2001: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures (Beacon, 2001). He was the recipient of the 1998 Mitchell Award.
Joseph Earl Thomas (2019) is a writer, medic and chronic over-thinker from Northeast Philadelphia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in After the Pause, Supplement, Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, Philadelphia Stories, The Offing and Kenyon Review. He is a VONA, Tin House, and Fulbright Fellow who, as of next year will be PhD student in English at the University of Pennsylvania. A memoirist and poet, he also wonders how things might have gone had he fallen in love with hominids first, and so is enamored with speculative fiction. He is currently working on two book-length projects: Sink, a memoir about coming of age as an undereducated blerd in the city, and a fantasy novel, The Gift From Alondria. Sometimes, he blogs on Birthworldproblems at Josephearlthomas.com.
Beth Towle (2013) is pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University, where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She is a co-founder and regular contributor to The Actuary. Her first chapbook, Rhabdomantics, was released from Adjunct Press in 2016. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Similar Peaks, Spooky Magazine, The Union Forever, Storm Cellar, The Bend, Deluge, and Spork Press. She also maintains a website with updated news.
Edward Trefts (2012) is a PhD student in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. He has published fiction in Spork Press and a review in Mixer.
Alethea Tusher (2016) has published poetry and essays in The Gravity of the Thing, Toad, Entropy, and Proof Magazine.
Peter Twal (2014) is both a writer and an electrical engineer at Purdue Systems Engineering. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The Columbia Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, Crab Creek Review, The Bend, Kenyon Review Online, Booth, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Forklift, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, Public Pool, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the 2014 Samuel and Mary Anne Hazo Award for Poetry and was nominated for the AWP Intro Award for Poetry in 2013. He also maintains a website which tracks his work.
Amanda Utzman (2012) is a summer school coordinator at Southern Utah University. She has poetry appearing in Day Old Roses. In 2012, she received both the Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Mitchell Award from the University of Notre Dame.
Charles Valle (2003) is the poetry editor at Fence Magazine. His chapbook, Deferring Aching Roots was published with Outlier Press in 2010. His poetry and articles have appeared in Quirk, Hiram Poetry Review, Good Foot, Kiosk, Eye-Rhyme, Berkeley Poetry Review, Lungfull!, Blue Sky Review, 42Opus,and Flyaways. He also edited the anthology After Translation (Outlier Press, 2001).
Cynthia VanderVen (1998) teaches language arts at the Lakeview Academy in Atlanta, GA. She also runs an online business that centers on writing, editing, graphic arts, and web design. Her poetry and stories have been published in The Bend.
Dev Varma (2015) is a financial analyst in the forecasting and strategies department of First Tennessee Bank. His essays and fiction have been published in Pillowfort, Issue Zero, and mikrokosmos. In 2014, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction for his short story “L.A.M.E.” He received both the Mitchell Award and the Kaneb Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame in 2015.
Lauro Vazquez (2013) is the 2013 recipient of the Nicholas Sparks Fellowship and Sam Hazo Poetry Award. He is a CantoMundo fellow and regular contributor to and co-founder of The Actuary. He has been a Letras Latinas associate, contributing a wide array of content to the Letras Latinas Blog, and serving as a coordinator of the Letras Latinas Writers Initiative. Recent poems have appeared in Huizache, The Bend, Ostrich Review, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Re:Visions, and Paragraphiti.
Kaushik Viswanath (2014) is from Chennai, India. He’s currently an assistant editor at Portfolio and Sentinal. His stories have appeared in Anthropoid, Helter Skelter, The Pinch, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. In 2013, he received the Graduate Student Professional Development Award to present the paper “Animating the Inanimate: An Ecological Reading of Arun Kolatkar’s Poetry” at the Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human Conference.
Josephine Vodicka Cameron (Johnson) (2000) owns a music studio for K-8 students and teaches a series of school workshops on songwriting and music history. She released the CDs Close Your Eyes, American Songs, Every Night When the Sun Goes In, and American Songs, vol. 2 with Modo Records. Her song “Long Track Blues” appears on the Poetry Speaks project Hip Hop Speaks to Children. Her first book, Gills, will be released from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2018. She received Arts Are Elementary grants in both 2011 and 2013, as well as a Senter Fund Grant in 2012. She maintains a website and blogs.
John Michael Vore (1993) published the books The Raft: Notes Towards Rules of Order for a Digital Age (Firetrap, 2001), Tell Me What Home Is Like (Firetrap, 2001), and Moving Into History (Firetrap, 2004). His essay, “Rehearsing the Victim,” was published in NUVO.
Charles Walton (1999) teaches at Morehouse College in Georgia.
C.J. Waterman (2011) is the founder of Wheelchair Party Press. He has published a chapbook of poetry, Unstoppable Citizen (The Chapbook, 2010), and had selections of his project I Blew Up a Regional Airport published in Lamination Colony. Along with a selection from “week” published by Extended Play Magazine, his work has appeared in Everyday Genius, SCUD, Tarpaulin Sky, Similar Peaks, Deluge, Metazen, and Gobbet.
Stephanie White (2009) completed her PhD in composition and rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also worked at the community writing assistance program. She is currently an instructional developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo. She published an interview with Mary Karr in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Notre Dame Review and has had creative work published in both The Bend and DIAGRAM. She was a 2009 Discovered Voices Nominee.
Angela Williams (Bickham) (1998) teaches English classes at ESL Language Center in North Carolina and has also worked as an instructor in the academic skills program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a freelance researcher and editor. She self-published Hers, a collection of poetry, through CreateSpace in 2010. Her play, Color in My Life, appeared in Role Call – A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (2002). Her poetry has appeared in The Black Scholar, Poetry Is, Obsidian, The Informer, Xavier Review, and Brothers and Others, as well as two Cave Canem anthologies.
James Matthew Wilson (2005) is an associate professor of religion and literature in the department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. He is also the poetry editor of Modern Age magazine, and serves on the board of several journals and societies. He has published a total of eight books, including the two poetry chapbooks, Four Verse Letters (Steubenville Press, 2010) and The Violent and the Fallen (Finishing Line Press, 2013); the poetry collection Some Permanent Things (Wiseblood Books, 2014); the nonfiction books The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition (CUA, 2017), GUILTY until Proven INNOCENT: A novel about Lee Harvey and Marguerite Oswald (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013), Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2012), The Catholic Imagination (Wiseblood Books, 2014), and The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking (Wiseblood Books, 2015). His critical work has appeared in Logos, Think Journal, The American Conservative, Christianity and Literature, and numerous anthologies. Wilson’s poetry has been recently published in America: The National Catholic Review, The San Diego Reader, Think Journal, Measure, Pleiades, The Observer, Danta, Edge City Review, Measure, The Dark Horse, and Contemporary Poetry Review, among others. Twice, Wilson has been awarded the Lionel Basney Award by the Conference for Christianity and Literature, and has been a runner up for both the Foley Prize for Poetry by America magazine and the Jacques Maritain Essay Prize by Dappled Things magazine. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture awarded him the 2017 Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Wilson also received a VERITAS Award from the Villanova University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (2011, 2015), and the Wilbur Fellowship at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (2010). More information regarding his work, expertise, and awards can be found on his website.
Timothy Worrall (1995) passed away on January 10, 2015. He taught at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.
Amy Wray (Irish) (1998) authored two chapbooks, titled, Creation Stories (Green Fuse Press, 2008) and Poem Becoming (Luna Blue). Her poetry has appeared in The Offbeat, Mountain Gazette, The Bend, Danta, and The Rhubarbarian. She was awarded first place in Chicago’s Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Contest in 1999.
Lavinia Xu (2019) was born in Nanjing, China, and she earned her BA from Ohio State University. Her poetry explores Chinese identity, family memory and history. Her intimacy with water and forests also finds its way into her poetry. She is also interested in myth making and the subversive potential of Western and Asian fairytales in her poetry. She likes to make origami, necklaces or other fun crafts, hike or walk in forests or by the river, visit art museums when not writing poems.
Christina Yu (Y-Eisenberg) (2008) is the head of Marketing and Learning Science Platforms at McGraw-Hill Education. Her story “A Literary Affair” was included in Amazon’s Day One story subscription series. Yu has fiction published in New Letters, Fence, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, New Delta Review, BOMB online, and the anthology Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. Her fiction has been nominated and cited for several Best American anthologies.
Rachel Zavecz (2015) works as a reading and writing tutor at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She has published poetry, essays, and reviews in Birdfeast, Whitestag, Deluge, Issue Zero, Fairy Tale Review, Queen Mob, Entropy, and Deluge. She is the 2015 Winner of the AWP Birdfeast Postcard Prize and the Samuel Hazo Poetry Prize.