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Zinta Aistars [5.2006]
is the published author of three books. She is an editor for LuxEsto, the Kalamazoo College alumni magazine, and has published poetry, travel essays, stories, and articles in the United States, Latvia, England, Sweden, Germany, and Australia. Her work also appears on many e-zines, including Fiction Attic, Ghoti Fish, Saucy Vox, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Her Circle Ezine, Ash Canyon Review, Flashquake, The Redbridge Review, River Walk Journal, Poems Neiderngasse, and many others. She publishes a monthly newsletter of marketing tips and inspiration for writers called Zeenythe Communications and is an editor for the literary e-zine, INSOLENT RUDDER.

Gene Albamonte [3.2009]
will be graduating with an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida in Spring 2009. He's currently an editor at The Florida Review, and he also works as a writer at an advertising agency. One of his stories earned a Finalist position in Glimmer Train's January 2008 Family Matters competition. Another story of his earned an Honorable Mention position in Glimmer Train's April 2008 Family Matters competition. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and two children.

R.A. Allen [issue20]
has seen his fiction published in The Literary Review,The Barcelona Review, PANK, Corvus (UK), The Los Angeles Review, Best American Mystery Stories 2010, and elsewhere, and was nominated for "Best of the Web 2010." He lives in Memphis. More at

Jeanne Althouse [issue26]
lives in Palo Alto, California. Her flash fiction and longer stories have appeared in various literary journals, including Shenandoah, Pif Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Flash, The International Short Story Magazine, Madison Review, Redlands Review, So To Speak, Porter Gulch Review, Red Rock Review, the MacGuffin, and Jewel, a publication of Gray Sparrow Press. Her story, "Goran Holds his Breath" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her novel Children Left Breathing was Finalist in the Augury Books 2014 Contest.

Ian Angus [2.2009]
lives in Canada, near Ottawa. He edits the online journal CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM, and is one of the founders of the Ecosocialist International Network

Shannon Anthony [8.2007]
lives in Minneapolis. She is currently working on what may very well end up being her second completed novel. Her short fiction has appeared in THE HISS QUARTERLY, and she maintains a token web presence:

Matt Athanasiou [4.2010] [issue35]
has had his work nominated for the storySouth Million Writers Award, and has been featured in publications such as Flame Tree Press, Gallows Hill Magazine, and Menda City Review. Find more of his work at

Uri Avnery [4.3007] [6.2007] [4.2008] [11.2008] [2.2009]
is an Israeli writer and peace activist with Gush Shalom. He has been a leading voice in calling for the establishment of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza, and for a region-wide Arab-Israeli alliance. In 1950, he founded the highly influential news journal Haolam Hazeh, which served as a leading voice of political opposition in Israel and remained in circulation for forty years. Haoloam Hazeh later served as the basis for a political party of the same name, for which Avnery served three terms in the Israeli Knesset in the 1960's and 70's. In 1974, he was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership, and in 1982 was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat. He founded the activist group Gush Shalom, the Peace Bloc, in 1993. Their manifesto, written by Avnery, calls for the recognition of Jerusalem as the joint capital of Israel and Palestine. He is the author of numerous books, including In the Fields of the Philistines, The War of the Seventh Day, and My Friend, The Enemy. The Gush Shalom home page can be found at

E.A. Aymar [4.2008] [issue21]
is a repeat contributor to Menda City Review, and his short fiction has also been published in the SN Review, the Zodiac Review and the Mammoth series of Outstanding Short Fiction. He received an MA in Literature from Marymount University and his debut novel, Goodbye, Beautiful, will be published in 2013 from Mitchell-Morris Publishing.

Daniel Bachleda [9.2006] [6.2007]
was born in Pennsylvania in the 80's, 'educated' there in the 90's, and decided to write professionally after the year 2000. Since then, he has re-learned how to shop for groceries. He has self-published a novel, entitled A Fitted Sheet, and his work can be found in CRIMSON HIGHWAY and THIEVES' JARGON.

Joe Bageant [6.2007] [7.2007] [5.2008] [10.2008] [3.2009] [6.2009] [5.2010] [9.2010]
is dead (2011). From our view, he was a damn good bloke. And we at MCR appreciate his efforts to study and understand some of the more understudied and misunderstood portions of America. He is the author of Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War. If you're at all curious about the interesting twists and variations of the American workin' class and you enjoy intelligent, honest journalism --  and/or crafty storytelling; and/or wry, self-effacing humor; and/or the study of mass psychology a la Eric Hoffer -- then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Joe Bageant's newer book, Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir, deals with America's permanent white underclass, and how it was intentionally created. To read more info on Joe Bageant, please visit You'll find more biographical info on him if you click on "About Joe."

>>Rest in Peace, Mr Bageant. You kicked some ass.<<

Gay Baines [issue29]
lives in East Aurora, New York, and is a member of the Roycroft Wordsmiths. She has a B.A. in English from Russell Sage College, and has done graduate work at Syracuse University and SUNY - Buffalo. She won the National Writers Union Poetry Prize in 1991, Honorable Mention in the Ruth Cable Memorial Poetry Contest in 1996, and the 2008 Mary Roelofs Stott Award for poetry as well as other prizes. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 literary journals, including 13th Moon, Alabama Literary, Amarillo Bay, Anemone Sidecar, Atlanta Review, The Baltimore Review, Bayou, Caveat Lector, Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Confluence, Confrontation, Controlled Burn, Crack the Spine, Crate Literary Magazine, Dislocate, Eclectica, and Eclipse.

Ramzy Baroud [1.2007] [6.2007] [5.2010] [5.2010]
is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London), now available on

Gary Beck [9.2006] [9.2006]
has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway and toured colleges and outdoor performance venues. He currently lives in New York City, where he's busy writing fiction and his short stories have recently appeared in numerous literary magazines.

W.S. Bell [10.2009]
lives in Hanover County, Virginia, with her husband, their feral cat and numerous raccoons. After twenty years of teaching English (thirty, if you count substituting), she writes stories about kids (not for kids) and about seniors. Her stories have been published in Sweetbay Review and Timber Creek Review.

Walden Bello [7.2008] [11.2010]
is a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines, as well as executive director of Focus on the Global South. Born in Manila, Philippines, he became a political activist following the declaration of Martial Law by then-President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972. In 2003, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, whose website describes him as "one of the leading critics of the current model of economic globalization, combining the roles of intellectual and activist." Bello is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute (based in Amsterdam), and is a columnist for FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS. In March 2008 he was named Outstanding Public Scholar for 2008 by the International Studies Association.

Dick Bentley [issue34]
is the author of the books Post-Freudian Dreaming, A General Theory of Desire, and All Rise, which are all available at Amazon. He won the Paris Review-Paris Writer's Workshop International Fiction Award and has published over 290 works of fiction, poetry and memoir in the US, the UK, France, Canada and Brazil. Check his website:

Rebecca Bernard [9.2010]
is currently working toward her MFA in fiction at Vanderbilt University. She completed her undergraduate degree in film at NYU whereupon she worked as a production assistant for two years before moving to Austin to concentrate on writing and being a member of the service industry. Her work can also be seen in the 322 Review.

Camillo "Mac" Bica, Ph.D. [2.2008] [7.2008]
is a professor of philosophy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. As a veteran recovering from his experiences as a United States Marine Corps Officer during the Vietnam War, he founded, and coordinated for five years, the "Veterans Self-Help Initiative," aka the HOOTCH Program, a therapeutic community of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brooklyn. He is a long time activist for peace and justice, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and a founding member of the Long Island Chapter of Veterans for Peace. More info at: SVAPHILOSOPHER.COM

Gabriela Blandy [9.2006]
currently lives in Mexico where she finds time to write in between the beautiful Pacific sunsets and her other more respectable job - selling chocolate brownies on the beach. She graduated with a first class degree in History, went on to study at the London School of Journalism and has been inseparable from her keyboard since. She has been awarded an Honorary Mention from Writers' Digest, was long-listed for the Fish Short Story Award and has had several publications. She is due to study a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck College, which she has longed to do and only recently found the courage. Gabriela dreams of living in a castle and writing fairy tales.

AN Block [issue32]
is a native New Yorker who teaches at Boston University and is Contributing Editor at the Improper Bostonian. He has an MA in History and holds the Master of Wine certification. Recent stories have appeared in Buffalo Almanack (recipient of its Inkslinger Award), Umbrella Factory (a Pushcart Prize nominee), The Maine Review, Constellations, Contrary, Per Contra, Torrid Literature, Amarillo Bay, Literally Stories, Drunk Monkeys, New Pop Lit, Lowestoft Chronicle, The Citron, DenimSkin, Burningwood Literary Journal, Crack The Spine, The Bicycle Review, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Flash Frontier, Falling Star, Blue Bonnet Review, and The Binnacle, among others.

Ace Boggess [7.2006]
is author of Displaced Hours, a novel; a book of poems, The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled; and, as editor, the anthology Wild Sweet Notes II: More Great Poetry from West Virginia. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Antietam Review, Atlanta Review, Florida Review, Blue Mesa Review and many similar publications in print and on the web. Currently he is seeking publishers and an agent for his other literary novels including States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody.

Becky Boncal [issue24]
is a graduate from the MFA program at George Mason University. She teaches writing at John Tyler Community College and at The Visual Arts Center in Richmond, VA. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The Copperfield Review, HOOT, Everyday Genius and The Buried Letter Press, and she has a story forthcoming in Midnight Circus.

Paul J. Breaux [5.2008]
is delighted to have his first published story appear in MCR. All of Paul's writing stems from his rational, yet totally insane, fear of getting old. He has gone so far as to outline a story in which a time machine appears, but he suspects that it will never see the light of day. When he needs a break from brooding over his impending death, he does IT work for Louisiana State University.

Gavin Broom [7.2007] [5.2009] [issue19] [issue24]
lives in the Scottish countryside with his wife and his cat. At the time of this writing, he doesn't own a house at the beach.
Further evidence can be collected at

J.T.R. Brown [issue27]
is the author of a science fiction novel called The Charlatans, which is available exclusively through Amazon. When he is not writing, he practices Social Work in the hospital setting, reads compulsively, and dissects the philosophical underpinnings of professional wrestling. He lives in Illinois with his wife, two sons, and endearingly cross-eyed cat. You can find out more about J.T.R. at his website,

Rae Bryant [5.2010]
is a recipient of the Whidbey Writers' Prize, 2009 editor nominated for StorySouth's Million Writers Award, an M.A. writing candidate at Johns Hopkins and editor of Moon Milk Review. Her fiction appears or is soon forthcoming at Word Riot, Annalemma, The Medulla Review, Weave Magazine, Pear Noir!, and Bartleby Snopes, among other publications. More at

Paul Buchheit [8.2007]
is a professor with the Chicago City Colleges, co-founder of Global Initiative Chicago, and the founder of . He has contributed to commondreams, counterpunch, and countercurrents. Email:

John W. Buckley [issue21] [issue32]
uses writing as an outlet, and his typing fingers are like the tines of a fork. He lives in his native Arizona, where he teaches English online at his alma mater when he isn't jolting himself to stay alive. His work has previously appeared in Menda City Review, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Bartleby Snopes, and

Rebecca Burns [11.2009]
is a married mum-of-two living in Coalville, England. In a previous life she gained a Ph.D in New Zealand Literature - now she purees, mops spills, plays with train sets, and makes dens. She writes at night when she should be tidying the house or paying attention to her husband.

Simon Butler [3.2009]
(Bio pending)
Dammit! I think we lost Mr Butler! Well, he is or was apparently a very smart guy, and he was very generous to allow MCR to publish his work for your perusal. You'd best be grateful. 

Peter Byrne [3.2007] [4.2007]
Peter Byrne is a national award-winning investigative reporter and science writer. In cyberspace, he chills at .

Timothy Caldwell [issue35]
attended the University of Michigan during the 1960s, earning two degrees in music (vocal performance), with the hopes of singing professionally. Caldwell's plans were disrupted when he was drafted into the Army in 1969 and sent to Vietnam in 1970. In 1972, he began a career as a singer and teacher in higher education. The Gulf War of 1990-91 resurrected memories of Vietnam experiences, resulting in his novel, The Chaplain's Assistant: God, Country, and Vietnam. When he retired from teaching in 2010, Caldwell focused on writing. His essays and short stories have been published in Amarillo Bay, Blue Lake Review, Crab Creek Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Ginosko, The Penmen Review, The Storyteller, and Westview. He is working on a collection of short stories.

Graeme Carey [issue31]
is a freelance writer from Canada. His work has appeared in New World Writing, Five Quarterly, Voices de la Luna, and Grub Street Literary Magazine. He was also named a finalist in the 2014 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers contest. Feel free to contact him at

Marty Carlock [issue27]
spent 20 years getting the facts right as a journalist; she now finds it's more fun to make up things. A former stringer for The Boston Globe, she is a contributing editor of Sculpture magazine and also writes for Landscape Architecture Magazine and The Internet Review of Books. Her short fiction has been published in a dozen or so literary quarterlies.

Laura Carlsen [10.2010]
is Director of the Americas Policy Program in Mexico City, for the Center for International Policy.

Chris Carlson  [12.2006] [3.2007] [8.2007] [3.2009]
is a Northamerican human rights activist and political science student living in Merida, Venezuela. You can email him at

Bill Carr [issue28] [issue30]
is a writer and education specialist who is originally from New York and now lives in North Carolina. Some of his stories are satiric (see Exquisite Hoax, published by Scholars and Rogues ). Others have athletic or philosophical themes (see "Tiebreaker," published in Southern New Hampshire University's Penmen Review). He is the chairperson of the North Carolina B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism, a non-profit that holds an annual summer educational retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.

Al Carty [9.2006] [12.2006] [5.2007] [12.2007] [10.2009] [issue 22]
is a Californian retired and transplanted to New Mexico. The life he leads is the life he used to dream about, growing chili's and garlic, roaming the hills and having time to write. Another part of the dream was being published, and Menda City Review was the first. His work has since been published at Written Word, Cause and Effect Magazine, Silver Boomers Publishing, Everyday Fiction, 42 Magazine, The Shine Journal and Alors Et Toi. He discovered that the key to success in writing is re-writing... a lot.

Richard Compean [issue30]
teaches English at City College of San Francisco where he shares with students his passion for not only the music of Bruce Springsteen but also Leonard Cohen and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan as well as the Beatles and Motown. His favorite writers are John Donne, Jonathan Swift, Raymond Carver, and Sherman Alexie. "Something to Talk About" was inspired by a "Dear Abby" letter. He is an avid San Francisco Giants baseball fan.

Tom Conoboy [7.2006]
is Scottish but now lives in England, where he works in local government. Over the years he has vacillated between playing the guitar and writing stories. Somewhat late in life he realised he was least bad at writing, and since the middle of 2005 he has been writing and submitting seriously. In the past eight months Tom Conoboy has been placed in competitions at Mad Hatter's Review, JBWB and Bright Lights Multimedia. He has also appeared in around twenty ezines and journals, including Defenestration, Reflection's Edge, Eclectica and Prose Toad.

Annemaria Cooper [7.2006]
lives in Chapelton - a small village in the West of Scotland. Colour blind in two spectrums, red/green and orange/blue, she loves the use of colour in storytelling, and has an avid interest in gemstones. As moderator/editor with an online writing site, she is a popular fictional writer with a variety of genre and writes under the name of Gomani - a character from her novel.  A recording of one of her stories  'Listen to me' can be heard on the radio of and is published in an anthology, called 'Nights Spent in Insanity.'

Lydia Copeland [1.2009]
just moved from East Tennessee to New Jersey with her husband and son. She works at the Digital Reserves Library at the New School in Manhattan. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in NOO, elimae, The Cortland Review, Night Train, Opium, Wandering Army, The Edward Society, Juked, SmokeLong Quarterly and others. In 2004, she won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers.

Barrie Darke [10.2008]
lives in Newcastle in the north-east of England. He has had several plays performed in the UK over the last few years, has recently worked with the BBC, and this year has seen a handful of his short stories published. He is also trying extremely hard to be a published novelist. He teaches Creative Writing, as much as possible, within a few miles of his home.

Jon Morgan Davies [2.2009] [issue21]
received a BA in English from California State University Los Angeles and an MA from the University of Mississippi. A native of California, his work has appeared in such places as Cutbank, JMWW, and the Yalobusha Review. Learn more at

Aimee Dearmon [4.2010] [11.2010]
is hopelessly addicted to pen and paper and indulges in those drugs-of-choice on a daily basis. Her work has appeared in a recovery magazine, (the name of which starts with the capitalized double first letter of the alphabet followed by a word that means "climbing plant found in vineyards"), Tom's Voice and Joyful!online. Her first novel, Closing The Door, is under review and she is drafting her second book, Blue Dirt Filling Station, a memoir of her days as a gas station attendant at the only service station operating "in the black" in Blue Dirt, Alabama (excerpt published in issue seventeen of MCR). She also posts her work here: WHITE ROSES.

Jonny Diamond [6.2009]
grew up in suburban Toronto and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. More of his writing can be found at

Steven J. Dines [5.2006]
lives in the granite city of Aberdeen, Scotland where he has been writing short fiction for many years. His work has appeared in almost forty print and online publications, including Dark Tales, Buzzwords, The Writer's Post Journal, Word Riot, Noo Journal, Outsider Ink, Eclectica, TQR, and many others. His story, Unzipped (read it at UNDERGROUND VOICES), was recently selected as one of the Notable Stories of 2005 in storySouth's Million Writers Award. His website is:

W.E.B. DuBois [5.2006] [5.2006]
is dead. But his legacy and brilliant writing remain with us forever. More info at WIKIPEDIA.

Sean Ealy [issue25]
discovered an old Hermes typewriter in the garage when he was ten, and he's been lost in the words ever since. His stories have been published in Under the Bed Magazine, Fabula Argentea, Rose Red Review, and he has a story in a forthcoming zombie anthology by Big Pulp. Native Oregonian and avid Red Sox fan, you can find him on Twitter @SeanEaly

Barbara Ehrenreich [10.2007] [10.2008] [7.2009]
is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed, and most recently This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, and The Progressive, and is a contributing writer to Time magazine. She lives in Florida. More info and essays at: BARBARAEHRENREICH.COM

Tom Engelhardt [4.2007] [12.2007]
runs the Nation Institute's TOMDISPATCH.COM, and is the co-founder of the American Empire Project. His book, The End of Victory Culture (University of Massachusetts Press), has just been thoroughly updated in a newly issued edition that deals with victory culture's crash-and-burn sequel in Iraq. An editor in publishing for the last 25 years, Tom is at present consulting editor for Metropolitan Books, a fellow of the Nation Institute, and a teaching fellow at the journalism school of the University of California, Berkeley.

Dave Erickson [6.2008]
is a 35 year old writer who lives in Los Angeles. During the day he is a car salesman. Originally he had hoped this job would result in extra writing material, however no serious material has ever been gained in this occupation. He was an English Major but dropped out after 7 years due largely to his inability to complete the math credits. He hasn't submitted anything for publication in over 13 years, so he has no substantial credentials at this time. He is working on a novel. He is supported in many untold ways by his fiance Megan.

Leah Erickson [3.2010]
has had work published most recently in The Saint Ann's Review, Sub-Lit, Atomjack, Silverthought, The Stickman Review, and The Furnace Review. She has work upcoming at Forge Journal. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and young daughter.

Sarah Rose Etter [5.2008]
was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in English & Publishing from Penn State University. She's currently Editor-in-Chief of a business newsletter and working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at Rosemont College. She has been published in the City Smells Anthology, Palimpsest Magazine and Red Pulp Underground. She is always looking for new recipes and boys that read books.

Jon Fain [6.2009]
published his first stories in the 80s in various men's magazines and small press periodicals of the day. After a hiatus of sorts during which he discovered a degree in fiction was the perfect background for the job of business consultant, he returned to the real game. With a bit of clicking and scrolling his stories can be found in the virtual stacks of Small Spiral Notebook, Word Riot, anderbo, VerbSap, Pequin, and others. In 2003 his collection Lovers and Other Losers was chosen as a finalist for the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction.

Brent Fisk [4.2008]
is a writer from Bowling Green, Kentucky who has had work appear in Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati and 5 AM. He's been nominated for four Pushcarts and won honorable mention in 2007 in Boulevard's Emerging Poets contest. He's just put the finishing touches on his first manuscript of poems, Accidental Body of Knowledge.

Glen Ford [2.2007]
is Executive Editor of BLACK AGENDA REPORT. He can be contacted at:

Jenny Fosket [issue34]
is a writer and feminist living in Berkeley with her family and various pets. Her stories are inspired by the intersections of motherhood, gender, bodies, and health.

Jon Fotch [issue34]
is a member of the Writers' League of Texas and dream of a world where cowards are shamed, art is rewarded, and jobs are optional. His work has appeared in Avatar Review, Carbon Culture Review, Euphony Journal, Mudlark, and Whistling Shade.

J.C. Frampton [11.2007]
has recently completed a satirical first novel, now out of that lonely road trying to thumb a ride to Barnes & Noble. He picks up change via journalistic/publicist efforts, eschewing public-telephone coin drops, which are rapidly disappearing (and rarely productive). His three favorite stories, prior to the one here at Menda City, can be seen at ECLECTICA, THE PAUMANOK REVIEW, and THE SIDEWALK'S END. His fiction, humor and verse have appeared in literary journals in the U.S. and U.K.

D.E. Fredd [3.2007]
lives in Townsend, Massachusetts. He has had fiction, poetry and essays published in over sixty journals and reviews. He received the Theodore Hoepfner Award given by the Southern Humanities Review for the best short fiction of 2005, was a 2006 Ontario Award Finalist and recently received a 2007 Pushcart Special Mention Award (UNDERGROUND VOICES).
A novel, Exiled to Moab, will debut in the Spring of 2007.

Lou Gaglia [issue27]
is the author of the newly released Poor Advice and Other Stories (Spring to Mountain Press, 2015). His stories have appeared recently in The Writing Disorder, Per Contra, Eclectica, Referential Magazine, Rappahannock Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in upstate New York after many years as a teacher in New York City and is a long-time T'ai Chi Ch'uan practitioner who still feels like a beginner.

Kenneth Gagnon [issue19]
is a writer from New Hampshire. You can read more of his work at The Journal of Microliterature and The Eunoia Review.

Faith Gardner [9.2010]
recently graduated from UC Berkeley and now lives in Oakland, works for a blog and tutors kids for a living. She also plays music both solo and in the band hooray for everything. Links to her publications and music, as well as various random musings, can be read at

Valerie Geary [5.2010]
has had her fiction appear in The Absent Willow Review and Colored Chalk. She maintains the blog Something To Write About, a place where readers can find writing related articles, book reviews and author interviews.

Mariyana Dimova Georgieva [7.2006]
is getting her BA in British and American language and literature in Plovdiv University, Bulgaria in mid July and dashing out in a passionate polishing of her writing craft in a country where writing is still considered a pure, unteachable magic. Her stories, psychological articles, and translations appear in Bulgarian magazines and newspapers. This e-mail welcomes your opinions about her work:

Nancy Gerber [issue27]
leads an expressive writing group at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, New Jersey. Her book Fire and Ice: Poetry and Prose was named a Notable Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Indie Books Competition. Her writing has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Adanna, and other journals.

Dylan Gilbert [issue24]
has seen his fiction appear in The Potomac Review, Slow Trains, The Westchester Review, and Word Riot, among others, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He can be found online at

Molly Gillcrist [issue33]
spent her childhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Duke University, Magna BA in English and biology; MA University of Virginia, language, audiology. Language Institute, Seoul. Graduate Fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University at Center for diagnosis and treatment of handicapped children. Established and taught in speech/audiology programs for junior and senior high schools in North Clackamas School District. Developed and taught in English as a Second Language program for the district schools. Editorial Board Oregon English Journal. Volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster homes. Volunteer for Start Making a Reader Today.

Steven Gillis [7.2007]
is the author of the novels Walter Falls and The Weight of Nothing, both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. Steve's third novel, Temporary People, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2008. A 6 time Pushcart nominee and 4 time Best Of... Notable Stories, a collection of Steve's stories - Giraffes - was published in February, 2007. Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of DZANC BOOKS and the charitable organization 826 MICHIGAN. All proceeds from Steve's writing goes to his nonprofit programs.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman [10.2010]
is dead. But her legacy and brilliant writing remain with us forever. More info at WIKIPEDIA

Alan Girling [7.2006]
lives in Richmond, British Columbia. His work has appeared in such venues as Pagitica, lichen, Snow Monkey, Southern Ocean Review, Artella, Open Wide, Gobshite, Hobart and on CBC radio. When he's not writing, he's likely working as a teacher of academic English or spending time with his family.

Emma Goldman [7.2007] [3.2010]
is dead. But her legacy and brilliant writing remain with us forever. More info at WIKIPEDIA

Bryn Greenwood [9.2008]
earned her M.A. in Writing from Kansas State University, where she won the graduate fiction prize two years in a row. She is a regular contributor to Literary Magazine Review and has stories published or forthcoming in Twister, The American Drivel Review, and Karamu.

Andrew Gretes [issue28]
is the author of the novel, How to Dispose of Dead Elephants (Sandstone Press 2014). His fiction has appeared in such publications as Witness and Word Riot. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi. His website is

Mark Guerin [issue31]
lives in Maine. A graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program in Boston, Mark has an MFA from Brandeis University and is a winner of an Illinois Arts Council Grant, the Mimi Steinberg Award for Playwriting and Sigma Tau Delta's Eleanor B. North Poetry Award. A contributor to the novelist's blog, Dead Darlings, he is also a playwright, copywriter and journalist. "Up River" is an adapted excerpt from Mark's as yet unpublished novel, You Can See More From Up Here. He is currently working on a novel based on stories of the Berlin Wall but set in midtown Manhattan in 2022.

Lori Hahnel  [12.2006]
is a proud resident of Calgary, Alberta. Her short fiction, twice nominated for the Journey Prize and short listed in the 2005 PRISM International Short Fiction Contest, has appeared in numerous literary journals and been broadcast on CBC Radio. Work is forthcoming in Transition and appears in the anthologies Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press) and The Best of Alberta Anthology 2005 (Red Deer Press).

Amanda Hamilton [issue22]
is a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, working toward a BFA in Creative Writing and a Masters in Education. She was recently engaged to her long-time boyfriend, with plans to marry in May 2014. Her written work has previously been published in CC&D Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and The Evansville Review.

Tom Hamilton [issue21]
is an Irish Traveler and ex-poet. His fiction, poetry, plays and articles have been widely published in all forms of media. You can read his novella "The Darkened Corner' and his short story collection "The Pit Bull and Other Tales" for free at the Philistine Press website. He has published two poetry chapbooks "The Rain Draw Bridge" from Alpha Beat Press and "The Last Days of my Teeth" from Budget Press. Along with his lovely wife Mary Theresa and their four small adorable children, Tiffany, Hope, Catalina and Thomas he lives in Loves Park IL. USA.

Aaron Z. Hawkins [issue23]
lives somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line where he typically and routinely bangs his head against the keyboard until either his head hurts and he has to stop or a story falls out. Some of those extricated stories can be found at INFECTIVEINK, HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS, and ANOTHER 100 HORRORS.

Brian Haycock [9.2010]
lives in Austin, Texas, where he has worked mainly for nonprofit organizations. He enjoys running (especially in the summer heat), hiking and reading stories of all kinds. His stories have appeared in Thuglit, Nefarious, Yellow Mama, Amarillo Bay, Crime and Suspense, Reflection's Edge, Darkest Before the Dawn, Pulp Pusher, Swill, and other highly respectable publications. His book about modern Zen practice, Dharma Road, will be published in Fall 2010 by Hampton Roads Publishing. Check him out at Unlike the people he writes about, he is law-abiding and reasonably sane. Really.

Thomas Head  [4.2007]
spent his youth in Tacoma, Washington, but these days makes his home just north of Nashville with his wife Ann and his dog Jock, a Scottish terrier who growls and cusses too much, but doesn't mean half of it. His short fiction appears from time to time in literary and genre publications.

Aaron Hellem  [12.2006] [10.2007] [1.2009]
lives with his wife in Leverett, Massachusetts and attends the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His short stories have recently appeared in XAVIER REVIEW, ELLIPSIS , CARVE MAGAZINE, and FOUR VOLTS, and various works of his are published or forthcoming in Lake Effect, Oklahoma Review, Parting Gifts, and Confluence.

Kyle Hemmings [8.2007]
has recently completed his MFA degree in creative writing from National Universty, CA. He also loves to cook, bake, draw cartoon art, and listen to anything by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. He has short stories and poems published in Night Train ("Coma"),  Verb Sap ("Fish Bowl"), Rose and Thorn ("Dreaming with Your Eyes Open"), Triptych ("The Ubiquity of Death"), Amarillo Bay ("Morecombe Bay"-poem), Juked ("Yucatan"), and Insolent Rudder ("Minnesota Flats"). He has a poem ("Cream Puff Woman") upcoming in Slow Trains, and also in Smokelong Quarterly ("Musafa's Woman"), among others.

Shannon Hennessey [3.2011]
is a High School senior looking forward to pursuing a forestry degree at an upstate New York college. She currently lives in New Jersey, but having lived in New Mexico for the majority of her life she considers it to be her Motherland. She strongly believes in service and hopes to join Peace Corp after college. In the summer of 2011 Shannon plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with her mother and several other women for "The Literacy Project" -- a charity with intentions of educating girls in developing countries. MCR is the first to publish her writing.

Micah Dean Hicks [4.2011]
is a master's student in the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His work is published or forthcoming in over twenty publications, including Cream City Review, PANK, > kill author, Prick of the Spindle, and Moon Milk Review. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short story, "How the Weaver's Wife Killed the Motorcycle Man." You can read his interview over at DARK SKY MAGAZINE.

Crystal Lynn Hilbert [3.2010] [issue20] [issue23]
lives in the forgotten backwaters of Western Pennsylvania, subsisting mostly on old trade paperbacks and tea. A fan of things magical and mechanical, her stories tend towards a peculiar blend of science and spell work. These stories have appeared most recently in such magazines as KALEIDOTROPE ("Remembering the Days that Hurt Us," 2013) and ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE ("The Minutiae of Being Dead," issue 57). Her novella DEAD ON ARRIVAL (Eggplant Literary Productions, 2013) is currently on sale at Amazon, B& and at Eggplant Productions for your e-reading pleasure. She can be reached at

Robert Hinderliter [3.2010]
lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and his previous work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pear Noir!, Annalemma, A cappella Zoo, Fractured West, Bull: Men's Fiction, and on McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He works with international students at Oregon State University.

Vincent M. Holt [6.2008]
is dead. But his legacy and brilliant writing remain with us forever.

David Howard [issue32]
has published fiction in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Whistling Fire, Rind Literary Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine and others. He spent many years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Rhode Island and now lives and writes in Leominster, MA.

Sacha A. Howells [1.2009]
lives in Los Angeles and could walk to the Whisky if Motley Crue was playing, but they're not, it's just some crappy emo band. This is his first published story. Contact:

Leigh Hughes [5.2006]
eats, breathes, sleeps and writes, though not necessarily in that order. She is the editor-in-chief of the newly redesigned zine EDIFICE WRECKED and has been published numerous times both online and in print. You can also find her at her blog STEEL KISSES.

Robert Green Ingersoll [3.2006]
is dead. But his legacy and brilliant writing remain with us forever. More info at WIKIPEDIA.

Amy Irvine [3.2010]
lives in southwest Colorado. Her second book, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, won the 2009 Orion Book Award and the 2009 Colorado Book Award.

Hall Jameson [issue20] [issue23]
is a writer and fine art photographer who lives in Helena, Montana. Her writing and artwork has recently appeared, or is forthcoming in, Up the Staircase, Blue Earth Review, Redivider, and Fractured West. When she's not writing or taking photographs, Hall enjoys hiking, playing the piano, and cat wrangling.

Matt Jenkins [2.2008]
is a freelance writer and contributing editor to HIGH COUNTRY NEWS. Among other places, his work has been recently featured at Orion Magazine. He writes from Berkeley, California.

Melanie Jennings [5.2009]
has seen her short stories appear in Crab Orchard Review, Redwood Coast Review, Crab Creek Review, Oregon Literary Review, and many other publications. She earned an MFA from Mills College and a doctorate in American Literature from UC San Diego. To read more of her work, please visit

Mandy Jessup [3.2006]
is the editor of a trade publication in Sacramento CA. Some of her previous work can be seen at WANDERING ARMY and JUKED. She feels that all fiction comes from a place far closer to non-fiction... 

Stephanie Johnson [9.2008]
has her work published or forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Night Train, Pindeldyboz Online, Keyhole Magazine, elimae, Juked, Dogzplot, and elsewhere. Her essays have regularly appeared in The Rambler in her column "No Do-Overs."  More information is available at:

Andy P. Jones  [12.2006]
lives in London, working as an advertising copywriter. Writing fiction without jingles is his attempt at redemption. Like everyone else in advertising, Andy is working on a novel.

Karen Jones [issue23]
is from Glasgow. She was short listed for the 2007 Asham Award, took third prize in the 2010 Mslexia short story competition, received an honourable mention in The Spilling Ink short fiction competition 2011, won second prize in the Flash 500 first quarter competition 2012, first prize in the Words With Jam Shorter Fiction Competition 2013 and first prize in the Flash 500 first quarter competition 2013. Her stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She salsa dances. She salsa dances a lot.

Elena Kaufman [issue28]
is a writer, actor, and dramaturge. She has an MA in dramatic literature (U of Toronto), a Certificate in Creative Writing (Joan Barfoot, Humber College, Toronto) and an MSt in creative writing (Oxford University). As a Canadian who has been living in Europe for ten years, she is passionate about the idea of cultural identity and belonging. Her short stories are published in SubTerrain, Bitter Oleander, The Penmen Review, DeComp, Women in Judaism, 1097Mag, and Dach Kammer Flimmern, The Writers Room Anthology. She is a current member of the WRITER'S ROOM, a creatively fertile space in Hamburg, Germany.

Stephen Kessler [1.2010]
is the editor of REDWOOD COAST REVIEW, and has written or contributed to numerous publications, including several English translations of poetic works by Jorge Luis Borges. Kessler's newest book is The Mental Traveler (Greenhouse Review Press), a novel.

Sean Kilpatrick [9.2006]
born 1983, raised in Detroit, has toured literary workshops, performed onstage, studied forensic photography, and published poetry and short stories in sixty plus magazines, including: Action Yes, Exquisite Corpse, Snow Monkey, Southern Gothic, Juked, Stirring, elimae, Unlikely Stories 2.0, Wandering Army, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks, 3AM Magazine, EROSHA , alice blue, Thieves Jargon, Arsenic Lobster, NO Journal, andwerve, Kulture Vulture, Cellar Door, Alpha Beat Press, The 2nd Hand, The Glut, Underground Voices, Zygote in my Coffee, etc. His first book is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.HIS BLOG is composed of author interviews. Please contact him, he's lonely:

Laurie King-Billman [issue28]
has been published in 13th Moon, San Pedro River Review, MacGuffin, Penmen Review, Rambler, Streetlight Magazine, Mom Egg, and Not What I Expected: The Unpredictable Road From Womanhood To Motherhood and Night Whispers. She holds a master's degree in guidance and counseling and works as a mental health therapist, previously for several Native American tribes and currently for youths and their families. She has studied with Joanna Catherine Scott, Ruth Moose, and Karen Pullen.

Valerie Kinsey [issue32]
lives in the Bay Area with her husband, children, and terrier. She teaches writing at Stanford University.

Cyn Kitchen [5.2008] [5.2009]
teaches creative writing and literature at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Her work has appeared in Opium, The Dead Mule, Minnetonka Review and Louisville Review among other places. She has four children and a house full of animals. Since that's not enough she also feeds the squirrels. Cyn recently laid 4000 bricks in her new driveway, a job that she discovered isn't too unlike writing a story, one brick at a time. Her story 'Every Earth is Fit for Burial' (MCR eleven) was a Top-Ten finalist in the StorySouth Million Writers Award, and can now be found in her published story collection titled Ten Tongues.

R.C. Knight [4.2007]
is a clinical psychologist, recently, mostly, retired. He lives in northern California with his wife, Sally, and their dog, Mali, travels frequently to Latin America, writes stories, does some volunteer work. He got to where he is by the indirect route: aspiring cleric, drug counselor, kindergarten teacher, university professor, research consultant, technical writer, software marketer, mediator, project planning consultant. You get the idea.

Brianne M. Kohl [issue29]
has seen her short stories featured in several publications including The Masters Review, The Stoneslide Corrective, Literary Mama, and Mojo. She is currently hard at work on her first novel. In addition, she has published several articles at The Review Review. To see all her publications and awards, visit her at Follow her at

Chet Kozlowski [6.2007]
was a graphic designer in Buffalo NY when he decided to try the writing life. He gave up the business, sold the house, shot the dog and moved to New York City. A graduate of the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program at The City College of New York, he has been the recipient of writing awards for short fiction, essays, body of work, and a scholarship awarded by playwright Tony Kushner. Chet's stories have appeared in THE BROOKLYN RAIL, Promethean, FICTION ATTIC, Global City Review, and GUERNICA. He's completing his first novel, Kosti's Song.

Stanley Krippner [3.2010]
received his Ph.D. in Special Education from Northwestern University. A pioneer in the study of consciousness, Stanley Krippner conducts research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. (WIKIPEDIA)

Kathryn Kulpa [1.2007] [11.2010]
is the author of Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press, 2005) and has published short stories in many journals--most recently Monkeybicycle, Foundling Review, The Pedestal and Stone's Throw. She was a finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2010 artist fellowship program and is the editor of NEWPORT REVIEW, a literary e-zine.

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