Issue 12 Contributors

Kristin Abraham
Kristin Abraham is the author of two poetry chapbooks:  Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008), and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006.) Her poem "Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus" was selected for Best New Poets 2005.  Additional poetry, lyric essays, and critical essays have been published in such places as Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, Quarter After Eight, and The Journal. She currently teaches English at Ashford University in Iowa.

Faith Adiele
Faith Adiele is author of Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (PEN Beyond Margins Award for Memoir); writer/subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about her Nigerian/Nordic/American heritage; and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology.  Her essays have appeared in O Magazine, Ploughshares, Transition, Ms., Essence, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Indiana Review and numerous anthologies.  She has taught memoir at VONA: Voices of Our Nations in San Francisco and in Accra, Bali, Geneva, Johannesburg, Chautauqua, Iowa, and Whidbey Island.  She is currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland.

Photograph by G. Cole

Dilruba Ahmed
Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Dhaka Dust (Graywolf, 2011), winner of the 2010 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for poetry.  Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, The Cream City Review, New England Review, and New Orleans Review.

William Allegrezza
William Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria and the press Cracked Slab Books. He has published five books, In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, and Covering Over; one anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He curates series A, a reading series in Chicago dedicated to experimental writing. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at

Amy Bitterman
Amy Bitterman has previously had short fiction accepted by The Cream City Review, The Literary Review, Folio, The William and Mary Review, The Sand Hill Review, The Crescent Review, Kerem, and The G.W. Review.  She currently teaches at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey and is at work on a first novel.

Danielle Blasko
Danielle Blasko is a Detroit native currently enjoying life on an East Coast beach. She is a Senior Fashion Writer at Eidia Lush, a custom design shoe company based out of Chicago. Danielle is the editor-in-chief of The Feline Muse Literary Blogzine and her poetry has most recently appeared in The Legendary, Escarp, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, and The Moose & Pussy Magazine.

Danny Bracco
Originally from Thousand Oaks, California, Danny Bracco moved to San Francisco to further pursue his writing education. He is currently a second-year graduate student in the University of San Francisco's MFA in Writing Program, and working on his first novel.  
Danny graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2008 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing emphasis) and a B.A. in Psychology, receiving Highest Honors in English and Honors in Psychology. In 2008 his short story, "Growing Sideways," was published in UC Davis's annual literary magazine, Produce.

Joseph Celizic
Joe Celizic received his MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Unsaid, Windsor Review, Redivider, PANK, Stickman Review and others. He has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Garin Cycholl
Garin Cycholl’s recent work includes a forthcoming collaborative long poem with Bill Allegrezza, "Aquinas on the Mississippi," and "Hostile Witness," a book-length poem on mold, boxing, and Illinois politics.  Since 2002, he has been a member of Chicago’s Jimmy Wynn fiction collaborative.

Mollie Delaria

Mollie, a native New Yorker, graduated with honors from Parsons school of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. Upon matriculating university, she moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she explored her heritage. Mollie's work has been featured in Spin Magazine, Cultcase, Women's Health Magazine and exhibited in Australia, Israel, South Carolina, New York, and a solo exhibition in Great Neck, New York's Court house. She is currently based out of New York.

Artist's Statement:
Mollie utilizes the underlying consciousness of the mind, extracting forgotten thoughts deep inside and presents them to the viewer. The viewer is invited to participate in all the art works, as an investigation of themselves and their personal experiences.

Ana Paula Dias
Ana Paula Dias lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she studies Digital Media Design at the Pontifical Catholic University. She recently spent five months at the University of San Francisco studying Graphic Design and had her print “Sienna” shown at the 11th Annual Thacher Art + Architecture Student Showcase. She’s currently working with Mobile Marketing.

Artist's Statement:
I’ve always been an observer. Details are very important to me. I feel that carefully considering colors is really important in arts. It can be colorful or black and white, but you have to think about why you’re choosing those colors. As a Graphic Design and Digital Media student, I try to blend techniques. For these artworks I did some sketches before starting to work on the computer.

Stephen Elliott
Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including The Adderall Diaries.

Jamey Genna
Jamey Genna teaches writing in the East Bay area of San Francisco.  She is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.  Her short fiction has appeared in many fine literary magazines both on-line and in print, such as Iowa Review, Georgetown Review, Eleven Eleven, and Storyglossia.  You can find her at

Rich Ives
Rich Ives  is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. His story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Prize.

Christopher Jenner
Christopher Jenner is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco's MFA in Writing Program. He resides once again in Evergreen, Colorado, a lovely mountain town that's been Californicated. He teaches composition in the ESL program at the Community College of Aurora, where he tries to get students to agree that subjects and verbs must agree. He writes from the left brain, the right brain, and sometimes in a Rocky Mountain brainstorm.

Donna Laemmlen
Donna Laemmlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Screenwriting and Storytelling in the Motion Pictures and Television Department of the Academy of Art University. "Chimera" is her first published story. A second story is forthcoming in the March, 2011 issue of Slice Magazine.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin is currently enrolled in the University of San Francisco's MFA Program. He is the 2004 recipient of the Vivial Nellis Memorial Prize and has previously been published in The GW Review. He lives in San Francisco.

Cassandra Passarelli
Cassandra has run a bakery, managed a charity and sub-edited. She's travelled in the Middle East, Africa and Sri Lanka. And studied literature, journalism and creative writing. These days she runs a grass roots library project in a Guatemalan rainforest village with her family ( and is practicing to become a yoga teacher.
She's published in Writers' Forum, Text's Bones, Earlyworks, Cinnamon Press,, Salt River Review, and Litro. Skrev Press published her novella Greybill. She won the Traverse Theatre's Writers Debut Jam and has been shortlisted for Happenstance, RRofihe Trophy, Cadenza and Aesthetica's Creative Works Competition.

Candy Shue
Candy Shue's poems and stories have appeared in The Collagist, Washington Square, Paragraph, Pif Online, Poemeleon,, Switchback, The Rambler and other journals.  She is an MFA candidate at USF, where she was inspired to write "Life in Necropolis" based on an exhibit of contemporary Terra Cotta Warrior statues by the Chinese artist Wanxin Zhang, on display in Kalmanovitz Hall during Fall 2009.

Jennifer Spiegel
Jennifer has an MA in Politics from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State.  Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Harpur Palate, Nimrod, and The Seattle Review.  Dzanc Books will publish her collection of short stories, The Freak Chronicles: Stories for Freaks and Their Friends, in 2012.



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