Issue 13 Contributors

David Aloi
David Aloi was born in Buffalo, NY. He recently completed his MFA in fiction at California College of the Arts and now works at a non-profit organization. David lives and writes in San Francisco.

C. Adán Cabrera
C. Adán Cabrera is a recent graduate of the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco. He is currently at work on his first, Tortillas y Sal, a bilingual collection of short stories. Adán currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Barcelona. He invites you to check out his website:

Ginny Lowe Connors
Ginny Lowe Connors is an English teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut. The author of Barbarians in the Kitchen (Antrim House Books, 2005), a chapbook, Under the Porch (Hill-Stead Museum, 2010), and editor of three poetry collections, including Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge  (Grayson Books, 2003), she’s won numerous awards for her poetry, including Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition Prize and the 2010 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Recently a poem of hers was performed by the East Haddam Stage Company. Connors has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears in many literary magazines and anthologies.

Patrick James Dunagan
Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at Gleeson Library at USF. He is the author of “There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk”: A GUSTONBOOK (Post-Apollo, 2011). Other recent writings of his have appeared in: Amerarcana, Barzakh, Big Bell, The Critical Flame, Galatea Resurrects, House Organ, ON, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Polis, Rain Taxi, and Vanitas. Recent chapbooks include: from Chansonniers (Blue Press, 2008), Spirit Guest & Others (Lew Gallery Editions, 2009), Easy Eden w/ Micah Ballard (PUSH, 2009) and her friends down at the french cafe had no english words for me (PUSH, 2010). In addition to his own poems and book reviews, he’s currently working with Persian poet Ava Koohbor co-translating her work from Farsi.

Matt Farrell
Matt Farrell grew up in Sacramento. He received his BA in film from Stanford University and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Oregon. His poetry is forthcoming from Arcadia Literary Journal. He welcomes feedback at

Dave Greber
Dave Greber was born in Philadelphia in 1982. He studied media production at Middle Bucks Institute for Technology, Temple University, and Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 2005, he moved to New Orleans where he produced documentaries for non-profits and musical acts, regional advertisements, and independent films. In 2009, he re-invented himself as "an artist" and started creating site-specific video installations for museums, galleries, and media festivals.  He is a member of the Front, an artist-run collective, where he is both a curator and exhibitor.  

Almasi Hines
Almasi Hines is a native North Carolinian currently residing in Hamburg, Germany.  He holds degrees from Morehouse College and Duke University.

Dean Kisling
Dean Kisling is a high school dropout who learned to type when he was 47.  He has been a soldier, laborer, taxi driver, welder, carpenter, performing musician, acupressurist, fractal artist, mountaineer and trail runner.  He lives in America and writes stories because he wants to and it might even matter.  He is very happily married.  His work has appeared in Unlikely Stories, Write This, and Medulla Review.

Candra Kolodziej
Candra Kolodziej recently received her MFA in fiction from California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Seattle where she is working on a novel and writing short stories. Her fiction has been featured in BANG OUT and she has contributed to the Seattle weekly, The Stranger. Her story, "Hair & Teeth in Summertime," is forthcoming in the premier print edition of Uncanny Valley.

Nicholas Leaskou

Nicholas Leaskou lives in San Francisco and received his MFA from USF in 2009. His poems and reviews have appeared in Vallum 8:1, Switchback 7, Midway 2, Boog City, Fourteen Hills 7:2, and Transfer 79. 

Ben Loory
Ben Loory's fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Gargoyle Magazine, and The Antioch Review. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is coming July 26, 2011, from Penguin.

Libby McDonnell
Libby McDonnell is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. She has previously been published in the electronic literary magazine elimae. She lives and works in Oakland, California.

Molly Prentiss
Molly Prentiss recently received her MFA in Creative Writing at the California College of the Arts and is now a resident writer at Workspace with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been published in Fourteen Hills, La Petite Zine, Miracle Monacle, Plaid Review, Staccato Fiction, and elsewhere. She is a co-director of an arts and writing collective called factorycompany, that works to make more room for making. Her writings and drawings can be found at

Aaron Shurin
Aaron Shurin's newest collection of prose poems is Citizen, forthcoming from City Lights Books in January 2012. He's a Professor in the MFA in Writing program at USF.

Jon Sindell
Jon Sindell is a San Francisco-based writer, private tutor, former lawyer, and dot-com editorial refugee whose fiction has recently appeared or will appear soon in New South, Many Mountains Moving, Sugar Mule, Word Catalyst, Prick of the Spindle, riverbabble, and Word Riot (in print and read on iTunes). He has seen each side of the generational divide. More of his work my be seen at the creatively-titled Jon Sindell Fiction:



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