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Fall 2009 (Issue No. 19)


Table of Contents

Contributors' Notes



Poetry Special Feature
Newest Hamilton Stone Book
Night Sweat

Nathan Leslie
The Meat Stall



Jan Clausen

Dave Engeldrum
The Real Estate

Jackie Ernst
Killing Fish

Laurence Klavan

Angela Lang
Room of Words

Corey Mesler
A Man Is Fishing

Leora Skolkin-Smith
Chapter One from Hystera

Barry Spacks
Three Flash Fictions





Kelle Groom
My Date With Russia

White Horse
The Five

Rigoberto Gonzalez

James Richardson
Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays

Damon Shaw
To Magnus




Contributors' Notes 

Jan Clausen was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Brooklyn, New York since the 1970’s. She published two new poetry collections in 2007: From a Glass House (IKON) and If You Like Difficulty (Harbor Mountain Press). Her other books include the memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity and the novels Sinking, Stealing and The Prosperine Papers. Her fiction, poems, and book reviews have appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Boston Review, Coconut, Drunken Boat, Fence, Hanging Loose, Ms., The Nation, Poems from the Women’s Movement, Ploughshares, Tarpaulin Sky, and The Women’s Review of Books.  The recipient of writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and NYFA, Clausen teaches creative writing courses at the New School and New York University, and is also on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program.

Dave Engeldrum was awarded the Fiction Prize from Inkwell and has been published in the New Plains Review (forthcoming), The Southampton Review, the Gander Press Review, the Ampersand Review, Confrontation (two-time winner of the HR Hays Poetry Prize) and Caesura, among others. He lives on the East End of Long Island with his wife and two daughters and teaches at Suffolk Community College and Stony Brook University.

Jackie Ernst is a writer from Queens, NY, living in Los Angeles.  She loves her sisters, yoga, and Chopin, and could not write without them.  Jackie holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and enjoys teaching creative writing to homeless and at-risk youth.

Rigoberto Gonzalez is the author of eight books. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, the American Book Review Award, he writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times of Texas and is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers—Newark, State University of New Jersey. For more information see: www.rigobertogonzalez.com (webpage); http://www.creativenonfiction.org/brevity/brev30/gonzalez_sketch.html; http://onethejournal.com/2009/09tavi-by-rigobertogonzalez/; and http://diopoetry.com/v1n2/content/gonzalez_r.html

Kelle Groom ’s poetry collections are Five Kingdoms, forthcoming from Anhinga Press this winter, Luckily, a Florida Book Award winner (Anhinga, 2006), and Underwater City (University of Florida, 2004). Her poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Selections from her memoir manuscript, City of Shoes have recently appeared in Agni, Bloomsbury Review, Ploughshares, West Branch, and Witness, among others. She is grants and communications manager for Atlantic Center for the Arts. For more, see http://www.anhinga.org/books/book_info.cfm?title=Five%20Kingdoms and http://www.pw.org/content/kelle_groom

Laurence Klavan wrote the novels The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, City of Spies and Brain Camp, co-written with Susan Kim, will soon be published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Natural Bridge, Louisville Review, Gargoyle, Pank, Straylight, The Dirty Goat, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Playgirl, Cafe Irreal, SN Review, Foliate Oak, Brink, Conte, Literateur, and Killing the Buddha; his story, “Alert,” published in Sliptongue, will be included in Best New Erotica 2010. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York, and his one-act, The Summer Sublet, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001

Nathan Leslie is the author of six books of short fiction, including Drivers from Hamilton Stone Editions. His latest collection of short fiction, Madre, was published by Main Street Rag Press. He is the fiction editor for Pedestal Magazine and was series editor for Best of the WebNight Sweat is his first book of poems. 

Angela Lang is a bilingual writer, reader and blogger chasing any novelty that encourages her ability to wonder. She misses her family and friends in Bogota, Colombia but wakes up happy with the jokes and the coffee that her husband makes for her in New York City. She has a B.A in Creative Writing from The New School and is currently working on her first novel. 

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published two novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002) and We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006). His first full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), is out from Foothills Publishing and his book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations, appeared in March 2009. He also has two novels set to be published in the next year. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and one of his poems was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He has two children, Toby, age 20, and Chloe, age 13. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He also claims to have written “In the Year 2525.” He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.

James Richardson’s most recent books are Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, a finalist for the National Book Critics Award, and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays. Aphorisms 78, 91, 93 and 97 first appeared in American Poetry Review. All those printed here will be included in By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, Fall 2010). Richardson teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. 

Damon Shaw is a new writer, living with his partner in the Canary Islands. He normally writes literary speculative fiction. His story, “Wielding the Knife” is up at Fly in the Amber Magazine at http://www.aflyinamber.net/?p=484, and Flash Fiction Online has his story, “The Door,” in its October issue: http://www.flashfictiononline.com/f20091003-door-damon-shaw.html. His partner is currently improving, and life goes on.

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother's birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence. Her first published novel, Edges, was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley's own imprint at Glad Day books. Excerpts from Leora's first novel, Hystera, were published by Persea Books and The Sarah Lawrence Review. Leora has received grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, The Department of Cultural affairs, The Robert Gage Foundation, Patricia Kind Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and Art-Without-Walls. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and The PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award by Grace Paley. Awarded a Stipend from the Pen/Faulkner Foundation, Edges was also  a National Women Studies Association Conference Selection, a Bloomsbury Review Pick, 2006:  “Favorite Books of the Last 25 Years” and a  Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005.  Leora was recently a panelist, on "Israel in Fiction" at the The Miami International Book Fair, 2006, and a Panelist, on "War in Writing" , at the Virginia Festival of the Book, 2006. She is currently a contributing editor to readysteadybook.com. and her critical essays have been published in The Washington Post, The National Book Critic's Circle's Critical Mass, and other places. A critical essay on the work of Clarice Lispector is forthcoming  this fall, published on The Conversational Quarterly. Excerpts from her latest novel-in-progress have recently appeared in Cantaraville Three.    Edges won the 2008 EARPHONES AWARD for an original audio production narrated by Tovah Feldshuh and is currently in development Feature Film, produced by Triboro Pictures. See Leora Skolkin-Smith's webpage.

Barry Spacks is known mainly as a poet/teacher. He has brought out various novels, stories, three poetry-reading CDs and ten poetry collections while teaching literature and writing for years at M.I.T. & U C Santa  Barbara. His most recent book of poems, FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY, appeared from Cherry Grove in August, 2008.










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