Anthony M. Abboreno

Anthony M. Abboreno is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature and Fiction Writing at the University of Southern California. Previously, he earned an MA in the same subjects from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has work recently published in Reunion: The Dallas Review.

Diana Arterian

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.
Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding member of Ricochet. She has recently been honored with residencies and scholarships to Caldera and Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, Two Serious Ladies, and The Volta, among others.


Leah Bailly

Leah Bailly is a writer originally from Canada, currently living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Joyland, VersalPANKPrism International, the CollagistsubTerrainHobart, Room (and elsewhere) and on CBC and NPR radio. She has won awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Alberta Literary Awards. Other awards include a fellowship for Breadloaf, a residency at Yaddo, and the Graywolf Prize for best novel excerpt from an emerging writer. 

Leah is currently at work on a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, where she is the Annenberg Fellow in Fiction. She also holds an International MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was Deputy Editor of the literary journal Witness, and a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria. She has attended writing studios at The Banff Centre and Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Michelle Brittan

Michelle Brittan has poems published or forthcoming in the journals The Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Calyx, The Grove Review, and Crab Creek Review.  She was also the title poet for Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, an anthology edited by Naomi Shihab Nye (Greenwillow, 2010).  Born in San Francisco of mixed white and Malaysian heritage, she recently graduated from the MFA program at California State University, Fresno.  While there, she taught poetry and composition, interned with The Normal School, and co-edited San Joaquin Review.   In 2010 she won the Academy of American Poets/Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize judged by Philip Levine, and is currently at work on her first collection of poems.

Alfred Eugene Joseph Brown IV

Alfred Eugene Joseph Brown IV is a short story writer originated in the the April showers of Los Angeles County's hazy South Bay shores. He received a bachelor's fromPrinceton University where he studied English literature, creative writing, photography, and played rugby. He received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Columbia University, where he also served as the fiction editor of the Columbia Journal and was awarded a University Fellowship. Alfred is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. His has recently been published in Fence.

Dexter L. Booth

Dexter L. Booth is the author of one poetry collection, Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was selected by Major Jackson. His poems have been published in Blackbird, Grist, Willow Springs, Virginia Quarterly, Ectone, and the anthology The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, as well other publications.

Vanessa Carlisle

Vanessa Carlisle attempts to live and write where the boundaries of genre between philosophy, literature, erotica, politics and cultural criticism tend to melt. She writes stories and essays, when she's not storming the castle, and she likes sincere people who try hard. While a psychology student at Reed College, she co-authored I Was My Mother’s Bridesmaid: Young Adults Talk About Thriving in a Blended Family (Wildcat Canyon P 1999) with her sister Erica Carlisle. Her novel A Crack in Everything was published in 2010.

Mary-Alice Daniel

Mary-Alice Daniel was born in Nigeria and raised in Reading, England and Nashville, Tennessee. She has also lived in suburban Maryland, Brooklyn, Detroit and Los Angeles. She attended Yale University, where she was selected by Louise Glück to receive the Frederick M. Clapp Fellowship. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Zell Fellow and a Rackham Merit Fellow. She is currently working to finish her first full-length poetry collection as well as a non-fiction collection of essays about her unusual work history and tri-continental background. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Mid-American Review, PANK, New Orleans Review, Anti-, and other journals. She was selected by WS Di Piero to receive the first place prize for Nimrod Journal's 2014 Poetry Contest. She enters USC’s PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing as an Annenberg Fellow and is excited to make Los Angeles her home for the second time.

Nikki Darling

Nikki Darling's music criticism and essays appear regularly or have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Art Book Review, Tomorrow Magazine and Public Books. As well, she is a columnist at KCET, Artbound. Her essay "Appropriate For Destruction" was included in Best Music Writing 2010. She is finishing her first novel, Fade Into You, a memoir of mixed race identity in the San Gabriel Valley during the 90's.

Heather Dundas

Heather Dundas has been a playwright, producer, lyricist, teaching artist, writer of cooking shows, editor of medical textbooks, and other things. Her play, Cannibals (described as “a comic reverie” by The New York Times), was published by Smith and Kraus and has been produced around the country. Stories and essays have appeared recently in PoemMemoirStory, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, The Los Angeles Times, and The Loudest Voice Anthology.

Piotr Florczyk

Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator. He was born and raised in Kraków, Poland, and moved to the United States at the age of sixteen.  

In addition to his books, he has published poems, translations, essays, and reviews in many journals, including The American Scholar, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Notre Dame Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Pleiades, Poetry International, Slate, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, Times Literary Supplement, West Branch, and World Literature Today. He is one of the founders of Calypso Editions, a cooperative press.

After earning his M.F.A. from San Diego State University in 2006, he taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at Antioch University Los Angeles, Cecil College, Claremont McKenna College, University of California-Riverside, University of Delaware, University of San Diego, and San Diego State University.

Piotr and his wife Dena, who met as competitive swimmers, live in Mar Vista.

Fox Frazier-Foley

Fox Frazier-Foley is a Vodou initiate who hails from upstate New York and northern Virginia. Her chapbook, Exodus in X Minor, won the 2014 Sundress Publications Chapbook Contest. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Hydromantic Histories, was selected by Chard deNiord as winner of the Bright Hill Poetry Book Prize, and is forthcoming in 2015. Fox is an Editor-Curator at TheThe Poetry Blog, and a staff writer for Luna Luna magazine. Her critical reviews can regularly be found in Denver Quarterly and Tarpaulin Sky. She is a creator and Managing Editor of the small press Ricochet Editions, and is a Provost's Fellow at USC.

Todd Fredson

Todd Fredson is the author of The Crucifix-Blocks (Tebot Bach, 2012), which won the 2011 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. His poems, essays, and nonfiction appear in American Poetry Review, Gulf CoastInterim, Poetry InternationalWarscapes and other journals and anthologies. Prior to receiving his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, he served in the Peace Corps, living in a village in the Ivory Coast during the unrest that led to the country's recent civil war. Fredson founded the international section of the literary magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, and is currently at work on a translation project that considers ethnic politics in contemporary Ivorian poetry. He is a  doctoral candidate in the Creative Writing and Literature program at the University of Southern California, where he is an Edward W. Moses Fellow. Fredson is a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow to the Ivory Coast. For several years, he has taught creative writing to youth, 2nd through 12th grades.

Edward Gauvin

The winner of the John Dryden Translation prize, Clarion alum Edward Gauvin has received fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Centre National du Livre, and the American Literary Translators' Association. Residences have taken him to Banff, upstate New York, and southern France; he has also lived in Taiwan and Belgium. His volume of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s selected stories, A Life on Paper (Small Beer, 2010) won the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award and was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award. His translations have appeared in Tin House, Subtropics, Conjunctions, The Harvard Review, The Southern Review, AGNI Online, and PEN America. The contributing editor for Francophone comics at Words Without Borders, he translates comics for Top Shelf, Archaia, Lerner, and Self Made Hero. He writes a bimonthly column on the Francophone fantastic at Weird Fiction Review. His fiction has appeared in Epiphany, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review.

Stacy Gnall

Stacy Gnall is from Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA at the University of Alabama, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Florida Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her book Heart First Into the Forest was published by Alice James Books.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a fiction writer from Lincoln, NE. He received his MFA from University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and lived in Santiago de Chile for a year in a half before entering the PhD program at USC. His work has appeared in several publications, including Cutthroat and Floodwall Magazine

LA Johnson


LA Johnson is from the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her BA in literature from Claremont McKenna College and her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she is a Provost’s Fellow. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, the Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Meridian, Phoebe, Nimrod, and other journals


Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee’s work has appeared in PloughsharesNorth American ReviewSycamore Review,Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her novel excerpt “Paradise Cove.” She has received fellowships and awards from the Inprint-Brown Foundation, Kundiman, The Korea Foundation, the Korean Studies Institute, and the EASC Association for Japan–U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) Nikaido program, and was named a 2012 NYC Emerging Writers Fellow by The Center for Fiction. Lisa received an MFA from the University of Houston where she was a Nonfiction Editor of Gulf Coast, a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in English and Music, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University in Public Interest Social Justice Law.

Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at USC.  A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard's Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize.   Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard  Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, VIDA, amongst others.  She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris.  Fellowships and awards include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya. Her first book, Voyage of the Sable Venus, is forthcoming from Knopf. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio was born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, Illinois. Her work appears in Salon, n+1, Sou'wester, Santa Monica Review, American Short Fiction, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Faultline, and many other journals. She has held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Prairie Center of the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and received honors and support for her writing from Young Chicago Authors, the National Association for the Advancement of the Arts, New York University, Western Michigan University, the University of Southern California, the Del Amo Foundation, and several other institutions. Lisa holds two degrees from New York University (BA in Individualized Study and MFA in Fiction Writing). She has held teaching appointments in creative writing and literature at New York University, the University of Southern California, Colorado College, Mount St. Mary's College, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and through various tutoring and mentorship organizations across the United States. Lisa lives in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral candidate in the department of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. A former Editor-in-Chief of Gold Line Press, she is a Fiction Editor of Ricochet Editions, and Associate Editor at the Scottish magazine Product.

Douglas Manuel

Douglas Manuel received his MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth, a Journal. He also helped initiate and develop Butler's Writing in the Schools Program, a community outreach group that goes to urban schools to teach poetry and creative writing during after-school hours. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Thoughtsmith, Punchnels, and Bruised Peach Press.

Ryan McIlvain

Ryan McIlvain was born in Utah and raised in Massachusetts. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has published fiction and nonfiction in the Paris Review, and other journals, and has received honorable mentions in the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Nonrequired Reading. His first novel, Elders, was recently published by Hogarth.

Chris Muñiz

Originally from Colorado, Chris holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from USC, as well as an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. His research focuses on the literature, music and politics of globalization, with an emphasis on Third World urbanization, transnational border zones, and Native American and Chicano history/culture. Chris' interests also include issues of masculinity, race and ethnicity in modern America as well as electronic music culture worldwide.

Michael Powers

Michael Powers’ work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Barrelhouse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other journals. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Inprint Foundation. Michael received his MFA from the University of Houston.  

Scott Reding

Scott Reding is a writer of poetry.

Joshua Rivkin

Joshua Rivkin's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Slate, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.

He has received fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inprint-Brown Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Poetry Society of America, as well as a travel fellowship to the Krakow Writer’s Seminar, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. In 2013-14 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Rome, Italy.

He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California. He has also taught with Writers-in-the-Schools and other youth education programs . A Poetry Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, he is currently a PhD candidate in the Literature & Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

Pamela Schaff

Pamela Schaff is a writer of fiction.

Corinna McClanahan Schroeder

Corinna McClanahan Schroeder is currently a Ph.D. student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California where she holds a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellowship.  She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Mississippi, where she was the recipient of a John and Renée Grisham Fellowship, and her B.F.A. at the University of Evansville.  Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Poet Lore, and Blackbird. She is the recipient of a 2010 AWP Intro Journals Award in poetry and was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship in 2011. Her first book of poems Inked, was awarded the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and will be published in 2015 by Texas Review Press.

Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her hybrid-collection of poems and essays, Catacombs, was published in 2011 by Argos Books. Her poems have appeared in The Journal, Devil's Lake, The Atlas Review, Mason’s Road, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Emerging Writer Fellowship from Aspen Summer Words, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has won the 2013 Devil’s Lake Driftless Prize in Poetry and The Journal Annual Poetry Contest in 2013. She recently received a poetry fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Safiya is Dornsife Doctoral Fellow, and is currently working on her first full-length collection of poems, as well as a memoir.

Amy Silverberg

Amy Silverberg has grown up in Southern California. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, the Tin House blog, and elsewhere. She likes animals doing people things.

elise suklje-martin

elise suklje martin is a bibliophile-gypsy-sagittarius-iconoclast-poet from los angeles & ljubljana . . .

Joselyn Takacs

Joselyn Takacs grew up in Virginia Beach and holds a BA in creative writing, French, and film studies from Virginia Tech, and an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University, where she taught creative writing and literature. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House’s Flash Fridays, Narrative Magazine a Story of the Week and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art as their 50th Issue Fiction Winner, judged by Dinaw Mengestu. She enters USC’s PhD in Literature and Creative Writing as a Provost's Doctoral Fellow.

Catherine Theis

Catherine Theis is the author of The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011). Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Fence, Gulf Coast, LIT, and Volt. She is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. Her chapbook, The June Cuckold, is published by Convulsive Editions. She lives in Santa Monica.

Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap grew up in Missoula, Montana. She attended Brown University, received her MFA from Arizona State University, and is completing her PhD at the University of Southern California. Two collections were published in 2012: End of the Sentimental Journey (Noemi Books) and Arco Iris (Saturnalia). Vap has been awarded an NEA in Poetry, and recently was awarded the National Poetry Series for her book Viable, which will be published by Penguin. 

Marci Vogel

A native of Los Angeles, where she co-curates the 3rd Area Poetry Series, Marci Vogel has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Award. Her work appears or is forthcoming in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Colorado Review, ZYZZYVA, and Seneca Review. Her chapbook Valiant was published by Finishing Line Press, and her first full-length, At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, won the inaugural national literary prize from Howling Bird Press.

Brandi Wells

Brandi Wells is the author of This Boring Apocalypse (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Please Don’t Be Upset (Tiny Hardcore Press), and Poisonhorse (Dzanc Books). Her writing appears in Denver Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Paper Darts, Folio, Chicago Review and other journals. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, where she served as editor of the Black Warrior Review. 

Tim Wirkus

Tim Wirkus is a doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California's creative writing and literature program. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading, Subtropics, Cream City Review, Weird Fiction Review, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. His novella, Sandy Downs, won the 2013 Quarterly West novella contest. City of Brick and Shadow is his first novel.

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