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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 a Doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, and has been honored with Merit and Russell Endowed Fellowships. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. 

Diana is a Poetry Editor and Infidel Poetics Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding member of Ricochet. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from Caldera and Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She is the author of the chapbook, Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016), and her poetry essays, and translations 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. 

Nicholas Bredie

Nicholas Bredie is the author the novel Not Constantinople, forthcoming from Dzanc Books. With Joanna Howard, he is the co-translator of Frédéric Boyer’s novella Cows, published by Noemi Press, Summer 2014. His writing has appeared in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fairy Tale Review, Opium, Puerto del Sol and elsewhere. After living and working in Istanbul, Turkey, he is now in Los Angeles with his wife, Nora Lange.

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 from Princeton 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, New York City, and Detroit. 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 was selected by W.S. Di Piero to receive the Pablo Neruda Prize for Nimrod Journal's 2014 Poetry Contest. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Mid-American Review, PANK, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other journals. 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. 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 author of two prize-winning collections of poetry, Exodus in X Minor (Sundress Publications 2014) and The Hydromantic Histories (Bright Hill Press, 2015). She is currently editing an anthology of contemporary American political poetry, titled Political Punch (Sundress Publications, 2016). Her critical reviews and essays have recently appeared in places such as Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky, and Open Letters Monthly. She is a creator and Managing Editor of the small, USC-based press Ricochet Editions, where she is primary editor of Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016), an anthology of critical writing on aesthetics. Fox is a Provost's Fellow at USC, where she is completing a dissertation on the confluence of violence, spirituality, and femininity in poetry and in film.

Todd Fredson

Todd Fredson is the author of the poetry collection, The Crucifix-Blocks, which won the 2011 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. His poems, translations, essays and nonfiction appear in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Interim, Poetry International, Warscapes and other journals and anthologies. Prior to receiving his MFA in poetry at Arizona State University, he served in the Peace Corps, living in a village in the Ivory Coast during the unrest that lead to its recent civil wars. Fredson is currently at work on a translation project that considers ethnic politics in contemporary Ivorian poetry. He is a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow to the Ivory Coast.

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.

Jean Ho

Jean Ho was born in Taiwan and grew up in southern California. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her writing has been published in xoJane, Buzzfeed, NPR, McSweeney's, and others. Jean is a board member at Kaya Press, an independent publisher of writing from the Asian Pacific Islander diaspora. She's been awarded fellowships to attend the Kundiman Writers Retreat, the VONA/Voices Workshop for writers of color, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. Read her tweets at @jeanho.

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 was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth a Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. He is one of the Managing Editors of Ricochet Editions, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in RhinoNorth American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, Many Mountains Moving and elsewhere.

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 PhD candidate in the Literature and Creative Writing program at the University of Southern California where she holds a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellowship.  She earned her MFA at the University of Mississippi, where she was the recipient of a John and Renée Grisham Fellowship, and her BFA at the University of Evansville.   Her poems appear in journals such as ShenandoahThe Gettysburg ReviewTampa ReviewPoet Lore, and Blackbird, and her first book of poems, Inked, won the 2014 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize (Texas Review Press, 2015).

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.

Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA at the University of Virginia. Her first full-length collection, Cannibal, won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). She is the recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She has been awarded a writing fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow.

Callie Siskel

Callie Siskel grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles from Baltimore. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a lecturer in the Writing Seminars. She is the author of Arctic Revival, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems appear in the Yale ReviewPoetry Northwest32 PoemsPassages NorthThe Hopkins Review, and other journals.

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 where she studied English and American Literature. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, and is completing her PhD at the University of Southern California.
Vap is the author of five collections of poetry. Her first book, Dummy Fire, was selected by Forrest Gander to receive the Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Her second, American Spikenard, was selected by Ira Sadoff to receive the Iowa Poetry Prize. Faulkner’s Rosary and Arco Iris were released by Saturnalia Books in 2010 and 2012-- and Arco Iris was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2012. End of the Sentimental Journey was released in 2013 from Noemi Books, initiating their Infidel Poetics Series. She is recipient of a 2013 NEA Literature Fellowship for Poetry, and her book Viability was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Jo Bang, and is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015.
Vap has taught poetry and literature at Arizona State University and University of Southern California, and for many years now she has taught creative writing to kids in public schools.

Marci Vogel

Marci Vogel is the author of At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, winner of the 2015 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize. A native of Los Angeles, Vogel is a Provost's Fellow in the PhD program in creative writing and literature at USC. Her poetry, translations, and essays appear in a variety of journals, including FIELD, ZYZZYVA, Poet Lore, Plume, Jacket2, and Drunken Boat.

Awarded a 2014 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, Vogel's work has also earned recognition in the 2015 Beyond Baroque Annual Poetry Contest, along with nominations for the Rona Jaffe Writer's Award, the AWP Intro Journals Project, and the Pushcart Prize. Vogel has received invitations and fellowships to present her work both nationally and internationally, including readings and talks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, L'École supérieure des beaux-arts in Tours, France, and Catholic University in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Vogel served as 2013-2014 poetry editor of Gold Line Press and has taught writing and literature in the honors program at USC and at Santa Monica College. She is currently at work on her second collection of poetry, several translation projects, and a hybrid manuscript based on the life and work of medieval French poet, Christine de Pizan.

 

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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