Issue 10 Contributors
Grace Andreacchi is an American-born novelist, poet and playwright. Works include the novels Scarabocchio and Poetry and Fear, Music for Glass Orchestra (Serpent’s Tail), Give My Heart Ease (New American Writing Award) and the chapbook Elysian Sonnets. Her work appears in Horizon Review, Eclectica, Carolina Quarterly and many other fine places. Grace is also managing editor at Andromache Books and writes the literary blog AMAZING GRACE. She lives in London.
Susan Black moved to San Francisco in 1996 after a 20-year New York-based career in corporate communications; she holds a BA in Literature from Connecticut College.
After having made her living for so long using words, she found that California's light, scenery, attitude and whole way of life awakened in her a desire to communicate in visual terms.
Her work has appeared in local, regional and national juried shows since 2005.
My focus is watercolor, where I seek simplification and distillation. California Natives in Golden Gate Park expresses the local landscape in my own visual language. Memory is one of my many meditations on shells, which are powerful personal metaphors.
Gretchen Clark holds a B.A. in English and co-teaches three creative nonfiction courses online at Writers.com. Her essays have appeared in Flashquake, Tiny Lights, Hip Mama, Toasted Cheese and New York Family Magazine, among other publications.
Alison Doernberg grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but has recently traded her native dogwoods for the palm trees of Oakland, California, where she works as a high school counselor and misses the sound of thunder. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven.
Michael Gross lives in Boulder, CO, where he reads & writes. He works as a quality control technician at a glass factory: he picks up pieces of glass and looks through them and if he can see the paisley prints behind, then it passes the test.
Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas. Some of his most recent fiction is featured in the spring issues of Desert Voices, Paradigm and The Sierra Nevada Review, and is forthcoming in The Raven Chronicles.
Christina Hutchins teaches Whitehead’s philosophy at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Recent poems appear in Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, The Missouri Review, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Women’s Review of Books. The Stranger Dissolves (forthcoming, Sixteen Rivers Press) and World Without have been finalists for the New Issues Prize, Colorado Prize, Fordham’s Poets Out Loud, Utah State’s May Swenson Award, the Dorset Prize, and the National Poetry Series. She has won the Villa Montalvo Poetry Prize, received two Barbara Deming Awards, and is the first Poet Laureate of Albany, California.
Kevin Killian is the author of three novels, Shy, Arctic Summer, and Spreadeagle, and three books of stories, two books of poetry, 40 plays, and several other books. Born on Long Island, New York, he now lives in San Francisco. With his wife, the novelist Dodie Bellamy, he is writing a memoir Eyewitness in which the two detail their lives in the writing and art worlds of San Francisco and the things they saw there, for Atelos Books. In addition, Kevin is working on an anthology with David Brazil, The Kenning Anthology of US Poets Theater 1945-1985.
Caroline Knapp lives and writes in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Linda Phillimore, an erstwhile biologist/Balkan dancer, grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in Crete, Bakersfield, and plenty of places in-between. She’s been published in Bitterroot and Systematic Zoology. Linda’s currently a student in the MFA in Writing program at USF. When she’s not writing poetry, she’s either teaching, hiking, or up to no good.
Elizabeth Rosner is an award-winning poet, essayist, and author of two highly acclaimed bestselling novels. The Speed of Light (2001), which won literary prizes in the US and Europe, was translated into nine languages and is currently in development as a feature film. Blue Nude (2006) was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's favorite novels of the year; the paperback edition will come out in 2010. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Elle, and numerous anthologies. She has taught writing for 27 years, most recently at USF in the MFA in Writing Program.
Peter Schwartz's photography has appeared in such online literary journals as: CELLA's Round Trip, eyeshot, Litterbox Magazine, and Prick of the Spindle. Poor and utterly in love with his camera, he will never give his Kodak up to the bad guys. Never.
Angela Simione is a Bay Area painter and writer with a tremendous appreciation for all things black and white. She graduated from California College of the Arts in 2008 with High Distinction in Painting and Drawing and is represented by HANG Gallery in San Francisco. In addition to running her own on-line gallery, black fence, and her daily blog, the shape of secrets, she is also a blog contributor for ANTLER Magazine.
Within the trauma of the redacted document, a new context presents itself… a context in which loss, experienced by the Other, may be felt and understood. Using methods of erasure to create my own "redacted" documents, I make metaphors for the experiences of loss. I present fragments, tiny bits of evidence, allusions to a lost history. It is a poetry born of violence, and it is this violence with which my practice is concerned. What remains, in spite of secrecy, is a new document. A new identity has been constructed. A site of new hope emerges where understanding may be possible.
Patty Somlo's story, "Bird Women," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was a finalist in the Tom Howard Short Story Contest. Her work has been published in The Sand Hill Review, The Santa Clara Review, Under the Sun, and in the anthologies Voices From the Couch, VoiceCatcher 3 and Bombshells. She has work forthcoming in Lady Jane Miscellany and in the anthologies Rainmakers’ Prayers and Solace in So Many Words.
David Vann’s story collection, Legend of a Suicide, is the winner of the Grace Paley Prize and a California Book Award, named a Notable Book of 2008 by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and the Story Prize. A contributor to Esquire, The Atlantic, Men's Journal, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, The Sunday Times (UK), and The Guardian (UK), Vann is also author of the bestselling memoir, A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea, a forthcoming novel, Caribou Island, and Last Day On Earth: A Portrait of the NIU Shooter, Steve Kazmierczak, winner of the 2009 AWP Nonfiction Prize.
Tania Van Winkle received an MFA from Eastern Washington University. She manages a retail clothing store specializing in the strange and unusual of pop culture and is currently teaching herself to play the theremin.