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Chandler Klang Smith

imageChandler Klang Smith is a graduate of Bennington College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a Writing Fellowship.  She has worked as a reader for the Columbia Journal and the Paris Review. She has also ghost-written two YA novels for Alloy Entertainment Group and taught creative writing in Columbia’s Double Discovery and INTRO programs. An excerpt from her unpublished novel Goldenland Past Dark won the Bronx Writers Center Chapter One award in 2006; the complete manuscript was nominated for a Pushcart Editor’s Book Award in 2009 and received an Honorable Mention in the Leapfrog Fiction contest in 2010.  She currently lives in New York City, where she works in publishing and as the Events Coordinator for the KGB Bar.  More of her thoughts on books, movies, and narrative can be found at her blog The Chaw Shop (

Jeff Somers

Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey; they have yet to name anything after him.  He has published six novels, five of which (the Avery Cate series) people have actually read.  He’s also published dozens of short stories, including “Ringing the Changes”, which was included in The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 edited by Scott Turow.  He maintains a blog at where he sometimes reveals terrible secrets and then has to buy everyone’s silence.

Jason Starr

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Jason Starr, born in Brooklyn, has been compared to Jim Thompson and James M. Cain. His novel Tough Luck won the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award for Twisted City. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

Beth Steidle

image Beth Steidle is a writer, illustrator, and book designer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Drunken Boat, DIAGRAM, and several print anthologies. Her first book, The Static Herd, was published by Calamari Press in 2014.

David Stromberg

imageDavid Stromberg is a writer, translator, and journalist. His publications include four collections of single-panel cartoons—including his most recent BADDIES (Melville House 2009)—and he has written on arts and culture for The Believer, Nextbook, St. Petersburg Times, Jerusalem Post, and Ha’aretz. His fiction has appeared in the UK’s Ambit. Born to ex-Soviet parents in Ashdod, Israel, Stromberg grew up in urban Los Angeles, and currently resides in Jerusalem. This piece is an excerpt from his novel: In Search of Yana.

McGrath Tandy

imageMcGrath Tandy is a writer living in San Francisco, working as an editor for an interior design trade publication. She holds a Master’s in 20th Century Literature from Brooklyn College (wildly useful) and is currently working on a memoir.

Kevin T. S. Tang

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Kevin T. S. Tang recently graduated Dartmouth College with a honors degree in English, a post-bac in saying hi when you’re actually waving at the person behind him, and a M.A. in retracting his greetings awkwardly and running away. Besides his short stories and book reviews, Kevin has also published a translation of Huang Fan’s short story on Words Without Borders. He is now an MFA student at Columbia University. You can also find Kevin’s design portfolio at:

Ryan Tracy

Ryan Tracy is a writer, composer, performer and scholar. His critical writing on art and performance has appeared in a number of publications including The American Review, New York Press, Brooklyn Rail, Mouvement (France), Performa Magazine and The Gay and Lesbian Review. His poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, CafeMo and Calliope. Ryan’s theater, opera and music have been performed at The New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, The Abrons Arts Center and venues throughout New York, and he has created music for choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists, including Jonah Bokaer, Ivy Baldwin, Juanli Carrión and Chelsea Knight.

Ryan is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. His scholarly work has been presented at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, the Pratt Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Sarah Twombly

After working briefly as a teacher, and then in magazines, Sarah Twombly found her way to book publishing. She works at a boutique literary agency, and is also enrolled at Vermont College of Fine Arts for her MFA in fiction. She lives in New Jersey, nowhere near the Jersey Shore.

Jennifer Udden

Jennifer Udden works at a literary agency in New York City. All of her various time-wasting pursuits, including her blog, Twitter, and pictures of fluffy dogs with moustaches on tumblr, can be found at

David Unger

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Guatemalan-born David Unger is the author of Life in the Damn Tropics (Syracuse University Press, 2002, Wisconsin University Press, 2004, [Vivir en el maldito trópico. Random House Mondadori, Mexico, 2004; Recorded Books 2005; Locus Publishing, Taiwan, 2006 and Yingpan Brother Publishing, China, 2007]).

His short stories have appeared in Playboy Mexico (October 2005), Currents from the Dancing River: New Writing By Latinos (New York: Harcourt), Tropical Synagogues: Latin American Jewish Fiction (New York: Holmes and Meiers), and in literary journals here and abroad. His new novel, In My Eyes, You Are Beautiful, has just begun making the rounds with publishers. He has translated eleven books, among them Teresa Cárdenas’s Letters to My Mother (Groundwood Books, 2006), Rigoberta Menchú’s The Honey Jar (Groundwood Books, 2006) and The Girl from Chimel (Groundwood Books, 2005), Ana María Machado’s Me in the Middle (Groundwood Press, 2002), Silvia Molina’s The Love You Promised Me (Curbstone Press,1999 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 IMPAC Prize); The Popol Vuh (Groundwood Press, 1999); Elena Garro’s First Love (Curbstone Press); Bárbara Jacobs’ The Dead Leaves (Curbstone Press); and Nicanor Parra’s Antipoems: New and Selected (New Directions). He is the recipient of several prizes including the 1998 Ivri-Nasawi Institute Poetry Prize, and he shared in the 1997 ALTA Translation Prize for Roque Dalton’s Small Hours of the Night (Curbstone Press). He serves on the advisory board of Críticas Magazine, Curbstone Press and the Multicultural Review. He teaches Translation in the City College of New York’s MFA Program.

Life in the Damn Tropics: A Novel (Paperback) by David Unger

Christopher Urban

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Christopher Urban‘s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Millions, Pear Noir!, This Recording, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Zachary Tyler Vickers

imageZachary Tyler Vickers has appeared in The Emerson Review, H-NGM-N Journal, mud luscious, The Idiom Magazine, as well as elsewhere.  He is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop fellow and an SLS fellow.  He has completed his first collection of stories entitled, “Disfigured Paper Animals,” and is currently working on another collection and a novel.

Zachary Tyler Vickers

Zachary Tyler Vickers is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was the Provost’s Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and The Clark Fisher Ansley Prize, and his work has appeared in The American Reader, Hobart, Waccamaw, McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, and previously in KGB Bar Lit Journal. His story, “Karst,” has been optioned for feature film. He can be reached via email or twitter through his website:

Jude Warne

image Jude Warne earned her MA degree in 2015 from NYU’s Draper Program of Humanities and Social Thought. Her Master’s Thesis, “Let the Broken Hearts Stand”, focused on American characters dealing with disappointment in the works of Bruce Springsteen and Sherwood Anderson. Jude earned her BA in Cinema Studies and Art History from NYU in 2011. She has written numerous reviews for Senses of Cinema, Film Matters, Journal of Popular Music & Society and Scope.  She is also the music columnist at Red Paint Hill, an In-the-Field correspondent at Film International, a jazz critic at CMUSE and a contributing writer at Live for Live Music and The Vinyl District.

James Warner

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James Warner’s short stories have appeared in Narrative, Ninth Letter, Agni Online, and elsewhere. His non-fiction has appeared in OpenDemocracy and the Rumpus. His novel All Her Father’s Guns was released this year by Numina Press.

Marina Read Weiss

imageMarina Read Weiss studied English and creative writing at Amherst College, and lives in Brooklyn. Her poetry and criticism can be found or are forthcoming in 34th Parallel, Boston Review, Brink Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, Clapboard House, Explosion-Proof*, and elsewhere. She received a Fulbright in 2008.

David Winner

David Winner is the fiction editor of The American, an international monthly magazine based in Rome. His writing (fiction and nonfiction) has appeared in The Village Voice, Phantasmagoria, Berkeley Fiction Review, Cortland Review, Fiction, Confrontation and British literary magazines such as Staple and Dream Catcher. He won first prize in The Ledge magazine’s 2003 Fiction Contest as well as being nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. A short film based on his story was recently shown at Cannes. 

John Wisniewski

John Wisniewski is a freelance writer who has written for Paraphilia Magazine, L.A. Review of Books, Toronto Review of Books, Small Press Review, Chiron Review and now KGB Litbar.  He currently resides in West Babylon NY.

Iza Wojciechowska

imageIza Wojciechowska is finishing an MFA in creative nonfiction and literary translation at Columbia University. Her writing and translations from Polish have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, InTranslation, Sweet, and The Millions, among others. She’s working on a nonfiction book about war, art, family, and a Polish palace.

Jesse Workman

Jesse Workman got his MFA in Screen Writing from Boston University in 2002. He is working on a book of poetry and short stories.

Ledia Xhoga

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Ledia Xhoga‘s fiction has appeared in Liars’ League, Hobart, Sonora
Review and other online publications. She is also the writer of Visiting
Hour, an award-winning short film.

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