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Richard Jackson

image Richard Jackson is a PhD candidate and freelance writer from the UK.  He enjoys writing about Central and Eastern Europe and has submitted articles to journals such as Transitions Online and Literature Across Frontiers.  He manages and writes for the website ‘Lemberik’ – – which concerns contemporary Jewish life in Europe today.  For KGB, he is learning how to write in American English – an admission he is not proud of.

Lori Jakiela

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Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Miss New York Has Everything (Warner/Hatchette 2006) and a poetry collection, The Regulars (Liquid Paper Press 2001). Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tears in the Fence (U.K.) and elsewhere. She lives in Trafford, Pa., the birthplace of the chocolate-covered pickle. 

Tara Jayakar

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Tara Jayakar graduated with a BA in English from Boston University. She founded Raptor Editing, walks dogs, and makes zines about belonging. She writes fiction between meals and lives in Brooklyn.

Olena Jennings

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Olena Jennings completed her MFA at Columbia University and her MA at the University of Alberta. Her translations from the Ukrainian have been published in Poetry International, Poetry International Web, Chelsea, and the Wolf.  Her feature articles and book reviews can be found on KGB Bar Lit, Fanzine, and the Millions.

Sean Jones

Sean F. Jones is a writer who has published feature interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners, internationally bestselling authors, and MacArthur-certified geniuses, so he feels pretty bad about himself.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Etgar Keret

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Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the most popular writer among Israeli youth today. Keret started writing in 1992 and has published four books of short stories, one novella, three books of comics and a children`s book. Bestsellers in Israel, his books have received international acclaim and have been translated into 16 languages, including Korean and Chinese. Missing Kissinger has been listed among the 50 most important Israeli books of all time. In France, Kneller`s Happy Campers was one of La Fnac’s 200 books of the decade; the story, “The Nimrod Flip-Out” was published in Francis Ford Coppola`s magazine, Zoetrope (2004). Over 40 short films have been based on Keret`s stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize (1998). A number of his stories have also been adapted for the stage, in Israel and abroad. Keret has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times. He has also been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. His movie, Skin Deep, won 1st Prize at several international film festivals, and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Keret is currently a lecturer in the TV and film department at Tel Aviv University. Rutu Modan, with whom he co-wrote Dad Runs Away with the Circus, received an Andersen International Honor Citation (2002) for her illustrations.

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Vladimir Kleyman

imageVladimir Kleyman was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He now lives in New York City and is working on a collection of short stories.

David Laskowski

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David Laskowski lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Will Lasky

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Will Lasky has spent a great deal of time in the former Soviet Union on various jobs ranging from bumbling shepherd of American students to human rights advocate to journalist.  Lately, he lives in Brooklyn where he writes in his free moments.  Currently, he’s working on a draft of a young adult novel. 

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee is one of the rare American writers who has received a visa to visit North Korea, which she did in 2009. She writes frequently for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, and The Nation. She teaches writing at Columbia and Brown University, and her novel is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in 2015. 

Molly Lindley

image Molly Lindley is a graduate of Smith College and works in book publishing. She lives in Brooklyn.

Alex Littlefield

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Alex Littlefield is a contributor to Radar magazine and a former police correspondent for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. His play Indulgences was performed by an Oberlin College theater group, and his translation of an Argentine dogsledding memoir from the arctic north of Greenland is forthcoming in Canada. He works at an independent press in New York.

Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, The New Yorker, The American Reader, Tin House‘s Open Bar, Five Chapters, VICE, The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She was the recipient of the Richard Yates Short Story Prize in 2011 and a finalist for the CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in 2013. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.

M.C. Mah

image M.C. Mah is a book critic and novelist with work in Full Stop, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus. He lives in Brooklyn.

Cecil Marcos

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Cecil Marcos invented Animal Collective for his eighth grade science project. Panda Bear is a ventriloquist sock puppet worn on his left arm when he gets bored on the weekends. Aside from pioneering the luxury sundial industry and being named Georgia’s All-State high school quarterback in 2003, Cecil is one of the nation’s most accomplished recumbent tandem bicyclists. Time Out New York describes his bicycling performance as “virtuosic ... a must see. Like Lance Armstrong playing co-op Mario Kart with God.” In his free time he enjoys watching Friday Night Lights while absently flipping through old issues of the Financial Times Weekend Supplement.

Douglas A. Martin

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Born in Virginia in 1973, Douglas A. Martin was raised in Georgia.  His first novel, Outline of My Lover, was selected by Colm Toibin as an International Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and has been adapted and staged by the Forsythe Company for their multimedia production “Kammer/Kammer.” His second novel, Branwell, has recently been published, as well as They Change the Subject, a collection of stories.

Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer and editor living in NYC. She is currently a columnist for McSweeney’s and has been published in Four Chambers Press, One Throne Magazine, Tin House’s blog and more. In 2013 she received the Rex Warner Literary Prize from Oxford University. She has a story forthcoming in Printer’s Row. Find her at and @ilanaslightly

Ted Mathys

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Ted Mathys' first book of poetry, Forge, was published by Coffee House Press in 2005. A second collection, Surface to Air, will appear from CHP in 2009. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, his poems have appeared in Fence, Verse, jubilat, Web Conjunctions, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Ohio, he now bunkers in Brooklyn.

Nancy Méndez-Booth


Nancy Méndez-Booth is a fiction writer. She teaches writing and Latino/a literature and culture in New York and New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Jet Fuel Review,, The Packinghouse Review, phat’titude Literary Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, Poets & Writers, and She is looking for a publisher for Underbelly, a collection of linked short stories. She blogs regularly at



Nancy Méndez-Booth is a fiction writer. She teaches writing and Latino/a literature and culture in New York and New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Jet Fuel Review,, The Packinghouse Review, phat’titude Literary Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, and She has finished one as-yet-unpublished short story collection. She blogs weekly at

Brendan McCall: Crime Corner

imageBorn in California, McCall is an actor, director, and choreographer whose work has been presented internationally.  He has taught at institutions such as the Yale School of Drama, New School for Drama, New York University, the Atlantic Acting School, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, among others.  He lived in New York City for 18 years before moving to Oslo in 2008, where he is the Director of The International Theater Academy Norway (TITAN), a 2-year professional theater education program combining innovative artistic craft with practical entrepreneurship.  For more information, see

Joey McGarvey

imageJoey McGarvey works in publishing. She is a graduate of Stanford University and is currently earning her master’s at New York University. She is also a founding member of [tk] reviews

Kevin Moffett

Kevin Moffett was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. His stories have received the Nelson Algren Award and the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. “Tattooizm,” originally published in Tin House, is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2006. His first collection of stories, Permanent Visitors, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, judged by George Saunders, and will be published in October. He lives with his wife and young son in Gettysburg, Pa., where he will spend 2006-2007 as the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. Contact Kevin at .

Permanent Visitors by Kevin Moffett

Joseph Morgado

imageJoseph Morgado currently lives in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, where he grows sunflowers and pumpkins. He is working on his first book of short fiction.

Alexia Nader

Alexia Nader is a freelance writer from Miami who is now living in New York. She is currently a graduate student in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University, and has contributed to the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and the Village Voice.

Farid Nassif

imageFarid Nassif was born in Boston, studied Literature at Bennington College in Vermont and is now getting his MA in English at Brooklyn College.  He regularly reads from his profane yet compelling book, “Civilized Man” at Cornelia St. Cafe, Sycamore Bar, Freddie’s, and numerous literary salons.  He has also performed original works in countless venues in Boston and Los Angeles.  His book is accessible on and  Farid is now working on a second book while dedicating his days to the Human Rights Foundation. 

Eric Nusbaum

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Eric Nusbaum lives in Mexico City. His fiction has been published in Hobart, elimae, and Needle. His nonfiction in ESPN the Magazine, Deaspin, Slate, and The Best American Sports Writing. Reach him on Twitter @ericnus

Benjamin Carter Olcott

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Benjamin Carter Olcott is an Editor at KGB Bar Lit Magazine and a proud Manhattan resident. His fiction has twice finaled in Glimmer Train Story Contests. He is an Editorial and Digital Products Assistant at Oxford University Pres and works part-time at 192 Books in Chelsea.

Benjamin Carter Olcott

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Benjamin Carter Olcott is an Editor at KGB Bar Lit Magazine and a proud Manhattan resident. His fiction has twice finaled in Glimmer Train Story Contests. He is an Editorial and Digital Products Assistant at Oxford University Pres and works part-time at 192 Books in Chelsea.

Lorna Owen

Lorna Owen is a writer, editor, and author of the popular blog Mouse Interrupted. Previously she was Senior Editor for Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. She received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, studied studio arts and art history, and served a year’s stint managing the workshop of an Italian artist in New York City. It is her empathy for what she views as the unsung archetype of the animal kingdom that launched her blog and forms the basis of Mouse Muse.

Luke Pearson

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Luke Pearson is a soon-to-graduate illustration student and comics artist from the UK. He has been writing and drawing his own comics seriously for about a year and intends to continue doing so alongside his illustration career.

Dale Peck

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Dale Peck is the author of The Law of Enclosures, Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, What We Lost: Based on a True Story, Martin and John, Hatchet Jobs: Writings on Contemporary Fiction. In August 2006: FSG will reissue Martin and John as part of the FSG Classics series. January 2007: Drift House: The First Voyage comes out in paperback; Drift House: The Amulet of Babel comes out in hardcover (Bloomsbury). May 2007: Carroll and Graf will publish a new novel, The Garden of Lost and Found.

Arthur Phillips

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Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first novel, Prague, was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and has been translated into seven languages. The Egyptologist was published in 2004 and was on not eleven but twelve 2004 Best Fiction Lists. His novel Angelica is coming out in 2007.

Matt Pieknik

image Matt Pieknik bookmongers in Manhattan and writes in Brooklyn, and his writing has recently appeared in The Paris Review Daily and The American Reader. He’s currently at work on a not-quite-sci-fi novella set in vast absence of Detroit.

Leland Pitts-Gonzalez

imageLeland Pitts-Gonzalez has been published in Open City, Drunken Boat, Fence and Fourteen Hills, among other literary magazines.  He has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University where he wrote a collection of short stories, The Blue Dot.  He’s working on a novel tentatively titled Spontaneous. Leland grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Queens, New York. Contact him at: .

John Radosta

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John Radosta lives with his wife in son in Boston and teaches high
school English. He is an avid brewer, and loves gadgets.

Nora Rawn

John Reed

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John Reed received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University; writing has appeared in such venues as Bomb Magazine, The New York Press, New York Arts, Cover Magazine, Paper Magazine, Timeout New York, The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Artnet, Open City and Playboy; Books Editor of the Brooklyn Rail since 2004; author of the novels, A STILL SMALL VOICE (Delacorte Press 2000/2001), THE WHOLE (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster 2005), the 2004 bestseller, SNOWBALL’S CHANCE (Roof Books 2002/2003), and a yet untitled “New Play by William Shakespeare” (Penguin, 2008); teaches at New School University.

John Reed

imageAuthor of the novels, A STILL SMALL VOICE (Delacorte Press),THE WHOLE (MTV / Simon & Schuster), the SPD bestseller, SNOWBALL’S CHANCE (Roof), ALL THE WORLD’S A GRAVE: A NEW PLAY BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Penguin/Plume), and TALES OF WOE (MTV Press); MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University; published in Open City, Artnet, Paper Magazine, Popmatters, New York Press, Brooklyn Rail, Timeout New York, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal; current member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.  More at

J.E. Reich

imageJ.E. Reich hails originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently completed her BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. Forthcoming publications include stories in plain china, the nationally-recognized anthology of the best undergraduate writing, and in Underground Voices.  Recent writing credits include short stories in Paradigm Journal, Blast Magazine, Zygote in my Coffee, the Emerson Review, and Frostwriting.  Reich was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (results forthcoming), and an EVVY Award in “Outstanding Prose: Fiction” for her manuscript, “Days of Sound” and Other Stories.  Reich is currently completing her MA in English Literature at Brooklyn College and working on her first novel.

J.C. Reyes

J. C. Reyes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is the product of an unsatisfying math degree, but only words hold his attention anymore. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in The Brooklyner, Arcadia Magazine, and Hawai’i Review, among other outlets. He holds an M.F.A. in Fiction, and he currently teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Alabama.

Chad Curtis Rose

Chad Curtis Rose is a writer from Rochester, New York.  He has been writing poetry for more than 25 years, and is currently working on a memoir that reveals the trials and tribulations of living with Bipolar Disorder. 

Melissa Rosen

imageMelissa Rosen is a soon-to-be graduate of New York University where she studies Media, Culture, and Communication. She writes fiction, short films, sitcoms, and sketch comedy.

Randy Rosenthal

Randy Rosenthal has a BA from UCLA and a MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. His work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, fourpaperletters, and Promethean. He teaches at Kingsborough College and lives in Brooklyn. 

Tori Schacht

image Tori Schacht graduated with a degree in English literature from Hamilton College. She spent a year riding motorbikes over precipitous terrain, attending the weddings of strangers, and learning to appreciate air conditioning as an English teacher in Indonesia. Since then she’s worked in book publishing in New York. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Rain Taxi, and Full Stop, and her reviews have been featured in the Powell’s Review-a-Day.

Audrey Schomer

Audrey Schomer is a freelance reader, writer and lover of the arts living in New York City. A New England native, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2007. Contact her at

Martha Silano

Martha Silano is the author of four poetry collections, including The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception and Reckless Lovely, both from Saturnalia Books. Her work has also appeared in Paris Review, North American Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Best American Poetry 2009, and elsewhere. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Creek Review, teaches at Bellevue College, and blogs at

Stacy Skolnik

Stacy Skolnik lives in Brooklyn and works in publishing in NYC. You can find some of her work on various websites such as Josephine Quarterly, The Poet in New York, Red Fez Press, and The Caterpillar Chronicles.

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