Issue No. 29

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Melissa Boston | Poetry

Melissa Boston is currently in her third year of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. Her work appears in PMS, Bird’s Thumb, Moon City Review, and The Fourth River. Her work is also forthcoming in I-70 Review.

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Dan Encarnacion | Poetry

Dan Encarnacion lives in Portland, Oregon, where he co-curates the Verse In Person Poetry Series. Dan has been recently published in The Atlas Review, MARGIE, Exquisite Corpse, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Eleven Eleven, and Upstairs at Duroc, and his work is forthcoming in Assaracus, The Los Angeles Review, Crab Creek Review, Whiskey Island, and Word Riot. He was the featured artist for Reconnaissance Magazine’s 2013 issue and is included in the anthology Reduce: A Collection of Writings from Educe Journal 2012 (Educe Press).

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Brandon Krieg | Poetry

Brandon Krieg is the author of a forthcoming collection of poems, Invasives (New Rivers Press), and a chapbook, Source to Mouth (New Michigan Press). His poems appear online in Web Conjunctions, BOMB, DIAGRAM, and RHINO. He is a founding editor of The Winter Anthology.

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Rachel Yoder | Nonfiction

Rachel Yoder grew up in a Mennonite community in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio. She earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, The Midwest Writing Center, and Prescott College, where she also served as the Managing Editor of Alligator Juniper, the college’s award-winning literary journal. She is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process. She also serves as Senior Editor for Defunct Magazine and Fiction Editor for Wag’s Revue.

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Paul Crenshaw | Fiction

Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays 2005 and 2011, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Ecotone, Glimmer Train, Brevity, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University in North Carolina.

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Rachael Dunlap Ratliff | Fiction

Rachael Dunlap Ratliff grew up on a ranch in central Texas. After studying journalism and anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she somehow found her way into a professional kitchen. It’s a long story that involves an escape to the mountains of Colorado, a brief stint selling ice cream sandwiches on a small Caribbean island, and a significant amount of butter. She currently spends her days baking bread and writing fiction in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first published story.

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Jennifer Stern | Fiction

Jennifer Stern is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College. Her short fiction has appeared in journals including Grist: The Journal for Writers, The Apple Valley Review, 42 Magazine, and Straylight.

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Jay Baker | Art

Jay Baker was raised in rural southern Colorado. His interest in the arts was fostered by a very tolerating family. He received his BA in Visual and Performing Arts with a major emphasis in music and a minor emphasis in film studies from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. While there he became a flagship member of Sleeping Thieves Collective and still produces sound and artwork for it from his current home in Albuquerque, NM. He is currently recording solo works under the name TOM FOE, collaborating through many media with several local artists, and producing film scores and visual art.

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John Kirsch | Art

John Kirsch is an editor for an English-language publishing company in Mazatlán, Mexico. Prior to moving to Mexico, he worked as a newspaper reporter and occasional photographer in Iowa and Texas. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines and an associate’s in photography from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. He also spent two years studying painting at Drake.

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Fabio Sassi | Art

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and things that are hidden, discarded, or considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at www.fabiosassi.foliohd.com.

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Dené Shelton | Art

Dené Shelton is a mixed-media painter and writer whose work has spanned the U.S., from upstate New York to San Francisco to the Southwest. Her paintings have been shown at the California Modern Art Gallery, California College of the Arts, The San Francisco Women’s Building, ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios, Stray Bar, Counter Culture Cafe, and California State University, East Bay. Her work has also been published in Good Vibrations and Conceptions Southwest and featured on MesArt. She can be found on Facebook and is currently developing a website: www.deneshelton.com.