Issue No. 30

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José Angel Araguz | Poetry

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo Fellow and the author of three chapbooks, including Corpus Christi Octaves (Flutter Press). He has recently had poems in Salamander, RHINO, Hanging Loose, and Poet Lore. His work is also featured in the new anthologies Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance and Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octavio Paz. He is presently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. He also runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence.

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Sara Borjas | Poetry

Sara Borjas is a poet from Fresno, California. She earned a BA in English Literature from Fresno State and an MFA in Poetry from the University of California, Riverside. Her work can be found in The McNeese Review, The Boiler, Miramar, and San Pedro River Review, among others. She currently bartends in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, and is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.

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Jennifer Givhan | Poetry

Jennifer Givhan is a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellow and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is also the 2013 DASH Literary Journal Poetry Prize winner, an Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize finalist, and a 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize finalist for her collection Karaoke Night at the Asylum. Her work has appeared in over 70 literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2013, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Rattle, and The Collagist. She teaches composition at Western New Mexico University and online poetry workshops with The Rooster Moans. You can visit her online at http://jennifergivhan.com.

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Jennifer Down | Fiction

Jennifer Down is a writer, editor, and translator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her fiction has appeared in Australian newspapers and literary magazines including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, and the Australian Book Review. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, will be published by Text in 2016. Her website is www.jenniferdown.com.

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Steven Ramirez | Fiction

Steven Ramirez is originally from El Paso, Texas. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches creative writing in Chicago, where he is working to complete his first novel—not about serial killer Richard Ramirez, but about the many other terrifying and wonderful secrets kept along the border of Texas and Mexico. Steven lives with his wife, Michelle, and son, Leonardo.

 

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Gina Frangello | Nonfiction

Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin, 2014), included in the Target Emerging Authors series; Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010), a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist; and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus, 2006). Frangello is fiction coeditor for The Nervous Breakdown and serves on the faculty of UCR Palm Desert’s low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She also served for several years as Sunday editor at The Rumpus. The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro, an international writing program in the central highlands of Mexico. She can be found at www.ginafrangello.com.

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David L. Ulin | Nonfiction

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novella Labyrinth. His other books include The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

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Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky | Art

Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky is a native of Colombia born to Argentine parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in history and a postgraduate degree in journalism from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied for over 13 years with well-known Argentine art master Carlos Orrea and has also studied fine arts and design in Florence, Italy, and in the United States.

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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 and has had photographs published previously in Blue Mesa Review, The Adirondack Review and Buffalo Almanack.

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Julia Lambright | Art

Julia Lambright was born and raised in Russia. After immigrating to the United States, she received a BFA with honors in painting from the University of New Mexico. Currently she is finishing her MFA at UNM. Though her past work was primarily in oil paint, her more recent explorations have drawn on the traditional egg tempera medium. Lambright’s work draws on the flat planes and shallow space of Orthodox icons as well as the contemporary social issues of her native Russia.

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Karin Pitman | Art

Karin Pitman, an architect and landscape architect by training and profession, has been drawing and painting watercolors for more than 30 years. She currently teaches at Albuquerque’s ACE Leadership High School, a charter school for students of architecture, construction, and engineering. She has received awards in juried shows in New Mexico and Arizona, and her work has been published in Architectural Record, Builder’s News, The Albuquerque Journal, and Jim Leggitt’s book Drawing Shortcuts. More of Karin’s work can be seen on her website at www.thekarin.net.