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Issue 10
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Biography of Orange (An Excerpt) After Maggie Nelson by Chloe Firetto-Toomey

Chloe Firetto-Toomey has an MFA degree from Florida International University, where she currently teaches creative writing. She also teaches nonfiction at Everglades Correctional Institution. She is a two-time finalist in Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest and a finalist in Diagram’s chapbook contest. She won the 2017 Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry and 2020 Scotti Merrill Award for poetry. Her chapbook of poems, Little Cauliflower, was published in 2019 by Dancing Girl Press.

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Susan Briante
Issue 10
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Some Notes on the Document After 11/8 by Susan Briante

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders all from Ahsahta Press. Recent work has appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, as well as The Boston Review’s Poems for Political Disaster. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where she serves as faculty liaison for the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The program brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to work with community-based environmental and social justice groups. Briante hosts the radio program Speedway and Swan, an hour of poetry and music on KXCI 91.3 Tucson. She is writing a book on documentary poetics forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2019.

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Brenna Womer
Issue 9
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Wüsthof Silverpoint II 10-Piece Set by Brenna Womer

Brenna Womer is a graduate student at Missouri State University where she teaches composition and serves as an assistant editor of Moon City Review. Her work is forthcoming in Booth, New Delta Review, Prick of the Spindle, Perversion Magazine, Bayou Magazine, Dewpoint, and the Sierra Nevada Review and has appeared in Maudlin House, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Midwestern Gothic, and NEAT.

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Dana Staves
Issue 9
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This Closet Smells Like Chicken by Dana Staves

Dana Staves earned her MFA in Fiction from Old Dominion University. Her work has appeared in Shaking Magazine, Alimentum, and Distinction Magazine. Dana is the voice behind the blog Whisks & Words, a blog about a writer who cooks. She currently lives in southeast Virginia, and she is working on her first novel.

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Nancy Wayson Dinan
Issue 9
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Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Nancy Wayson Dinan

Nancy Wayson Dinan holds an MFA from the Ohio State University. She is currently a PhD student at Texas Tech University, where she serves as a managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Texas Observer, Waccamaw, and Watershed Review.

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GRIST CNF

David Carlin

Grief by David Carlin

David Carlin is a writer and creative artist based in Melbourne, Australia. David’s books include 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder, Our Father Who Wasn’t There, The Abyssinian Contortionist, and the edited anthology of new Asian and Australian writing, The Near and the Far. His award-winning work includes essays, plays, radio features, exhibitions, documentary and short films; recent projects include the Circus Oz Living Archive and WrICE. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at RMIT University where he co-directs the non/fictionLab.

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Tessa Mellas

When Birds Devour the Breadcrumb Trail by Tessa Mellas

Tessa Mellas received the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection Lungs Full of Noise. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She teaches writing at the University of Maine at Machias, a college so far east it is the first in the nation each morning to see the sun. Figure skater, vermicomposter, vegan and tender of a fierce feline twosome, she relates to soil and snow.

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Biography of Orange (An Excerpt) After Maggie Nelson by Chloe Firetto-Toomey

Chloe Firetto-Toomey has an MFA degree from Florida International University, where she currently teaches creative writing. She also teaches nonfiction at Everglades Correctional Institution. She is a two-time finalist in Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest and a finalist in Diagram’s chapbook contest. She won the 2017 Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry and 2020 Scotti Merrill Award for poetry. Her chapbook of poems, Little Cauliflower, was published in 2019 by Dancing Girl Press.

Read More »
Susan Briante

Some Notes on the Document After 11/8 by Susan Briante

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders all from Ahsahta Press. Recent work has appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, as well as The Boston Review’s Poems for Political Disaster. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where she serves as faculty liaison for the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The program brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to work with community-based environmental and social justice groups. Briante hosts the radio program Speedway and Swan, an hour of poetry and music on KXCI 91.3 Tucson. She is writing a book on documentary poetics forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2019.

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