Contributors, Fall 2010

Ann Bogle’s short sto­ries have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Big Bridge, Mad Hatters’ Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, and oth­er jour­nals.  Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, a col­lec­tion of five sto­ries, was pub­lished by Argotist Ebooks in 2010.   She lives in Minnesota.

Kim Chinquee is the author of Pretty and Oh Baby. She edits fic­tion and non­fic­tion for eli­mae, and lives in Buffalo, New York.

Marcy Dermansky is the author of Bad Marie and Twins. Bad Marie is a Barnes and Noble Fall 2010 Discover Great New Writers selec­tion. Twins was a New York Times Editor’s Choice pick. Her short sto­ries have been pub­lished in numer­ous lit­er­ary jour­nals, includ­ing McSweeneys, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Five Chapters, and The Indiana Review. Marcy is also an expe­ri­enced edi­tor and writ­ing coach. A film crit­ic for About.com and a MacDowell fel­low, she lives in Astoria, New York, with her hus­band, writer Jürgen Fauth, and their daugh­ter Nina.

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the nov­els Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as the sto­ry col­lec­tions Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was nom­i­nat­ed for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998.  Her sto­ries and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.  Her nov­el Veronica was nom­i­nat­ed for the National Book Award in 2005.  She has been award­ed a Cullman research fel­low­ship at the New York Public Library start­ing in the fall of 2010.  Her new sto­ry col­lec­tion is titled Don’t Cry.

Julie Innis’s sto­ries have appeared or are forth­com­ing in Gargoyle, Prick of the Spindle, Lit N Image, and Pindeldyboz, among oth­ers. She received the 7th Glass Woman Prize for Fiction in May 2010 and, in May 2009, was select­ed as a final­ist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. She has high hopes for May 2011.

Brandon Hobson’s work has appeared in NOON, New York Tyrant, Narrative Magazine, and else­where. His book, The Levitationist, was pub­lished by Ravenna Press in 2005. He is cur­rent­ly work­ing on his PhD at Oklahoma State University.

Jonas Moody returned to the US in 2009 after an eight-year stint in Iceland as a jour­nal­ist. His work has appeared in Time, New York Magazine, Iceland Review and USA Today. Jonas is cur­rent­ly writ­ing towards an MFA in fic­tion at Brooklyn College. He and his fam­i­ly divide their time between New York City and Reykjavík.

Jennifer Pashley is the author of the col­lec­tion States, and her sto­ries appear in or are forth­com­ing from Swink, DarkSky Magazine, PANK, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She has been named a final­ist for the MR Prize for fic­tion more times than Susan Lucci, but since win­ning the damn thing in 2009 has been most­ly aim­less. Well, until now. You can read more at www.jenniferpashley.com

Karen Pittelman’s poet­ry has been pub­lished in The Pinch, New South, Sojourner and Oberon. She is the author of two non-fic­tion books about social change phil­an­thropy from Soft Skull Press, and a singer-song­writer with the band Karen & The Sorrows. She lives in Queens where she works as a writ­ing coach.

Andy Plattner’s sto­ry col­lec­tion, A Marriage of Convenience, is due ear­ly next year from Bookmark Press. He also has sto­ries forth­com­ing from Epoch and The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine.

James Robison writes short sto­ries and oth­er things.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the best­selling mem­oirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and the nov­els Black & White and Family History, among oth­ers.  Her sto­ries and essays have appeared in The New YorkerGranta, Ploughshares, One Story, Tin House, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and have been wide­ly anthol­o­gized.  She was Guest Editor of Best New American Voices 2010, and is a Contributing Editor at Travel & Leisure.  She has taught in the cre­ative writ­ing pro­grams at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan.  She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut with her fam­i­ly.

Serious doubter of the the­o­ry of evo­lu­tion, Andrea Sharp is puz­zled by, and can’t explain the ori­gin of, her poem, “The School.” And even though she spent a lot of (prob­a­bly too much) time in school after phys­i­cal­ly out-grow­ing child­hood, she sur­vived it all with a few fresh ideas, sto­ries, rhyming bal­lads, late-night-like let­ters, and wished-for bios like this one. For exam­ple, Andrea is the creator/illustrator of “Catland,” “Somewhere Far,” “The Gossip On Tallula Tropp,” a col­lec­tion of songs, and oth­er writ­ten adven­tures. Some of them can be down­loaded or pur­chased for pen­nies at http://www.shop.onlinestoreservices.com. For con­sid­er­a­tion for next month’s edi­tion, she might sub­mit to the edi­tors of Blip a late-night-like let­ter that’s maybe typ­i­cal of her pal­lid love life.

Susan Tepper’s new nov­el What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock &
Dori G
(co-authored with Gary Percesepe) has been nom­i­nat­ed for the Pulitzer
Prize.  Her addi­tion­al books include Deer & Other Stories (2009) and the
poet­ry col­lec­tion Blue Edge.  Tepper has pub­lished over 100 sto­ries, poems,
essays and inter­views in jour­nals world­wide.  She hosts FIZZ, a read­ing
series, at KGB Bar, and is Assistant Editor of Istanbul Literary Review.

Robb Todd writes very short sto­ries and some of them have been pub­lished and some are secrets he will whis­per in your ear if you buy him a drink. Visit him in New York City, or vis­it his web site, www.robbtodd.com.