Issue #10 Contributors

June 20, 2015

Featured authors and artist



Deal 2011Tara Deal is the author of Wander Luster (poetry chapbook, Finishing Line Press) and Palms Are Not Trees After All, winner of the 2007 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press. Her work has also appeared in Alimentum, Conium Review, failbetter, Sugar House Review, and Tampa Review Online, among others. And her shortest story can be found in Hint Fiction (Norton). She lives in New York City.



sandra picture (1)Nearly 200 of Sandra Kolankiewicz‘s poems and stories have been published since 1980. Her chapbooks Turning Inside Out and The Way You Will Go are available from Black Lawrence Press and Finishing Line Press, respectively. When I Fell, her novel with 78 illustrations, can be found at Web-e-Books. She vows on a regular basis to make a serious attempt to send her short story collections out there, but the lively energy of creating in the day-to-day is far more fun, so she instead she lives her life, writes every day, and hopes for a miracle.



SrdjanSrđan Srdić was born in Kikinda, Serbia, in 1977. He graduated from the Department of World Literature and Theory of Literature of the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, where he is currently doing his PhD thesis on theories of truth as applied to Jonathan Swift’s texts. Srdić was editor of the international short story festival Kikinda Short from 2008 to 2011. He is now a co-editor in the literary magazine Severni bunker and one of the editors for The European Short Story Network. He won a prize for the best prose work at the literary contest organized by the magazine Ulaznica in 2007 and the Laza Lazarevic Award for the best unpublished Serbian story in 2009. In 2010 Srdić won the only Serbian literary scholarship from the Borislav Pekic Foundation. His first novel The Dead Field was published in 2010 and it was shortlisted for the most relevant Serbian and regional prizes (NIN Prize, Vital Prize, Mesa Selimovic Prize, Bora Stankovic Prize). Srdić’s second book, a short story collection called Espirando, was published in 2011 (for which he was awarded the Biljana Jovanovic Prize and the Edo Budisa Prize), and his third book, a novel called Satori, came out in March 2013. Combustions, Srdić’s second short story collection, was published in May 2014, and his first essay collection, Notes from the Reading, three months later. Srdić’s prose has been translated into English, Albanian, Slovenian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Hungarian.



David J. Thompson is a former prep school teacher and coach. He grew up in Hyde Park, New York, and most recently lived in the Detroit area. He has been traveling since October 2013. His poetry and photography have appeared in a number of journals both in print and on-line, and his latest poetry/photography chapbook, And Thou Upon Earth, is available from Nerve Cowboy in Austin, Texas. His interests include postcards, jazz, and minor league baseball.



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RACHEL CITRINORachel Citrino‘s interest in mortal nature has her looking at DNA and cosmic patterns for inspiration. She is a painter who works with a variety of materials, but it is the symbols and energy of color and the patterns that emerge that intrigue her the most. A story develops through her work, and that story moves the artist forward as she elaborates with the primal elements of color and line.



JDistler_02After tempestuous, early stints in the dusty trenches of the archaeologist and later, in the carved canyons of the geologist, Joshua Distler somehow ended up perched atop an architect’s drafting stool. He lives and prints in Seattle.




Margie Kelk photoMargie Kelk is a Canadian visual artist working in sculpture, animation and installation. Recent exhibitions include Swarf (2013) and Substratae (2015) at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto. Kelk is a graduate of Wellesley College and The Johns Hopkins University (PhD). Kelk is represented by the Red Head Gallery, Toronto.