Issue #28 Contributors


April 20, 2017


Featured authors and artist


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, selected by Jericho Brown for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and out now from BOA Editions, Ltd. The book was also a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize (Waywiser Press). Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. His work has been recognized by eight Pushcart Prize nominations and an honorable mention in this year’s anthology. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, the Saltonstall Foundation, and in 2015 he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Currently, Chen is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. For more information, visit (Photo credit: Jess Chen)


Noelle Q. de Jesus has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Bowling Green State University, and her stories have seen print in noted literary journals and anthologies in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. She has also had work selected for publication in Jentayu, Feminist Studies, and Puerto del Sol. Her first collection of short fiction, BLOOD Collected Stories, published by Ethos Books Singapore in 2015, won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the Short Story category. She conceptualized and edited a fast fiction anthology series Fast Food Fiction Short Short Stories To Go and Fast Food Fiction Delivery (2003 and 2015, Anvil Publishing Philippines). She has also penned a children’s story book, and a chick-lit novel, Mrs MisMarriage (Marshall Cavendish International 2008) under her married name, Noelle Chua. Noelle was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Filipino parents, grew up in the Philippines, and currently lives in Singapore where she is a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have raised a daughter and a son. She is currently at work on a second short story collection, of which “Wanting” is a part, and simultaneously, on her first novel.


Toni Hamel was born in Italy and currently lives and works in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. She is the recipient of many awards and three Ontario Arts Council grants (2011, 2012, 2014). Her work has been exhibited in museums, commercial galleries and art fairs in Canada and abroad, and it is included in the public art collections of the Archives of Ontario/Government of Ontario, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Omer Deserres Corporation, as well as in private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe. Hamel describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties.” Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work that reflect on and interpret the psychological unease characteristic of our age. For more, see her website


Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays By Women. She is the Associate Director of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College.




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“Core” by Dave Petraglia, Photograph A Best Small Fictions 2015 Winner, Dave Petraglia‘s writing and art has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Bartleby Snopes, Cheap Pop, Chicago Literati, Gambling the Aisle, Hayden’s Ferry, McSweeney’s, Necessary Fiction, New Pop LitNorth American Review, Per Contra, Pithead Chapel, Popular Science, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His blog is at



Irina Udalova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied architecture at the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum and interior design at the Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Art & Design. She works on graphic design, illustrations, and paintings and is currently living and drawing in Sicily, Italy.




Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Press. His most recent translation with Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2014. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2016 and The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. In 2016, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania; Europa in Versi, Lake Como, Italy; The Pesaro International Poetry Festival, Pesaro, Italy, The Xichang-Qionghai Silk Road International Poetry Week, Xichang, China; and Ethnofest, Pristina, Kosovo. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.