Issue Five Contributors
Alisha Bruton is a three-ring circus where a brown bear named Wanderlust and a brown bear named Well-Tended
Garden chase each other on tiny bikes, forever.
Michael Earl Craig is from Dayton, Ohio—home of the gas mask and the mood ring. His most recent book of poems is
Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014). He is a farrier, and lives near Livingston, Montana.
Lauren Ireland is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and
co-curator of Monorail, a reading series. She is the author of two books, The Arrow (Coconut Books) and Dear Lil Wayne
(Magic Helicopter Press), and two chapbooks. She lives in Seattle and online at laurenireland.net and
Rich Ives is a winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander and the 2012 winner of the
Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. Tunneling to the Moon, a book of days with a work for each day of the
year, is available from Silenced Press, Sharpen, a fiction chapbook, is available form Newer York Press, Light from a Small
Brown Bird, a book of poems, is available from Bitter Oleander Press, and his story collection, The Balloon Containing the
Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, is now available from What Books.
Talia Lavin is a fact checker at the New Yorker by day and and indulges in life's small lies by night.
Nate Logan was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. His recent work is forthcoming from burntdistrict and Ohio Edit.
With Laura Theobald, he edits Spooky Girlfriend Press.
Caitlin McGregor is a Melbourne-based poet and writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Lifted Brow,
Scum Mag, Talking Soup, Judy's Punch, Bechdel Babes & Alien She Zine. You can find her on twitter at @caitlinmcgregor.
Triin Paja is an Estonian, living in a small village in rural Estonia. Her poetry has appeared in The Moth, BOAAT, Otis
Nebula, The Cossack Review, Gloom Cupboard, The Missing Slate, and elsewhere.
Niina Pollari's first collection DEAD HORSE came out from Birds, LLC in 2015. She also translated Tytti Heikkinen's
collection The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books, 2012). She runs a yearly Brooklyn-based megareading
called Popsickle, and tweets feelings and facts at @heartbarf.
sam sax is a 2015 NEA Fellow and finalist for The Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He’s a poetry Fellow
at The Michener Center for Writers where he serves as the Editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area
Grand Slam Champion & author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry, 2014) + sad boy
/ detective (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) + All The Rage (SRP, 2016). His poems are forthcoming in Boston Review, FIELD,
Ploughshares, PEN Poetry Series, Poetry Magazine, + other journals
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014),
The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) & Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications).