Contributors

Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is the editor of Columbia Poetry Review #19 and has poems forthcoming in Black Clock. He has read his poems on Neighborhood Public Radio and plays percussion in the band Sharks. He lives in Chicago.

Heather Egland

“I figure if you can’t change who you are then you might as well change the world, right?” Ms. Egland is the co-founder of the Secret Order of the Shaking Fist. She is currently bringing down the system via passive aggression. More by Heather Egland

Josh Honn

Cover artist Josh Honn lives and works in Chicago. He is a production artist for the Chicago Reader and is also a freelance music writer. He has a master’s degree in American Studies, the physical manifestation of which is currently gathering dust in his closet. Among other things, he is a socialist.

Joe Martinez

Joe Martinez was a gibbon in a former incarnation. Currently he is a 31-year-old ne’er-do-well with a penchant for ranting, raving, and otherwise being righteously indignant. Born property of the US Army, he has always chafed at the constraints of society and yearned to return to an arboreal life in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He is the father of a 10-year-old, who is rapidly approaching the point where she no longer wants to be seen with him. Appraisals of his character are mixed, ranging from mildly positive (“He’s OK”) to damning (“That guy’s an insufferable jerk!”). Joe is holding out that age will bring wisdom, and wisdom, peace of mind. An expert at squandering opportunity, he is available to consult on all your failure-related needs for an exorbitant fee. More by Joe Martinez

Kristy Odelius

Kristy Odelius is an assistant professor of English at North Park University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, ACM, Versal, and others. Her tree house boasts a fuzzy pile of pilfered academic robes. A spider colony thrives in the pantry. Conjugation of the verb pilfer: I have pilfered you have pilfered he has pilfered we have pilfered.

Daniela Olszewska

Daniela Olszewska currently studies at Columbia College in Chicago. She hopes to get her poetic license within the next year or so.

Patrick Russell

Born amongst the corn cousins, Elmers, and strip-mall barons of Indiana, Patrick learned early on in life that something was rotten in Denmark. After mailing many, many postcards to various addresses in the greater Copenhagen area asking after the source of the stench, and after receiving no replies to his repeated queries, he became convinced that it must be the mayonnaise. More by Patrick Russell

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers has published essays, reviews, and short stories in ACM: Another Chicago Magazine; Africana.com; Black Issues Book Review; BOMB Magazine; Electronic Book Review; the Los Angeles Reader; milkmag.org; Mosaic Literary Magazine; and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. He received his MFA from the New School in New York and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Geary Yonker

Geary Yonker’s deep-seeded fear of death really keeps him busy. It is not so much a fear of dying as it is a fear of dying without having accomplished anything in his life. He attributes this fear to having been told he was special too many times when he was a kid. The problem started when he began to believe it. This complex has had many manifestations. Originally it served as a defense mechanism when he was an overweight child. When he got a little older it served as great excuse for coasting through high school and college. In 1997, Year 27 of the Great Coasting, he started inviting his friends to an abandoned dairy farm that his family inherited from a great uncle. Nobody is exactly sure how or why but he is convinced that this changed his life and gave him some direction. The actual directions to “The fARM” that he gave his friends led them up interstates, up county highways, and eventually onto gravel roads. After every turn the partygoers were urged to “keepgoing” (bet you thought that we were just ripping off MoveOn.org). Since then “The fARM” has spawned an annual charity event, three mediocre bands, and this ever-evolving website. More by Geary Yonker

Editor
Blythe Hurley

Poetry Editor
Erica Bernheim

Nonfiction Editor
Steve Spaulding

Fiction Editor
Matt McCarthy

Activism & Letters Editor
Heather Egland

Spotlight Site Editor
Joe Martinez

Sounds Editor
Carter O’Brien

Senior Contributors
Al Dereu, Tina O’Brien, Denise Pace, Carella Ross, Patrick Russell

Publisher
Geary Yonker

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