Contributors

Steven Bird

Steve Bird’s work has appeared in Western Outdoors, The Rogue Voice, OceanHeadwaters Journal, and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal. His first book, Upper Columbia Fly Fisher: Notes, Stories and Secrets from the Shining Reach, is forthcoming from Amato Books. He lives with his wife, the lovely and talented Doris, and their cat, Groban, most of the year at the homestead on the Upper Columbia River in northeastern Washington, where he writes and guides (that is, takes fat, rich guys fly fishing for exorbitant fees), while Doris runs the farm and Groban does the job on the gophers.

Ken Brosky

Ken Brosky's first collection of short stories, Leaving Dodge County, will be published in November by Brown Paper Publishing. In addition to writing full time, Brosky is a freelance editor and picks up just about any other job that comes his way.

Alice Haisman

Alice Haisman is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys many things but most of all she likes sleeping on overnight trains. In a dictatorship of Alice everyone would eat only bitter chocolate, fall only in dreams, and marry the first person that told them that their eyes are like scrambled eggs. More by Alice Haisman

Blythe Hurley

A mother of two, a Tuesday night rock ‘n’ roller, an editor sans merci, and a time-waster supreme, Blythe has never stopped rockin’ in the free world. More by Blythe Hurley

Erika Mikkalo

Erika Mikkalo lives and works in Chicago and holds an MFA from Columbia College. Her writing received the Tobias Wolff Award for short fiction from the Bellingham Review and has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the2ndhand, Exquisite Corpse, The Massachusetts Review, POM2, The Columbia Review, MoonLit, Fence, MiPOesias, and other publications. An emerging performer and former visual artist, she seeks collaborators in all media.

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

Steve Spaulding

Steve Spaulding believes he will have another pull on the whisky bottle, thank you very much — and would there be a spare beer in the fridge? ‘Cause that would be great. He is also a bit deaf in one ear so would you mind speaking up? And don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t remember you; while he can remember obscure characters in movies and comic books on only a single exposure, real people are like the flitting shadows of a strobe-lit room to him. Steve considers it a downright miracle he has lasted as long as he has in such a cruel and unforgiving world and thanks his lucky stars for every breath he draws, and for all the good friends he’s made. Steve wonders what God was thinking, where the surplus went, whether there’s a spare beer in the fridge, and did he already ask that? Because his short-term memory is sort of on the fritz these days. More by Steve Spaulding

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Blythe Hurley

Web Mistress
Erica Behnke

Editors
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Steve Spaulding

Communications Officer
Denise Pace

Senior Contributors
Al Dereu
Heather Egland
Joe Martinez
Matt McCarthy
Carter O’Brien
Patrick Russell

Distinguished Alumni
Tina O’Brien
Matt Sharkey

Publisher
Geary Yonker

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