MANAGING EDITOR: James R. Gapinski

James R. Gapinski holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theNewerYork, Word RiotPrick of the Spindle, Line Zero, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Boston area with his partner, two cats, and a collection of 8-bit video games.

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Praise for James R. Gapinski:

  • ” . . . a gifted and imaginative writer.”  Ryan Boudinot, author of Blueprints of the Afterlife (Black Cat/Grove Atlantic)
  • ” . . . full of brilliant twists and surprises at every turn.”  –Victoria Nelson, author of Gothicka (Harvard University Press)
  • ” . . . [James’s characters] have a kind of suburbia mundane quality to them.  As if nothing exciting is happening in their lives, yet, their individual circumstances, ideas, and even psychological landscapes are wrought with the ingredients for seriously compelling stories.” –Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Mañana Means Heaven (University of Arizona Press)
GUEST EDITOR: Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead Books, 2013).  His novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books.  His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in One Story Magazinethe Awlesquire.comMcSweeney’s Quarterly ReviewOpen City,, and in the collection of essays, Man with a Pan (Algonquin Books, 2011). Manuel has taught creative writing for at Gotham Writer’s Workshop and elsewhere.  He is the current executive director of Austin Bat Cave, a creative writing and tutoring center for children six to eighteen years old.  Manuel earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Manuel GonzalesPraise for The Miniature Wife and Other Stories:

  • “These are beautiful, strange truths—mad, weird, funny and unforgettable. Manuel Gonzales possesses a brand new American literary voice.” –Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet
  • “This book has everything you could ask for in a collection, and even things you hadn’t thought to ask for, but secretly wanted: unicorns, mobsters, swamp monsters and werewolves. Manuel Gonzales weaves the supernatural into the lives of everyday citizens, from anthropologists to airline passengers, and the result is pure magic mixed with humor and deep humanity.” –Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
  • “Lucid and confident . . . because his prose is never sloppy and his rhythm is impeccable, Gonzales’s sentences unfold with an unusual smoothness . . . these stories showcase an exciting new voice . . . [they] ring and resound.” –Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master
  • “Manuel Gonzales’s The Miniature Wife is a marvel—a beautiful, hilarious and moving reinvention of the gothic, a testimony to the sublime powers of the imagination and language. This a book of extraordinary joy, compassion, horror and grace all rolled into one.” –Dinaw Mengestu, author of How to Read the Air and The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears
  • “These stories are wrought with forceful clarity, Borgesian inventiveness and enchanting, devious wit—an unforgettable debut from a uniquely gifted writer.” –Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
  • “Dark, smart and strange in a way that initially had me grasping for comparison but that ultimately revealed itself to be something new.” –Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe


EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer from NYC living in Seattle. She received her MFA from Goddard College and is a fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review. She is co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat in Arlington, WA, and Lit.mustest, a reading series at the Richard Hugo House. She teaches continuing education creative writing at Seattle Central Community College. Her stories have appeared in Sonora Review, Monkeybicycle, Everyday Genius, SpringGun Press, Pif, Beecher’s Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

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Uma Rallabhandi communicates in strange beeps and grunts. She also likes to read. A lot.


Tristan Beach received his BA in English from Saint Martin’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He’s held internships at Copper Canyon Press, Coffee House Press, and Ucross Foundation. He was recently an editor for My Catholic Faith Press and an associate editor for Pitkin Review. He is currently on the editorial staff for Clockhouse. His book reviews have appeared in The Conium ReviewCutbank, and Tarpaulin Sky Press online. His poetry has appeared in Pitkin Review and rawboned. He teaches in Washington state and China.

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Hillary Leftwich

Hillary Leftwich is a native of Colorado and currently lives in Denver with her son. In her day jobs, she has worked as a private investigator, maid, and pinup model. Her writing appeared recently in NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, One Sentence Love Stories with Meg Pokrass and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review. Her flash fiction story, “Free Lunch,” is forthcoming in Progenitor and was also nominated for The Pushcart Prize. When she isn’t writing flash fiction she is reading it and more than likely eating it. She also writes creative nonfiction flash. She loves Steve Almond bios and hopes that one day she can be as badass as him. You can follow her on twitter @HillaryLeftwich.

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Adam Padgett’s fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Santa Clara Review, Cold Mountain Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Conium Review, and in other fine journals. Additionally, his fiction has been reprinted in Surreal South ’13: An Anthology of Short Fiction. He is a mentor for PEN America’s Prison Writing Program and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Holly Tri is an editor at Inkwater Press in Portland, Oregon. She also does freelance editing work. She has a BAS in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Born and raised in Minnesota, she and her family now live near Portland, Oregon, just an hour away from a day at the beach. In addition to editing, Holly also writes fiction and has a passion for ancient and medieval history. Her short story “Eight Hours” appeared in the online journal The Rejected Writer in spring 2014, and she was invited to join The Rejected Writer as an editor a short time later.

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Susan Lynch is primarily a poet whose works have been published in ASH (Oxford University Poetry Society), Elohi Gadugi Journal, Circle Poems anthology in the UK, commissioned for art cards in Scotland, and upcoming in Bombay Gin. A songwriter and lyricist, Joan Jett’s cover of her song (written with Larry Whitman) My Big Reward appears on the soundtrack of Nora Ephron’s film, Lucky Numbers. She studied literature at Oxford University, holds a BA in English from Reed College, and an MFA from Goddard College. She has written a poetry collection, Into the All Empty, and teaches poetry & poetics to all age groups because poetry makes nothing happen, in a good way. She has been called ‘a serious word freak.’

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