Issue One: Contributors


Gem Andrews is a singer-songwriter who was born in Liverpool, England. She recently moved to Vancouver to finish her debut album. She is also the co-founder of the Muma Moonshine’s Festival, held yearly in Durham, which actively supports independent, queer and LGBT musicians and artists. She has played alongside and supported artists such as Roseanne Cash, Howe Gelb & His Band of Gypsies, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart and Laura Veirs.  

Jaydn DeWald, an MFA candidate at Pacific University, currently lives with his wife in San Francisco, CA, where he writes and plays in the DeWald/Taylor Jazz Quintet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barn Owl Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, Witness, and others.

David Gaffney lives in Manchester and Durham. He is the author of Sawn Off Tales, Aromabingo, Never Never, and  23 Stops To Hull amongst others. He wrote  Sawn-off Opera with the composer Ailis Ni Riain. His work has featured in the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect Magazine. His new collection of short stories, The Half Life of Songs, is out now. His website can be found here.

Kyle Hemmings lives in New Jersey. His work has featured in publications such as Elimae, Thunderclap Press, Nano Fiction and Used Furniture. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Fuzzy Logic, Avenue C, and Amsterdam and Other Broken Love Songs.

Matthew Hittinger is the author of the chapbooks Pear Slip (winner of the Spire 2006 Chapbook Award), Narcissus Resists, and Platos de Sal. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Best New Poets 2005. Matthew lives and works in New York City. His website can be found here.

P.A. Levy, having fled his native East End, now hides in the heart of the Suffolk countryside learning the lost arts of hedge mumbling and clod watching. He has been published in many magazines, and is an original member of the Clueless Collective.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, 63 channels, Spectrum, and three Bright Spring Press Anthologies. Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses. Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky.

Tom Sheehan served with the 31st Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1951. He is the author of Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening. His work appears in Home of the Brave, Stories in Uniform and Milspeak Anthology: Warriors, Veterans, Family and Friends Writing the Military Experience. He has 14 Pushcart nominations, the Georges Simenon Fiction Award, and is included in Dzanc Best of the Web Anthology for 2009.

Sarah Schulman is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and non-fiction writer. She is the author of many novels, including After Delores, People in Trouble, Rat Bohemia, Shimmer, and most recently, The Mere Future, and also the nonfiction work My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life during the Reagan/Bush Years. A longtime activist, Schulman was one of the first members of ACT UP/New York and a co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers. Over the past twenty years she has contributed to numerous publications, including the Village Voice, the Nation, the New York Times, Gay Community News, and Interview. A recipient of the 1997 Stonewall Award, Schulman lives in New York City.

Changming Yuan, author of Chansons of a Chinaman and Politics and Poetics, is a three-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote Chinese village and authored several books before moving to Canada. Currently, Yuan works in Vancouver and has had work published in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry and London Magazine, amongst others.