The Coffin Factory, Issue One


MILAN KUNDERA — Love in Accelerating History
ROBERTO BOLAÑO — The Private Life of a Novelist
JOYCE CAROL OATES — Mudwoman Bride
BONNIE NADZAM — A Brief Stay in Neligh, Nebraska
ANDRÉS NEUMAN — A Hell of One’s Own
STEVE DANZIGER — Some Other Mountain
PABLO MEDINA — The Great White Cape
RABINDRANATH TAGORE — The Significance of Literature
JOHN REED — Sonnets
CRAIG EPPLIN — What to do With Books
NEW DIRECTIONS- Tom Roberge & Barbara Epler
JUSTIN TAYLOR – Fifty One Questions
FRED REYNOLDS — Why MFA Programs Don’t Belong in English Departments Anymore, and Why They Do, an Ongoing Argument Myself and I Have With Each Other, By Fred Reynolds


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Born in Santiago, Chile, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) moved to Mexico City with his family in 1968. He went back to Chile in 1973, just a month before Pinochet seized power, and was arrested. After his release he returned to Mexico before moving to Paris and then Barcelona. He wrote ten novels and two collections of short stories as well as poetry before he died at the age of 50, on July 15, 2003.

Steve Danziger is a member of the Terranova Theater Collective, managing editor of Fiction magazine, teacher at City College, volunteer at the Housing Works Bookstore, and loiterer at the Hungarian Pastry Shop. He lives in New York.

Craig Epplin is a lecturer in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, and an editor at Rattapallax poetry magazine. He writes on contemporary Latin American literature, film, and media culture, and is also a translator.

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno, the Czech Republic, and has lived in France since 1975. He is the author of several novels, including The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed.

Pablo Medina is the author of twelve books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation. Medina is currently a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, and is on faculty at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Bonnie Nadzam earned a PhD from the University of Southern California. Her first novel,Lamb, was just published by Other Press, and her fiction and poetry have been published in The Kenyon Review, The Mississippi Review, and other journals.

Andrés Neuman was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neuman was selected as one ofGranta’s The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists and was elected to the Bogotá-39 list. His fourth novel, Traveller of the Century, was the winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, Spain’s two most prestigious literary awards, and has been translated into ten languages. It will be published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in February 2012.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Author of the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, The Falls, and A Widow’s Story, Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. “Mudwoman Bride” is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel Mudwoman, to be published by Ecco in March 2012.

Born in 1978, Belgian fabulist Bernard Quiriny is the author of two short story collections: Fear of the First Line (Phébus, 2005), which won the Prix Littéraire de la Vocation, and Flesh-Eating Fictions from (Seuil, 2008), which won Prix du Style, the Prix Marcel Thiry, and Belgium’s top literary prize, the Prix Rossel. His work has appeared in English in Subtropics, World Literature Today, and the forthcoming Best European Fiction 2012. His first novel, The Thirsty Ones, was published last fall.

John Reed is the author of the novels, A Still Small Voice, The Whole, the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance, All the World’s a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare, and Tales of Woe; more at

Fred Reynolds is a Professor of English at The City College of New York, where he was Dean of Humanities and the Arts from 2005-2010. He is the author of five academic books and a collection of short stories.

José Saramago (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

India’s Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the first Asian Nobel Laureate. The largest single volume of his work available in English, The Essential Tagore includes poetry, songs, autobiographical works, letters, travel writings, prose, novels, short stories, humorous pieces, and plays.

Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collectionEverything Here is the Best Thing Ever. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and at





Ron Agam lives and works in New York City.

Born in 1985, Sean Anderson currently lives and works out of Santa Barbara, California. He is also co-curator/owner of the budding Anderson ART Collective in Santa Barbara, CA.

Sylvia Brewster is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work can be seen at

Kim Dorland was born in 1974. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Draghi is a student at Parsons The New School for Design.

Stefanie Gutheil was born in 1980. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Jenny Jozwiak lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her photography can be seen at

Kaoruko was born in Nagoya, Japan. She lives and works in New York City.

Niki Khindri was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1983. She’s a recent graduate from New York Law School and lives in Greenwich Village.

John Lees was born in 1943. He lives and works in New York State.

Yigal Ozeri was born in 1958 in Israel. He lives and works in New York City.

Joon Park is a photographer living in New York.

Marc Séguin was born in 1970, Ottawa, Ontario. He lives and works in Montréal and New York.

Christian Vincent was born in 1966. He lives and works in Santa Monica, California.



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