JOYCE CAROL OATES – Snake Frenzy
CHARLES SIMIC – I’m Charles
ANDRÉS NEUMAN – Mother Backwards
LARA VAPNYAR – Ode to Joy
ALI HOSSEINI – Day of Solitude
JEAN FERRY – On the Frontiers of Plaster (A Few Notes on Sleep)
NICOLE TRESKA- Chicken
CHIARA BARZINI- The Mourning Pool
GRADY CHAMBERS – Picasso in Milwaukee
CHINELO OKPARANTA – Shelter
SAM ALLINGHAM- The Way Love Sinks
JUSTIN TAYLOR- Last Memory from Notes on the Inconsolable
OTHER PRESS- Judith Gurewich
JAMES FRANCO – Home Movies: A Journey Through an Episode of Three’s Company with James Franco
Sam Allingham’s work has appeared in print in Epoch, American Short Fiction, and One Story, and on the web at Conjunctions, n+1, and the Millions. He is currently a University Fellow at Temple University.
Chiara Barzini is a writer of fiction, journalism, and film. She is the author of Sister Stop Breathing, a collection of short fictions, and her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Noon, Bomb, Rolling Stone Italy, Italian Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire. She was born in Rome, where she currently lives.
Grady Chambers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he currently lives, works, and writes. Poems and essays of his have been published or are forthcoming at Blood Lotus Journal, The Rumpus, and SOFTBLOW.
Jean Ferry (1906-1974) was primarily a screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Clouzot, Buñuel, Louis Malle, and Georges Franju. A member of the College of Pataphysics, he was known in his time as the greatest specialist in the works of Raymond Roussel, Proust’s neighbor. His only book of fantastical tales, Le Mécanicien, was published in 1953 and recently brought back into print by Editions Finitude.
James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, and 127 Hours. Franco has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney’s. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Palo Alto, published by Scribner.
Ali Hosseini is an Iranian-American living in the Boston area. His stories have appeared in Epoch, Fiction International, American Letters & Commentary, Puerto del Sol, and other publications. He has had a novel and two short story collections published in Iran; his short fiction has also appeared in Persian-language publications in the US (Persian Book Review, Par Monthly, and Iranian.com). His novel, The Lemon Grove, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press (August 2012).
Andrés Neuman was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neuman was selected as one of Granta’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; the English translation was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in May 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. “Snake Frenzy” is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel The Accursed, to be published by Ecco in March 2013.
Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She received her BS from Penn State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Subtropics, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at the University of Iowa, where she is the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer for Fiction.
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1938. Since 1967, he has published twenty books of poetry, seven books of essays, a memoir, and numerous books of translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry for which he has received many literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Simic is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New Hampshire where he has taught American Literature and Creative Writing since 1973, and the Distinguished Visiting Poet at New York University where he teaches every fall semester. Since 1999 he has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books. Simic was the Poet Laureate of the United States 2007-2008.
Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and at justindtaylor.net.
Nicole Treska lives in New York City, where she teaches writing at The City College of New York.
Lara Vapnyar was born in Russia in 1971, and is the author of the short story collection, There are Jews in my House, and the novel Memoir of a Muse. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, and Harper’s. She currently lives in New York City.
Edward Gauvin is the winner of the John Dryden Translation prize, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award. Other publications have appeared in Subtropics, The Harvard Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, and Conjunctions. He is the contributing editor for Francophone comics at Words Without Borders. More at edwardgauvin.com/blog.
Richard Gwyn is a poet, translator, and award-winning author of two novels, The Colour of a Dog Running Away and Deep Hanging Out. His work has appeared in over a dozen languages. His most recent book, a memoir, is The Vagabond’s Breakfast (2011) and his next is a book of translations from Spanish: A Complicated Mammal: Selected Poems of Joaquín O. Giannuzzi, due in September.
Joseph Adolphe was born in 1968 in Calgary, Alberta, and has had over a dozen solo exhibitions, as well as won many awards and honors.
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.
Thomas Barbèy was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent his childhood in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nick Brandt was born in 1966 in London, and photographs exclusively in Africa. In spring 2012, The Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York City exhibited Nick Brandt’s “On This Earth, a Shadow Falls,” which included all Brandt’s photographs featured in this issue.
Colette Calascione was born in 1971 and lives in California. All paintings from her spring 2012 exhibition at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery have sold.
Carlos Detres is a New York City based fine art, fashion, and event photographer. His work draws influence from surrealism, antique wet plate and alleged ghost photography as well as minimalism. His work includes a combination of movement, over exposed skin tones, and muted colors. His previous clients have included Bumble and bumble, Buzzine!, Performer Magazine, and LIC Courier, and his photographs have been featured by The Whiskey Dregs, Consequence of Sound, Mute Records, and RCRD LBL, among others.
Shannon Finley was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1964, and is now based in Berlin, Germany.
Kristin Fouquet photographs and writes from lovely New Orleans. Her photography has been published in online journals and galleries and also in print: magazines, chapbook and book covers, music CDs. She enjoys constructing photo essays and short films. Her preferences are fine art photography, street photography, street portraits, and the occasional traditional portrait. You are invited to view her online gallery at Le Salon at the web address http://kristin.fouquet.cc
Bill Hayward is a photographer, filmmaker, choreographer, and director whose works in film, photography, and dance performance have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent book is a collection of portraits of the collaborative self, (a portrait process Hayward invented) entitled Bad Behavior. He is presently working on a new collection of portraits of the collaborative self entitled: The Human Bible; a film entitled Asphalt, Muscle & Bone, and a live dance and film performance piece entitled: The Intimacies Project. Hayward lives in New York City and Montana.
Patte Loper is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and Boston, MA, where she is on the faculty of the Museum School. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States and Europe. Group and solo exhibitions include the Sonoma Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle). Her work is in the collections of the Rene di Rosa Foundation, the Microsoft Corporation, and the Hirshhorn Museum. Patte is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City, and Platform Gallery in Seattle.
Guido Milian is a self-taught photographer living in Miami whose beginnings in the world of photography started in his beloved country Cuba.
Hiroshi Senju is a Japanese painter known for his large waterfall paintings. He was born in Tokyo in 1958. The Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa opened in October 2011 in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.