The Coffin Factory, Issue Two


CÉSAR AIRA — The Wicker Trumpet
AIMEE BENDER — The Medieval Humors
JUSTIN TAYLOR — A Talking Cure
SIMONE FELICE — Venice Beach, CA
A.L. SNIJDERS — Five Very Short Stories
OSAMA ALOMAR — Breaking News
CARLOS LABBÉ — The Organ Operation of Fuenteovejuna Street
ADAM WILSON — That Underlying Want
IAN SANQUIST— Melody of Bandaged Anemics
JACQUES STRAUSS — Tell Me Where it Hurts
JEANNIE VANASCO — Nothing Unusual to Report
EDWIDGE DANTICAT — Langston Hughes Medal Acceptance Speech
FELICIA BONAPARTE — The Bookshelf in the Mind


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César Aira was born in Coronal Pringles, Argentina in 1949. He is the author of nearly one hundred novels, and is considered one of the most important authors in contemporary Latin-American fiction. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Tin House. His novel Varamo will be published by New Directions in February 2012. He lives in Buenos Aires.

Osama Alomar was born in Damascus, Syria in 1968. A prominent practitioner of the Arabic “very short story” (al-qisa al-qasira jiddan), he is a past winner of the Najlaa Muharam Short Story Contest in Egypt (2007), has published three collections of short stories in Arabic, and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals in the Arab world. In the U.S., he has been published by Noon,, and The Outlet (the blog of Electric Literature). He currently lives in Chicago.

Aimee Bender is the author of four books, including The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and Willful Creatures. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, Harper’s, Tin House, The Paris Review, The Colorado Review, and many more publications, as well as heard on “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” She lives in Los Angeles and teaches writing at the University of Southern California.

Felicia Bonaparte is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and The City College of New York. She is the author of numerous publications, including Will and Destiny: Morality and Tragedy in George Eliot’s Novels, and The Poetics of Poesis: The Making of the Symbolic Language of Nineteenth-Century English Fiction, which will be published in the spring of 2012.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969, and is the author of several books, including Brother I’m Dying, The Dew Breaker, and, most recently, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and several anthologies. Danticat is working on a story collection tentatively titled Claire of the Sea-Light, which will be published by Knopf in 2012.

Simone Felice is a celebrated songwriter and poet. He is a founding member of internationally acclaimed acts The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King. His first novel, Black Jesus, will be published by Trafalgar Square Publishing in April 2012.

Carlos Labbé is a Chilean fiction writer, screenwriter, and musician. Born in Santiago in 1977, he has published four novels and a collection of short stories. He is the director of, a website of literary criticism, and he co-owns the publishing house Sangría Editora. In 2010, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. His first two novels, Libro de Plumas and Navidad y Matanza, are currently being translated into English.

Maurice Pons is an actor, writer, and translator born in Strasbourg, France, in 1927. His first book of stories, Virginales, won the Prix de la nouvelle de la Société des Gens de Lettres, and his collection, Douce-amère, won the Prix de la nouvelle de l’Académie Française. His U.S. publications include fiction in Tin House, and the novels Rosa, Mademoiselle B., and Seasons of the Ram.

Ian Sanquist was born in 1990 in Seattle, Washington. His fiction has appeared in Juked, Word Riot, Corium Magazine, and others. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He graduated from Garfield High School in 2009.

A.L. Snijders was born in 1937 in Amsterdam. In 2006, his first collection of “zkv’s” (“zeer korte verhalen” or “very short stories”—a term he invented) was published by AFdH Uitgevers. Several collections followed, including De Mol en andere dierenzkv’s (The Mole and Other Very Short Animal Stories, AFdH, 2009). In November 2010, Snijders was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize, one of the three most important literary prizes in Holland.

Jacques Strauss was born and raised in South Africa. His first novel, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V., was recently published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He curently lives with his partner in a “bad ass suburb” in South London.

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, New York and at

Jeannie Vanasco lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Tin House, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.

Adam Wilson’s first novel, Flatscreen, will be published by Harper Perennial in February, 2012. His writing appears in many publications including The Paris Review, The Literary Review, Bookforum, and The New York Times. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.



C.J. Collins is a student of Arabic and an aspiring librarian currently based in Queens, New York.

Lydia Davis is the author, most recently, of The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) and a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Viking Penguin, 2010). Her “Ten Stories from Flaubert” and “Some Notes on Translation” appeared in recent issues of The Paris Review. She has just lately begun translating from the Dutch.

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.

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

Leah Kemp is a lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Southern California. She is working on a translation of Carlos Labbé’s first novel, Libro de Plumas.



Jonathan Allen was born in 1975. In 2008 he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Allen currently lives and works in New York City.

Ben Anderson trained in Florence, Italy and at the SF Academy of Art University. He is co-owner and co-curator of Anderson ART Collective in Carpinteria, California.

Art Boden was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He has worked in design studios and advertising firms as a layout artist, illustrator, graphic designer and, ultimately, art director of IBM.

Greg Drasler was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute of Art and has previously taught at Princeton University.

Max Ferguson was born in New York City in 1959. His work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Israel, France, and many American cities.

Pieter Hugo was born in 1976 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has been shown in Switzerland, Finland, Holland, Italy, and several other countries. He lives in Cape Town.

Aaron Johnson was born in 1975 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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

Lucong was born in 1978 in Shanghai, China. Previous exhibitions include Windows to the Divine and Superfluous.

Ethan Murrow teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His written work appears regularly in The Huffington Post.

Sharon Sprung is an instructor of Painting and Drawing at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts.

Andrey Vrady is an artist, graphic designer, musician, and director based in Moscow, Russia.

Eric Zener has had over fifty solo exhibitions.



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