Cezarija Abartis’s Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press (2003). Her stories have appeared in FRiGG, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Per Contra, and New York Tyrant, among others. Her flash “The Writer” was selected by Dan Chaon for the Wigleaf Top 50 online fictions of 2012 and “To Kiss a Bear” was selected for Wigleaf’s Longlist 2016. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches English at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her website is Cezarija Abartis.

Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Eclectica Magazine’s 20th Anniversary Speculative Anthology, Indiana Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and over 100 other great places. Read his book reviews in PANK, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, The Lit Pub, and others. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He is the 2015 recipient of the Ginosko Literary Journal award for flash fiction and in 2016 took third place in the K. Margaret Grossman fiction award given by Literal Latté. Allen is the managing editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.

Anonymous is a writer who lives in the country with cats and a horse and, that most domesticated of all beasts, a computer programmer husband. She sells for a living, and writes; she wishes the converse to be true one day.

Sharon Black is the librarian at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is published in a variety of journals including The South Carolina Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mantis, Poet Lore, Mudfish, Rhino, GW Review, Verse Daily, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her poetry has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2005, 2007). She lives in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, escaping with her husband and dog to the Adirondacks whenever possible.

Daphne Buter lives in The Netherlands and she still has all her teeth. She published two books in Dutch, and a few stories in English in FRiGG, Night Train, NOÖ Journal, Sleeping Fish, and a few more mags. She is currently writing mostly stuff in Dutch. Her stories in English were nominated for the Pushcart Prize two times and she says this only because she thinks it sounds cool in a bio.

Billy Cancel (performer/poet) has recently appeared in Blazevox, Gobbet, & West Wind Review. His latest body of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK, is out on Hidden House Press. Billy Cancel is 1/2 of the noise/pop duo Tidal Channel. Sound poems, visual shorts, and other aberrations can be found at the website Billy Cancel.

Dave Clapper writes occasionally, and acts frequently. He is the founding editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. He’s mortified at the outcome of this election. He intermittently blogs at Dave Clapper, and spends entirely too much time on Facebook.  

Graham Coppin has studied with Amy Beeder, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jericho Brown, and Ada Limón, who have provided invaluable support. He was born and raised in South Africa, received a master’s degree in mathematics, and emigrated to the United States where, after two decades, he grew tired of work as an engineer and became a writer and leadership coach instead. His work has been published or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Burningword, OxMag, Arsenic Lobster, Caliban, East Jasmine Review, Ducts.org, and The Round Magazine.

Matthew B. Dexter is an American author living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. His fiction has been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He writes abhorrent freelance pieces for exorbitant amounts of pesos to pay the bills while drinking cervezas in paradise with tourists. He is the author of the novel The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013). His second novel, debut memoir, and story collection are forthcoming.

Enoaraf, a.k.a. Al Faraone, is a high school teacher, digital artist, photographer, husband, and father. He lives in Virginia.

Kathy Fish teaches flash fiction for the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver. She has published four collections of short fiction: a chapbook in the Rose Metal Press collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (2008); Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011); Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2012); and Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaughan (Unknown Press, 2015). Her story “A Room with Many Small Beds” was chosen by Stuart Dybek for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2016 (Queen’s Ferry Press). She blogs at Kathy Fish.

Alicia Gifford is a short story writer with work published in many fine journals that include Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, Best American Erotica, FRiGG, Hobart, PANK, and many other swell places.

Elizabeth P. Glixman is a poet, writer, and artist. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks A White Girl Lynching, Cowboy Writes a Letter & Other Love Poems, The Wonder of It All, and I Am the Flame published by Finishing Line Press. You can read her poetry, fiction, and interviews in numerous print and online publications. Visit her blog, A Writer and Artist in the Moment.

Lydia Copeland Gwyn’s stories and poems have appeared in New World Writing, Elm Leaves Journal, Glimmer Train, The Florida Review, Hermeneutic Chaos, and others. She lives in the woods of East Tennessee with her husband, son, and daughter.

Taylor Hagood is a native of north Mississippi and has lived in Ohio, Tennessee, Germany, and currently south Florida. He has taught at several universities and written books and articles of literary criticism. His fiction has appeared in China Grove, SNReview, and three candles.

Beverly A. Jackson is an award-winning writer, poet, and painter living in Naples, Florida, with work in over 80 venues online and in print, including Zoetrope All-Story Extra, SmokeLong Quarterly, FRiGG, Rattle, and Eclectica. She has been nominated for BASS and the Pushcart Prize. She is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Ink Pot and Lit Pot Press. She edits other writers at “The Lucky Pauper’s Editor” and is SOS editor of the ezine r.kv.r.y Her poetry chapbook Every Burning Thing was published in 2008 (Pudding House Press). Visit her at Beverly A. Jackson.

Christopher James lives, works, and writes in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has been published online in many venues, including Tin House, McSweeney’s, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Wigleaf. He is the editor of Jellyfish Review.

Jessie Janeshek’s second full-length book of poems, The Shaky Phase, is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia, (dancing girl press, 2016), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming, 2017). Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010) is her first full-length collection. An assistant professor of English and the director of writing at Bethany College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). You can read more of her poetry at Jessie Janeshek.

Charles Kell is a Ph.D. student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Lucinda Kempe lives in an Arts and Crafts–style house where she exorcises with words. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in New World Writing, r.kv.r.y., The Summerset Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Jellyfish Review. The recipient of the Joseph Kelly Prize for creative writing in 2015, she’s an M.F.A. candidate in writing and creative literature at Stony Brook University. Her narrative nonfiction, Sam Soss Had Sex, was a semifinalist in Under the Gum Tree’s nonfiction contest in 2016.

Sean Lovelace lives in Indiana, where he teaches in the creative writing program at Ball State University. He often writes about Velveeta (Bateau Press). In his latest work, he helped edit a book for James Franco (New Michigan Press). He has won several national literary awards, including the Crazyhorse Prize for Fiction. He likes to run, far.

Dennis Mahagin is the author of two poetry collections: Grand Mal, from Rebel Satori Press, and Longshot & Ghazal, from Mojave River Press. He also owns five electric bass guitars, one of which is a ’62 Fretless Fender Jazz Bass, from which he occasionally renders sonic facsimiles of seagulls spitting their terrified screams into earnest backdrops of Oregon surf hiss. Can poetry hold a candle to any of this? Meanwhile, Dennis mourns the quote unquote “departures” of Leonard Cohen, Prince, Thom Jones, David Bowie, Billy Mays, & Jaco … oh Jaco … Pastorius.

Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is also the author of the chapbook Apostrophe. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Thrush, PANK, The Baltimore Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Broadsided. She has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a book reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, as well as a co-curator for The Mom Egg VOX Blog Folio.

Bette Pesetsky is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She is the author of two short story collections: Stories Up to a Point and Confessions of a Bad Girl. Her recent fiction is published or forthcoming in Oblong, Chicago Literati, Veritas Review, Litro, Helen: a literary magazine, Sleet, The Moth, Thrice Fiction, and LitMag.

Sam Rasnake’s works have appeared in OCHO, Big Muddy, Spillway, The New Mississippi Review, Wigleaf, Poets/Artists, The Southern Poetry Anthology, MiPOesias Companion 2012, Best of the Web 2009, LUMMOX 2012, BOXCAR Poetry Review Anthology 2, and Dogzplot Flash Fiction 2011. His most recent collection is Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press). He has served as a judge for the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Lynn Reed’s fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, Colorado Review, The MacGuffin, and Whistling Shade, among other places. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from The University of Maryland.

Tammy Robacker graduated from the Rainier Writing Workshop M.F.A. program in creative writing, poetry, at Pacific Lutheran University (2016). She won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript “R.” Her second poetry book, Villain Songs, is forthcoming with ELJ Publications in winter 2017. Tammy published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, in 2009 (Pearle Publications) with a generous Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) grant award for poetry. Tammy’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Alyss, Lumen, Sheila-Na-Gig, Tinderbox, Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, and many more. Tammy was born in Germany, raised in Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Oregon with her fiancé. Visit her website, Tammy Robacker, Poet & Writer.

Behlor Santi lives and writes in Bronx, New York. Her most recent story, “Skinny,” appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Email her at thebxscribbler1980@gmail.com.

Kay Sexton’s fiction has appeared in over 70 anthologies and literary magazines. Her recently published novel, Gatekeeper, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. In addition to being shortlisted, finalist, or winner of many literary competitions (Sunday Times, Bridport, Asham, Glimmer Train, Willesden Herald), she has had two nonfiction books on gardening published.

Noa Sivan was born and raised in Israel and is currently living in Granada, Spain. She is a graphic designer and a writer. Three of her short stories in Hebrew were published in 2005 in an anthology edited by award-winning Israeli author Yitzhak Ben Ner. In 2013 Sivan published a digital book called Semantic Satiation that was translated by Yardenne Greenspan. In 2016 she started writing in English. Her stories were, or will be, published in Jellyfish Review, Eleven Eleven, and r.kv.r.y. Sivan’s first story, “Plaza Trinidad,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Lish Troha writes in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Her work is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast and has been published by Writer’s Digest. She has also been shortlisted by The Australian Book Review and Folio Lit Journal.

Jeremy T. Wilson grew up in Georgia but has called Chicago home since 2001. His work was honored with the 2012 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and has appeared in literary magazines such as The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, Printers Row Journal, Third Coast, and other publications. Currently he teaches creative writing at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Visit him at Jeremy T. Wilson.

Gregory Wolos has published more than 70 short stories in print and online journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, The Pinch, Post Road, Silk Road Review, Nashville Review, A-Minor Magazine, Yemassee, The Baltimore Review, The Madison Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Los Angeles Review, jmww, PANK, Superstition Review, and Zymbol. His stories have earned six Pushcart Prize nominations, and have won contests sponsored by Solstice, the Rubery Book Awards, Gulf Stream, and New South. He lives and writes in Massachusetts on the bank of the Charles River. For full lists of his publications and commendations, visit Gregory J. Wolos.

Joseph Young lives in Baltimore, writing and making things. He hasn’t published a lot recently, but there have been a few stories in magazines like Jellyfish Review, New Flash Fiction Review, and Airgonaut, and in some PDF booklets he’s released online. You can find links to these on his website (joseph young arts), as well as collage and other artwork he’s made, links to his previous collection from Publishing Genius Press, Easter Rabbit; his chapbook, 5 drawings of the maryland sky, from Ink Press Productions; his vampire novel, NAME; and miscellaneous other stuff.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 48 | Fall/Winter 2016 | The Shame Issue