Matthew Bookin lives in Buffalo, NY. His work has been featured in Metazen, Shabby Doll House, The Fat City Review, Keep This Bag Away from Children, and Queen Vic Knives.

Eric Bosse is the author of Magnificent Mistakes, a story collection published by Ravenna Press. His work has appeared in The Sun, Zoetrope, Wigleaf, The Collagist, Frigg, Fiddleblack, and World Literature Today. He teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as both a visiting writer and faculty in residence.

Myfanwy Collins’s debut novel is Echolation (Engine Books, 2012). I Am Holding Your Hand, a collection of her short fiction, is available from [PANK] Books. The Book of Lancy, a YA novel, is out from Lacewing Books.

Trevor Dodge’s work has appeared in publications including The Butter, Little Fiction, CHEAP POP, Juked, Hobart, Metazen, Western Humanities Review, ELJ, and many others. His latest books are The Laws of Average (Widow + Orphan) and He Always Still Tastes Like Dynamite (Subito).

Pia Z. Ehrhardt is the author of Famous Fathers & Other Stories. Her fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Oxford American,, Guernica, The Morning News, and Narrative Magazine. She lives in New Orleans, where she’s a visiting artist at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

Kathy Fish teaches fiction for the Mile High MFA program at Regis University. She also teaches her own intensive Fast Flash workshops online. 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 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, “Strong Tongue,” was recently chosen by Amy Hempel for Best Small Fictions 2017.

Zach Fishel is an outdoor guide, poet, and reservation English teacher residing in North Dakota. His books appear courtesy of Red Paint Hill and Words Dance Press. His poetry has received multiple nominations for Best of the Web and the Pushcart.

Sherrie Flick 
is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, the chapbook I Call This Flirting, and the forthcoming short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016). She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies program.

Avital Gad-Cykman is the author of the flash collection Life In, Life Out, published by Matter Press ( Her stories are upcoming or have been published in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Ambit, CALYX Journal, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Prism International, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. They have also been featured in anthologies such as W. W. Norton’s International Flash Fiction Anthology and The Best of Gigantic. Her work won the Margaret Atwood Society Magazine Prize, was placed first in The Hawthorne Citation Short Story Contest, and was a finalist for Iowa Fiction Award for story collections twice. She lives in Brazil.

Lydia Copeland Gwyn’s stories and poems have appeared in New World Writing, Jellyfish Review, NANO Fiction, Glimmer Train, The Florida Review, Appalachian Heritage, and others. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband, son, and daughter.

Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. Her debut novel, Up from the Blue, was published by HarperCollins in 2010 and has been selected as a Great Group Reads pick (by the Women’s National Book Association), and outstanding softcover release (by NPR), a Prime Reads pick (by HarperCollins New Zealand), and Top 10 of 2010 (by Robert Gray of Shelf Awareness), and 2012 Book Club Choice (by the American Library Association), and a favorite reads feature on the Rosie O’Donnell show. Susan blogs at and is finishing her second novel.

Brandon Hobson has won a Pushcart Prize, and his novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, is forthcoming from Soho Press in 2018. He is also the author of Deep Ellum, Desolation of Avenues Untold, and The Levitationist. His writing has appeared in such places as Conjunctions, NOON, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Post Road, and elsewhere.

Tiff Holland is a professor of English at Austin Community College. Her work has recently appeared in New World WritingFRiGG, and Conjectures. She has work forthcoming in Memoir.

Jeff Landon lives with his scattered family (one wife, one daughter in college and the other out of college) and (new) dog in Richmond, Virginia. He has published a novella, Emily Avenue (Fast Forward Press), and a chapbook of short fiction, Truck Dance (Matter Press). His stories, online and print, have appeared in Mississippi Review, Crazyhorse, FRiGG, Another Chicago Magazine, Wigleaf, and other places.

Gregory Lawless’s poems have appeared in such places as Pleiades, The National Poetry Review, The Journal, Third Coast, Sonora Review, The Cincinnati Review, La Petite Zine, Cider Press Review, and many others. He is the author of I Thought I Was New Here (BlazeVOX, 2009) and Foreclosure (Back Pages Publishers, 2013).

Paul Lisicky is the author of four books including The Burning House and Unbuilt Projects. His works has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Ploughshares, Post Road, Tin House, Unstuck, and other publications. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A memoir, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and a collection of short fiction, Asunder. He lives in Brooklyn.

Michael A. Martone is a professor at The Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996. He is the author of more than a dozen books. His 2005 work, Michael Martone, is an investigation of form and autobiography. It was originally written as a series of contributor’s notes for various publications. His literary forte is “false biographies.”

Bobbie Ann Mason wrote the much-anthologized story Shiloh. Her novel In Country is widely taught in classrooms, and her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest novel is The Girl in the Blue Beret, about World War II and the ways it is remembered.

Kathleen McGookey’s work has appeared in journals including Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Field, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, The Prose Poem:  An International Journal, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Rhino, Seneca Review, and West Branch.  Her book Heart in a Jar was published by White Pine Press in Spring 2017.  She has also published two other books of poems,  two chapbooks and a book of translations of French poet Georges Godeau’s prose poems.

Paul Myette’s fiction has appeared in Apt Literary Magazine and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English, Paul is currently at work on his first novel. He lives with his wife and children in Byfield, MA and works as a teacher and kayak guide.

Darlin Neal is author os the story collections Elegant Punk (Press 53, 2012) and Rattlesnakes & The Moon (Press 53, 2010). She is the 2011 winner of DH Lawrence Fellowship from the Taos Summer Writer’s Conference, their highest honor. Her short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Eleven Eleven, The Mississippi Review, Puerto del Sol, and Best of the Web. Neal is a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts, Henfield Prize, and Frank Waters Fiction Fellowship recipient. Her first collection, Rattlesnakes & The Moon, was nominated for numerous awards including The Story Prize and The Pen Faulkner Award. Her short stories and nonfiction have been nominated a dozen times for the Pushcart Prize. She is an assistant professor of creative writing in the University of Central Florida’s MFA program.

Dave Newman is the author of five books, most recently Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (Broken River Books, 2017) and The Poem Factory (White Gorilla, 2015). He lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.

Thomas O’Connell is a librarian living on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, where is his the 2015-2016 poet laureate. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Caketrain, The Los Angeles Review, The Broken Plate, and Blue Earth Review, as well as other print and online journals.

Pamela Painter is the author of four story collections: the award-winning Getting to Know the Weather, The Long and Short of It, Ways to Spend the Night, and the flash collection Wouldn’t You Like To Know. She is also co-author of What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Great Jones Street, Harper’s, Five Points, SmokeLong Quarterly, and ThreePenny Review, among others, and in the flash anthologies, Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Microfiction. Painter’s flash stories are forthcoming in The Best Short Fiction of 2017 and New Micro Fiction 2018. Painter has received grants from The Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, has won three Pushcart Prizes and Agni Review‘s The John Cheever Award for Fiction. Her flash stories have been presented on National Public Radio, and on the YouTube channel, CRONOGEO. Her work has also been staged by WordTheatre who presented Painter’s stories in Los Angeles, London, and New York.

Ted Pelton is the author of four books, most recently the novella Bartleby, the Sportscaster. He’s been writing stories about a woodchuck for about seven years now, which have appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Yellow Edenwald Field, and Gargoyle, among other venues. He is the founder and publisher of Starcherone Books and a Professor of Humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo.

Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review) and a Contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Author of four books in philosophy, Percesepe’s poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in Story Quarterly, N + 1, Salon, Mississippi Review, The Millions, Brevity, PANK, Metazen, The Brooklyner, and other places. He is the author of falling, a collection of poetry, and Itch, a collection of flash fiction, both available from Pure Slush Books. His collection of short stories, Why I Did the Grocery Girl, is forthcoming from Aqueous Books. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Jennifer Pieroni grew up in a small, rural town in central Massachusetts, studied writing at Emerson College in Boston, and now lives on the north shore of the state with her husband and son. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Guernica, Wigleaf, and PANK. She served for more than a decade as the founding editor of Quick Fiction and currently works as a grant writer in the nonprofit sector. Her book Danceland is forthcoming in 2014 from Queen’s Ferry Press. Visit her at

Peter Ramos’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse, Fugue, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review (online), and other journals. He is the author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost (BlazeVOX Books, 2008) and three shorter collections of verse: Television Snow (Back Pages Books, 2014), Watching Late-Night Hitchcock and Other Poems (handwritten press 2004), and Short Waves (White Eagle Coffee Store Press 2003). His criticism has appeared in MELUS, College Literature, The Faulkner Journal, The CEA Critic, Mandorla, Verse, Pleiades, and Poetry Daily. As associate professor of English at Buffalo State, Peter teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.

Matthew Roberson is the author of three books, 1998.6, Impotent, and the forthcoming List. He also edited the collection of critical essays, Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, MI with his family and is Professor of English at Central Michigan University.

Gail Louise Siegel’s stories have appeared in journals from Ascent to Agni, to Wigleaf and Post Road. She has an MFA from Bennington College.

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays, and his work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and The Best Short Fictions. He’s worked with independent publishers to put out five story collections, three novels, two essay collections, and one work of creative nonfiction. His most recent books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53), Communion (essays, Dock Street Press–a collection which includes “After School”), and Slaughterhouse-Five, Bookmarked (creative nonfiction, Ig Publishing). His next novel, Lovepain, will be released by Braddock Avenue Press in 2018.

William R. Soldan graduated with his BA in English from Youngstown State University and is currently a student in the Northeast Ohio MFA program, where he studies Fiction Writing. He’s previously had work published in venues such as The Raw Alternative, Quail Bell, Sanitarium, The Fictioneer, Floyd County Moonshine, and others. He also recently attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute on a full scholarship. Currently, he is working on his thesis, a collection of linked stories he hopes to publish in the near future. You can follow him on Twitter @RustWriter1 or find him on Facebook (as Bill Soldan).

Kaysi Stepien is currently attending Buffalo State College and will graduate with a writing degree and business major. She works full time at Harlequin Publishers and writes in her spare time.

Ed Taylor is the author of the novel Theo (2014), the poetry collection Idiogest, and the poetry chapbook The Rubaiyat of Hazmat. His fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia; and in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K.

Peter Tiernan has an MFA in fiction from Boise State University and an MA in nonfiction from Northern Arizona University. He’s originally from Maine and now lives in Idaho, where he works and plays in the outdoors.

Girija Tropp has been published in Agni, Mississippi Review, Boston Review (prizewinner 2001), and Best Australian Stories. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, and was most recently published in Solstice Magazine.

Diane Vickers is a freelance web and graphic designer who lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Joan Wilking’s short fiction has been published in The Atlantic, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Ascent, The MacGuffin, Hobart, The Huffington Post, The Santa Fe Writer’s Project Journal, and many other literary magazines and anthologies online and in print. Her story, Deer Season, was an award-winning finalist for the 2010 Nelson Algren Short Story Competition of the Chicago Tribune. Her non-fiction has been published in Brevity and The Manifest Station. When she’s not writing, she’s designing. She designed the template and covers for these first two issues of ELJ. She has a web site, which she also designed:

Lex Williford has taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University, the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and the University of Alabama. His book, Macauley’s Thumb, won the 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals. Coeditor, with Michael Martone, of the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction and founding director of the online MFA at the University of Texas at El Paso, he currently chairs UTEP’s on-campus bilingual creative writing program. Visit his web site at

Amy Day Wilkinson teaches writing in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program. Recent fiction has appeared in Jabberwock Review, and recent essays about books and authors have appeared in The Missouri Review and online at Bloom.

Steven Wingate is a multi-genre author whose award-winning and internationally-exhibited work ranges from fiction to interactive digital media and gaming. His short story collection Wifeshopping was selected by Amy Hempel as winner of the Bakeless Prize in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; it was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2008 and translated into Bulgarian in 2012. His interactive memoir daddylabyrinth premiered in 2014 at the ArtScience Museum of Singapore, and his interactive film Talk with Your Hands Like an Ellis Island Mutt premiered in Hong Kong in 2016. His interactive novel Boulderpeople is forthcoming from Choice of Games in early 2018. He is currently an associate professor of English at South Dakota State University.