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Kara Arguello was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives, lawyers and writes in San Jose, California. Her work has appeared in Allegheny Literary Journal, Snail Mail Review and Aperçus Quarterly.

Sara Backer, author of the novel, American Fuji, has been awarded Norton Island and Djerassi Artist Residencies. Her recent poems, stories, and plays are out or forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Pedestal Magazine, Clockhouse Review, Ellipsis, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. She lived in Costa Rica in the early 1980s and still misses the beach.

Mary Lou Buschi’s poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, Indiana Review, The Collagist, Pank, Swink, Dark Sky, RHINO, SIR, among others. Her poems are forthcoming in Gargoyle, and Rhino (2012). Mary Lou is a full-time special education teacher in the Bronx. This is her first appearance in cream city review.

Fred Cardin grew up in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, lived in California for thirteen years. Like many twelve-year-old boys in 1960, he wanted to be an astronaut.

Josh Collins grew up in Alabama. His work appears or is forthcoming in > kill author, Quick Fiction, Requited, Silent Media, and elsewhere. He is the Fiction Editor at Precipitate: Journal of the New Environmental Imagination. He and his wife, Emily, live in Saint Paul, MN.

Claudia Cortese’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2011, Crazyhorse, Rattle, DIAGRAM, and Third Coast, among others. She lives and teaches in New Jersey, where she is completing a book of poetry that explores trauma, myth, fairy tales, and girlhood. [End Page 220]

Colleen Coyne has a hard time answering the question, “where are you from?” She is a freelance writer and editor, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Handsome, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Drunken Boat, dislocate, Caesura, Midway Journal, Pebble Lake Review, qarrtsiluni, and elsewhere.

Gary Dop lives with his wife and three daughters in Minneapolis. He received a Special Mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize Anthology, his essays have aired on public radio’s All Things Considered, and his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Agni, New Letters, Rattle, and North American Review, among others.

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 12 books including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994–2014 (BOA Editions), and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions) which was a finalist for Binghamton U’s literary prize for the best book by a poet over 40. He works in a pool hall, in a warehouse stacking shit and teaches creative writing part-time at Cleveland State University.

Elisa Fernández-Arias is a writer and translator, and Poetry Editor of Apogee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Concho River Review, cream city review, Puerto del Sol, and Roanoke Review, among other publications. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University.

Andy Fitch’s forthcoming books include Pop Poetics: Reframing Joe Brainard (Dalkey Archive Press) and Sixty Morning Walks (Ugly Duckling Presse). In 2013, Ugly Duckling will publish his Mirror Staged: Sixty Interviews with Contemporary Poets. Fitch teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA program. [End Page 221]

Kris French is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts where she studies fine art including painting, drawing, and experimental mixed media. Her artwork is influenced by abstractions, the human subconscious, and pop culture.

Leonore Hildebrandt has published poetry and translations in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cerise Press, the Denver Quarterly, and the Quercus Review, among other journals. Her letterpress chapbook, The Work at Hand (2011) is available through Flat Bay Press, and a first book of poems, The Next Unknown, is forthcoming in 2012 with Pecan Grove Press. A member of the Flat Bay Collective, she teaches writing at the University of Maine and serves as an editor for the Beloit Poetry Journal.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Atlantic Monthly, ZZYZVA, Calyx, and elsewhere. She is winner of the 2005 cream...


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