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  • About the Contributors

Jacob M. Appel ( is the author of the novels The Biology of Luck (Elephant Rock) and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up (Cargo). His fourth collection of short stories, Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets, was published by Black Lawrence. Jacob teaches creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and practices medicine in New York City.

Jane Bernstein’s most recent books include the memoirs Bereft—A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. She is also an essayist, a lapsed screenwriter, and a member of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Read some of her shorter work at

William Bradley is the author of Fractals, a collection of personal essays now available from Lavender Ink.

Michael Chaney is the editor of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and has been a guest editor for the Comix Folio of Drunken Boat. His writing appears or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, Epiphany, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. He lives in Vermont.

Dawn S. Davies ( has an MFA from Florida International University (FIU). She was the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Gabehart Prize for nonfiction, and her essay collection, Mothers of Sparta, received the 2015 FIU University Graduate School Provost Award for Best Creative Project. Her work can be found in River Styx, Brain, Child [End Page 217] Magazine, Hippocampus, Cease, Cows, Saw Palm, Ninth Letter, Green Mountains Review, Chautauqua, previous issues of Fourth Genre, and elsewhere.

Mimi Dixon is professor emeritus of English at Wittenberg University in Ohio, where she taught Shakespeare and writing. Winner of the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize, and a finalist for the 2014 Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction, her essays have appeared most recently in The Journal and The Pinch. This essay, “Anesthesia,” is from her just completed book of essays titled Background Music.

Mira Dougherty-Johnson is a librarian and an MFA candidate in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton. Her work has been published in The Southampton Review, The Southeast Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Vela. Her current projects include Recapitulation Theory, a meditation on how stories are collected and shared; Station Island, a coming-of-age novel for young adults; and Here There Is No Place That Does Not See You,a travelogue chronicling her family’s challenges and adventures during a Fulbright year in Germany.

Anne-Julie Dufour (DEC Lettres, Collège de Chicoutimi; B. Ens., Université Laval) is a Grade 3 teacher in Québec City, Canada, and is currently completing a graduate degree in education management. In her class, she uses innovative pedagogical approaches to literacy to promote children’s interest in reading as well as their creativity. When her busy life slows down a bit, she particularly enjoys reading Québécois novels.

Denise Duhamel and Julie Marie Wade have published collaborative essays in Arts and Letters, Bellingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Connotation Press, Green Mountains Review, Nimrod, No Tokens, Passages North, poemmemoirstory, Quarter After Eight, Saint Ann’s Review, So to Speak, StoryQuarterly, and Tupelo Quarterly.

Denise Duhamel is the author, most recently, of Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005), and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001.) Her work has been anthologized [End Page 218] widely and has appeared in literary magazines such as American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, and New Ohio Review. She was the guest editor for The Best American Poetry 2013.

Julie Marie Wade is the author, most recently, of When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014) and Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Bywater Books, 2014; Colgate University Press, 2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir. Her other books include Postage Due: Poems and Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), and the forthcoming collections SIX (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016). She has received...


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