Contributors’ Notes


Emily Barrios is a writer with more than 30 years’ experience in broadcast news, marketing communications and magazine journalism. Her memoir “Nub: Story of an Ex-Cripple” was published in 2007.

Ted Chile’s work has recently appeared in The Abacot Journal, Pitkin Review, and The Binnacle. Four of his short stories were adapted and performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles in September 2007. His story "Knife" won the 2008 Midnight Sun Fiction Contest at Permafrost, published by the MFA program at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Stefanie Freele’s Recent and forthcoming work can be found in Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Literary Mama, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Westview, Frigg, Boston Literary Review, Permafrost, Hobart, and Contrary. Her short story collection "Feeding Strays" was published by Lost Horse Press in 2009.

Karen George’s work has appeared in Arts Across Kentucky, The Cortland Review, The Barcelona Review, Drexel Online Journal, Timber Creek Review, and Wind Magazine.  She has been awarded grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women and The Kentucky Arts Council, and was selected co-winner of the Janice Holt Giles Award by Lee Smith.  She received an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in 2006.

Jesse Goolsby’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Our Stories, Harpur Palate, Storyglossia, Breakwater Review, Paradigm, Vestal Review, Stirring, War, Literature & the Arts, Oak Bend Review, and various anthologies. His short fiction piece “Touch” received the 2010 Richard Bausch Short Fiction Prize, and his story “Derrin of the North” won the 2009 John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction.  His various projects can be viewed at

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in anthologies and in dozens of literary and speculative publications, from Alaska Quarterly Review and Arts & Letters to Weird Tales. Her latest novel, "Journey to Bom Goody," concerns strange doings in the Amazon. She lives in New York City with her dog Booker Prize and cat Pulitzer.

Aubrey Hirsch holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared most recently in the Minnetonka Review, Annalemma and the Summerset Review. She was also honored as a finalist in Glimmer Train's Spring Fiction Open. She currently teaches creative writing at Chatham University and at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Lori Huth lives, writes, teaches, gardens, and mothers in Western New York. Her story “El Corazon” was selected as a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction award (February, 2009). She is currently working on the 3rd draft of her novel, “Reckless Belief”.

Ben Loory lives in Los Angeles, in a house on top of a hill. His fables and tales have appeared in Barrelhouse, Wigleaf, Knock, The Delinquent, A Cappella Zoo, and more. His book "Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day" is currently seeking a home. He can be found on Facebook, or writing creative non-fiction at