The Farmhouse

CAL LOUISE PHOENIX graduated with a BA in English creative writing and sociology from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Her immediate plans include the pursuit of an MFA in creative writing. She was the winner of Beecher’s 2015 Contest in nonfiction, and her work has appeared in the likes of Gravel, Cactus Heart, the Apeiron Review, HOUND, and Green Blotter, among others. Away from her desk, she enjoys hand-sewing, attends shul, and resists nihilistic self-sabotage. Read more →

Rainbow Valley

CHELSEA HARRIS has appeared, or is forthcoming in, Cigale Literary Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, Habitat Magazine, Quaint Magazine and The Fem. She is also the editorial assistant and event coordinator at Fifth Wednesday Journal. Chelsea received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Read more →

Stranger in the Snow

SHAY SIEGEL is from Long Island, New York. Shay received a B.A. in English from Tulane University in New Orleans where she was a member of the Women’s Tennis Team. She recently completed an MFA in Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has appeared in The Montreal Review, Burning Word, Mouse Tales Press, The Cat’s Meow for Writers and Readers, The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Belleville Park Pages, Black Heart Magazine and Extract(s). Her website is <a href=””></a>. Read more →

Bicycle Rider

WILLIAM WRIGHT was born in Leeds, England. His fiction has previously appeared, or is forthcoming in The Chicago Tribune, The Delmarva Review, Drafthorse and The Rathalla Review; he is also a regular contributor at The Chicago Book Review. William currently lives in Chicago, IL. Read more →


Kevin Maloney is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Cult of Loretta will be published by Lazy Fascist Press in May 2015. His stories have appeared in Hobart, PANK, and Monkeybicycle. Find more at Read more →

For Best Brooklyn Car Service, Call the Eights

ALISON RUTH was a feature writer for the popular music magazines Creem, Rock, Rock Fever, andWavelength. Her short stories have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and have been published in J Journal, Kestrel, Southern Indiana Review, G.W. Review, Tulane Literary Magazine, and forthcoming in Confrontation. Her first novel, Near-Mint Cinderella, published by Aqueous Books in 2014, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her second novel, Starlight Black and the Misfortune Society, was published by Prizm Books in 2015. Read more →