Author Pages

José Angel Araguz

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and author of six chapbooks as well as the collection Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in RHINO Poetry, New South, and The Volta Blog. A current PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence. A second collection, Small Fires, is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press.

Noah Stetzer

Noah Stetzer is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and also a scholarship recipient from the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers & from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.  Born & raised in Pittsburgh PA, he currently lives in the Washington DC metro area.

Amy Strauss Friedman

Amy Strauss Friedman teaches English at Harper College and at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.  She earned her MA in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University.  Amy is a regular contributor to the newspaper Newcity and a staff writer at Yellow Chair Review. Her work has appeared in Kentucky Review, Red Paint Hill, FLAPPERHOUSE, Lunch Ticket and elsewhere.  

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David Oppegaard

David Oppegaard is the author of the MN Book Award finalist The Firebug of Balrog County, the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide CollectorsAnd the Hills Opened Up , and Wormwood, Nevada. David's newest book, The Town Built on Sorrow, comes out this September from Flux. 

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Brian Beatty

Brian Beatty’s jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, The Chattahoochee Review, The Cimarron Review, Conduit, Dark Mountain (England), Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Elephant Journal, elimae, The Evergreen Review, Forklift Ohio, Glasgow Review of Books, The Good Men Project, Great Walks (Australia), Gulf Coast, Hobart, Juked, McSweeney’s, Midwestern Gothic, The Moth (Ireland), Opium, Paper Darts, Phoebe, Poetry City USA, The Quarterly, Revolver, RHINO, Sequestrum, Seventeen, The Southern Poetry Review, 

Sayantani Dasgupta

Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta teaches at the University of Idaho. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Phoebe, and Gulf Stream, among other magazines and literary journals. Honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and a Centrum Fellowship. Sayantani edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review and her debut collection of essays Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between has just been released. 

Kennedy Gisege

Kennedy Gisege is incarcerated at Stillwater Prison in Minnesota where he is serving a 40-year sentence. He is a writer and poet with three published eBooks: Fingers, Lies and Omens; Dear Bo; and Nelson Mandela: The Goodest Person Ever under the pen name Ken Amen.

Donald Gecewicz

Donald Gecewicz is a playwright, poet, and translator and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His play All-American Boy was a finalist in the 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical contest, after being a semifinalist in the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He and Kristina Schramm cowrote a four-episode comedy of antiquity called The Romans, in which he appeared as a household god. Magic Lantern was part of “In the Works” playwright-in-residence program sponsored by the City of Chicago.

Merie Kirby

Merie Kirby is the author of The Dog Runs On (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Thumbelina Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). In September 2014 she was a participant in Tupelo Press’s online 30/30 Project. She is a 2013 recipient of a North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship.

Kyle William McGinn

Kyle McGinn is a poet. His work has appeared in Outrageous Fortune, Poetry City, USA, and Prologue. In 2012 he placed as a semi-finalist for the Norman Mailer College Poetry Award. He published a chapbook, Pennies, with Red Bird Chapbooks in 2014. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.