Author Pages

Andrew Bode-Lang

Andrew Bode-Lang earned his MFA in creative writing at the University of Arizona. His short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Epoch, The Greensboro ReviewHarpur PalateNew Orleans Review, Passages North, Poetry East, and Rattle. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Katie, and their daughter.

Anika Fajardo

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her writing has been recognized with awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center. Her memoir manuscript was a finalist for the Bakless Literary Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications such as  Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Mama, Hippocampus Magazine and in anthologies including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction and Sky Blue Water: Great Stories for Young Readers.

Paul Van Dyke

Paul Van Dyke is an Army veteran of Iraq and a recipient of the Purple Heart. His work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, War, Literature, & the Arts, O-Dark Thirty, and Revolver. He is currently working on a memoir about his time in Iraq, and a novel about professional wrestling.

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.

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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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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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.