AUTHOR BIOS

Find out more about the amazing authors featured in Fast Forward Press’s Fifth Anthology: Flash 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse, published in September 2012.

Andy Bailey  Originally from Boise, Idaho, Andy Bailey now lives in Los Angeles. He makes a living as an English teacher, after stints working on a cruise ship, as a waiter at Lotsa Pasta, and as a phone book deliverer. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in various print and online journals, and his website is memyselfandrew.com.

Amy Braziller is a former punk rocker, banjo twanging foodie, and an English faculty member at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, CO.  Her writing muses and demons travel the spheres of flash fiction/nonfiction and personal essays. Amy blogs about food, film, music, GLBT issues, and social media distractions at amybraziller.blogspot.com.

Nick Busheff is best known as a professional musician and composer.  For two years he was music director of The Wilderness Ensemble and in 2010 directed a musical production of Kurt Weill music called, Brecht on Brecht.  His music was featured in the films Angel on Fire (Moondance Film Festival) and Mighty King of Love.  Busheff scored and co-produced Nancy Stohlman’s The Monster Opera which premiered in Denver on April 1, 2011.  This is Nick’s first official literary publication.

Paul Corman-Roberts writes the monthly column “Dispatches From Atlantis” for Red Fez online and edits fiction for Full of Crow online.  He is the author of the poetry collection “Neocom(muter)” (Tainted Coffee Press, 2009 http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/taintedcoffeepress/neocommuter.html).  His first collection of fiction; “Sometimes You Invent New Words For Old Losses” is forthcoming from Tainted Coffee Press in 2012.

Jonathan Danielson is from Arizona, but currently lives in northern California. He is an organ donor and is exceptionally mediocre at fantasy football. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco.

Evon Davis has a strong Neptunian influence in her astrological chart, bringing the ability to live in a world of fantasy or delusion.  She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in political science and economics, but wasn’t enough of a deluded nut case to work in politics, so instead chose to become a fantasy writer.

Chris Duggan has worked in newspaper journalism and public relations since 1989. He is a recent graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where he lives with his kids, Laura and Nick. He was a nominee for the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Project, and his work has also appeared in the spring 2011 issue of Stymie, the journal of sport and literature–http://issuu.com/stymiemag/docs/stymiemag_ss11

Mark Fallon is from Dublin, Ireland. He has been living in the U.S. since 1990. He has an undergraduate degree in literature from Florida International University, and is in the process of completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where he lives with his boyfriend of 25 years, Conall, and their two crazy dogs, Una and Manus.

Roberta Hartling Gates received an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Work of hers has been published in Fourth Genre, Confrontation, Other Voices, The Louisville Review and other literary magazines.  Her novel “Night Belongs to the Enemy” was a finalist in the New Rivers Press contest in 2011.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and family and is now at work on a novel about Vichy France.

Drew Hetzel Here Drew Hetzel has decided on “Drew Hetzel” because we know him as Drew Hetzel here here. Drew Hetzel lives there in Oakland, the oakland there in the San Francisco Bay Area, the once home of Gretrude Stein and Jack Kerouac and Jack London where Drew Hetzel found there is a there there where he writes, teaches, and turns turning chunky oak tree chunks into bowls. Drew Hetzel received an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics there in Boulder Colorado. There.

Adam Hofbauer’s work has been featured in magazines and journals in the United States, England and Scotland.  He attended the MFA fiction program at San Francisco State University.  He lives in San Francisco.  His work can be found at www.theoverpicture.com.

Bryan Jansing has been writing flash fiction for over a decade. “Grand Love” was published in Parole in Corsa III 2005 (Full Color Sound), “Cold Feet” was a finalist in Glimmer Train (2006), “Spazadura” published in Fast Forward Vol. 1 (2008), “La Festa” Fast Forward Vol. 2 (2009), “Like Clumps of Dried Dirt”, “Bridge Party” and “A Number on Reality” Fast Forward Vol. 3, The Mix Tape (2010) which was the finalist for the Colorado Book Awards and “I Can’t Fly Fat” published in Monkey Puzzle Press (2010). He has also published in The Arkansas Valley Journal, INsite and Women’s Business Chronicles.

John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois. His first collection of composite stories The House of Order is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. His writing has also been featured in the Acentos Review, the Copper Nickel Review as well as in the Antique Children Arts Journal; in Fogged Clarity Arts Journal, InDigest Magazine and Verdad Magazine; Polyphony Online, Paraphilia Magazine, Sleet Magazine and forthcoming in Palabra Magazine.

Nate Jordon has a love/hate thing with words. He occasionally publishes those written by others. Occasionally he burns his own. He points to the moon. He holds a BA in English from California State University and an MFA in Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School. He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Monkey Puzzle Press and author of The Weekender.

Myra King lives on the coast of South Australia. She has written a number of prize winning short stories, including a first prize in the UK-based Global-Short-Story- Competition, and has a short story collection published by Ginninderra Press. In 2010 her short story, The Black Horse, was shortlisted for the US Glass Woman Prize. And in 2011 her story, The Trousseau Box, was selected story of the week in Short Story America. Her novel, Cyber Rules, published by Certys  is available on Amazon. All royalties from this book are being donated to Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders. Among other print journals, her work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, The Valley Review, San Pedro River Review, Herons Nest, Fast Forward Press and The Foundling Review.

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State.  His work appears widely in print and online.  You can find him at lenkuntz.blogspot.com

Donna Laemmlen is an award-winning screenwriter, most recently having won Best Animation Feature Screenplay at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles. She teaches in the graduate film program at the Academy of Art University, and earned her MFA in fiction at the University of San Francisco. Her stories can be found in Slice magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, Switchback Literary Journal, and elsewhere.

As a child Sonja Larsen went to 11 different elementary schools and lived in several communes and a cult. As an adult she has worked as a telephone solicitor, bartender, freelance writer, teacher, and currently as a youth worker in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods. She has a lot of stories. Her work has been published in Room, Emerge, Zygote, and the Globe and Mail as well as on the web most recently in This Literary Magazine. Her website is www.sonjabegonia.com ‘

Susan Lewis is the author of “How To Be Another@ (Cervena Barva Press, 2012), “At Times Your Lines” (Argotist e-Books, 2012), ASome Assembly Required@ (Dancing Girl Press, 2011), ACommodity Fetishism,@ winner of the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Poetry Award, and AAnimal Husbandry@ (Finishing Line Press, 2008).  Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in a great number of journals, including Atlanta Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boog City, Cimarron Review, Eclipse, The New Orleans Review, Phoebe, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse (online), and Verse Daily.  She is Poetry Editor of the Mad Hatters’ Review and co-edits the Mad Hatters’ Review Blog. Her website is www.susanlewis.net.

Christopher Linforth is the editor of The Anthem Guide to Short Fiction (Anthem Press, 2011). He also has work published or forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Denver QuarterlyNotre Dame ReviewPermafrost,Chicago Quarterly ReviewCamas, and other literary journals. He can be found at christopherlinforth.wordpress.com

Thomas Kearnes is a 36-year-old author from East Texas, He has published nearly 100 stories in print and online. His debut collection of short fiction, Pretend I’m Not Here, publishes at Musa Press in 2013.

John Kuebler has worked as a box loader, bartender, dishwasher, film reviewer, ski lift operator, jeep guide, grease slinger, van driver, grant writer, CPR instructor, cashier, security guard, stage actor, laundry folder, and housepainter, among other exciting occupations. A Kansas City boy, born and raised, I currently live in Denver where I work as a bookseller and old waiter, and where I write, of course, all the time, in the face of rejection and self-doubt, imagining a time when I will no longer work—a time that will surely never come.

Teresa Milbrodt grew up in northwest Ohio where she developed an odd affinity for Midwestern gray skies.  She received two Master’s degrees and a heavy dose of disillusionment, and was then permitted to move to the Rocky Mountains and become a professor of creative writing.  She lives in small-town Colorado with her Trekkie husband and co-dependent cat, and is still adjusting to absurdly sunny January days.  Teresa isthe author of a short story collection, BEARDED WOMEN: STORIES, published by Chizine Publications.  Links to her work and information on her book can be found at www.teresamilbrodt.com.

B F Moloney is a bookseller who has a poetry blog B F Moloney Poems. The author lives in the beautiful and serene island state of Tasmania. He is a post graduate in Writing and Literature and has poetry and flash fiction published in various Australian and overseas magazines.

Nicholas B. Morris was born and raised in Arkansas but never felt at home until he moved to Colorado. He has creative writing degrees from Arkansas Tech University and Naropa’s Kerouac School. He’s edited the literary journals Nebo and Bombay Gin. His most recent work has appeared in Danse Macabre and Monkey Puzzle. His first collection of short stories, Tapeworm, is available from Monkey Puzzle Press. A third-generation ordained minister, he occasionally performs secular weddings in exchange for whiskey. He teaches writing and lives and plays in Denver with his partner Alyssa Piccinni. He’s working on a novel (who isn’t?).Tapeworm available here: http://monkeypuzzlepress.com/books/tapeworm-2/

Bernard O’Rourke is a writer and freelance journalist based in Dublin. His short stories have featured in The Infection anthology – a collection of short stories set in a post-pandemic world of the undead published in 2011 by Pantoum Press – and 30 Under 30 – a collection of prose and poetry by young Irish writers, published by Wordlegs in 2012. His short stories have also been published in The Linnet’s Wings, Outburst, and Wordlegs. You can find him on twitter (@guyserious), where his witty tweets go mostly unappreciated.

Matthew Purdy’s work has appeared in journals such as One Story, the Mid-American Review, the Mississippi Review and Quick Fiction, as well as the 2005 edition of Best New American Voices.  He is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award and holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing.  Currently, he lives, writes and teaches in Boston.

Terry Persun is a full-time writer, and has published two poetry collections, six poetry chapbooks, and six novels through small, independent presses. His latest novel, “Cathedral of Dreams” is a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and his literary novel, “Sweet Song” won a Silver IPPY Award. Terry’s poems and short stories have been published in numerous independent and university journals, including Wisconsin Review, Yarrow, Riverrun, NEBO, Oyez Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Owen Wister Review, Kansas Quarterly, Rag Mag, Poet Lore, Whiskey Island, Colorado-North Review, Widener Review, Context South and many others. Website: http://www.TerryPersun.com

Chris Ransick, appointed Denver Poet Laureate in 2006, is the author of four books, including Never Summer, which won a Colorado Book Award for poetry, and A Return To Emptiness, a Colorado Book Award fiction finalist. Chris worked as assistant to the editors of the definitive anthology, The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology and has been teaching at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver since 2005. He has served as a member of PEN USA’s Freedom to Write Committee, and closer to home, spent eight years on his local public library board. His new collection of poems, Language for the Living and the Dead, is forthcoming in 2012 from Conundrum Press, which will also issue new editions of all his previous books.

Lee Reilly  As a writer, Lee Reilly started her career with a moving brochure on plastic fencing. Since then, she has published two nonfiction books, several award-winning literary essays, and dozens of articles; for several years, she answered scores of questions from readers of Vegetarian Times on timely subjects, such as whether herbs can cure balding (they can’t) and whether cows explode when they’re not they’re milked (they don’t). Her fiction has been recognized by Writers at Work and A Room of Her Own. She has many degrees, but the best is an MFA from Vermont College. Link to:  www.leereilly.com

Sacha Siskonen lives in Chicago where she teaches and studies writing and literature. Her work has recently appeared in Word Riot and Qwerty. Her poetry chapbook, Turbulence, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.

Jennifer Springsteen is the co-founder of PDX Writers. (http://www.pdxwriters.com) She is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists method of workshop and the editor of Voicecatcher 4. She received the 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship for fiction, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her publications include National Public Radio’s 3 Minute Fiction Contest, Wordstock 10, Bloodroot and others. She has published newsletters and educational manuals with Washington State’s department of education, and edited a wide range of work from screenplays to fantasy novels.

Nancy Stohlman’s books include Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and Live From Palestine. Her work has been published in over 30 journals, anthologies and magazines nationally and internationally, and she has been featured in a dozen cities and events ranging from the New York Public Library to the Aspen Literary Festival. Her latest project, The Monster Opera, co-written with composer Nick Busheff, premiered in 2011.  She lives in Denver, where she is a writing professor and the lead singer for Kinky Mink. Visit her website at www.nancystohlman.com

Andrew R. Touhy is the recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills’ Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize. He is a nominee for inclusion in Best New American Voices, and his chapbook, “Designs for a Magician’s Top Hat,” was named a finalist for the 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. His work has appeared in Conjunctions (The Kin Issue, out now!), New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, The Collagist, and other magazines. He currently teaches at the Academy of Art University and The Writing Salon.

Chase Townsley  In regards to S C Townsley, here are some words: brain set to remix plus shuffle; color challenged; expert fuck-up; fearer of alien abduction, crustaceans, deep water, fingernail snags, fish, man-made locomotive devices, most people and socially-derived situations, precarious heights, and sharks; fountain of excitable emotions; joy maggot/chestburster; logical to a fault; lover of loud beauty; native to Kansas; passionate dreamer; pet psychic, human empathic; painter of questionably bad art; quintuple entendre achiever; rearranging addict; solo lyric belter; undeniable vindictive streak; utilizer of the run-on sentence; walker and talker of the backwards path; wild whistler, but also mildly tone deaf.

Maureen Traverse grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University, where she grew her stories long and wild. She has since moved to New York City and trimmed down her stories to fit inside of her apartment. Her work has appeared in the online journals DOGZPLOT, Staccato Fiction, and Elimae.

Trotter, a member of the original Fatboy crew based out of Santa Cruz, CA, continues his charmed life in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, and has a lot of awesome friends who like to eat and drink a lot, which is (probably) why he doesn’t have more publications. That and a wife who likes “quality time” and a daughter who “needs to be fed.” Trotter is English Faculty at Arapahoe Community College and writes in the genres of flash fiction, flash plays, short story and fiction. He also writes poetry, but it’s not all that good unless it is performed. Then it is good.

Meg Tuite’s writing has appeared in numerous journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, 34th Parallel, Epiphany, JMWW, One, the Journal, Monkeybicycle and Boston Literary Magazine. She has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press. She is the author of Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, Disparate Pathos (2012) Monkey Puzzle Press and has edited and co-authored The Exquisite Quartet Anthology-2011, stories from her monthly column, Exquisite Quartet published in Used Furniture Review. Her books can be purchased at: http://www.megtuite.com Her blog: http://megtuite.wordpress.com.

J.P. Vallieres lives in North Idaho with his family.  His most recent work can be found in Grey Magazine, Whitefish Review, and North American Review.

Robert Vaughan leads writing roundtables at Redbird- Redoak Writing. His prose and poetry is found in numerous journals. His short fiction, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” was a finalist in the Micro-Fiction Awards 2012. He is a fiction editor at JMWW, and Lost in Thought magazines. He hosts Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM’s Lake Effect. His book, Flash Fiction Fridays, is at Amazon. His poetry chapbook, Microtones, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. His blog: http://rgv7735.wordpress.com.

Erin Virgil is a poet and collage artist living in northern Colorado. She has an MFA from Naropa University and is currently working on several small projects, more collage than poetry. If you’d like to read some of her other work, she has a poetry book and a comic book for sale at Amazon, and occasionally posts at this blog: emvlovely@wordpress.com.

John Sibley Williams is the author of six chapbooks, winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. He has served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for various presses and authors, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. A few previous publishing credits include: Inkwell, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, Ellipsis, Flint Hills Review, and various fiction and poetry anthologies.

Kathryn Winograd is a poet and essayist. Her book, Air Into Breath, won the Colorado Book Award for poetry. Recent and forthcoming publications include Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, River Teeth, Puerto del Sol, Chautauqua, and Literary Mama. More information is available at www.kathrynwinograd.com.

Kirby Wright is the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in the islands.  He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii.  He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. links: http://www.amazon.com/PUNAHOU-BLUES-Hawaiian-Novel-ebook/dp/B0026L5LGE http://www.amazon.com/MOLOKAI-AHINA-Summers-Lonely-ebook/dp/B0026FDJHS

Carolyn Zaikowski’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely. She is the author of the novel A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013). Find her at http://www.liferoar.wordpress.com.

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