Guy Benjamin Brookshire

The Universe War

Guy Benjamin Brookshire was born in Arkansas in 1977, got covered in fire ants in 1980 and has since traveled widely. He studied poetry at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. He is the father of two girls and writes and collages in Vallejo, California. He has completed his first novel: VACATION.


Ben Mirov and Victor Cayro

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These illustrations are based on a story about Ben shitting himself after eating too much Chinese food.

Ben Mirov is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), and Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010) which was selected for publication by Michael Burkard, and chosen as one of the best books of poetry in 2010 for Believer Magazine's Reader Survey. He is also the author of the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011), Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011), I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010), and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He has written content for BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket 2, The Best American Poetry Blog, The Faster Times, and Coldfront. He is one of the founding editor's of PEN America's poetry series. He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

Victor Cayro is an artist, and just a regular jo-blo americano, and Outlaw God. When he's feeling really cultured, he chugs Bud Light Chelada. Also, he is the most powerful Outlaw God enveloped in a human being chasis known to man. Kanyea and Jay Zee wear his golden profile and assorted iconic images on dozens of personal chains.He was born to cum, and one day he will wash all the scum off the streets.


Edward Mullany

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Edward Mullany is the author of 'If I Falter at the Gallows' and 'Figures for an Apocalypse' (both from Publishing Genius). He grew up in Australia and in the Midwest.


Chelsea Martin

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Chelsea Martin is the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever (Future Tense, 2009) and The Really Funny Thing About Apathy (Sunnyoutside, 2010). In 2012 she started the comic Heavy-Handed, which is published bi-weekly on The Rumpus. She has a BFA in writing and illustration from California College of the Arts and lives in Oakland, California. Her book Even Though I Don't Miss You will be out from Hobart in November, 2013.


Anthony Kirwald

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Anthony Kirwald lives and sometimes works in Martinez CA, outside of San Fransisco. When he's not working or living, he's working on his zine Dead-Hero, which you can find at http://deadherozine.tumblr.com/.


Nathaniel Otting

The city ablaze with combinations of the R shaped world
(for / from Robert Seydel)

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Nathaniel Otting works at Unnameable Books, where he buys Stephen Rodefer's Four Lectures and sells Robert Seydel's Book of Ruth, whence the words pictured above.


Mike Topp

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Mike Topp was born in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in New York City unless he has died or moved. His most recent books are Sasquatch Stories (Publishing Genius) and 29 Mini-Essays (Kindle Editions).


Mike Topp

Mike Topp was born in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in New York City unless he has died or moved. His most recent books are Sasquatch Stories (Publishing Genius) and 29 Mini-Essays (Kindle Editions).


Jennifer H. Fortin

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We Lack in Equipment & Control (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) is Jennifer H. Fortin’s second book. Lowbrow Press published her first, Mined Muzzle Velocity, in 2011. Fortin is also the author of four chapbooks, from Dancing Girl Press, the Dusie Kollektiv, Poor Claudia, and Greying Ghost Press.

With three other poets, she founded and edits LEVELER. Fortin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2004-2006). She now works in Public Relations/Communications at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel's fiction and essays appear in Electric Literature, Tin House, NOON, The Believer, Oxford American, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor of Gigantic and can be found online at lincolnmichel.com.


Janice Shapiro

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Janice Shapiro is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press 2010). Her stories and comics have been published in The North American Review, The Santa Monica Review, Fifty-Two Stories, Storyville, Devil’s Lake, and The Seattle Review. She is currently working on a graphic memoir, Crushable - My Life In Crushes From Ricky Nelson to Viggo Mortensen. She lives in Brooklyn.