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Issue 7


Authors Bios & Q/A

In addition to providing a biography, our contributors answered the following:


1. What is your favorite invention?
2. If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would you choose?
3. What is your worst habit while driving?
4. What is the best name for a cat?
5. What is your least favorite color?
6. Which two animals would you combine if you could?
7. What’s the best thing you can get for a dollar?

We hope that you enjoy their answers as much as we did.

Paul David Adkins
grew up in South Florida and lives in New York.

1. The crock pot (such an easy dinner!).
2. Sight (easiest to compensate for).
3. Failure to keep right on sharp curves.
4. Saturn (eats children).
5. Yellow (too soft.)
6. Blue whale/ruby-throated hummingbird, for a fifty-cent purple, living Zeppelin.
7. McDonald’s hamburger.

Nils Balls lives in a crooked, old house on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where he draws comics and drinks beer. Lots of his comics and directions to his other work can be found at <www.skeletonballs.com>.

1. The wheel is awesome.
2. Smell.
3. I bike everywhere, but I get road rage when drivers don’t use their turn signals.
4. Kitty.
5. Brown, although I have a lot of brown stuff.
6. A lobster and a cow.
7. Yesterday’s muffins at Priory Bakery

Jared Bajkowski is a writer and librarian born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He lives in Washington, DC with his fiancée and cat. He enjoys dinosaurs, hockey, and John Register paintings.

1. Tamagotchi pets, the moment a person fell in love with a robot.
2. Taste, it would certainly make eating healthy easier.
3. Fiddling with the radio, gotten into a few wrecks this way.
4. Hambone, the cat should be fat but doesn’t need to be.
5. Brown, because it’s really just dark orange.
6. Octopus + Elephant = elephant with eight trunks and all awesome.
7. One beer if you’re in a good bar and multiple beers if you’re in a great bar.

C. Dylan Bassett is a student from Las Vegas, Nevada, pursuing a degree in poetry. His work has been featured in The Portland Review, Literature and Belief, Inscape, and elsewhere. He is an avid ultramarathon runner.

1. Cornbread.
2. Smell. I’m convinced everyone would agree.
3. Daydreaming while singing to the radio.
4. The best cat names are single-syllable, human names like Tim or Bob. My cat is named Steve.
5. There is no single color I dislike, but brown and gold together are obvi­ously disgusting.
6. An elephant and a giraffe (although Salvador Dali already accomplished this!).
7. Chapstick.

Allie Marini Batts first started kicking ass in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is a 2001 alumna of New College of Florida, which means she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has appeared in over thirty publications her parents have never heard of, including Crash, A Daughter’s Story Anthology, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Irregular Magazine, and Danse Macabre. Not that she’s counting or anything. She has lived in Maine, Washington State and all over Florida, but has called Tallahassee home for the past decade. Allie is a research writer and part-time hairdresser when she’s not playing with her make-believe friends. She is pursuing her MFA degree through Antioch University Los Angeles and is curious to see what’s behind door #2.

1. Staples (postscript) ballpoint pens, because they make me want to write, even when I don’t feel creative.
2. Taste, at least that way I’d lose weight? Or smell, that seems less vital to my joy than say, losing the ability to hear music.
3. Singing so other drivers hear me.
4. Kafka (I used to have one named that).
5. White, because its so hard to keep clean and only the very tan look good wearing it.
6. Raccoon and opossum, then I’d have the ultimate “shouldn’t be a pet” pet.
7. Give it to a friend’s Kickstarter campaign, because, really, what else am I going to do with just a dollar?

Guy R. Beininghas had four little books out in 2011—Nozzle (Presa Press), Mea­surements of Night III (CC. Marimbo), take me over the wheel of it (Moon Publish­ing), and Out of the Woods and Into the Sun (Kamini Press). His work has recently appeared in Fourteen Hills, The Gihon River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Modern Haiku, Acappella Zoo, Illuminations, Skidrow/penthouse, and Tulane Review.

1. The typewriter which I still use religiously.
2. Taste. It is the least dramatic one to let go of.
3. I just don’t drive at all, knowing that if I had driven all these years III probably would have killed someone by now.
4. Turbo, in a field full of purrs.
5. Pink. It makes me sneer.
6. A donkey and an elephant & then we would be done with politics.
7. Last time I said a pen & so now I need a pad to write on.

Kacee Belcher is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Florida International University. Previous publications include Gargoyle, Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Florida Book Review, BORDERLANDS: Texas Poetry Review, and Voices De La Luna. Kacee considers herself to be trans-genre-d.

1. The Spork.
2. Hunger.
3. Fighting with imaginary passengers.
4. Woody Allen (because he’s the biggest pussy in the world).
5. Pastel anything.
6. Yoda-monkey.
7. One hundred pennies, because a hundred is more than one.

Charles Booth earned his BA in creative writing from the University of Tennes­see, and his MA in English from Austin Peay State University. He currently works as a staff writer and adjunct English instructor for that university, and his short story, “Medjugorje,” is forthcoming in Booth: A Journal (no relation).

1. The Snuggie. Why did it take man thousands of years to put sleeves on a blanket?
2. Probably smell, although my wife is somewhat of a foodie, and I’d hate for it to mess up my sense of taste.
3. Ignoring the “check engine” light on my dashboard.
4. Millay, after the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. This was the name of my cat who passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
5. Purple.
6. A shark and an eagle–a Sheagle.
7. I bought a copy of Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus for 75 cents at a used bookstore. Best thing I ever got for $1.

Emily Buffordwas born and raised in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied creative writing at Loyola University New Orleans until 2007 then went deeper by attaining her MFA from University of New Orleans in 2010. She loves to teach Freshman English, but her other passions include alternative hair extensions and special-effects makeup.

1. Contact lenses so that those who cannot see are allowed freedom of vision without surgery.
2. I’d give up taste; one can eat to live, and I’d probably lose weight.
3. Staring at my blind spot too long.
4. I have kitties; my favorite name: Petunia Face.
5. I cannot dislike any color, for they are all found within each other.
6. Liger, only because I’m an avid Napoleon Dynamite fan.
7. A rubber roach, because scaring people makes me laugh.

Morgan Cahn grew up in Seattle, spent nearly a decade in Pitts­burgh, and now lives and studies in Dundee, Scotland. She likes making art all the time; all different kinds. You can look at some of it at <morgancahn.com>.

1. Libraries. Books, Tools, Internet, etc. . . . I want a shirt that says “You are only as good as your library.”
2. Taste. My friends accuse me of having done so already.
3. I drive so infrequently I only have worst habits.
4. A tie between The Great Sardini and Mister Noodle.
5. Transparent grey.203
6. A spider and a goat, but since they have already done that, I choose a slug and a walrus.
7. The best thing you can get for a dollar would be 100 pennies. Then you can make up games and have fun for hours.

Rosemary Callenberg is working towards her MFA in Fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. Someday she will retire to the country and raise a herd of alpacas. In the meantime she teaches, writes, knits, and pursues her love of beauty and of words in Pittsburgh.

1. The printing press.
2. Smell.
3. Talking to myself.
4. Queen Beruthiel, aka Ruthie.
5. Olive green.
6. A horse and a narwhal. (Unicorn!)
7. A fun-size bag of Fritos.

Yu-Han (Eugenia) Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her MFA from Penn State, and the Backwaters Press published her poetry book, We Grow Old, in 2008. For more artwork and writing, see <www.yuhanchao.com>.

1. Earpick.
2. Smell.
3. One foot on each pedal.
4. Domo.
5. Shit green.
6. Cat & plush stuffed animal.
7. Produce from the flea market!

Alberto Chimal was born in Toluca, Mexico, in 1970. He is the author of the novel Los esclavos (2009) and numerous story collections, including Éstos son los días (2004), and Grey (2006). Translations of his fiction have appeared in Kaleido­trope and Penumbra.

1. Language.
2. Smell. It would actually make my life as a pedestrian in the city I live in a bit better.
3. I tend to get distracted by every weird or beautiful sight along the road.
4. My first cat’s name: “Primo,” which means “first.”
5. Beige. The very word’s ugly, I think.
6. Two cats. The resulting creature would be a “cat-cat”: a cat that turns 204
(at full moon, of course) into another one.
7. Here in Mexico City you can buy a small, Chinese-made plastic ball that lights up when squeezed. While it lasts it’s strange and pretty. I think it’s a garish, beautiful metaphor for many people I love in this century.

Meg Cowen is completing an MFA in poetry. Her work has appeared or is forth­coming in Louisiana Literature, Barely South Review, A Cappella Zoo, and other journals. Recently, she was nominated for the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. She is an avid painter and photographer, as well as a staff editor for Noctua Review.

1. The printing press.
2. My dog has a sensitive digestive tract, so I think I could manage with­out a sense of smell.
3. Taking both hands off the wheel to perform an angry “jazz hands” maneuver at anyone that cuts me off in traffic.
4. Greg.
5. Mauve.
6. Nigerian Dwarf Goat and Miniature Dachshund. You’d definitely want one.
7. Half of a container of jalapeño hummus at Whole Foods.

Wayne Cresser’s fiction has been nominated for numerous awards, most recent­ly at the Newport Review, published in the print anthologies Motif 1: Writing by Ear, Motif 2: Come What May and Motif 3: All the Livelong Day (Motes Books), online at Wandering Army and Shaking magazine, and in such journals as the Ocean State Review and QuixArt Quarterly.

1. My favorite invention is the manual backscratcher.
2. I would lose my nonsense.
3. My worst habit while driving is smoking cigars.
4. Eliot had it right; the best name for a cat is Macavity the Mystery Cat.
5. My least favorite color is any shade of pink.
6. I would combine a dog and a flea. Problem solved.
7. The best thing you can get for a dollar is a winning scratch ticket.

Jim Daniels’ most recent books are Trigger Man (Michigan State UP), Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (Carnegie Mellon UP), and All of the Above (Adastra Press). A native of Detroit, Daniels lives in Pittsburgh near the boyhood homes of Dan Marino and Andy Warhol.

1. The Twinkie.
2. Touch.
3. Crossing my fingers.205
4. Twinkie.
5. Taupe.
6. Chimp and rhino.
7. Twinkie.

Deborah DeNicola is the author of five poetry books, most recently Original Hu­man (WordTech Press), and a memoir The Future That Brought Her Here (Nicholas- Hays/IBIS Press). She is a free lance editor and mentors writers. Among other awards, Deborah received an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

1. The computer.
2. The sense of smell.
3. Putting on makeup.
4. The best name for a cat is Trixie.
5. Yellow powdering my nose.
6. A skunk and an emu.
7. A photo frame.

Meghan Lamblives, works, and writes in Chicago. Her words can be found in Pank, elimae, and NANO Fiction. Her novella Silk Flowers is forthcoming from Aque­ous Books in 2014. She co-edits the magazine Red Lightbulbs.

1. Ghosts.
2. Definitely hearing.
3. Gripping the wheel so hard my wrists ache.
4. Mr. Tibbs.
5. Pale green.
6. Basset hound and octopus.
7. A pocket full of stale Swedish Fish.

Stephanie Lenox authored the poetry chapbook The Heart That Lies Outside the Body. Her full-length poetry collection Congress of Strange People will be published in 2012 by Airlie Press. She lives in Salem, Oregon, where she teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the online literary journal Blood Orange Review.

1. Right now it’s the “Amazing Moustache Machine” located at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon, which dispenses—for just 25 cents!—a press-on moustache or beard for a convenient, affordable, and sophisticated disguise.
2. I’d choose to lose my sixth sense; it’s never been that accurate to begin with.
3. Staring at my sleeping daughter in the rearview mirror.206
4. I’m partial to Goodness, the name of my twelve-year-old cat. He is also called Badness when he scratches the couch. And I’m in agreement with Eliot, that at minimum “a cat must have three different names.”
5. Puce. I can never remember what color it is, but it sounds distasteful.
6. My loveable mutt (for her personality) and a well trained hairless Chi­huahua (for the space-savings and reduction in hair accumulation on my floors).
7. Four quarters. Ba dum chhh.

Nate Liederbach is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Utah, author of the prose collection Doing a Bit of Bleeding (Ghost Road), co-editor of the anthology Of a Monstrous Child: Creative Writing Mentor­ships (Lost Horse), and Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review.

1. God.
2. Good sense.
3. Sentimentalizing early driving moments.
4. Wife.
5. Wittgenstein.
6. Barry Hannah & Fiver (Watership Down).
7. Twenty nickels.

Hunter Liguore holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Mason Road, The MacGuffin, Strange Horizons, Steampunk Tales, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her story, “Red Barn People,” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

1. The time machine. Dr. Ron L. Mallett is building one in CT. Can’t wait for the grand opening.
2. Equilibrioception, the sense of balance. Without it I wouldn’t be able to sit in the chair long enough to write anything.
3. Daydreaming vast epics in the ancient world.
4. Little Dorrit, after Dickens’ character and novel of the same name. When the cat is older, you can call her Amy, like the matured character in the book.
5. The moment when all color swirls together, right before black—a sort of burnt puke color.
6. Cerebus and Chimer
7. Coffee for the homeless.

Marjorie Maddox, Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, has published 8 collections of poetry and over 350 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. She is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and author of two children’s books from Boyds Mills Press. Her short story collection, What She Was Saying, was one of three finalists for the Katherine Anne Porter Book Award.For more info and reviews, please see <http://www.lhup.edu/mmaddoxh/biography.htm>.
1. Most recently, the iPhone 4S.
2. What a terribly hard choice—sense of smell.
3. Pouring coffee.
4. Oreo.
5. Neon orange.
6. Cat and a dog.
7. Pencils.

Airea D. Matthews holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from The Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband and their four children.

1. Indoor plumbing.
2. Sight. With my horrible vision I am already halfway there so I might as well embrace it.
3. My worst driving habit is changing Pandora stations on my iPhone.
4. Marigold Hempstead Carruthers.
5. Nude beige.
6. An alpaca and an albino rhino.
7. Combustible earrings at the nearest dollar store.

Robert McParland teaches, performs music, writes fiction, poetry, and songs. His books include Charles Dickens’s American Audience, Music and Literary Mod­ernism, and Writing About Joseph Conrad.

1. My favorite invention at the moment is Mark Twain’s self-sticking scrap­book (since I’m busy writing on Twain.)
2. I might trade taste for a stronger sixth sense.
3. I get annoyed with some New Jersey drivers.
4. Purr-fect.
5. Black (I know, it’s a shade, not a color).
6. Aardvark and zebra (then you’d have the whole alphabet covered.)
7. Three stamps, so I can contact you—or other people I care about.

Scott Russell Morris is an MFA student at Brigham Young University. He is currently working on a collection of essays about squirrels. The girl at the end of the essay is now his wife.

1. Bird-proof squirrel feeders
2. Take away my sight.
3. I brake for squirrels.
4. Bird Keller.
5. Robin Egg Blue.
6. Squirrels + Birds =.
7. Squirrel seed.

Giavanna Munafo lives in Norwich, Vermont. She teaches women’s studies at Dartmouth and offers writing workshops at the Writer’s Center in White River Junc­tion, VT. She is thrilled to have her second ever published poem appear in SLAB.

1. Electricity. It’s still a little miracle to me every time I plug something in or flip a switch.
2. Is speaking a sense? I guess not, but I could really stand to shut up.
3. That cell phone thing. Even worse, I look up directions on it while driv­ing on the highway. Mea culpa.
4. Ocho (our Abyssinian who disappeared never to be seen again).
5. That really neon orange.
6. Eagle and deer.
7. Well, in Italia, which is where I am now, you can get a darned good cappuccino for a euro in a way-cheap cafe.

Silvia Nanclares was born in Madrid, Spain in 1975. She studied Theater and Drama at the the Royal School of Dramatic Arts (Madrid). Two of her plays Diet and Little Brothers were published in 2001 and 2002. She published The South: Instruc­tion Manual (2009) and is finishing her second collection. She has also written two books for children The Nap (2000) and At the End of (2010). Her blog is available at <http://blogs.zemos98.org/entornodeposibilidades/>. She is also a living, breathing person.

1. One that is yet to come. The time machine!
2. Ahhh, I don’t want to lose any. I want to have new ones.
3. The worst would be to drive at all; I don’t drive!
4. Miga (from the Spanish, mi gato: My cat).
5. Blue.
6. The whale and the bird, like in Twitter. LOL.
7. Some candy! Mmmm.

Elizabeth Naranjo lives in Tempe, Arizona, with her husband and two children. She is revising her first novel, and enjoys writing short fiction.

1. The espresso machine.
2. Taste. I would eat nothing but fruits and vegetables and have 0% body fat. I’d miss the taste of coffee, though.
3. Going the wrong way. I have a terrible sense of direction.
4. My son’s allergic. Maybe . . . Sneezy?
5. Yellow. I work in a nursing home.
6. Jaguars and Rabbits. Jaguars would never again be on the endan­gered list. Although they’d be a lot smaller. With bigger ears.
7. A few bubble gum balls and quiet children.

John Nizalowski is the author of two books—Hooking the Sun (Farolito Press) and The Last Matinee (Turkey Buzzard Press). He has been widely published, most notably in Under the Sun, Blue Mesa Review, Weber Studies, Puerto del Sol, Chiron Review, ISLE, and The Blueline Anthology. Currently, he teaches writing and mythol­ogy at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

1. My favorite invention is the soprano saxophone.
2. If I had to lose a sense, I would lose smell.
3. My worst habit while driving is gazing off in the distance at the labyrin­thine canyons of western Colorado instead of paying attention to the highway.
4. The best name for a cat is Shakespeare.
5. Pink.
6. I would love to combine a house cat with a parrot.
7. The best thing you can get for a dollar are a scattering of polished quartz pebbles from the Moab Rock Shop in Utah.

Ashley Pankratz is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in 751 magazine and The Colorado Review, and she was the recipient of the 2008 Nelligan Prize for fiction. She lives in Southeast Michigan, where she is at work on a novel and collection of stories.

1. Baby Cage, 1937.
2. Not taste.
3. Reading.
4. Choopney.
5. Apple green.
6. A pony and a chameleon.
7. Deluxe rain poncho.

Mary Elizabeth Parker’s poetry books include her full-length collection The Sex Girl and chapbooks That Stumbling Ritual, and Breathing in a Foreign Country. She was the 2011 winner of SLAB’s Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest. She chairs the Dana Awards in the Novel, Short Fiction, Poetry and the Essay.

1. The computer.
2. The sense of smell.
3. Putting on makeup.
4. The best name for a cat is Trixie.
5. Yellow powdering my nose.
6. A skunk and an emu.
7. A photo frame.

Pedro Ponce is the author of the novella Homeland: A Panorama in 50 States (Seven Kitchens Press). His fiction has appeared previously in Quick Fiction, PANK, Arroyo Literary Review, Web Conjunctions, and Sudden Fiction Latino. He lives in Canton, NY.

1. The portable typewriter.
2. Probably taste. I mean, I could live on tater tots. My palate isn’t doing much.
3. Muttering “Bite me” whenever a car passes me by.
4. Goya.
5. Magenta.
6. A cat and a Pembroke Welsh corgi, though there’s evidence it’s already happened.
7. Baking soda. What can’t you do with it?

Charlotte M. Porter lives in a citrus hamlet in north Florida. Besides poetry and fiction, she writes creative nonfiction as Wanda Legend.

1. Light bulb.
2. Sixth sense.
3. Singing.
4. Tuesday-Thursday.
5. Beige.
6. Serpent, natch, and Girl.
7. Greeting card.

Charles Rafferty’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review. Stories appear in Sonora Review and Staccato. His latest book is A Less Fabulous Infinity. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus Col­lege.

1. The Apollo moon program.
2. Smell.
3. Singing along to songs I’d be embarrassed to let people hear me listen­ing to.
4. Fluff.
5. Any of the pastels. They’re like colors on their deathbed.
6. The tapeworm and the donkey.
7. A lottery ticket. That’s how optimistic I am.

Charles Rammelkamp’s collection entitled Fusen Bakudan, about missionaries in a leper colony in Vietnam during the war, will be published in 2012 by Time Being Books. He edits an online literary journal called The Potomac, and is also a fiction editor for The Pedestal.

1. The word processor is my favorite invention.
2. If I had to lose one of my senses, it would be my ESP; after that, it would be sight.
3. My worst habit while driving is fiddling with the CD player.
4. The best name for a cat? Steve.
5. My least favorite color is orange.
6. If I could combine two animals they would be an eagle and a cat.
7. The best thing you can get for a dollar is a bottle of water.

Bertha Rogers’s poems have been published in literary magazines and journals. Her most recent poetry collection, Heart Turned Back, was published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf was published in 2000; and her translation of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems is forthcoming. She founded and directs Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in the Catskills.

1. Windshield wipers.
2. Hearing.
3. Tuning the radio.
4. Jiggs.
5. Beige.
6. Dog and cat.
7. Diet Coke.

Jason Storms hails from Interlochen, Michigan, where he spent the bulk of his life before moving to suburban Detroit. While a student at Oakland University, he twice received the university’s Writing Excellency Award for research writing. His poems have previously appeared in The Oakland Journal.

1. Quesadilla grill.
2. Smell.
3. Browsing my iPod.
4. Jeoffrey.
5. Bubblegum pink.
6. Kiwi and chinchilla.
7. A book.

Meredith Stricker is the author of Alphabet Theater (Wesleyan) a collection of mixed-media performance poetry, and Tenderness Shore (National Poetry Series). She works as a poet, designer, and artist for Visual Poetry Collaborative focusing on architecture in Big Sur and projects to bring together artists, writers, musicians, and experimental forms.

1. The Magna Carta.
2. Sense of purpose.
3. Imagination.
4. Whatever turns feline ears toward human voice, as in Hungarian, the word for kitten cica, pronounced tzi-tsa.
5. Color of barracks and sadness, slogans, and stale smoke.
6. The human being with any of Whitman’s animals “who do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins . . . not one demented with the mania of owning things, respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.”
7. A packet of garden seeds.

John Surowiecki is the author of three books of poetry, Barney and Gienka, The Hat City after Men Stopped Wearing Hats, and Watching Cartoons before Attending a Funeral, as well as six chapbooks. He has won the Poetry Foundation Pegasus Award for verse drama and the Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize. His poems will also appear in the Hecht Prize Anthology (Waywiser Press) and the Sunken Garden Anthology (Wesleyan Press). Publications include: Alaska Quarterly Review, Folio, Margie, Mississippi Review, Poetry, and West Branch.

1. Mel Brooks says Saran Wrap, I say vodka.
2. ESP.
3. Conducting the orchestra that’s playing on the CD.
4. My cat’s name is Xam, the reverse of Max, the cat that preceded him.213
5. Pale blue.
6. A rat and a Republican (but I think that’s already been done—and quite often).
7. Four quarters.

Ellen VanWoert is a writer from Pennsylvania. She enjoys eating burritos and smiling at dogs.

1. Coca-Cola.
2. Smell.
3. I never got my driver’s license.
4. Geraldine.
5. Orange.
6. A goat and a dinosaur.
7. A balloon.

Megan Volpert is a poet and critic who teaches high school English in Atlanta. Sonics in Warholia (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011) is her fourth book. She is Co-Direc­tor of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival.

1. My favorite invention is the Rube Goldberg machine.
2. If I had to lose one of my senses, I would choose to lose my sense of fashion.
3. My worst habit while driving is not wearing a seatbelt, but scooters don’t have them.
4. The best name for a cat is Fish, the object of its desire.
5. My least favorite color is pink, because I was raised by bad feminists.
6. If I could, I would combine a human with a turtle, then teach it to be a ninja.
7. The best thing I can get for a dollar is obvious. It’s your mom.

Ariel Wall is a writer from Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, writing poetry and fiction, and crafting. Her work has appeared in The Legendary.

1. The typewriter.
2. My hearing.
3. Closing my eyes for extended periods of time.
4. Toulouse.
5. Orange.
6. A bunny and a sheep.
7. A book from the Salvation Army.

Russ Woods is co-editor and web designer for Red Lightbulbs. His chapbook, Tiny People, is available from NAP Books. He likes black bears dogs cats sand­wiches fur puzzles glasses symbols fat trees trains snow. He has things forthcoming in TRNSFR, apt, PANK, and rumble.

1. Dogs.
2. I basically have no sense of smell. So I’d say go ahead and knock that sucker all the way out.
3. Smoking.
4. I once met a cat named Star Wars. That is the best name for a cat.
5. Magenta.
6. Meghan Lamb and an actual lamb.
7. A VHS copy of Phantom of the Paradise.