Storyglossia Fiction Prize 2006
Issue 16 Contributors
Kristen Tsetsi earned her MFA in 2003 from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she saw the production of both of her one-act plays, produced by Theatre of the Invisible Guests, and the screening of her screenplay "The Fittest" at the annual Fargo Film Festival. Her freelance travel column, "On the Road," appeared for a time in The High Plains Reader in Fargo, North Dakota, and several of her short stories have been published in MSUM's literary journal, Red Weather Magazine. Her story, "Miss Neurosis," appeared in Issue 15 of Storyglossia, and additional stories appear online in Edifice Wrecked, The Midtown Literary Review, Right Hand Pointing, Denver Syntax, Opium, Pindeldyboz—and in print: RE:AL and They Do Exist! an Anthology of Award-Winning Short Stories. She is the creator/editor of an online magazine and recently completed her first novel, Homefront—chapters posted weekly at her blogsite www.kristentsetsi.com. Kristen lives in the middle of New York state with her husband and a couple of cats.
Katrina Denza's stories have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Lynx Eye, New Delta Review, Emrys Journal, RE:AL, and Cranky, among others. Her story, "Here's My Hand, Take It," appeared in Issue 13 of Storyglossia. New stories are forthcoming from The Jabberwock Review, The MacGuffin, and Parting Gifts. Her blog is Illuminate; Ruminate; Create. She is an editor for Smokelong Quarterly.
Steven Gillis is the author of the novel THE WEIGHT OF NOTHING (Brook StreetPress, 2005; finalist for both the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year.) Steve's first novel, WALTER FALLS, was published in 2003 and was also named a finalist for National Book of the Year in 2003. Currently at work on a new novel, TEMPORARY PEOPLE, Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over two dozen journals. A six-time Pushcart nominee and three-time Best Of . . . Notable Stories, a collection of Steve's stories—titled GIRAFFES—will be published this fall by Atomic Quill Press. Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan—www.826michigan.org—a nonprofit mentoring and tutoring organization for public school students specializing in reading and writing and a chapter of Dave Eggers' 826Valencia. All author proceeds from Steve's writing go to his 826 Michigan foundation. Steve, in partnership with Dan Wickett, is also the founder of Dzanc Books—www.dzancbooks.org—a non-profit created to aid literary journals and publish 2 great works of novel-length fiction a year. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Mary, and children Anna and Zach.
Theresa Boyar lives in Helena, Montana, where she is currently at work on her first novel. Her writing has appeared in several journals, including Rattle, the Florida Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Tryst, Eclectica, Stirring, and Wicked Alice. A six-time Pushcart nominee, she was also a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and her story "Random Girl" was a Notable Online Story of 2003. Her website is www.theresaboyar.com
Christiana Langenberg teaches in the English and Women's Studies departments at Iowa State University. She was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S with her Dutch father and Italian mother. Raised trilingually in rural Nebraska, she was naturalized when she was 17. She now lives in rural Iowa with her four children. She is the winner of the 2006 Drunken Boat Panliterary Award for Fiction, 2003 Chelsea Award for Short Fiction, and her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train, So To Speak, Literary Salt, Carve, Chelsea, Green Mountains Review, American Literary Review, Lullwater Review, The Blue Moon Review, and a variety of literary formats.
Chris Sheehan is an MFA graduate of Saint Mary's College of California. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Blue Earth Review, ZYZZYVA, Smokelong Quarterly, and The Angler, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of the Jeanine Cooney Award for Excellence in Fiction, and the Elizabeth Butler Award for Literary Excellence. He currently lives in Minnesota and is at work on a novel and collection of stories.
Gabrielle Idlet's work has appeared in the LA Weekly, the Indiana Review, Nimrod, and Penthouse, among other publications. She was the first Writer in Residence at the Sundance Institute and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Elizabeth Severn is a native of Maryland who has also lived in Minnesota and North Dakota. An award-winning writer, she has worked in many fields: reporter, columnist, assistant editor, public relations writer, copywriter, and freelance writer and editor. She is Assistant Professor and teaches various writing courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota where she is also a faculty member of the MFA Program. Her short fiction appears in American Fiction '97, in Carve Magazine, and has received honorable mention in The New Millennium. She has completed work on a memoir for which she was a recipient of a Barbara Deming/Money for Women grant: creative non-fiction. She is at work on a novel and a short story collection.
Bonnie Roop Bowles' stories have appeared in The Evansville Review, Puerto del Sol, The Carolina Quarterly, Apalachee Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Third Coast, Poemmemoirstory, Reed Magazine, and others. She won the 2005 John Steinbeck Award for Short Fiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart. She grew up in the Southern Appalachian region in a trailer park with a half-Lebanese mother which she believes qualifies her to write about outsiders, the poor, and the effects of ignorance. She holds a Master's in fiction from Hollins University and is currently completing a novel and a short story collection. She now lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband and two children, and their two dogs, two cats and two birds.
Hal Ackerman is co-chair of the UCLA Graduate Screenwriting program. His book, Write Screenplays That Sell, The Ackerman Way has been adopted into the curricula of many leading university screenwriting programs. His prose poem "Alfalfa" appears in the 2005 anthology I Wanna Be Sedated . . . 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers. His recent fiction and poetry have won prizes and appeared in The Pinch, the upcoming issue of Southeast Review, and Words and Pictures. His one-man play, TESTOSTERONE . . . How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me will open later this year.