NYC | November 2007

These four writers from New York, Chicago, and Connecticut will assault and fine tune your senses with their stories. Not all at once. And they’ll be nice about it. We think.

Justin Courter’s novel Skunk: A Love Story was published by Omnidawn Press in June 2007. A collection of his prose poems, The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs, will by published by Main Street Rag in 2008. His work has appeared in the fiction anthology Paraspheres, and in many literary journals, including Pleiades, The Literary Review, Fugue, LIT, the North Dakota Quarterly, and Salt Hill. Read our exclusive Sunday Salon interview with Justin here>>. And he’s graciously sent us the first few chapters of Skunk: A Love Story to stimulate your senses.

Ivelisse Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. She has a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Illinois-Chicago and an MFA from Emerson College. She has had work published in the Boston Review, Migente.com, Latinostories.com, and other outlets. She is currently finishing her short story collection, which mostly focuses on adolescent Puerto Rican girls and their conceptions of womanhood. She has also begun work on a novel about the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico.

Laura Tanenbaum studied comparative literature at NYU and is currently Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. In 2006, she was a selected finalist in the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, and studied at SLS in St Petersburg. Her fiction is forthcoming in fail better and Steel City Review. She is a co-editor of the on-line literary journal Vibrant Gray, which you can read and submit to at www.vibrantgray.com.

Josh Swiller (www.joshswiller.com) was born with a moderate hearing loss and was legally deaf by the age of four. After graduating from Yale University, he’s had a wide variety of careers, including: forest ranger in the California Redwoods, sheepskin slipper craftsman and salesman, Zen monk, raw food chef, journalist, and teacher. Most recently, he worked as a hospice social worker in Brooklyn. Josh has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and other publications. The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa (Holt Paperbacks, September 2007) is his first book. Publishers Weekly observes, “Deafness would have provided a unique sensory filter for anyone, yet while Swiller may have his particular aural capabilities, he also has literary talents—an eye, a voice and a narrative talent— in abundance.”

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