Contributors  

Michael Fischer was released from state prison in 2015 and is currently earning two degrees to make up for lost time. He is managing editor of Sierra Nevada Review, and his essays have appeared or are forthcoming in River Teeth, Hotel Amerika, and The Rumpus.

Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of nine books of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, most recently the novel Weekend. Hamilton lives in Vancouver, Canada, and has renewed marriage vows atop the Empire State Building, on the back of an elephant in Indonesia, in a hot-air balloon over the Namib Desert, and in a horse-drawn carriage under the Eiffel Tower. Even so, the marriage failed.

Mark Leviton was caught shoplifting a five-cent pack of baseball cards when he was eight years old but has managed to evade capture for various misdemeanors since then. He lives in Nevada City, California.

Colleen Mayo studies fiction at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lives in a little yellow house with her husband and cat. Her writing has been published in Bluestem.

Joseph Rodriguez is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited in Germany, the U.S., and Sweden. His photo on this month’s cover is of a former inmate and recovering addict named Marcos who works in the bakery at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. “I’m a two-striker,” he says. “Because of my criminal record, [if I reoffend] I automatically get twenty-five to life with no possibility of parole. I’m trying to walk a straight line.”

Sybil Smith lives in Vermont on the Connecticut River. She no longer feels the need to dazzle the world with her eloquence, and her greatest joy comes from taking care of a baby. She has been sober for more than eight years.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which O Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick up Now in 2014. She has been false charged by a bear, a moose, and once, weirdly, a deer.

On the Cover

Joseph Rodriguez is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited in Germany, the U.S., and Sweden. His photo on this month’s cover is of a former inmate and recovering addict named Marcos who works in the bakery at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. “I’m a two-striker,” he says. “Because of my criminal record, [if I reoffend] I automatically get twenty-five to life with no possibility of parole. I’m trying to walk a straight line.”