9.20.2017 • Hinterlands

Matthew Hittinger is the author of The Masque of Marilyn (GOSS183, 2017), The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbooks Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), Narcissus Resists (GOSS183, 2009), and Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007). He received his MFA from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where he won a Hopwood Award. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.

Melissa Ragsly is a fiction writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Joyland, Green Mountains Review, Epiphany, Cosmonauts Avenue and is an Associate Editor at A Public SpaceShe lives in the Hudson Valley where she is currently working on a novel about '90's Brit Pop. 

Madhuri Pavamani writes twisted love stories and dark poetry. She is a contributing writer for Brown Girl Magazine and co-owner of the blog Write Bitches. She is the author of the middle reader series THE SURVIVAL FILES, and the paranormal romance trilogy THE SANCTUM. Her urban fantasy trilogy THE KEEPER SERIES comes out with St. Martin’s Press this year.

Ashley P. Taylor is a Brooklyn-based writer and science journalist. Her science writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times blogs, The Scientist, Yale Medicine, and PopularMechanics.com. Her essays have appeared in LUMINA Online Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy Magazine, and Catapult. Her essay, "Crying: An Exploration" (BrainDecoder, December, 2015) was listed among the "Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2015" in Best American Essays 2016. She moved to Borough Park this March. 


8.16.2017 • hinterlands

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, The Believer, Glamour, Salon, The New York Times, Guernica, and Lenny Letter, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. A three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Melissa has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 

Christopher Hermelin is a literary agent and writer living in Brooklyn. He has his MFA in fiction from the New School and a bachelor's in literature from UC Santa Cruz. He types custom stories for strangers on his typewriter as The Roving Typist, reviews snacks on Instagram as @brandnewflavor, and pretends to write a novel on his computer as himself. He's happy to be here.

Donika Kelly is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Her poems have been appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and Gulf Coast.

Anton Solomonik works in the Digital Products department at W.W. Norton & Co. He likes to write about relationships, and he likes historic fiction. He designed the Instar Books roach, which makes him "the roach guy." You can follow his brand on Twitter at @xerxesverdammt.


7.19.2017  •  Hinterlands

Tobias Carroll is the author of the books Reel and Transitory, and is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Linebreak, among others. Hafizah also serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and co-curates the reading series EMPIRE with Ricardo Maldonado. She is on the poetry committee and book ends committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and is currently the Content Editor & Publicity Coordinator at Poets House.

Lena Valencia's writing has been published in Joyland, The Masters Review, 7x7 LA, Storychord, and elsewhere. She teaches at Catapult and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and for three years hosted and curated the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. She is the managing editor of the literary magazine One Story, and received her MFA in Fiction from The New School.

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, and an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.


6.21.2017 • HINTERLANDS

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, May 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her writing has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Electric Literature, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among others. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com.

Pat Hipp is a cultural attaché for the planet Earth. He tweets at @thehipp.

Jacob Kaplan is a writer from New York. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Guernica, among other places. He received his MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

Alice Sola Kim, Alice Sola Kim's writing has appeared in McSweeney'sTin House, BuzzFeed Reader, The Village Voice, Lennyand other publications. She is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, and has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Photos by Eric Fletcher


5.17.2017 • Hinterlands

Jennifer Baker is a creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, panels organizer for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and social media director and writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. She is a 2017 Queens Council of the Arts New Work Grant winner. She is the editor of the forthcoming short story collection Everyday People: The Color of Life with Atria Books. Her writing has appeared in Newtown Literary (for which her short story "The Pursuit of Happiness" was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize), Boston Literary Magazine, Eclectic Flash, Poets & Writers magazine, The Other Stories podcast, and The Female Complaint anthology from Shade Mountain Press. She has also contributed to Forbes.com, The Billfold, The LitHub, and Bustle among other online publications.

Alice Kaltman is the author of the story collection STAGGERWING (Tortoise Books). Her stories appear in numerous journals including Hobart, Whiskey Paper, Joyland, and BULL: Men's Fiction, and in the anthologies THE PLEASURE YOU SUFFER and ON MONTAUK. Her work has twice been selected as Longform Fiction Picks, and was recently selected as a semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions 2017. Alice lives, writes and surfs in Brooklyn and Montauk, New York.

Stephen Langlois' work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Lit Hub, The Portland Review, Maudlin House, Split Lip Press, 3AM Magazine, and Monkeybicycle, among others. He is the recipient of a NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction as well as a writing residency from The Blue Mountain Center. He also hosts BREW: An Evening of Literary Works, a reading series in Brooklyn, and serves as fiction editor for FLAPPERHOUSE. Visit him at www.stephenmlanglois.com.

Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. Her novel Men Walking on Water, about Prohibition, released this spring in Canada. Her novel The Blondes, released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press, was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. It was optioned for TV. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as an editor and podcaster.


4.19.2017 • Hinterlands

in collaboration with The dITMAS WRITING WORKSHOPS

Kate Clifford is a knitting store manager and children’s art teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a member of the Ditmas Fiction workshops for two years. She has been working on her current project, a collection of short stories based on her childhood in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, since July.

Sara Lippmann's story collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press) was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She was the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Story South, Midnight Breakfast, Wigleaf and elsewhere. She teaches with Ditmas Writing Workshops and dicks around on twitter @saralippmann.

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Catapult, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was commended for its “perfect pacing” by The New York Times Book Review. She teaches writing at Rutgers, Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops.

Shayne Terry lives and writes in Brooklyn. Her story "Turtles" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's May/June 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers contest. She was a contributor at the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her work is forthcoming in American Chordata. She is working on a novel.


3.21.2017 • Sycamore

I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole and BOAAT Writer's Retreat. Her work has appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, Qua Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, Matador Review, Wusgood.black, and other publications, and has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of The Net Anthology (twice). She is the Assistant Editor at the literary journal Chaparral.

Sarah Larson, The New Yorker's roving cultural correspondent, writes about pop culture for The New Yorker and newyorker.com.

Jonathan Reiss lives in Brooklyn. He writes for whoever will let him. Thus far that's included Spin Magazine, Interview Magazine, The Rumpus, The Millions, Complex, The Source, NY Press, Tablet, and The New York Observer. His first book will be published in Spring of 2016 by Instar Books.

Charif Shanahan's poems have appeared in Baffler, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His first collection, Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), won the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. A 2016 nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Shanahan is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Stanford University, where he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.


2.21.2017 • Sycamore

Lisa Marie Basile is the author of Apocryphal (Noctuary Press) and a few chapbooks, including Andalucia (Poetry Society of NY) and war/lock (Hyacinth Girl). She’s the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine. Her work has been published in Best Small Fictions, Tarpaulin Sky, The Atlas Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, the Tin House blog and Ampersand Review. She’s also a journalist and editor. Entropy recently named one of her essays a Best-Read for 2016.

Evan James has written for Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, Catapult, The New York Times, The New York Observer, and many other publications. His essay "Lovers' Theme" was selected by Eula Biss as the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a bookseller at Three Lives & Company. He lives in Ditmas Park.

Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a Sagittarius. He is a very private person.

Rebecca Schiff's short story collection The Bed Moved is out in paperback on February 7. Her fiction has appeared in n+1, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The Guardian, Fence, The American Reader, Guernica, BuzzFeed, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Prospect Heights.

Photos by Eric Fletcher


1.17.2017 • Sycamore

Wren Hanks is the author of Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press) and Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, their recent work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. Their third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books in 2017. An Associate Editor for Sundress Publications and Publicist at The Feminist Press, they live in Brooklyn.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing, and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue

Ben Lasman is a writer and editor living in New York. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Wired, and Cousin Corinne's Reminder. He is a former writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is a copy editor at Wine Spectator magazine.

Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City (BOA Editions, 2012), and his poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, New England Review, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and The Yale Review. He lives in Philadelphia and writes the newsletter I Refuse to Explain.

Photographs by Debra Pearlman


12.20.2016 • Sycamore

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes). More at www.isaacfitzgerald.net.

Jeanne Thornton is the author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam and The Black Emerald, as well as the copublisher of Instar Books. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, and she draws comics also, even. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gabrielle Moss is the author of Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous & Feel Pretentious. She's an associate editor at Bustle.com, and her work has appeared in Slate, GQ, The Toast, The Hairpin & elsewhere. She was the inspiration for the lady Gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but cannot speak about it due to a pending lawsuit." Follow her on Twitter at @Gaby_Moss.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016)Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, and has poems in BOMB, Tin House, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs

Photographs by Eric Fletcher