The Thing Makers

Lisa Locascio’s fiction has recently appeared in n+1Tin House Flash FridaysBluestemand Joyland Los AngelesIn June 2014, her interview with the late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s widow Carolina López, the first López has granted an Anglophone journalist, appeared in The Believer. While a writer-in-residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program this past spring, she completed a draft of her novel, Jutland Gothic, which follows the sexual coming-of-age of a young American woman who finds herself unexpectedly in rural northern Denmark in the months following the Muhammed Drawings Crisis; an excerpt of the novel has been published in The Nervous Breakdown. Lisa is currently in the process of completing Shut Down, the short story collection containing “Hundred Mile House,” as well as her critical dissertation, “A Bag of Shocking Pink: Occult Imagery in Contemporary American Fiction by Women” in the University of Southern California’s Department of Creative Writing and Literature, where she is a PhD candidate. She will be hold the Daehler Visiting Lectureship in Creative Writing at Colorado College in Spring 2015 and teach the short fiction seminar at the 2015 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference.

Rachel Kubie is a public reference librarian in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Literal Latte, Oyster Boy Review, Rattapallax, RHINO, Mudlark, and Potomac Review. She took part in the Tupelo Press 30/30 project online. She was also one of 934 arrestees who engaged in civil disobedience at the legislative building in Raleigh, NC in Summer 2013.