Editorial Staff

EDITOR  H. M. Patterson


POETRY EDITOR  Clay Matthews


CONTRIBUTING EDITORS  Adam Day  Brent House  Charles Dodd White

STUDENT STAFF  Hannah Berling  Laine Callahan  Cynthia Conte  Megan Franklin ♦ Jennifer Frost  Joshua Fuller Charlene Garner  Caitlin Hobgood  Sarah Holly  Tyler Jinks  Matthew Pierce  Autumn Reynolds  Emily Waryck  Emily Watson  Carnes White


ADVISORY BOARD  Bonnie Jo Campbell  Mary Cappello  Jaimy Gordon  Richard Greenfield  Martin Lammon  David Lazar  Patrick Madden  Michael Martone  Wayne Lee Thomas  Kellie Wells

 Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. As president of Goulash Tours Inc., she has organized and led adventure tours in Russia and the Baltics, and all the way south to Romania and Bulgaria. Her collection Women and Other Animals details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story “The Smallest Man in the World” has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction. For decades, Campbell has put together a personal newsletter, The Letter Parade, and she currently practices Koburyu kobudo weapons training. She has received her M.A. in mathematics and her M.F.A. in writing from Western Michigan University. She now lives with her husband and other animals outside Kalamazoo, and she teaches writing in the low residency program at Pacific University.

 Mary Cappello is a regular contributor to the world of literary nonfiction and experimental prose.  She is the author of Night Bloom: An Italian/American Life (Beacon Press) and, most recently, The Los Angeles Times bestselling book-length essay on “awkwardness,” Awkward: A Detour (Bellevue Literary Press).  She also penned Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration and Extraction in the Age of Chevalier Jackson (The New Press) and Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life (Alyson Books).

 Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010, and was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing. Gordon’s previous novels include Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, and Shamp of the City-Solo. She has been a Fellow of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and has also won an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German, most recently Hermine, An Animal Life. Born in Baltimore, Gordon formerly taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and currently teaches in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

 Richard Greenfield is the author of Tracer (Omnidawn) and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. He was born in Hemet, California, spent his early childhood in Southern California, and later lived in the Pacific Northwest. He earned a BS in Arts & Letters (in English & Philosophy) from Portland State University (1996), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana (1999), and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (2005), where he was a Frankel Fellow. He was a visiting writer at Brown University (2006) and a Bates College Learning Associate (2010). Since 2009, he has been a professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, teaching graduate workshops in the MFA program as well as undergraduate courses in poetry. With Mark Tursi, he is a founding editor of Apostrophe Books, a small press of poetry, which began publishing books in 2007. He is the former editor of TTR.

 Martin Lammon has recently completed a new collection of poems, All Souls, featuring poems previously published in The Atlanta Review, Chelsea, The Gettysburg Review, Mid-American Review, among other journals, and most recently in Hotel Amerika, Margie Review, and The Southern Review. Lammon taught creative writing, literature, and other courses at Ohio University, Penn State, Juniata College, and Fairmont State College before joining the faculty of Georgia College & State University in 1997.  He holds the Fuller E. Callaway/Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing and coordinates the Creative Writing Program at GCSU.  His collection of poems News from Where I Live won the Arkansas Poetry Award, and his poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior ReviewChelseaConnecticut ReviewGettysburg ReviewIowa ReviewLunaMid-American ReviewMidwest QuarterlyNimrodPloughshares, and Puerto del Sol.  He has recently completed a book-length memoir about when he lived in Costa Rica, called Nine Degrees North.  In 2003, chapters from Nine Degrees North were runner-up for the Iowa Award in Literary Nonfiction and won the Lamar York Prize, published by The Chattahoochee Review.  He is also the author of Written in Water, Written in Stone: Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry, which he edited for the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series.  From 2000-2002, he was president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

 David Lazar’s books include Essaying the Essay  (Welcome Table Press), The Body of Brooklyn and Truth in Nonfiction (both Iowa), Powder Town (Pecan Grove); Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher (both Mississippi). Forthcoming is Occasional Desire: Personal Essays, from the University of Nebraska Press. His essays and prose poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as Bending Genre, Understanding the Essay, Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Sentence), and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America, and magazines such as Gulf Coast, Black Clock, Sentence, Denver Quarterly, Best of the Prose Poem, Southwest Review. Five of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays. He created the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in Nonfiction writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, which has featured groundbreaking issues in transgeneric writing and the aphorism.

 Patrick Madden was raised in Whippany, New Jersey, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his B.S. in physics from Notre Dame in 1993, his M.A. in English from BYU in 1999, and his Ph.D. in English from Ohio University in 2004.  He served a mission to Uruguay from 1993-1995 and later returned there as a Fulbright fellow from 2002-2003 to write his dissertation, a collection of travel essays. His first book, Quotidiana, a collection of essays that won second place in the 2007 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction, was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press.  He has published individual essays in The Iowa ReviewFourth GenreHotel AmerikaPortland Magazine, and many other journals.  Some of his essays have been anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and The Best Creative Nonfiction vol. 2.

 Michael Martone’s most recent books are Four for a QuarterNot Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the FlyoverRacing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. Michael Martone, a memoir in contributor’s notes, Unconventions, Writing on Writing, and Rules of Thumb, edited with Susan Neville, were all published recently. He is also the author of The Blue Guide to Indiana, published by FC2. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. With Robin Hemley, he editedExtreme Fiction. With Lex Williford, he edited The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction andThe Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. Martone is the author of five other books of short fiction including Seeing EyePensées: The Thoughts of Dan QuayleFort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s ListSafety Patrol, and Alive and Dead in Indiana. He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’sEsquireStoryAntaeusNorth American ReviewBenzeneEpochDenver QuarterlyIowa ReviewThird CoastShenandoahBomb, and other magazines.

Wayne Lee Thomas, former TTR editor (2008-2014), writes fiction, plays, and nonfiction. He’s currently at work on the novel Birth of the Okefenokees–for which he received the 2013 Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia. His work has been featured in Sudden Stories: The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule FictionRiverteethSpittoon, and elsewhere. With John E. Branscum, he is co-editor of Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (Sarabande), winner of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Thomas teaches creative writing at Tusculum College.

Kellie Wells is the author of the novel Fat Girl, Terrestrial (University of Alabama Press), a collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, 2001 winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award, and a novel, Skin, published by the University of Nebraska Press, in the Flyover Fiction Series, edited by Ron Hansen.  Her work has appeared in various literary journals, including The Kenyon ReviewNinth LetterThe Gettysburg Review, and Prairie Schooner.  In 2002 she received a Rona Jaffe Prize and Compression Scars was awarded the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer’s Award in fiction.  She is a congenital Midwesterner but currently teaches at the University of Alabama and Pacific University.