Lauren Belski enjoys riding bicycles, taking long walks, and checking her horoscope online. Thanks to these activities, she remains rather optimistic even when surrounded by doom. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in StoryQuarterly, J: New Writing on Justice, forte: a magazine of sound, La Patasola Anthology of Female Poets, The Rio Grande Review, and is forthcoming in Kweli, among others. She is a former AmeriCorps Volunteer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and New York City Teaching Fellow, and therefore, according to some, a lefty wacko peacenik.
David Greenwood takes your hand, slips off the ring, reads the latin inscription, turns into an old English sheepdog, looks, pants, snuffles. Uncaps his Mont Blanc.
Wythe Marschall was briefly jailed after the publication of Suspicious Anatomy, an illustrated book of evil neuroscience. He is also the co-founder of the Hollow Earth Society and a member of Observatory, a prominent art-and-science gallery/events space in Brooklyn. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, The Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere. His conceptual art has frightened children across America. He is excited!? about interrobanging.
Helen Rubinstein‘s heart n soul belongz to the Trouts of Brooklyn. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Ninth Letter, Salon, Salt Hill, Witness, and elsewhere.
Elizabeth Stevens has published in or on Explosion-Proof, ElectricLiterature.com, RollingStone.com, and TheAwl.com. She teaches fiction writing at the Gotham Writers Workshop. With her writing partner Gordon Ebenezer Gourd, she held a semicolon contest which was won by Herman Melville. She is also a Muppet historian.
Stephen Aubrey once saw a toddler drink an espresso outside the Astor Place Starbucks.
Christine Rath is a writer, painter, and entrepreneur. She lives in Brooklyn with a border collie corgi mix named Zadie and a husband named Kevin. She tries to grow plants with mixed results. She studied fiction at Brooklyn College where she met her fellow Trouts. She likes to paint animals and has a project in the works with movie star and honorary Trout, James Franco. She was the senior editor of Magazine Forte and a reader for Electric Literature. Her fiction can be found in issue #27 of the Brooklyn Review and in issue #1 of Magazine Forte. Otherwise you can hear it if you lean in real close to her.
CJ Hauser is a spinner of yarns and a writer of fiction. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, The L Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The Laurel Review, The Kenyan Review, and Esquire. She is the 2010 recipient of McSweeney’s Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the winner of the 2012 Jaimy Gordon Prize in Fiction and the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Sudden Fiction. She was also a finalist in Esquire’s Short Short Fiction Competition and shortlisted for the UK’s Bridport Prize. She is currently at work on a novel about fishing towns, taxidermy, and love.
Rosie Misdary has worked as a photographer and journalist in Africa and the Middle East. She’s also very good at math. Enjoys reading on unpredictable sea voyages. Believes firmly in the hero’s journey. Can navigate using the night sky. Knows all the constellations.
A native of the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Erin Harte now haggles for vegetables in four languages in the souks of Morocco. She was a 2010-2011 recipient of a Fulbright grant to Morocco. In a previous life, she was an editor, and educator in Brooklyn, New York. She began her publishing career in the Book Clubs division of Scholastic, buying and developing nonfiction for young readers. After several years working with facts, she left Scholastic to complete an M.F.A in fiction at Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Award and the Ross Feld Prize for her short stories. She served as the Editor in Chief for the 2009 edition of the Brooklyn Review. She’s also edited young adult books and web sites for kids, parents and adults who refuse to grow up. Her work has appeared in Her Circle Ezine, Pomp & Circumstance, Brainworld Magazine, Forte’ and Suspicious Zoology.