Best of the Net 2008  


Teju Cole is the author of Every Day is for the Thief, published by Cassava Republic Press. He lives in Brooklyn.

Pat Daneman has published or has poetry forthcoming in Poem, The Cortland Review,, Blood Orange Review, Apple Valley 'Review, Inkwell, RE:AL, Freshwater Poetry and other small magazines. She has a masters degree in creative writing from Binghamton (NY) University. She is a creative director in Kansas City.

Deborah DeNicola's most recent publication is Inside Light, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press and her spiritual memoir The Future That Brought Her Here, is forthcoming in May 2009 from Nicholas Hays /Ibis Press. A full collection of poetry, Original Human, is also scheduled for publication in 2010 from Custom Words Press. Deborah edited the anthology Orpheus & Company; Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, from The University Press of New England. Previous books include Where Divinity Begins from Alice James Books and two award winning chapbooks. She received an NEA for her poetry in 1997.

Jehanne Dubrow's work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Hardship Post, winner of the Three Candles Press First Book Prize (2009), and a chapbook, The Promised Bride (Finishing Line 2007). A second collection, From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers' Publishing House Award and will be published in 2009. Her third poetry collection, Stateside, will be released by Northwestern University Press in 2010.

Patrick Ryan Frank has had poems published in Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, North American Review, and other journals. His work has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2008, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He studied poetry at Northwestern University and Boston University, and he is currently a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rob Hardy is the author of The Collecting Jar, which won the 2005 Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Competition. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, both print and online, and in several anthologies, including 33 Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press 2000). He also writes a regular blog, "Rough Draft".

Paul Hostovsky's poems appear widely online and in print. He has won a Pushcart Prize, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, and The Frank Cat Press. He has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. His first full-length collection, Bending the Notes, is available from Main Street Rag.

Barry Jay Kaplan's stories have appeared in Descant, Bryant Literary Review, Upstreet, Brink, Tobybashi, Amarillo Bay, Talking River, Storyglossia, Apple Valley Review (Pushcart Prize nomineee) and others. His novels include Black Orchid (Dial Press) and Biscayne (Simon and Schuster). He is currently working on a novel, Other People's Lives.

Youna Kwak was born in Seoul, raised in Silver Spring, and has lived, studied and worked in Providence, Paris, Montana, and Manhattan. Now she lives in Missoula or Brooklyn, depending on the season.

Amy Fetzer Larakers has had poems published in Near South and blossombones. She studied poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught as an adjunct writing instructor at North Park University. She currently lives in Wheaton, IL.

Diane Lockward's second collection, What Feeds Us (Wind Publications) received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Eve's Red Dress (Wind Publications, 2003). Her poems have appeared in such print journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, and in such online journals as Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Del Sol Review, and Mezzo Cammin. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac.

Christopher Lowe's fiction has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Fiction Weekly, and Superstition Review. Born in Jackson, MS, he was educated at Mississippi University for Women (accepting men since 1982) and McNeese State University. He now lives in Lake Charles, LA.

Clay Matthews is the author of Superfecta and two chapbooks: Muffler (H_NGM_N B_ _KS) and Western Reruns (End & Shelf Books). He currently lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Jill McCorkle is the author of five novels: The Cheer Leader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach and Carolina Moon and three story collections: Crash Diet, Final Vinyl Days and Creatures of Habit. Her new collection, Going Away Shoes, will be published Fall 2009. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South, among other publications. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis and Bennington College. She is currently on faculty at NC State University.

Jeff Newberry is the author of A Visible Sign (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a nominee for the Conference on Christianity and Literature's Book of the Year. The recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Georgia, where he and his students edit Pegasus, the college's literary magazine. His recent work has appeared in Anti-, The Cortland Review, and Memorious.

South African-born in 1963, Wayne Shannon grew up in Saunders House, a Durban-based orphanage, and attended Glenwood Boys' High School until 1979. Wayne has been published in South Africa, the USA, England, and Australia. He studied Creative Writing at Seattle Writers' Workshop. Wayne is a Boeing 747-400 captain with a major airline and has written poetry and short stories for much of his life. Wayne now lives in Germany's Black Forest with his wife and two children, and is currently working on a collection of poetry.

Susan Slaviero is the author of two poetry chapbooks: An Introduction to the Archetypes (Shadowbox Press, 2008) and Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flyway, Fourteen Hills, Eclectica, Goblin Fruit, RHINO, and elsewhere. She designs and co-edits the online literary journal, blossombones.

Cheryl Snell's books include a novel, Shiva's Arms, and five collections of poetry. She serves as book reviews editor for Alsop Review, and blogs at and

As a boy, Lafayette Wattles was once locked in an outhouse for over an hour. He's been trying to make up for his lost childhood ever since. Lafayette has "modeled" for Tommy Hilfiger, "acted" with Amanda Plummer, taught kids in England (perhaps setting them back hundreds of years). He has been a factory worker, a banker, and a jeweler, among other things. He is currently working on a Young Adult novel-in-verse titled A Boy Called Mo: The Fictionalized Tale of a Very Real Life. A Ucross Fellow, Lafayette's poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Juked, FRIGG, 13th Warrior Review, poeticdiversity, Thick with Conviction, and Not Just Air among others.