Contributors

for October 2011

  • Kathryn Borel is a journalist and the author of the book Corked, which was nominated last year for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal, a prize that is important only in Canada. She lives in L.A.
  • Alvin Buenaventura publishes comics and books with Pigeon Press. He is also the editor for the forthcoming monograph The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist to be released in the Spring of 2012. blogflumer.blogspot.com
  • Andrés Carrasquillo lives, works, and volunteers in the Chicagoland area.
  • Dorian Geisler grew up in Texas, attended U.C. Berkeley, and taught high-school English as an NYC Teaching Fellow. He graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the spring of 2010. He recently cofounded the review HOOT.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • Chinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright, and author from Oakland, California. In 2002, she was the inaugural recipient of the 826 Valencia Young Author’s Scholarship, which she used to complete her undergraduate studies at NYU. She is currently pursuing her MFA in writing for film and TV at USC. chinakahodge.com
  • Nick Hornby lives in North London.
  • Kate Rutledge Jaffe grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Now she lives and writes in Missoula, Montana. She has work published or forthcoming in Narrative, the Adirondack Review, and Caketrain, and is the assistant editor of Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives (McSweeney’s, 2010).
  • Tom La Farge has written four works of fiction (published by Sun & Moon and Green Integer) and three pamphlets in the series 13 Writhing Machines, a manual for constrained writing (Proteotypes). He lives in Brooklyn. proteotypes.org and tomlafarge.com
  • Jonathan Lethem has written either twelve or fourteen books, and is at work on the thirteenth or fifteenth. His collection The Ecstasy of Influence will be published in November. He lives in Los Angeles and Maine.
  • Lisa Levy is a writer in Brooklyn. She blogs at deadcritics.com and tweets at RealLiveCritic.
  • Dave Mandl is a producer/DJ at WFMU and music editor at the Brooklyn Rail. His writing has appeared in the Wire, Mute, the Village Voice, and Yeti. He coedited the books Radiotext(e) (with Neil Strauss) and Cassette Mythos (with Robin James).
  • Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, and other books. His column, Real Life Rock Top Ten, runs monthly in the Believer.
  • Victoria Nelson’s second collection of stories, A Bestiary of My Heart, will appear this month from InkerMen Press. Her critical work Gothicka, a sequel to The Secret Life of Puppets, will be published by Harvard University Press in April 2012.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Jason Polan is illustrations editor of the Believer.
  • Russell Quinn is a designer, developer, and entrepreneur, currently based in San Francisco. He once wrote game-console development tools for Sony.
  • John Reed is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice (Delacorte), Snowball’s Chance (Roof, SPD bestseller), and The Whole (Simon & Schuster), as well as the play All the World’s a Grave (Penguin) and the illustrated essay collection Tales of Woe (MTV). His work has appeared in Art in America, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, and many other publications.
  • Monte Reel lives in Buenos Aires. His first book, The Last of the Tribe, was published by Scribner last year.
  • Nick Rombes, an English professor at the University of Detroit, Mercy, is the author of Cinema in the Digital Age (Wallflower Press, 2009) and A Cultural Dictionary of Punk (Continuum 2009). His work has appeared in the Oxford American, Filmmaker Magazine, and the Rumpus.
  • Alex Scordelis is a writer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and the coauthor of Causing a Scene (HarperCollins). He also writes about music for Paper magazine.
  • Kent Shaw’s first book, Calenture, was published in 2008. His poems have appeared recently in Boston Review, Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, and other magazines. He is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia State University.
  • Ross Simonini edits the Believer.
  • Drew Smith is a writer living in Austin.
  • Billy Sothern, a Louisiana death-penalty lawyer, is the author of Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City. He is working on a memoir about becoming a criminal-defense attorney after years of feeling like a criminal.
  • Sarah Thyre is the author of Dark at the Roots and an actress best known for her work on Strangers with Candy. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids and often talks into a microphone for a living.
  • Annie Julia Wyman is a graduate student in the Department of English at Harvard.