for October 2013

  • Kazim Ali’s books include four volumes of poetry, most recently Sky Ward, as well as two novels and two collections of essays. He is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College and a founding editor of Nightboat Books.
  • Giovan Alonzi edits a wildly experimental interviews-in-collage project at He lives and works and plays drums and plays chess and plays in a band called Void Boys and plays backgammon in San Francisco.
  • Rebecca Bates is a contributing editor at Guernica and the digital editorial assistant at Architectural Digest. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, LIT, and Wag’s Revue. She has written for the New Inquiry, NYLON, and other publications.
  • Alvin Buenaventura occasionally publishes comics and other things through Pigeon Press.
  • Aaron Cutler is a programming aide for the São Paulo International Film Festival and keeps a film criticism site, The Moviegoer, at
  • Matthew Erickson has written for Parkett, the Wire, Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gladtree Journal and a few other publications.
  • Jeremy Philip Galen is the co-host, with filmmaker Will Slocombe, of a podcast about the dangerous game of rewatching called The Great Debasers. He lives in San Francisco.
  • Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist whose writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Bookforum, Transition, the New York Observer, and Rolling Stone. She has taught at Columbia University, Bard College, and Eugene Lang College. More of her work can be found at
  • Anisse Gross lives and writes in San Francisco, where she serves as an editor for the Rumpus. She has capitulated to all forms of social media, where you can easily find her.
  • Caia Hagel interviews artists, celebrities, demigods, and monsters in search of the sublime.
  • Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.
  • 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.
  • Derek McCormack’s most recent novel is The Show That Smells. His previous novel, The Haunted Hillbilly, was named a best book of the year by both the Globe and Mail and the Village Voice, and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
  • Jess McHugh is a former Believer intern from Boston. She is studying comparative literature at Yale, where she writes about music for the Yale Herald and about feminism for Broad Recognition.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • Noah Pisner is a senior at Harvard University, where he was awarded the Ledecky Fellowship and holds editorial positions at the Harvard Advocate and the Harvard Crimson. He was born in Virginia and was previously a very important intern at McSweeney’s.
  • Tag Savage designs for Tumblr and lives in Brooklyn. He keeps a minor blog at
  • Will Sloan has written about culture for NPR and Random House, among others. He is from Toronto.