Contributors

The Fabulist is honored to support the work of a diverse and growing group of writers and creative artists from around the world.  For more information about our contributor’s recent projects, current publications and past awards,  please check out their bios below. 

Tram Nguyen

Tram Nguyen

Tram Nguyen is the former Executive Editor of ColorLines Magazine, and a former reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Amerasia Journal, New California Media, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her coverage of civil liberties earned her a New California Media Award in 2003; her book, “We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories From Immigrant Communities After 9/11″ (Beacon), was published in September 2005.
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Thomas Haddad

Thomas Haddad

I was on the 89th floor of WTC 1 on 9/11. My office faced north ... which put me 30 feet below the site of impact. My office was within the huge hole that was seen in all of the news coverage. That I got out at all was a miracle.

My job as Creative Director has never lent itself to incorporating illustrations, so my main creative focus for years was strictly on design. In fact, I'm embarrassed to say, for years I had lost touch with drawing completely.

As a visual person, the events of 9/11 were overwhelming and I began to shut down. Thankfully my wife had the insight to recognize that I needed to refocus myself — she thought that a reconnection with drawing could help me through my emotions. So she bought me a sketchbook and suggested that I use it as a diary in pictures. That's how I started drawing on the bus. It took me four years of drawing before I ever shared them with anyone. These are very personal works for me, exploring my feelings about life.
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Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton's essays and travel writing can be found at National Geographic Traveler, Al Jazeera America, The BBC, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, The New Statesman, Tin House Open Bar, The American Reader, Outside, and more. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc, Shimmer, PANK, and more. She is the winner of The Spectator's 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She has recently completed her first novel.

She is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, working on a doctorate in theology and fin de siecle French literature.
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Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko ("A Roadful of Ducks," "Tales of the Natural," "Stop, Before It's Too Late!") publishes her writing widely, magazines such as The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Fiction International, Evergreen Review, Mad Hatters Review, Bewildering Stories, Rose and Thorn, Cezanne’s Carrot, and many more

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Steve Moore

Steve Moore (“Incident at Oscuro”) currently lives in Carrboro, NC with his wife and daughter. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics, but has spent the last four years working as a researcher in the areas of parapsychology and cognitive science. He spends most of his free time writing short works of speculative fiction and prose. He also manages to knock out the occasional abstract painting or folk song.

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Rosanne Griffeth

Rosanne Griffeth

Rosanne Griffeth has stories published by Mslexia, The Potomac, Now and Then, Pank, Night Train, Keyhole Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, Thieves Jargon and Six Little Things, among other places.
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Michael Plemmons

Michael Plemmons

Michael Plemmons (“Spoons”) is the author of a number of short stories, and of Fianna, a history of the Irish-American Fenian invasions of Canada. His fiction has appeared in The North American Review, Flash Fiction Online, Sudden Fiction, and in diverse anthologies, and has been featured on NPR. He lives in Wisconsin.
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Philip Myers

Philip Myers

Philip C. Myers Is an artist and writer living in Hermitage (Patagonia) Pennsylvania. His most recent works deal with Iron Oxide and Stone. He has displayed his works both nationally and internationally.
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Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz

After years of writing and painting, Peter Schwartz (“The Breath Between Wonder & Dread: Seven Photographs”) has moved to another medium: photography. In the past his work has been featured in Existere, Failbetter, Hobart, International Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Reed, and Willard & Maple. http://www.sitrahahra.com
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell (the dream/life triptych) received the South Carolina State Fiction Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Emprise Review and others. She is a NEH Independent Study Fellow, a fiction editor for Prick of the Spindle, and curator of the Why There Are Words lit reading series. http://pegalfordpursell.com
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Pam Benjamin

Pam Benjamin

Pam Benjamin (“To Whom it May Concern”) was awarded an MA in Fiction from San Francisco State University in 2010, and is also working on her MFA in Poetry Ink. She published “The Pigeon Chronicles or Bike Messenger Assassins” in summer 2010. She is the co-host of “Common Threads” on the PCR Collective in San Francisco.
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Oscar Pelta

Born in Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in a displaced-persons camp that had been a concentration camp, Oscar Pelta came to the United States on the USS General M.L. Hershey six months later. "My parents bought a little bakery in the black ghetto of North Philly where I encountered a living poetic oral tradition on the streets of Susquehanna Avenue in the form of street poems, jump rope songs, nasty nursery rhymes and the blues. I am a bona fide ragman for my livelihood, which trade I ply in California and environs from the safety of Vancouver Island, B.C., where I live with my wife Connie, an academic and PhD, on an acre of big old trees. My full time avocation is the practicing and playing of fretted string instruments. My daughter Enion Pelta Tiller is a wizard fiddler in many bands as well as in her own band Taarka (www.taarka.com), which she leads with her husband, mandolinist David TIller." Pelta's poetry can be found at www.dreamagic.com/poetry/pelta.html and elsewhere online.

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Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg is the author of a short story collection published in Russia, where she was born in 1979. She received a BS in international business from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in comparative literature from San Francisco State University. Her essay on Lydia Chukovskaya, a Soviet writer and poet who devoted her career to defending dissidents such as Solzhenitsyn and Sakharov, accompanies two works of Chukovskaya’s fiction. Zilberbourg is an associate editor of Narrative and lives in San Francisco.
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Nora Boydston

Nora Boydston is the founder of Cartwheels For Justice and the Prose Editor of LIT magazine. She received her MFA in Fiction from the New School.

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Noah Sanders

Noah Sanders

Noah Sanders has spent most of his writerly time delving in to the deep, dark corners of film, food and music. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his lovely girlfriend Alex and their mischievous pooch Arlo.
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Niall Boyce

Niall Boyce

N.P. Boyce is a writer and editor based in London. He’s previously published short stories in magazines including Litro and Dark Horizons, and with Big Finish’s Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield ranges. He has also provided non-fiction material for Classic Doctor Who DVDs. Other related work includes journal articles on artists such as the cartoonist Ronald Searle and the Victorian painter Richard Dadd.
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Michael C. Keith

Michael C. Keith

Michael C. Keith (“Losing His Head,” “Color Bind,” “The Burning Turtle”) is the author of over 20 books on electronic media, as well as a memoir and three books of fiction. Prior to joining Boston College, Keith was Chair of Education at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. He is the recipient of the International Radio Television Society’s Stanton Fellow Award and others. http://michaelckeith.com
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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win‘s poetry and prose has been published in diverse print and online journals. She is co-founder of Comet and co-publisher of Stretcher. She received a Women Writers Fellowship in Italy and completed a residency at Can Serrat in Spain. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and is a freelancer at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
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Matt Tuckey

Matt Tuckey

Matt Tuckey is a writer from Oldham, England. He covers night life, Manchester, fitness, creative writing, social media, confidence and events. Some of this may, in some way, help others. Or maybe it'll just entertain you for a while.
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Masha Rumer

Masha Rumer

Masha Rumer (“The Bread Muse”) teaches college journalism and writing in San Francisco and holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature. Her work has appeared in Vestal Review, SFWeekly.com, The Moscow Times, The Huffington Post, Dow Jones Newswires and others, and won awards from the New York Press Association.
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Mark Dutcher

Mark Dutcher

Born in 1963 in Newport Beach, California, Mark Dutcher has been exhibiting in Southern California since the early 1990s. He has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Solway Jones Gallery. Dutcher’s work has been in numerous group shows, including the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and C24 gallery in New York.
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    Kevlin Henney

    Kevlin Henney

    Kevlin Henney (“Remembrance of Things Past”) writes shorts and flashes and drabbles of fiction and articles and books on software development. His fiction has appeared online and on tree with Litro, Fiction365, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-oil Cure, New Scientist and FlashStories.net. He blogs at asemantic.net, tweets as @KevlinHenney and lives in Bristol, UK.
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    Julia Patt

    Julia Patt

    Julia Patt is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at UNC Greensboro, where she was a fiction editor for The Greensboro Review. Her young adult novels—i was a fourth grade zombie slayer and Through Waterless Places—were both shortlisted for Mslexia’s 2012 Children’s Novel Competition, and her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Surreal South ’11, Stymie, and PANK. She lives in Maryland, where she attends the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College.
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    Josh Mulholland

    Josh Mulholland

    Josh Mulholland (“The Story of the Oogalooga Man” and “With Virgil”) is a writer and educator in Oakland, California.
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    John Zic

    John Zic holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and is working on a novel. His poetry has appeared in Fierce Hunger, an anthology of poetry from Writing Ourselves Whole. He has been a director and actor with Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, TheatreWorks, and Young Performer’s Theatre, and he taught at the Academy of Art.

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    Jeremy Adam Smith

    Jeremy Adam Smith

    Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor of Shareable.net and an author and blogger whose work focuses on family and community life. Prior to helping launch Shareable.net in October 2009, Jeremy was the senior editor of Greater Good magazine, the founding director of the Independent Press Development Fund, and publisher of Dollars and Sense magazine. He blogs about the politics of parenting at Daddy Dialectic. In 2010-11, Smith will be a Knight fellow at Stanford University.
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    Jenny Bitner

    Jenny Bitner

    Jenny Bitner’s fiction has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Her nonfiction has appeared in Utne Reader, To-Do List, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and Men’s Health.She organized Irrational Exuberance, a cross-genre series combining music, visual art, writing, performance art and lectures, and a literary reading series, The Basement Reading Series. Pine Press published a chapbook of her poetry entitled Mother. She has finished a novel, Here Is a Game We Can Play, and is seeking a publisher. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.
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    Jen Burke Anderson

    Jen Burke Anderson

    Jen Burke Anderson is a writer, thinker, and activist obsessed with media, cultural democracy, common values, and the impact of ideas on society. She writes about music, film, media, culture, politics, and society, usually with a humorous bent and spirit of self-inquiry.
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    James Willaman

    James Willaman

    James Willaman suffers from RAS or Restless Artist Syndrome. His condition compels James to tour almost constantly, both nationally and internationally, with a wide array of musical acts, from an Elton John impersonators to Austin based singer-songwriters. Recently, James has begun to focus on original material, recording A Trip to the City with Terry Dach in 2012, and releasing his first solo CD, The Mystery is Here, in late 2013. In his work with the Walnut Lodge over the last 14 years, James has also written several plays including two musicals. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Westminster College (2005) and a Master’s Degree in the field of Islamic History in South and Central Asia from The University of Wisconsin (2008) learning both Farsi and Urdu in the course of his studies.Check him out at jameswillaman.com/.
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    James Hirtz

    James Hirtz

    James Hirtz (“The Men”) is a graduate of Kent State University and the Universit of Akron. He writes on the authorial experience for his blog Now Trending. Previously published fiction can be viewed at Blood Lotus, (A Brilliant) Record, Slow Trains, Unheard Magazine, and Southpaw Journal (Editor’s Choice selection). His poetry can be enjoyed in Psychic Meatloaf and The Monarch Review.
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    Hugh Behm-Steinberg

    Hugh Behm-Steinberg

    Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press). With Matt Davignon he performs as Oa, whose first record will be released in January 2014 on Edgetone records. He teaches writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.
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    Holly Day

    Holly Day

    Holly Day (“Finding me hesitant, the daffodils fall back”) is a travel-writing instructor living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two children. Her most recent nonfiction books are Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Walking Twin Cities.
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    Heather Bourbeau

    Heather Bourbeau

    Heather Bourbeau’s latest book, "Daily Palm Castings," is a collection of poems profiling people in often-overlooked professions, and inspired by works by Lyle Lovett, Wim Wenders and Studs Terkel. She is a researcher, analyst, writer and reporter specializing in government policy, human rights, international conflicts, and economic development.
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    Grove Koger

    Grove Koger

    Grove Koger is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure and Associate Editor of Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal. He writes for Laguna Beach Art Patron Magazine and has published fiction in Phantasmacore, Lacuna, Danse Macabre, Two Words For, and Mulberry Fork Review. His essay on the Greek mastic trade, “The Tears of Chios,” appeared recently in The Island Review.
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    Gail Trunick

    Gail Trunick

    “My clay and mixed media sculptures range from whimsical to ethereal and I strive to create work with context and meaning. My pieces tell stories, discuss events, narrate biographies and make strong statements. Making art is a problem-solving process in which texture and form are my catalyst. My work is often a metaphor for life, which is full of happiness and sadness, comings and goings, loss and recovery, upheaval and calm, forward thrusts and backward pushes. I use everything I see and dream to weave images in my minds eye into works of sculpture. My heart, my sense of humor, and my style of rendering my thoughts into three dimensions, are what make my sculptures uniquely mine. I am committed to going beyond what is in view and toward what I have yet to discover.” — Gail Trunick

    View a short video on Trunick: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2013/06/the-art-of-rust-sculptures-by-gail-trunick/276498/
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    Leah Erickson

    Leah Erickson

    Leah Erickson ("Ministry of Presence") has had her work published in a wide array of literary magazines and journals, including The Saint Ann's Review, The Summerset Review, Forge Journal, Eclectica, and The Coachella Review. She lives near Newport, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter, and is at work on a novel.
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    David Slebodnick

    David Slebodnick

    David Slebodnick is an illustrator, fine artist, and animator residing in Ohio.Between meals his time is spent staring at a screen, paints, or a canvas, trying to fill time available with artistic progression.He has a handful of group shows under his belt from all around the world, but is still working on getting his name out and refining/discovering his style.
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    David Goldberg

    David Goldberg

    David Goldberg (“Confluence: Five Landscapes” and “Chimerae: Three Portraits”) is a San Francisco photographer whose images have shown extensively in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He has published three books and is an instructor of photography at UC Berkeley.
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    David Arnold

    David Arnold (“I, Hog”) is a student at Stanford University.

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    Daniel “Cactus” Hintz

    Daniel “Cactus” Hintz

    Daniel “Cactus” Hintz (“New Existence” and “To Broil a Horse”) performs in the experimental ensembles Leavenworth and the Hydrogen Pellets. He also publishes poetry and collaborates on the cassette-only label Nice Ass Tapes.
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    Craig Latchaw

    Craig Latchaw

    Ever wonder what it's like to have bi-polar depression in one of United States' most depressing cities? Well now you can, Craig Latchaw Jr. AKA. ZombieTurtleComics gives you a window into his every day to day, with his autobiographical comics done in a couple different cartooning styles. See him as a floating head trying to figure out how to deal with getting older, a slight addiction to beer and making important life choices, like quitting a real job to focus on cartooning. See him as a failed super hero who never seems to accomplish his life goals as his bad decisions ruin his already crappy life(very loosely based on reality), or just see him as he sees himself making sense of the weirdness around him, as he deals with OCD, IBS and a bothersome roommate! These amusing yet sad comics lamely come to life before your very eyes, with every poorly drawn line and half-assed scenery! Oh, and Craig is Co-Creator of an unnamed underground alternative Zine, and co-host of a ridiculous YouTube channel called Spare Time!
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    Bosley Gravel

    Bosley Gravel

    Bosley Gravel (“An Honest Attempt,” “The Courtship of Lady Boo-Boo,” (“Tintamarre-ruckus-bedlam-pother-and-brawl, Behave!”) is an eclectic hack writer living in New Mexico. His fiction focuses on the absurdly tragic, and the tragically absurd. He likes good black coffee, nightmares, Billie Holiday, and that hour just before the sun comes up. His debut literary novel “The Movie” was nominated for the New Mexico Book Award.
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    Andrew Goldfarb

    Andrew Goldfarb

    Andrew Goldfarb ("Slub Glub & the Weird World of the Weeping Willows") draws the comic strip “Ogner Stump’s One Thousand Sorrows,” and tours as the Slow Poisoner, a surrealistic one-man rock 'n' roll band. His Genuine Slow Poisoner Miracle Tonic is an effective treatment for Elephantiasis, Cholera, Barnacles, Boils, The Fits, Excessive Abscesses, Lavender Fever, General Wasting, Consumption, Women’s Troubles, Gout, Neuralgia, Wandering Limbs, Stoutness, Onanism and Disinterested Bladder. He will plunge to his death over Niagara Falls in 2068.
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    Amanda Williamsen

    Ohio-born poet Amanda Williamsen is a former Poet Laureate of Cupertino, California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, red wheelbarrow, and Pathways, a journal of the Ohio Humanities Council. She now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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    Adam Myers

    Adam Myers

    Adam Myers is the Art Director for The Fabulist Words & Art.
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    Abha Iyengar

    Abha Iyengar

    Abha Iyengar (“Togetherness”) lives in New Delhi, and has had work published in Bewildering Stories, Pure Slush, New Asian Writing,The Asian Writer, Urban Shots, Muse India and elsewhere. She has received numerous awards and was a 2009-2010 Lavanya Sankaran Writing Fellow. Her poem film Parwaaz won the Special Jury Prize at Patras, Greece. http://abhaiyengar.com
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