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Alabama Card Table: Arts and Literature from the Deep South

Greg Houser dropped out of real life in Philadelphia to come to MFA school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He updates his blog sometimes at

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Air Guitar

Josh Denslow lives in Austin, Texas where he plays the drums in the band Borrisokane with his wife and his brother-in-law. He is a staff editor at SmokeLong Quarterly and a blog editor at The Lit Pub. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Third Coast, Black Clock, Pear Noir!, Cutbank, Wigleaf and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, among others.

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Bookseller I’d Like to F***

Lacey N. Dunham has written for Ploughshares, The CollagistThe Washington Spark, and The Feminist Review, among others and is the editor of THIS Literary Magazine. She studied writing at Hollins University and lives in Minneapolis, MN, where she works as a publicity assistant for Atticus Books. You can find her on Twitter @bookbent.

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The Canny Valley: Between Fact & Fiction

Colin Dickey is the author of Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith, and Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius. He is a fairly regular contributor to Lapham’s Quarterly and The LA Review of Books, and his writing has also appeared in Cabinet, TriQuarterly, The Millions, and elsewhere. He is an amateur hagiographer and a professional phrenologist.

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Famous Battle Cries of Medieval Germany (And Other Stuff I’m Not Qualified to Talk About)

Katie Eisenberg isn’t qualified to talk about anything, really. She spends most of her time pretending to be a performer, writer, and artist in New York City. There are some people who sometimes mistake her for someone who is, in fact, qualified, and, as a result, she is given jobs and gigs and praise, which she may or may not deserve. Learn just how unqualified she is at

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Our House: At the Corner of Life and Dance Music

Camille Griep is a writer based in Seattle, Washington. She likes power outages, chrysanthemums, Chinese food, bears, dancing, and Pinot Gris. She dislikes wind, grocery shopping, loud noises, food fights, laminate flooring, sneezing, and smelly laundry detergent. When not hard at work on her first novel, she writes shorter fiction like “The Spider,” forthcoming in the July 2012 issue of On The Premises. She can also be found on twitter: @camillethegriep.

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Read it Loud: Notes from Storytime

Sara Lippmann is a freelance writer and editor. Her fiction has appeared in Our Stories, BLIP, Bluestem, Potomac Review, Word Riot, Slice Magazine, Storyglossia and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

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Time-Consuming, Complicated Cooking!

Corey Sabourin began cooking at a young age, later worked as a pastry chef, then decided to become a writer. He line-edits his fiction between kitchen tasks in New York.

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Travel By

Margaret LaFleur lives and works in Minneapolis. Writing this column is, in part, a way to soothe her un(der)treated wanderlust. She also updates her web presence monthly at

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Reading the Groove

Robert Stapleton is executive editor of Booth and teaches at Butler University. His writing has appeared in Word Riot, OCWeeklyBathhouseJournal of the Gulf War, Orange Room Reviewand elsewhere. He lives in Indianapolis.

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Exquisite Duet

the-duetMeg Tuite’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in 34th Parallel, Calliope, San Francisco Bay Press, One, the Journal, Fast Forward Press, Sententia Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine and elsewhere. She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review. Her fiction collection Domestic Apparition is forthcoming in early 2011 through San Francisco Bay Press.

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Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Duet was formerly Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Quartet. To view past installments of Exquisite Quartet, please click here. 

Lines & Notes

Aaron Wolfe lives in Brooklyn and is a film & TV editor, musician, writer, storyteller, and general trivia whiz. He is a third generation Holocaust survivor, a fourth generation socialist sympathizer, a five-time college drop out, and a little embarrassed about it all. He makes jokes and observations on Twitter (@aaronwolfe), writes and records more about his life at, tells stories at The Moth in NYC, is working on his third screenplay in his apartment, and you can tell him what you think about it all at

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