UFR Presents


James Tadd Adcox’s work has appeared in TriQuarterlyThe Literary ReviewPANKBarrelhouseMid-American Review, and Another Chicago Magazine, among other places. He is the author of The Map of the System of Human Knowledge. He lives in Chicago.

Read our interview with Adcox here


Matt Bell is the author of Cataclysm Babya novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction, as well as three chapbooks, Wolf PartsThe Collectors, and How the Broken Lead the Blind. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Unsaid,and American Short Fiction, and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. He works as an editor at Dzanc Books, where he also runs the literary magazine The Collagist. In Fall 2011, he began teaching writing at the University of MichiganMore here.

Read our interview with Bell here.


Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books). Her essays have appeared in The RumpusThe Nervous BreakdownMr. Beller’s Neighborhood andFreerange Nonfiction. She is the founder and curator of the Hudson River Loft Reading Series. She lives in upstate New York. More at www.chloecaldwell.com.

Read our interview with Caldwell here.


Jordan Castro (b. 1992) is the author of Supercomputer (Deckfight Press, 2011) and two other e-books.  He is the co-author of Cute (Thumbscrews Press, 2011) and two other chapbooks.  He maintains a blog and a twitter account.

Read our interview with Castro here.


Jürgen Fauth is a writer, film critic, translator, editor, photographer, and co-founder of the literary community Fictionaut. He was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and received his doctorate from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives with his wife, writer Marcy Dermansky, and their daughter Nina. More here.

Read our interview with Fauth here.


Heather Fowler‘s fabulist fiction has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, as well as recently nominated for both the storySouthMillion Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net.  She was Guest Editor for Zoetrope All-Story Extra in March and April of 2000. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, was recently featured at The Nervous Breakdown,  poeticdiversity  and The Medulla Review. Please visit her website at www.heatherfowlerwrites.com.

Read our interview with Fowler here.


Brian Gallivan wrote and performed four revues on The Second City Mainstage in Chicago (Red ScareIraqtile DysfunctionWAR! Now In Its 4th Smash Year, and Between Barack and a Hard Place). Before that he was a member of Second City’s National Touring Company. Most recently, his character Sassy Gay Friend has been a YouTube andSecond City sensation.

Read our interview with Gallivan here.


Molly Gaudry is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was nominated for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. She is the author of We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Awards for Poetry and has been nominated for the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize. She is the founder and creative director of The Lit Pub. You can find her at her website, here.

Read our interview with Gaudry here.


Caits Meissner and Tishon are the authors of The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, as well as the founders of Well&Often Press. Meissner, winner of the OneWorld Poetry Contest, attended the 2008 inaugural Pan-African Literary Forum in Accra, Ghana where she studied under Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and other luminaries from the literary African diaspora. Tishon is a designer, writer and poet who has read his work at Bowery Poetry Club, LouderARTS Reading Series, La Mama and other venues in New York and New Jersey.

Read our interview with Meissner and Tishon here.


Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say (PANK, 2011) and Cut Through the Bone (Dark Sky Books, 2010) the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by The Story Prize.Her work has or will appear in World Literature TodayThe Irish TimesThe Chattahoochee Review, Los Angeles ReviewPotomac Review and Southeast Review Online, among many others. She earned her MFA in fiction from Mills College, California. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. You can find her at her website, here.

Read our interview with Rohan here.


Kevin Sampsell is an editor (Portland Noir and other books), publisher (Future Tense Press), bookstore employee (Powell’s Books), and author. His latest book is A Common Pornography. He lives in Portland, Oregon. www.kevinsampsell.com

Read our interview with Sampsell here.


Curtis Smith’s stories and essays have been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. Press 53 has released his last two story collections (The Species Crown and Bad Monkey). Casperian Books has published his last two novels (Sound and Noise and Truth or Something Like It). His most recent book is Witness, an essay collection from Sunnyoutside Press. More at http://www.curtisjsmith.com/.

Read our interview with Smith here.


Brian Spears is the Poetry Editor of The Rumpus, as well as a published poet. He is also an Instructor of English at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition. His first book, A Witness in Exile, is available from Louisiana Literature Press, and also from his website.

Read our interview with Spears here.


Robb Todd’s fiction has appeared in PANKThe FiddlebackWigleaf, Mud LusciousSpork,MonkeybicycleBluestem, and elsewhere. He is also the author fo a short story collection, Steal Me For Your Stories. He lives in New York. More here.

Read our interview with Todd here.


Brandi Wells is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She is the author of Please Don’t Be Upset and blogs at http://www.brandiwells.blogspot.com.

Read our interview with Wells here.


xTx has been published online in places such as PANKMonkeybicycleSmokelong Quarterlyelimae and Wigleaf. She is the author of Nobody Trusts A Black MagicianHe Is Talking to the Fat Lady and Normally Special. She says nothing at www.notimetosayit.com.

Read our interview with xTx here.


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