Queen's Ferry Press

Adulterous Generation
Amy L Clark

Amy L Clark is a writer and educator. She has had fiction and nonfiction published in literary journals, including Hobart, Juked, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Action Yes Quarterly, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Litro. She works as a Writing Specialist for Northeastern University’s Foundation Year program.

January 2016

So Many True Believers
Tyrone Jaeger

Tyrone Jaeger is the author of the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note. His work is published in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, in such journals as The Oxford American, descant, West Branch Wired, The Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, PRISM International, Indiana Review, Toad Suck Review, and many others. He is an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. So Many True Believers is his first short story collection.

February 2016

Whiskey, Etc.
Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, a semi-finalist for the VCU First Novelist award, and the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting. Her flash fiction appears in many anthologies and journals, including Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward and New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, Booth, Fiction Southeast, and SmokeLong. She has received fellowships from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ucross Foundation, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She lives in Pittsburgh where she works as a freelance food writer and teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies programs.

photo credit: Heather Mull

March 2016

Sarah Van Arsdale

Sarah Van Arsdale’s third novel, Grand Isle, was published by SUNY Press in 2012. Her second, Blue, winner of the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2003, and her first, Toward Amnesia, was published in 1996 by Riverhead Books. Her poetry, book reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in national publications, including Guernica, Passages North, Fiction Writers Review, Bookslut, Episodic, and Oxford Magazine. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and teaches in the Whidbey The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program and at NYU; she serves on the board of the Ferro–Grumley Award in Fiction and curates BLOOM: The Reading Series at Hudson View Gardens in New York City.

April 2016

All the Ways We Say Goodbye
Victoria Kelly

Victoria Kelly received her B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University, her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she was a U.S. Mitchell Scholar. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in dozens of anthologies and journals including The Best American Poetry series, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, and North American Review, among others. Her debut novel will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughters.

May 2016

Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall
James Magruder

James Magruder’s adaptations of works by Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Dickens, Hofmannsthal, and Giraudoux have been staged on and off–Broadway, across the country, and in Germany and Japan. His stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Subtropics, Bloom, The Normal School, New Stories from the Midwest, and elsewhere. His début novel, Sugarless, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. His collection of stories, Let Me See It, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2014. He is a four–time fellow of the MacDowell Colony and his writing has also been supported by the Kenyon Playwrights Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where he was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. He lives in Baltimore and teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College.

June 2016

Middle West
Marc Watkins

Marc Watkins has published work in Boulevard, Foxing Quarterly, Slice Magazine, Story Quarterly, Third Coast, Texas Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, Boulevard’s ‘Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers’, The David Baker Short Story Award, and received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the Midwest.

A native of the Midwest, he dropped out of high school and worked as a handyman, janitor, and car washer before entering college. He received his MFA at Texas State University–San Marcos, where he was awarded the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently a contributing editor at Boulevard and was a guest fiction editor for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. He lives in Oxford, MS and teaches writing at the University of Mississippi. Middle West is his first book.

June 2016

Bad Faith
Theodore Wheeler

Theodore Wheeler’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New American Voices, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, and Five Chapters, among others, and received special mention in a Pushcart Prize anthology. His fiction chapbook, On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown, was released by Edition Solitude in 2015. A graduate of the Creighton University MFA program, he’s won the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest, the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar, and in 2014 was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He lives in Omaha with his wife and two daughters, where he is a legal reporter covering the civil courts of Nebraska.

July 2016

The Summer She Was Under Water
Jen Michalski

Jen Michalski is the author of the novel The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), the couplet of novellas Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books 2013), and two collections of fiction (From Here, Aqueous Books 2014 and Close Encounters, So New 2007). She lives in Baltimore, where she runs the reading series Starts Here! and the journal jmww. In 2013 she was voted one of 50 Women to Watch by the Baltimore Sun and Best Author by Baltimore Magazine. You can find her at jenmichalski.com and https://twitter.com/MichalskiJen.

August 2016

A Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms
Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig’s stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, Quarterly West, Seattle Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her fiction awards include descant’s Sandra Brown Short Fiction prize, the Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award in Fiction, and Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. She has also received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Hedgebrook, and the Heinz Foundation and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She teaches creative writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

September 2016

Future Perfect
Matthew James Babcock

Professor by day and by night a man who goes to bed early, Matthew James Babcock has traipsed around the globe only to return home to Idaho, where he goes owling before sunrise, walks and bikes compulsively, and battles suburbia with his wife, Missy, and their five children. His fiction has appeared in Dialogue, Wild Violet, Construct, Ampersand Review, The Battered Suitcase, The Rejected Quarterly, Starry Night Review, and White Whale Review. Press 53 awarded his novella, &lquo;He Wanted to Be a Cartoonist for The New Yorker,&rquo; first prize in its annual competition. He holds degrees from Utah State, Binghamton University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his scholarship on New England writer, Robert Francis, can be found in The Journal of Ecocriticism and Private Fire: The Ecopoetry and Prose of Robert Francis (University of Delaware Press). He teaches writing and literature at BYU-Idaho.

October 2016

Lesser American Boys
Zach VandeZande

Zach VandeZande spent too much of his life in Houston, TX, not enough of his life in Denton, TX, and now lives in Carrboro, NC with his girlfriend. He is the author of Apathy and Paying Rent and the co-editor of Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature: Worldly Teaching, and his work has appeared or will soon appear in Portland Review, Passages North, Atlas Review, Gettysburg Review, Cutbank, Thin Air, The Boiler, and elsewhere. He holds a PhD of fiction from the University of North Texas. He likes baking bread, hammocks, and people who bring their dogs.

November 2016

Everyone Was There
Anthony Varallo

Anthony Varallo is the author of This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me< and I’ll Know (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press). His stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Epoch, New England Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he has received an NEA Fellowship in Literature. Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

photo credit: Leslie Ryann McKellar

December 2016

In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These
Kat Meads

Kat Meads is the author of 15 previous books and chapbooks of prose and poetry, including: 2:12 a.m.; Not Waving; For You, Madam Lenin; Little Pockets of Alarm; The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan; Sleep; and a mystery novel written under the pseudonym Z.K. Burrus. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship, two Silicon Valley artist grants and artist residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony, Dorland, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Other prizes include the Chelsea award for fiction, the New Letters award for essay, and the Editors’ Choice award from Drunken Boat. Her short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and elsewhere. She is a three–time ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and four of her essays have been selected as Notables in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Essays series. Her novel For You, Madam Lenin received an IPPY (Independent Publisher Award) Silver Medal and was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal for thought–provoking literature. Her most recent book publication, the essay collection 2:12 a.m., received an IPPY Gold Medal. A native of North Carolina, she teaches in Oklahoma City University’s low–residency MFA program.

March 2017

When Things Were Green
Sion Dayson

Sion Dayson is an American writer living in Paris, France. Her work has appeared in The Writer, The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, Utne Reader, The Wall Street Journal, Courrier International, Numero Cinq and several anthologies, including Strangers in Paris, among other venues. She’s been a writer–in–residence at the Kerouac House and awarded a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Sion holds an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is at work on her second book.

April 2017

You Can Walk Home
Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Hughes is the author of Dear Mrs. Lindbergh (W.W. Norton, 2003). A graduate of Yale University, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Hughes is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Rhode Island, where she lives with her family.

June 2017