Jokes Review Contributors

Marc Allan is finishing his MFA at Butler University in Indianapolis. He was a journalist for 24 years before going to work at Butler, where he is news manager and an adjunct professor of journalism. His fiction has appeared in and the latest issue of So It Goes, the literary magazine of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. His journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Indianapolis Star, Writer's Digest and many other newspapers and magazines, and he is co-author of the book "Too Smart for the Ivy League: How to Give Your Kids the Best College Education for the Least Amount of Money."

Eric K. Auld is a writer and musician living out of Upstate NY. His work has been featured in McSweeney's Internet TendencyLifeHackerThought CatalogDefenestration, Grammar for Grown-ups, and the North Park Playwright Festival. He currently runs the Poem-A-Week Project at Follow him on Twitter @erickauld.

Jesse Breite’s recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, The Briar Cliff Review, and Prairie Schooner. He has been featured in Town Creek Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia. FutureCycle Press published his first chapbook, The Knife Collector, in 2013.

Michael Brockley is a 67-year old school psychologist who works in rural northeast Indiana. His poems have appeared in Zingara Poetry Picks, Third Wednesday, Flying Island, Panoplyzine and Poetry Breakfast. Poems are also forthcoming in Gargoyle.

Lane Chasek is a freelance writer in Lincoln, Nebraska. His poetry and fiction have appeared in LaurusContrast, and Journey. He lives with his wife and spends most of his free time at Vietnamese grocery stores.

C.Cimmone, a native Texan and deviant reader, credits her literary abilities to singers, songwriters, and comics. After a college advisor suggested, "You should consider changing your major—writing is never going to get you anywhere," she signed up for a BS in psychology and an open mic call at an Austin comedy club. C.Cimmone's short stories won a few books in college and a recent paper publication, who all sleep in her bookcase alongside jokes smeared on sticky notes, a rock collection, and a picture of a pug named after Jerry Seinfeld. 

Gabriel Congdon lives in Seattle where he is one of the creators of the web series &@. He occasionally gets acting gigs in films where he's usually some kind of fx monster, and has recently gotten some hologram work where he played a zombie for Microsoft's Actiongram. Gabriel enjoys the music of Gustav Mahler, yelling about the Renaissance, and teaching his friends tennis. His writing has appeared in numerous mags and journs, and his children’s play, "The Biz" is available from A Pocketful of Plays.

Georges Cornuto was born on a Tuesday in the muskeg south of Thibodaux where specks of land fall into sea like the fringe of a poorly-made dosa. While prolific in his early days, he has been on photo hiatus for many months, pursuing a passion project in collaboration with  Georges lives in Richmond, Virginia across the street from his estranged wife and their three year-old daughter, Caleigh.  

Mark Dwyer is an elementary school art educator in Sacramento, California. Both a former writing tutor and editor, he enjoys painting and fishing in his spare time. He holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento. He's also the art and fiction editor of Jokes Review. For more things, visit

Brianna Ferguson earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Her writing has appeared in The Minola Review, Polychrome Ink, Femmeuary, Mistake House, Effervescent, and the upcoming anthology, Another Place. 

Kyle Flak's newest book is called I AM SORRY FOR EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. It is scheduled to come out in January 2017 from Gold Wake Press.

Allen Forrest is a graphic artist and painter born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. 

Robert Douglas Friedman is a short story writer and humorist whose work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Narrative, Slow Trains, The Satirist, Penny Shorts, and many other publications. He lives in New Jersey. 

Brad G. Garber has shown his drawing and paintings since 1997, in the Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon area. His art and photographs have made it onto the front cover of Vine Leaves 2014 Anthology, and in Gravel Magazine, Poor Yorick Journal, On the Rusk Literary Journal, The Tishman Review, Mud Season Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Dirty Chai and Foliate Oak.

Eugene Goldin is a poet who lives in New York. His poetry has recently appeared in The Red River Review and The American Aesthetic, and will soon be published in the Avatar Review.

Henry Goldkamp lives in Saint Louis / New Orleans / the spirit of gratitude. He enjoys spreading it around / realizing how damn lucky this is. He has recent work in Mudfish / Hoot / Blood Orange Review / dryland / b(OINK) / Sierra Nevada Review / Pretty Owl / Foliate Oak / plenty others. His public art has been covered by Time / NPR / more. To read up on / contemporarily stalk Henry, google "henry goldkamp" / 'gram @wthstl with a fresh drink of your choice.

Trista Hurley-Waxali is an immigrant from Toronto, who finally listened to her parents advice and moved South. She has performed at Avenue 50, Stories Bookstore and internationally at O’bheal in Ireland and for Helsinki Poetry Connection. She writes weird short stories and is working on her novel, At This Juncture.

Jack is a California-based artist who draws stupid crap. To follow his work, visit

James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, May 2017). His poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. He has won the William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest and has been a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at

Geoffrey CK is a Sacramento artist, video-maker, and musician with the experimental pop project SUNMONKS.

Janne Karlsson is an artist living in Linköping, Sweden. His bizarre work is widely spread over the world. Considering the fact he's a poor sonofabitch, you should all hurry and buy his books, on Amazon or thru his website Before he starves to death. Janne also has a blog. Visit it here:

Paulus Kapteyn is a writer who resides in Portland Oregon. He has had his work in print.

Robin Keehn lives in the beach community of Encinitas, California. She holds a PhD in English and American Literature from the University of California at San Diego. She currently teaches literature and writing at California State University, San Marcos.

Andrew Leidner lives in Atlanta between a rail yard and some old industrial buildings that got converted into apartments. Andrew has an English degree from the University of Georgia. In his spare time, he writes poems and short stories. He also writes songs and performs in the band Boo Reefa

Christopher Locke is the Nonfiction Editor of Slice magazine in Brooklyn. He's published normal stuff in magazines such as The North American ReviewVerse DailySouthwest ReviewPoetry EastArc (Canada), The Nervous Breakdown, 32 Poems, Mudlark, West Branch, Rattle, The Literary Review, Ascent, The Sun, Connecticut Review, Gargoyle, Upstreet, Agenda (London), Southeast Review, and on both National Public Radio and Ireland’s Radio One. He's received two Dorothy Sargent Poetry Awards as well as grants in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain). His first full-length collection of poems, “End of American Magic,” was released by Salmon Poetry in 2010. “Waiting for Grace & Other Poems” (Turning Point Books) and the collection of essays “Can I Say” (Kattywompus Press) were both released in 2013. His most recent poetry chapbook has been accepted by Finishing Line Press.

Leigh Lucas is a writer who lives in San Francisco. She is working on her first collection of poems, Splashed Things. See her work at 

J.C.  Mari resides in Florida. He is 40 years old. He's been published here and there and ekes out his living in philistine occupations unrelated to poesy or the arts.

Kevin Matz received mail-order degrees in murderology and murderonomy. Subsequently, he received an MFA from the University of Illinois, where he won the Carol Kyle Memorial Award for Poetry. These days, he watches Frasier reruns on TV and works as an editor. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, Cream City Review, New World Writing, december, and elsewhere.

Jeffrey Penn May has won several short fiction awards, including one from Writer’s Digest, and has published numerous short stories, poems, and mountain climbing articles. His novel Where the River Splits received an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and his work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jeff has been a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, deck hand, technical data engineer and currently teaches writing and fly fishing. His adventures include floating a home-built raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigating a John boat to New Orleans, digging for Pre-Columbian artifacts, and climbing mountains from Alaska to South America. Please visit

Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of two chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Her work has been published in Parody and Rat's Ass Review, among other fine journals.

John Morelock was born in Tennessee where he learned to climb trees. He then moved to South Carolina and learned how to write. He now writes about climbing trees, among other topics. His work has appeared in Litmus Literary Journal and he is currently enrolled at Arizona State University.

Gabriel Neustadt is a playwright and screenwriter from Los Angeles. His plays have received staged or workshop productions at the Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Harvard University, Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, and the Florida Studio Theatre, among others. He has published one story before, in Spank the Carp.

Dan Nielsen drinks bourbon and plays ping pong. Old credits include Random House and University of Iowa Press anthologies. Recent work in: Jellyfish Review, Bird’s Thumb, Minor Literature[s], Storm Cellar, Spelk, and Pidgeonholes. Dan has a website: Preponderous and you can follow him @DanNielsenFIVES

Eric Orosco is a writer living in Stockton, California. His fiction has appeared in American River Review and on numerous occasions been displayed on the front of his mother's refrigerator. He is former editor-in-chief of American River Review and holds a handful of credits from the University of Idaho where he initiated the undergraduate literary magazine Vandalism.

Phillip Orué is an Indiana/Michigan based painter, printmaker, and poet with a background in graffiti and bad decisions. Phillip enjoys long walks on the beach and drinking 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor with his 3 legged pet squirrel named Gabriel.

Ross Peterson's short fiction has appeared on Bizarro CentralFreedom Fiction, in The Whitefish Review, Weirdpunk Books' Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits, and others. He is currently hard at work on his first novel. He lives in Montana, and could use a haircut.

Vincent Poturica lives with his wife in Long Beach, California, where he teaches at local community colleges. His writing appears or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; New England Review; and Western Humanities Review.

Nick Romeo is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. His writings have been published in various literary magazines such as The Gambler, Rune Magazine, Syzygy, and others. He was interviewed for Pankhearst's Fresh Featured of December 2015 and The Dailey Poet Site of February 2016. Nick lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and cat, Megatron.

Lizzy Roxburgh currently works as a freelance voice over artist in France. She loves traveling, acting, painting, singing and writing and still has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up.

Jim Shepherd received his BA in studio art from Sacramento State University and his artwork has been displayed in galleries around Sacramento since 2008. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Tim Staley was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1975. He completed a Poetry MFA from New Mexico State University in 2004. He's served as publisher of Grandma Moses Press since 1992. His debut full-length poetry collection is Lost On My Own Street (Pski’s Porch Publishing, 2016). His newest chapbook, The Most Honest Syllable Is Shhh, is forthcoming from Night Ballet Press. He lives with his wife, daughter and two mutts in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His hobbies include thinking, nachos and waiting. Find him online at

Alex Swartzentruber is a writer from Indiana. 

Allison Thorpe is a writer from Lexington, KY. A Pushcart nominee, she is the author of Thoughts While Swinging a Wild Child in a Green Mesh Hammock, Swooning and Other Fun Art Forms, What She Sees: Poems for Georgia O'Keefe, and Dorothy's Glasses. Recent work forthcoming in So To Speak, Crab Fat, Yellow Chair Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Still: The Journal, The Homestead Review, and Kudzu Literary Journal.

John E. Urdiales is a poet from Akron, Ohio. He holds a B.A. from Alma College and is an MFA candidate at Bennington College Writing Seminars in Vermont. Previously, his work has appeared in Icarus Down ReviewPine River Anthology, and has an upcoming publication in Time of Singing.

James Warner is the author of the novel All Her Father’s Guns. His short fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, ZYZZYVA, Mid-American Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, etc. The story “Believe What You Read About the Wodderin” originally appeared on the literary website Dublin Quarterly, which has since vanished and been replaced by a lifestyle magazine.

Heather Wyatt is an English instructor at the University of Alabama and writer for the Leaf.  Her work has been published in The Marr's Field Journal, Public Republic, Snakeskin, tak′tīl, The Broad River Review, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, The Whistling Fire, Stymie Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Straight Forward Poetry, Heyday Magazine, ETA Journal, Puff Puff Prose Poetry and a Play, Silly Tree Anthologies, Melted Wing, Vietnam War Poetry, Dămfīno and Writers Tribe Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her MFA in Poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. is an English instructor at the University of Alabama and writer for the Leaf.  Her work has been published in The Marr's Field Journal, Public Republic, Snakeskin, tak′tīl, The Broad River Review, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, The Whistling Fire, Stymie Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Straight Forward Poetry, Heyday Magazine, ETA Journal, Puff Puff Prose Poetry and a Play, Silly Tree Anthologies, Melted Wing, Vietnam War Poetry, Dămfīno and Writers Tribe Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her MFA in Poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. More recent writing in Serving House Journal, Mocking Heart Review, Ink In Thirds, Kairos, Drunken Llama, Third Wednesdays, Futures Trading, Verse Wrights, and many others.

Micah Zevin is a librarian poet living in Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y. with his wife, a playwright. He works for the Queens Library in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. He has recently published articles and poems at The Best American Poetry Blog, Headlock Press, The Otter, Newtown Literary Journal and forthcoming in Reality Beach. He created/curates an open mic/poetry prompt workshop called “The Risk of Discovery Reading Series” now at Astoria Coffee in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. He graduated with his MFA in Poetry from The New School in May 2014.