Sifat Azad is a recent CUNY Baccalaureate graduate with dual concentrations in Literature and Creative Writing.   She was a founder and editor of The Quill, John Jay’s literary journal, and her piece, “Covered,” was featured in John Jay’s Finest.  She resides in Brooklyn and currently tutors writing to High School students for the CUNY School Support Organization.  Sifat studied Fiction Writing at John Jay College, and we are so pleased to publish her short story in J Journal..

Lauren Belski holds an MFA from Brooklyn College where she was the recipient of the 2009 Himan Brown Award in Fiction.  A former New York City Teaching Fellow and AmeriCorps Volunteer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, she has taught a diverse range of America's youth.  Her work has appeared previously in Story Quarterly and Forte: a magazine of sound.  She teaches and writes in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her husband.

Kathleen T. Boyle is a Public Defender.  Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in various literary journals including Marginalia, Ping.Pong, Poet Lore, The Hawai'i Review, and Timber

Lauren Camp is the author of This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010). She is also an accomplished visual artist and a radio host for Santa Fe Public Radio. A recent guest editor for World Literature Today, her poems have also appeared in Leveler, dirtcakes, New Verse News, and other journals. She lives and works in a rural farming village near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Campagnoli has worked as a waiter, fisherman, journalist, painter, and short-order cook.  His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and he is the author of three chapbooks.  Among his awards are the New Letters Poetry Award and the Chiron Review’s Novella Prize.  He runs most mornings along the coast of Maine with his son and his dog.

A poem from Michael Casey’s book, Millrat, appears in the M. L. Liebler anthology Working Words. Casey was a Yale Younger Poet in 1972.

Yu-Han (Eugenia) Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her BA from National Taiwan University and MFA from Penn State. The Backwaters Press published her poetry book, We Grow Old, in 2008, and her short story collection, Passport Baby, is forthcoming from Rockway Press. To see more of her writing and artwork, please visit

Carol Denson has poems published or forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Santa Fe Literary Review, and The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry.  She grew up in Houston, and lived in Bhopal, India, Mexico City, and Chicago before moving to Austin, where lives with her 12-year-old son and teaches fourth grade. While in Chicago, she had the honor of getting to know some survivors of violence in Central America, whose stories inspired this poem.

Ena Djordjevic, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, originates from the former republic of Yugoslavia.  She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland.

Andrea Fry is an oncology nurse practitioner at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  Her work has appeared in Sequoia Stanford Literary Magazine, Graham House Review and Podium, an online literary magazine of the Unterberg Poetry Center at New York’s 92nd Street Y.  She holds an MS and BS in Nursing (Columbia University) and a BA in English and French (Union College).  She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. 

Paul Gentry is a printmaker, painter, and photographer who works full time as an artist in Independence, Oregon.  Known primarily for his wood engravings, he continues to pursue a long time interest in photography.  His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is in a number of public and private collections.

Michael Graves is the author of a full-length collection of poems, Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). His second full-length collection IN FRAGILITY is forthcoming from Black Buzzard Press. In 2004, he was awarded a substantial grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.

Henry Hughes is the author of two poetry collections, Men Holding Eggs (2004 Oregon Book Award) and Moist Meridian (Finalist, 2011 Oregon Book Award). He lives in Falls City, Oregon.

Blair Hurley has short stories published in Descant, The Red Rock Review, Quality Women's Fiction, The Allegheny Review, The Armchair Aesthete, and the book The Best Young Artists and Writers in America.  A graduate of Princeton University, she is currently completing her MFA in Fiction at NYU.

Fran Markover lives in Ithaca, NY where she practices psychotherapy. Her poems have appeared in Calyx, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, RATTLE, RUNES, Red Wheelbarrow, Karamu and other journals.Recent awards include a residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, a United Arts Fund grant, and an Anna Davidson Rosenberg award.

Susan Maurer has had six little books published and her full length Perfect Dark, Ungovernable Press, was published by Sweden’s Lars Palm.  She has had three broadsides published: Clam Shell Press, Center for Book Arts and Marymark Press.  She has had four Pushcart nominations and been published in fifteen countries.  Her anthology appearances are the Unbearables’ Help Yourself, Autonomedia, and Soft Skulls’ Off the Cuffs.  Magazine credits include Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, Gargoyle and Volt.

Peter Schmitt is the author of five collections of poems, including Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books).

Ashley Shelby is a writer living in the Twin Cities. Her book, Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City, was published in 2004. She has received the William Faulkner Short Fiction Award and the Third Coast Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for a Bush Foundation fellowship. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for her writing in 2010. She is currently working on a novel.

Shoshauna Shy's poems have been published in numerous journals and magazines which include The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Rosebud and Poetry Northwest.  She is the author of four collections of poetry; the most recent one titled What the Postcard Didn’t Say was a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University. He has published four chapbooks Dry Skin Messiah, Pot Liquor Promises, No Welfare No Pension Plan and Rewinding at 40.  His journal credits include Tar River Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, St. Andrews Review and Pembroke. He has received several North Carolina Arts Regional Grants. In 1993, he received the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award.

Paul Stapleton was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Boston College. Since 1988 he has been a teacher in various grammar schools, high schools, and colleges in New York City and North Carolina. He has earned degrees in theology, Classics, and English. Previously, he has published a short story in Aethlon: the Journal of Sport Literature.

Jean Stefancic teaches and writes about civil rights, social reform, and law and literature at Seattle University law school.  Her many works include How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds, a examination of unhappiness in the legal profession based on a study of the relationship between Archibald MacLeish and Ezra Pound.  She earned an MFA from the University of San Francisco and has held residencies at Bellagio, Bogliasco, and Centrum.

Shanee Stepakoff received a MFA in creative writing from the New School in 2009. She was the psychologist for the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone for over two years.  She also spent two years as psychologist with the Center for Victims of Torture, first in Guinea and later in Jordan.  She has published over dozen articles in academic journals, including The Drama Review, The Arts in Psychotherapy, and American Psychologist, as well as two autobiographical narratives published in edited books.  She resides in New York City.

Laura Grace Weldon lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Her poetry has recently appeared or is upcoming in Christian Science Monitor, Chrysalis Reader, Trillium, The Shine Journal, Mannequin Envy, Dirty Napkin, Atlanta Review and Halfway Down the Stairs. She's the author of Free Range Learning (Hohm Press, 2010). Connect with her at

Vaughn Wright is a long-term prisoner and Philadelphia, PA native who has been writing creatively since 1997.  His work has most recently appeared in Tales of the Talisman, Space and Time, Pearl, The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, and Thema.

FALL 2015

Fiction by Diya Abdo, Cara Bayles, Stephanie Dickinson, Paul Hadella, Joe Jarboe, Donald Edem Quist, Alison Ruth

Poems by Austin Alexis, Byron Case, Courtney Lamar Charleston, Jessica Greenbaum, Brad Johnson, Don Kimball, Thom Schramm, Hasanthika Sirisena, Judith Skillman, Jack Vian, Catherine Wald, JJ Amaworo Wilson, Paula Yup

Nonfiction by Lyle May

BookTalk: The Number of Missing by Adam Berlin
March 25, 2015

Conference Room, 9th fl.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

In the months after 9/11, David and Mel meet to drink, give each other comfort and reminisce about Paul—Mel’s husband and David’s best friend. The memories are not all good for David. Before Paul died, the two friends fought, brutally questioning each other’s lives. Fueled by anger and grief and too much alcohol, David stumbles through the city while holding onto a silent promise he’s made to a dead friend: he will wait for Mel to fall so he can catch her. Like the best post-war novels, where catastrophe is not an easy catalyst for plot, where characters go on living but not really, is about New York during a time when the city seemed dead. 

*All book talks are free and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be served.


J Journal
Department of English
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10019