Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts
Issue 1

ISSUE 1, FALL 2012


Contributors’ Notes

Forrest Anderson’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Bull – Men’s Fiction, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, and The South Carolina Review, and his essays have appeared in Fiction Writers Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He has a PhD from Florida State University, where he worked for two years as an archivist and assistant for Robert Olen Butler.

Darrell Bourque  is Professor Emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he held the position of Friends of the Humanities Honor Professor.  The author of eight books of poetry, he served two consecutive terms as Louisiana Poet Laureate, from 2007 to 2011. The poems appearing in this issue have been selected from his latest volume, Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie, which will be released by University of Louisiana Press, Lafayette, in early 2013. Bourque lives in rural St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  

Howie Faerstein’s recent publications include Naugatuck River Review, Great River Review, Nimrod, Cut Throat, The Comstock Review, and Mudfish. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts, and teaches American Literature at Westfield State University. His collection, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, will be published by Press 53 in early 2013 as part of its Silver Concho Poetry Series.

Danny Goodman is a writer, editor, and teacher living in New York City. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various places, including Paper Darts, Brevity, and Found Press. He edits the literary journal fwriction : review, blogs for the journal at fwriction, and runs social media for Stymie Magazine. Currently at work on his first novel, he is badly in need of a nap.

Karen Head is the author of Sassing (WordTech Press, 2009), My ParisYear (All Nations Press, 2008) and Shadow Boxes (AllNations Press, 2003). Her poetry appears in a number of national and international journals and anthologies. As a artist, and as a scholar of contemporary American poetry, she has begun to explore the connections between traditional text-based poetry and digitally-enhanced poetry, an exploration that involves her in a number of creative projects being conducted in the Wesley Center for New Media at Georgia Tech. Her first digital poetry project, Poetic Rub, was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris. Her most recent digital project was a collaborative exquisite corpse poem created via Twitter while she stood atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other Project; her poetry project, “Monumental” was detailed in a TIME online mini-documentary. Her poem “Three Moments” was the winner of the 2011 Oxford International Women’s Festival Poetry Prize. She teaches at Georgia Tech and serves on the Poetry Atlanta Board. You can find out more about her poetry at

Anne Marie Macari’s most recent book, She Heads Into the Wilderness, was published by Autumn House Press in 2008.  Ivory Cradle won the 2000 APR/Honickman first book prize, and was followed by Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005).  Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines such as: The Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, and TriQuarterly.  Macari founded and teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation.

When the critic Kenneth Lincoln posited that N. Scott Momaday’s novel House Made of Dawn, winner of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize, was the book that started the Native American Renaissance in literature, no one argued the point.  Momaday’s memoir The Way to Rainy Mountain is also a classic, taught widely in high schools and universities throughout the U.S.  In addition to his work in fiction, memoir, poetry and drama, Momaday is also an accomplished visual artist. Among his many awards, he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and in 2007 was awarded a National Medal of Arts.  The poems featured in this issue are selected from Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems, recently issued by University of New Mexico Press.  Momaday currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jessica Pitchford is originally from Arkansas and holds an MFA from McNeese State University and a PhD from Florida State University, where she completed her first novel. Recent fiction appears in Extract(s), Lunch Ticket, the Arkansas Review, New Delta Review, and storySouth. Currently, she teaches creative writing at UNC Pembroke and edits Pembroke Magazine.

Reggie Poché, a tenth-generation Louisianian, was reared in the town of Garyville, where he and his fellow triplet brothers spent the greater part of their youth proving that they were more different than alike. That would explain why one brother became a scientist, the other an artist, and Reggie a writer and teacher. If the zygote hadn’t split, the scientist is fond of saying, Reggie would be a pretty dynamic person. Reggie humbly agrees, but is nevertheless content to tinker with words.   After receiving his M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Reggie moved home to the University of New Orleans, where he now teaches Freshman Composition, Technical Writing, New Orleans Literature, and Introduction to Fiction Writing. He also serves as faculty co-advisor of Ellipsis, the university’s student-produced literary magazine, which is entering its fortieth year of publication. His short stories have appeared in Zahir, Margin, Ginger Hill, River Styx, and other publications. His most recent work appears in the anthology Where We Know: New Orleans as Home, published by Chin Music Press. He is known to work on a novel, tentatively titled Grand Terre, and continues to fiddle with a story collection that began with his graduate thesis. In 2005, he won the Margery McKinney Short Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices.