Matty Byloos attended Santa Clara University (BA 1996) and the Art Center College of Design (MFA 2001). His first collection of short stories, Don’t Smell the Floss, was published in 2009 by Write Bloody Books; Byloos is an accomplished painter with a history of exhibiting both nationally and internationally. He runs the environmental blog Easy Ways to Go Green. Byloos also contributes to the community lit and humor blog, We Who Are About to Die, and The Nervous Breakdown.
Mickey Hess taught part-time for several universities in Kentucky and Indiana before moving to his current position as Associate Professor of English at Rider University. He wrote a book called Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory. He also wrote three books about hip hop and appeared on the A&E Biography Channel’s much-lauded Vanilla Ice episode. His stories and essays have been published in Ninth Letter, Hawaii Review, and some others. He writes a thing at TheRumpus.net called “I Will Blurb Any Book within 24 Hours!”
As a sperm, I nearly lost out to what would have been a girl named Tabitha who would have bragged about her good grades, especially in math. But I gave it that extra oomph and made it to the egg by a hair’s breath and here I am, Carlos. Eat it, Tabitha. As a baby, I would cry and cry and cry in the crib when my parents left me alone. My mom wanted to check on me but my dad said, “He has to learn.” Finally, I stopped crying, not because I was tired, but because I was angry. I thought, in my way, “Screw them, I don’t care anymore.” Once I was quiet, my parents would come check on me. I would pretend I was asleep, but I was just pretending. They were too late. If they weren’t interested in me, I wasn’t going to be interested in them. This is a true story. I am not proud of my passive aggressive behavior and do my best to curb it as an adult. You can learn more about Carlos Kotkin at his website.
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Philadelphia, schooled in Massachusetts, living in New Orleans, and a product of his environment, Harry K. is most politely termed mercurial. A man who delights in his average taste and superhuman appetite, Harry has long been probing the shallow depths of popular culture, preparing for a chance such as this to show the world his findings. He is glad to be a contributor to this endeavor, even if it asks for him to sometimes write in third person.
Michael Roberts recently spent the day at LACMA and was blown away by the work of Robin Rhode. When warned by museum security about taking photos with his cell phone, he quickly placed it to his ear and said, “I understand Mr. President. I’m on it.” He also laid his beard against the buttocks of a nude female sculpture and got away with it. He has a book available from Write Bloody Publishing titled NO MORE POEMS ABOUT THE MOON. It is full of similar behavior. For Smalldoggies, he is, Rose Petal Ear. Find out more about him at his site, The Hope Meat.
Matt Ferner holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and before that he received his BA in Creative Writing from University of Colorado at Boulder where he focused on short-fiction and poetry. He has been a professional screenwriter for over a decade and written for many of the studios and mini-majors. He enjoys painting portraits of his cat, talking about outer space with his beautiful son and writing, writing, writing. Matt Ferner is Section Editor for Smalldoggies, and handles all correspondence for Smalldoggies Writer, Former CEO Max Wolfmaverick, who heads the Business Casual column and does not have time to post answers to your questions himself. Follow Max Wolfmaverick on Twitter @maxwolfmaverick
Josh Atlas was born in 1983 and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he focused on performance and video art. Since that time, he has focused on integrating comedy and art. Atlas has branched out into sculpture, drawing, and photography to explore the funnier side of desire. He has exhibited at Arte Portugal 10 (Lisbon), HiChristina (Brooklyn), MonkeyTown (Brooklyn), and NTBA Gallery (Los Angeles) and participated in benefit auctions for Equality California and the Red Cross. Josh Atlas lives and works in Los Angeles. Learn more about him at his official website.
Keion Moradi is a Los Angeles based journalist and fiction writer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received a state university education in English literature and composition. As the columnist of Something Sinister, she examines the function of evil in media, a topic of interest since her grad school days at Cal State Northridge.
Nate Collins was born and raised in Texas, which William Faulkner said is where you go and change your name when your schemes don’t work out. He now lives in San Francisco and, in the words of his old friend, Matty Byloos, “turns his mind to the fights, and to whatever else he damn well pleases.”
Stephen Tully Dierks
Stephen Tully Dierks is a writer living in Chicago. He is the editor of the limited-edition art/literature print magazine, Pop Serial. The second issue will feature writing by Tao Lin, Noah Cicero, Kendra Grant Malone, Matthew Savoca, Heather Christle, Daniel Bailey, Brandi Wells, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Ben Brooks, and Audun Mortensen, amongst others, and artwork from around the world. Find out more about Stephen Tully Dierks at his website.
Christopher Newgent lives in Indianapolis, where he is a contributing editor to isReads and runs Vouched Books to promote small press literature in his city and the world. More information about Vouched can be found on their website.