Operatives

This is a list of the wonderful, wonderful folks who have volunteered to wear our stories around their towns.

Got a friend with a camera? Interested in being an Operative and wearing a story for a week? We’d be thrilled! Hit us up with an email (as usual, safetypinrevew [at] gmail [dot] com), and we’ll see if we can’t hook you up.

Afra Al-Mussawir (Austin, TX) is a teacher, writer, nonprofit administrator, organizer, and favorite aunt. She is also currently under-employed, so if you would like to offer her a job, she will be your best friend for life (or at least until the next solstice). (Issue Forty-Nine.)

Tara Balcerzak (Chicago, IL) is the arbiter of taste, plain and simple. (Issue Ten.)

Dylan Bargteil is a poet and physics student at NYU interested in pursuing alternative methods of distribution for art and literature. (Issue Thirty-Six.)

Rebecca L. Brown is a British writer and artist based in Cardiff, South Wales where she lives with her two cats and wonderful partner. For more news and updates, take a look at her blog. (Issue Thirty-Nine.)

Rabbi David Burstein is a father, son, brother and spiritual guide. Teacher of martial arts and education. Spiritual journeyer through suburbia and beyond. Giver of hugs and a gentle ear. (Issue Forty-One.)

Jack Cazir writes for Thought Catalog and is probably very lonely. (jackcazir.com/recentwork) (Issue Twenty.)

Claire (@NoSexCity) (NYC) has made questionable decisions. (Issue Twenty-One.)

Erin Crooks (Albuquerque, NM) is a Sim. (Issue Thirty-Three.)

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared in many places online and in print. Her novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence. Find out more at beritellingsen.com. (Issue Thirty-Four.)

Katy Featherston (Russellville, AR) has sufficiently sold her soul to the Music Department at Arkansas Tech University. (Issue Thirty-Eight.)

Kerry Flannagan (Ann Arbor, MI) might not have street smarts, but she can school your ass in cornhole. (Issue Twenty-Nine.)

Cassandra Gillig is really hot. Like, really hot. (Issue Forty-Seven.)

Tyler Gobble is lead editor of Stoked, associate editor of Magic Helicopter Press, and a contributor with Vouched Books. He’s the author of four chapbooks, most recently 48 Pornos (Safety Third Enterprises), and his first full length collection of poems, More Wreck More Wreck, will be out from Coconut Books in the fall of 2014. More at www.tylergobble.com. (Issue Forty-Nine.)

Robert Duncan Gray (Portland, OR) was born in England, grew up in Germany and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. He is an editor for HOUSEFIRE BOOKS and the author of CABBAGE LANGUAGE (HOUSEFIRE 2013). (Issue Forty-Four.)

Laura Hallman is like Judy Garland on the outside and Kathleen Hanna on the inside. Sometimes she’s at classy places, and sometimes she’s not. (Issue Fifteen.)

Rebecca Haze‘s work has been featured in The Safety Pin Review in the past. She is still confused. (Issue Thirty-Two.)

Joey Holloway loves soft lighting, picaresque novels, and fluffy quiche. This is why he moved to Texas. (Issue Forty-Five.)

Brian Hurley (NYC) is the editor of Fiction Advocate and a columnist for Electric Literature’s blog, The Outlet. (Issue Eight.)

B.J. Jones (Dubuque, IA) writes poetry, nonfiction essays, short fiction, and short short fiction. His poetry, nonfiction, and short short fiction have been published in various literary journals. He needs to work on his short fiction. (Issue Twenty-Seven.)

David James Keaton (Louisville, KY) has approximately forty-eight skeletons stowed inside his walk-in closet (head-to-toe). (Issue Thirteen.)

Kelsey Kerr is from Pittsburgh, PA. She recently graduated from Denison University and currently teaches English in South Korea. You’ll find her poem “Sawed” in a recent issue of The Susquehanna Review. (kelseyannkerr.com) (Issue Eighteen; Issue Twenty-Eight.)

Eric Kranz (Montclair, NJ) can never go back to Atlantic City. (Issue Fourteen.)

A.K. Mayhew (Los Angeles, CA) is a Twin Cities native working on her undergraduate degree in the suburbs of Los Angeles. You can find her at http://readingthroughcollege.com and @akmayhew. (Issue Twenty-Four.)

Ben Nadler (Brooklyn, NY) is an active pedestrian. (Issue Eleven.)

Graham Nissen (Richmond, IN) once had a story rejected by the Safety Pin Review, and has been wearing his hood up and plotting revenge ever since. (Issue Nine.)

Delaney Nolan‘s fiction has been in some places and has not been in a lot of other places. Her prose chapbook “Louisiana Maps,” forthcoming this winter, is the winner of the Ropewalk Press Fiction Editor’s Chapbook Prize. She will be the artist-in-residence at Klaustrid in Iceland this January. (Issue Thirty-Seven.)

Ian Nizialek (New Orleans, LA) has never, ever looked back. Not once. (Issue Twenty-Two.)

Rosa O (Seattle, WA) is a one-woman island. (Issue Twenty-Three.)

Jessica Otto (Jacksonville, AR) is a poet and avid bus rider. Hobbies include amateur photography and daydreaming about deep sea fishing. She sporadically blogs at chewingwormwood.blogspot.com. (Issue Fifty-One.)

Chad Patton is an English teacher, a swim coach, a rookie beer brewer, and a writer. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his fiancée/volunteer photographer of things pinned to his back. (Issue Forty.)

Jesus Perez is a junior at Orange County School of the Arts. He is enrolled in the Creative Writing Conservatory and is interested in writing short stories, satires, and comedy. (Issue Forty-Two.)

While not teaching children how to read in AmeriCorps, Tyler Pry is training for a marathon and putting off ’til tomorrow what should be done today. (Issue Thirty-Five.)

Emily Ramser is a poet and writer attempting to become a spoken word poet. Her audiences, though, are not too sure if this is going to work out. She’s been published in a handful of places, but prefers sticking up poems without her name on coffee shop bulletin boards. Check her out on Facebook, Twitter (@ChickadeePoems), or at her blog, www.chickadeesweetie.wordpress.com. (Issue Forty-Eight.)

Jeremy Reed (various places around Turkey, the World) is a wandering drummer constantly questing for the pathway into the 4th Dimension of the Timewave. (Issue Twenty-Six.)

Lauren Sarazen (Orange, CA) is studying Creative Writing at Chapman University. She loves writing about roller skating, swing dancing, and vintage people, among other things. Check out her work in Silhouette: Bold Lines and Voices from WriteGirlBeyond Words: The Creative Voices of WriteGirl, and Calliope. Currently, she serves as an editorial board member for Calliope, interns for Paper Farms, and blogs for The Daily Tunage. (Issue Forty-Three.)

David Sklar grew up in Michigan, and scoffs at this puny New Jersey weather, but wearing this while dropping his kids off at school—now that was harsh. (davidwriting.com) (Issue Sixteen.)

Ashley Tobin (Orange County, CA) is a sophomore at Orange County School of the Arts. She is enrolled in the Creative Writing conservatory, and very much enjoys  writing poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. Ashley is finding it very difficult to write her bio, and decided to end it here. (Issue Fifty.)

Sonja Vitow (Boston, MA) calls herself a writer when she’s drunk. She is the central focus for Stephen King’s highly anticipated coming-of-age novel, “Little House on the Landfill.” (Issue Twenty-Five.)

Dirk Walker (Fort Wayne, IN) is host of the podcast Inside Joke. When he’s not podcasting, he likes to perform stand up comedy and spin some of the funkiest music the Bible Belt has never heard. You can follow him on Twitter at @dirkwalker. (Issue ThirtyIssue Forty-Six.)

Dillon J. Welch (in this issue, Manchester, TN) lives in a hole in New Hampshire. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddleback, Gargoyle, PANK, Hobart & others. He is Poetry Co-Editor for the online quarterly, Swarm. Find him at: ratrapss.tumblr.com. (Issue Forty-Nine.)

Nosayr Yassin (Cambridge, MA) AKA Nosy AKA Big Nose AKA “The Nose” is a student from Israel attending school at Harvard College and studying economics. (Issue Twelve.)

Joshua Young studies poetry in the MFA program at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches and serves as an editor for the Columbia Poetry Review. He is the author of When the Wolves Quit: A Play in Verse (Gold Wake Press) and To the Chapel of Light (Mud Luscious Press/Nephew), as well as the forthcoming, The Diegesis, written with Chas Hoppe (Gold Wake Press 2013). He lives in a really cool apartment in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, their son, and their dog. (Issue Thirty-One.)

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