the Goliad Review Spring 2018 - Contributor Biographies

Carmen Boullosa is the author of eighteen novels, two books of essays, seventeen collections of poetry (La Salvaja, La patria insomne). Her novel La otra mano de Lepanto was accounted by an international survey of authorities to be among the top works of literature written in Spanish in the last twenty-five years. Her most recent books are the novels Texas, la gran ladronería, and El libro de Ana, and, coauthored with Mike Wallace, the essay, "Narco History, How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the 'Mexican Drug War.'” In English translation, the novels Before (trans. Peter Bush), Texas (trans. Samantha Schnee), and Cleopatra Dismounts (trans. Geoff Hargraves), among others. She has been a Guggenheim and a Cullman Center Fellow. The NYPL acquired her papers and artist books.


Chris Offutt is the author of My Father, The Pornographer, Kentucky Straight, and others.


George Williams is the author of two novels, Degenerate and Zoë, and four collections of stories. He is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship and a grant from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.


J.D. Smith’s fourth collection of poetry, The Killing Tree, was published in 2016. His poems have appeared in The Awl, Texas Review, and other places. He is currently working on a collection of crime fiction and a fifth poetry collection. Smith works in Washington, DC.


Michael Gills is the author of three collections of short fiction, including The House Across From the Deaf School, two novels, including Emergency Instructions, and White Indians. He is Associate Professor/Lecturer of Writing for the Honors College at the University of Utah. Gills’ collected papers are archived at Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Patrick Michael Finn is the author of the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich and the story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet. He lives in Arizona and teaches at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.


Richard Burgin’s twentieth book and tenth collection of short fiction, will be published in Spring 2018 by The Goliad Press. His stories have won five pushcart prizes and have been reprinted in numerous anthologies including the Best American Mystery Stories and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. He is the founder and editor of the literary magazine Boulevard.


Ron Cooper is the author of the novels The Gospel of the Twin, Purple Jesus, and Hume’s Fork. He teaches at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida.


Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of Elements, Live from Fresno y Los and The Mexican Man in His Backyard, Stories & Essays. He is the winner of the Nilon Award from Fiction Collective II and the American Book Award. Originally from Los Angeles, he lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Valerie Bandura’s books of poems are HUMAN INTEREST and FREAK SHOW, which was a 2014 Patterson Poetry Prize finalist. Her recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares, among others, and have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She teaches writing at Arizona State University.