Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2020



Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach ( came to the United States as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old, from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and grew up in the DC metro area suburb of Rockville, Maryland. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, focused on contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother, selected by Ellen Bass for the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, now available from Kent State University Press in September of 2019, as well as The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine‘s 2014 Uppercut Chapbook Award. Her second collection, Don’t Touch the Bones won the 2019 Idaho Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press in March 2020. And look out for her newest collection, 40 WEEKS, forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2023. You can find her recent poems in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The Nation, TriQuarterly, and Nashville Review, among others. She lives in Philly with her two kids, two cats, one dog, and one husband, occasionally writing other women don’t tell you, a blog about motherhood. Visit her at her website to learn more.

Nicola Fucigna

Nicola Fucigna ( works for Rowell Brokaw Architects in Eugene, Oregon. She recently graduated with an M.Arch from the University of Oregon and has an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her literary work has appeared in Camas: the Nature of the West, Capitalism Nature Socialism, The Nervous Breakdown, The Country Dog Review, and The Portland Fiction Project. She is a past editor of the Sonora Review. She has worked for Graywolf Press, Copper Canyon Press, and Kore Press.

Poetry Editor

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Fiction and Non-fiction Editor

Magdalena Waz ( moved from Kraków to Chicago to Wisconsin to Ohio to New York to Los Angeles. She’s a writer and editor whose articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in Threadcount, Necessary Fiction, and The Collagist. She holds an MA from Miami University (Ohio) in creative writing, and her debut novel, Return on Investment, was published by Fiction Attic Press in 2016.

Architecture Editor

Nicola Fucigna

Web Design Editor

Luke Hollis

Luke Hollis ( is a poet, translator, and digital humanist. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon, and his poetry and translations have appeared in the Birmingham Poetry Review, JMWW, Transom, Construction Literary Magazine, Plainsongs, Fogged Clarity, and elsewhere. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Miriam McFall Starlin Award, Irby F. Wood Prize, and Nebraska Writing Project Award, and has worked as an editor at Construction and Laurus literary magazines. He was born and raised in Geneva, Nebraska. Find more of his work at


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