Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2018



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 spent three years in Eugene, earning an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is currently back east, living in Philadelphia and working towards a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on the lyric rendering of trauma in contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust. She is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine‘s 2014 Uppercut Chapbook Award, and you can find her poems in Best New Poets, Gulf Coast, and Nashville Review, among others. When not busy chasing her toddler around the playgrounds of Philadelphia, she writes
other women don’t tell you, a blog about motherhood.

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


Founders: Masha Udensiva-Brenner, Nathan Schiller, David Plick, Domenick Acocella