JONATHAN STARKE is a former bodybuilder and boxer. He's harvested seaweed in Ireland, given free hugs in Spain, and flipped pancakes in Denmark. He loves riding trains and wondering about the lives unfolding outside the window. His biggest passions are learning and travel, and he's ventured to sixty countries via hitching, couch surfing, and working exchanges. He plays piano and thrives on diverse workouts and anything related to helping others, especially in the arts.

He's published essays, stories, poetry, and plays in The Sun, Missouri ReviewThreepenny ReviewNorth American Review, Greensboro Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gettysburg ReviewGulf Coast, Shenandoah, Chattahoochee Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, and River Teeth, among others.

Jonathan gives all the thanks in the world to Raymond Carver for igniting his writing fire.

MFA: Colorado State University
BA: University of Iowa