James Rawlings – Editor-in-Chief
James Rawlings (he/his), AKA David Galloway, author of poyms for people (Kelsay Books, 2021), his poetry and essays have appeared in Atlanta Review, Salamander, Gargoyle, Penn Review, Into the Void, Permafrost, and many others. He earned his B.A in English with a Creative Writing Concentration in Poetry from University of Maryland, College Park.
Maria S. Picone – Managing Editor
Maria S. Picone (she/her) is multi-genre writer and artist from Massachusetts and a Korean adoptee. She has been published in Zócalo Public Square, Fractured Lit, and Whale Road Review, among others including Best Small Fictions ’21. Maria is a Kenyon Review fellow and holds an MFA in fiction from Goddard College. She can be found on Twitter at @mspicone, on Instagram at @mspicone, and at mariaspicone.com.
Brooke Randel – Prose Editor
Brooke Randel (she/her) is a writer and associate creative director in Chicago. Her writing has been published in Gigantic Sequins, Hypertext Magazine, Jewish Fiction, Pidgeonholes, Smokelong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She can be found on Twitter as @brookerandel and at brookerandel.com.
Nadia Staikos – Prose Editor
Nadia Staikos (she/they) is a writer and editor in Toronto, where she lives with her two children. Her short fiction and CNF can be found in various publications, and she’s working on her first novel. They can be found on Twitter at @NadiaStaikos.
Praise Osawaru – Associate Prose Editor
Praise Osawaru (he/him) is a writer of Bini descent. A Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and Nina Riggs Poetry Award nominee; his work appears in Agbowó, FIYAH, Frontier Poetry, Down River Road, The Maine Review, 20.35 Africa, and Uncanny Magazine, among others. He’s the first-place winner of the 2021 Valiant Scribe Poetry Prize. He’s also a Contributing Poetry Editor for Barren Magazine. Find him on Instagram & Twitter @wordsmithpraise
Michael Imossan – Associate Poetry Editor
Michael Imossan is an award-winning poet with the poetry chapbook “For the Love of Country and Memory” (Poetrycolumnnd, 2022) & the gazelle “A Prelude to Caving” (Konya Shamsrumi, 2023). His manuscript “Broken in Three Places” was named semifinalist for the Sillerman Prize for African poetry ‘23. He is a recipient of the PEN International grant.
Mohammed U. Yusuf – Associate Poetry Editor
Mohammed U. Yusuf is a writer and editor from North-Central, Nigeria. His works have recently appeared—or are forthcoming—in Frontier Poetry, RoseyRavelston Books, Lunaris Review, The Lumiere Review, Olongo Africa Journal, KonyaShamsrumi, among others. He is an Associate Editor at Zoetic Press and tweets @Unyomo.
B. Luke Wilson – Assistant Managing Editor
B. Luke Wilson (he/him) lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Moon City Review, LIT Magazine, East by Northeast Literary Journal, Streetlight Magazine, and elsewhere. In his spare time, he enjoys open water swimming and bouldering. Luke can be found on Instagram @blukewilson. Read more at blukewilson.com.
Roseline Mgbodichinma – Social Media CoordinatorRoseline Mgbodichinma is a Nigerian writer passionate about documenting women’s stories. Her work has appeared online and in print and are published or forthcoming in Poet Lore, Agbowo, Isele magazine, Swwim, Native Skin, Down River Road, JFA human rights Journal, and elsewhere. You can reach her on her blog at www.mgbodichi.com.
Samira Shakib-Bregeth – Communications Manager
Samira Shakib-Bregeth is an Iranian-American writer from Chicago who teaches in suburban Atlanta. Samira earned an English M.A. in Literary Studies and has a soft heart for creatives and dreamers. Her #ownvoices novel about a struggling artist and her feminist mother is currently on submission. Find her @samirastorytelling and samirashakibbregeth.com.
Zoe Korte – Staff Writer
Zoe Korte (they/them) is a queer, neurodivergent poet from the Midwest. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Quarter(ly), Maudlin House, The Disruptive Quarterly, and The New Territory. They earned their B.A. in English, Spanish, and Ancient Greek from the University of Missouri-Columbia. They live in Missouri with their partner and mischievous tortoiseshell cat.
Teresa Snow – Art/Layout EditorTeresa Snow (she/her) holds a master’s in linguistics from Cornell University, and has over twenty years’ experience in logo design and publication layout. Her interests include mid-twentieth century German lace knitting patterns and researching the original provenance of early internet fan art.
Julia Walton – Website Editor/Prose Reader
Julia Walton (she/they) is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Julia served as Editor-in-Chief for Princeton University’s historic literary magazine, The Nassau Literary Review. Julia’s creative work has been published in COUNTERCLOCK, Figments, Arch&Arrow, The Nassau Literary Review, and The Best Teen Writing of 2016. Follow Julia on Twitter at @julia_walton22.
D.E. Hardy – Senior Prose Reader
D.E. Hardy’s work has appeared in X-R-A-Y Magazine, Sledgehammer Lit, New World Writing, among others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be followed on Twitter at @dehardywriter.
Shedrack Opeyemi Akanbi – Prose Reader
Shedrack Opeyemi Akanbi (he/him/his) is from Nigeria. A Barrack Boy, believer and dreamer, his writings appear in The Roadrunner Review, Kalahari Review, Chestnut Review, and elsewhere. He tweets @ShedrackAkanbi.
paul Bluestein – Poetry Reader
paul Bluestein is an obstetrician (done practicing) and blues guitar player (still practicing). In addition to numerous poems and short stories that have appeared in online and print publications, he has had two full-length books of poetry published by Silver Bow Publishing: Time Passages and Fade to Black. He can be found on Twitter at @paulAlanB63119.
Zuali Bungsut – Poetry Reader
Zuali (She/Her) is a 19 year old poet located in Aizawl, Mizoram. When she isn’t writing poetry for her Creative Writing courses, she’s devouring a novel or looking for stray cats to pet. @zualicore
Carlos Contreras – Prose Reader
Carlos Contreras (they/them) is non-binary, Guatemalan, and a multimedia artist who wants to do a bit of everything. They are the lead fiction editor of Alien Magazine, and their recent publications can be found in Complete Sentence, The Lumiere Review, Chestnut Review, and Passages North. They also exist on Twitter @cafaco
Subhravanu Das – Prose Reader
Subhravanu Das is an Indian writer living in Bhubaneswar. His work has been published in Gordon Square Review, Atlas and Alice, Chestnut Review, AAWW’s The Margins, among others, and included in Wigleaf’s Top 50.
Ejiro Elizabeth Edward – Prose Reader
Ejiro Elizabeth Edward is the winner of the the ANTOA Poetry Contest 2021. She has been published in HOAX, down river road, and Isele Magazine amongst many other magazines. She has many other works upcoming, and she is also a co-founder of the Benin art and book festival. She can be found on Twitter at @Ejiroedward552 and on Instagram at @ejiro_elizabeth_edward.
Julia Eldred – Prose Reader
Julia Eldred writes about femininity and millennial identity. From her home in Pittsburgh, she is currently developing a linked collection of short stories titled Paperdolls. She earned an MFA from Chatham University. Her work has appeared in Juked and Rag Queen Periodical. She enjoys photography, building eclectic Spotify playlists, and taking long road trips to visit family. She can be found at juliaeldred.com.
Jacob Ginsberg – Prose Reader
Jacob Ginsberg (he/him) is a writer and tutor living in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his MFA at Temple University. His work has appeared in HAD, Tiny Molecules, Entropy, Rejection Letters, and Boudin, the online home of The McNeese Review. He can be found on Twitter at @JacobGinsberg1.
Bronwyn Galloway – Prose Reader
Bronwyn Galloway (she/her) is a writer and tutor in Chicago. Her work focuses on food sustainability and culture. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture.
Steve Hopkins – Prose Reader
Steven R. Hopkins (he/him) graduated from Knox College with a degree in Creative Writing in 2010. In addition to reading for Chestnut Review, he has also published with them under the name Robert S. Hillery. He looks forward to continuing to ditch the pen name. Twitter: @S_Hopkins312
Rahma O. Jimoh – Prose ReaderRahma O. Jimoh (she/her) is a Nigerian writer with works published or forthcoming in Salthill Journal, Ake Review, Tab Journal, Agbowo, Lucent Dreaming, Feral, Olongo Africa, and Stanchion Zine among other places. She won the 2022 Lagos-London Poetry contest and was shortlisted in the Abubakar Gimba Short Story Prize. She is the Poetry Editor for Olumo Review. A lover of sunsets and monuments, she hopes her works leave footprints on the sands of time. She can be contacted via Twitter @dynamicrahma.
Stephen Guy Mallett – Poetry Reader
Stephen Guy Mallett is the author of the full-length poetry collections Disparate Logoi (Alien Buddha Press) and Sunolon (forthcoming from Vraeyda Media) and the chapbooks A Brief History of Scarecrows (Back Room Poetry) and Markov Chainmail (forthcoming from Cactus Press).
Trevor Moffa – Poetry Reader
Trevor is poet and former coal miner, park ranger, bookseller, and sandwich artist from Pittsburgh, PA. His work appeared as an honorable mention in Nimrod’s 2020 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers, and recent poems can be found in Sleet, Chautauqua, Sampsonia Way Magazine, and Roanoke Review.
Brian O’Sullivan – Poetry Reader
Brian O’Sullivan (he/him) teaches English and is chair of core seminars at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His work has been curated by or is forthcoming in such journals as Rattle, ONE ART, The Galway Review, and HOWL New Irish Writing. @bposullivan
Michelle Panik – Prose Reader
Michelle Panik is a writer and teacher who lives on the edge of California, in Carlsbad, with her husband and their two amazing kids. Her short stories have appeared in The Dodge, Terrain, and Fictive Dream. Find her on Twitter at @MichellePanik and also at michellepanik.com.
Shella Parcarey – Prose Reader
Shella Parcarey is a Filipino writer working on her first novel with Stanford’s Online Writing Certificate program. Her work as a journalist has been published in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and Minneapolis Star Tribune. She is a graduate of Yale University. She can be found on Instagram at @shella_parcarey and at shella74.com.
Max Pasakorn – Prose Reader
Max Pasakorn (he/she/they) is a queer, Thai-born, Singapore-based essayist and poet. Max’s writing, predominantly about their identities, has been published in Chestnut Review, Freeze Ray Poetry, Strange Horizons, Defunkt Magazine, EXHALE: an anthology of queer Singaporean voices, and more. www.maxpasakorn.works, @62purcenthomo, @maxpsk_writes.
Annie Schoonover – Prose Reader
Annie Schoonover is a Minnesota native who recently graduated from Oberlin College with a major in Creative Writing and minors in English and Theater. Her work appears in Barnstorm Journal, Thimble Literary Review, Mycelia, and more. She can be found on Twitter at @AnnieSchoonover and on Instagram at @atcoolannie.
Maddison Sellers – Poetry Reader
Maddison Sellers has an AA degree from Tacoma Community College and was a Student Editor before she became a reviewer for Chestnut Review. She is a writer and lives in Washington State in a little apartment filled with books. Her work can be found online at maddimsellers7.wixsite.com/portfolio.
Cosima Smith – Poetry Reader
Cosima Smith (his/hers) is a lifelong reader, writer, and yogi who loves to dissolve into the world around them, having found homes in 5 countries in as many years. Now, find them hiking Virginia’s mountains, or follow them on instagram @simareading for reading/writing adventures & @cronesima for yoga fun!
Hemmy So – Prose Reader
Hemmy So is a Korean American fiction writer from Houston, Texas. Her work appears in Witness (2024 Winner of the Witness Literary Award), Redivider, and The Good Life Review (runner-up for the 2023 Honeybee Prize). She has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. In her former lives, she was a news reporter and tech/sports lawyer. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sharon Clemmons Thomas – Prose Reader
Sharon Clemmons Thomas is an aspiring author working on her first memoir. She enjoys reading fiction and especially creative nonfiction. She lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her husband, Bill Thomas, and together they have five children, 11 grandchildren and two very spoiled pups.
Colby Vargas – Prose Reader
Colby Vargas writes short stories, has a copy of his novel right here in this satchel that you can look at, and teaches and lives with his family in the Chicagoland area. He can be found on Twitter at @Colby_Vargas.
Jong Yun Won – Poetry Reader
Jong Yun Won (he/him) is a Gyopo currently teaching English in Korea. His poems have been published in Peregrine, Stoneboat Literary Journal and Waccamaw journal. In the summer he is mostly a tree planter and/or sleeping. @jjjongwwwon
Joel Worford – Prose Reader
Joel Worford is a writer and musician from Richmond, Virginia. His work appears/is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, trampset, The Laurel Review and more. Joel is a three time Pushcart nominee and received a Best of the Net nomination in 2019. He enjoys music, literature, and tennis. Find him on Twitter and Instagram.
Christina Yoseph – Prose Reader
Christina Yoseph is a writer of Assyrian and Greek descent. Her essays and poems have appeared in Apricity, Rogue Agent, The Rumpus, and more. Her writing can be found at christinayoseph.com.
Xueyi Zhou – Prose Reader
Xueyi Zhou was born and raised in Foshan, a city of manufacturing in Guangdong, China. She is currently pursuing her MFA at UNLV. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in X-R-A-Y, Waxwing, Passages North, Chestnut Review, Pithead Chapel, JMWW, Atticus Review, Tahoma Lit Review and AAWW. She can be found on Twitter at @xueyizhou and at xueyizhou.com.