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James RawlingsEditor-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 RandelProse 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.

A.R. Arthur – Poetry Editor

A.R. Arthur (FKA A.R. Salandy) is a Black Mixed-race poet & writer who has spent most of his life in Kuwait. His work has been published over 240 times internationally. His flash fiction was shortlisted for the 2022 Dillydoun Flash Fiction Prize. He has 3 published chapbooks, including The Great Northern Journey (2020) and Vultures (2021), plus a novel The Sands of Change (2021). His chapbook Half Bred was the Winner of the 2021 Poetry Question chapbook contest. He is also the EIC of Fahmidan Journal and Review Editor at Full House Literary. Find him on
Twitter/Instagram @ararthurwriter and at arsalandywriter.com.

Praise Osawaru – Associate 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, 20.35 Africa: Volume V, The Maine Review, and Uncanny Magazine, among others. He’s the first-place winner of the 2021 Valiant Scribe Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2021 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize & the 2021 Dan Veach Prize For Younger poets. He’s a Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine. Find him on Instagram on Twitter @wordsmithpraise.  linktr.ee/wordsmithpraise.

Teresa SnowArt/Layout Editor

Teresa 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.

 

 

Mark Blackford – Chapbook Editor/Poetry Reader

Mark Blackford graduated from Valdosta State University (2010) with a BA in Creative Writing, and has performed throughout NY’s Hudson Valley ever since. As the first Poet Laureate of Sullivan County, NY, he opened for Arlo Guthrie at the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration. They still have yet to pay him. He can be found on Instagram at @markbpoet.

Semilore KilasoSocial Media Coordinator

Semilore Kilaso is a student Quantity Surveyor, writer, and communications enthusiast with interest in user psychology. She can be found on Twitter @ooreola.

Roseline MgbodichinmaSocial Media Coordinator

Roseline 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.

Sam Gordon WebbSocial Media Coordinator

Sam is a writer and editor who has lived in Washington D.C, Brussels and London. He resides in the city of Norwich, UK. Sam’s prose has featured in Beyond Words Literary Magazine. Sam is writing his first crime novel as a student of the Faber Academy’s ‘Writing a Novel’ course. He starts his days with oatmeal (and often ends them with it too). He can be found on Twitter as @samofme and at samgordonwebb.com.

Julia Walton Webmaster/Prose Reader

Julia Walton (she/they) is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, she served as Editor-in-Chief for Princeton University’s historic literary magazine, The Nassau Literary Review. Her creative work has been published in COUNTERCLOCKFigments, Arch&Arrow, The Nassau Literary Review, and The Best Teen Writing of 2016. Follow her 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.

AbiePoetry Reader

Abie (she/her) is an actress and writer from and living in Los Angeles, CA. She has her MFA in Acting from DePaul University. She is lover of movies, music, travel and coffee shops. Find her on Instagram at @abieirabor.

Shedrack Opeyemi AkanbiProse 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.

Fran Fernández ArcePoetry Reader

Fran Fernández Arce (she/her) is a Chilean poet currently living in the intersection between Santiago, Chile, and Suffolk, England. You can find her on Twitter at @dylanblue3 on Instagram at @effie.1995.

Lindy Biller – Prose Reader

Lindy Biller (she/her) is a writer based in the Midwest. Her fiction has appeared in online and print journals, including Longleaf Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Cheap Pop, Milk Candy Review, and Necessary Fiction. She is the winner of the 2021 Fractured Lit Flash Fiction Contest. She can be found on Twitter at @lindymbiller and on Instagram at @lindymbiller.

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.

Jasmine Butler Poetry Reader

Jasmine (they/them) is a southern queer writer, environmental educator, and afrofuturist abolitionist whose fiction has appeared on Inherited Podcast. They’re an Outreach Editor at Apogee Magazine where they correspond with and publish incarcerated writers, and they’re a full-time climate justice organizer. They can be found on Instagram at @jasmrenea. See their work at Jasmine-Butler.com.

Christina Dorudian – Poetry Reader

Christina Dorudian is a poet and writer living in San Diego, CA with her husband and family. Her writing has appeared in both adult and juvenile publications. She holds an MA in education and is a retired elementary school teacher.

Ejiro Elizabeth EdwardProse 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 EldredProse 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.

Bronwyn GallowayProse 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.

Jacob GinsbergProse 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.

Robyn GrothPoetry Reader

Robyn (she/her) is an autistic poet and bookmaker with an MA in linguistics. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons. She is the author of Hello, Robot (Defunkt Mag + Press 2023), and her work is published in CALYX Journal, Otoliths, and Ruminate Magazine.

Reese HarperPoetry Reader

Reese Harper is a teaching artist based in rural North Carolina. She has taught ESL in Japan and Taiwan, where she was a 2021-22 Fulbright Scholar. She studied English, creative writing, and psychology at Wittenberg University and served as the Editor of The Wittenberg Review of Literature & Art. Reese has received fellowships to attend workshops sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, Image Journal, and The Speakeasy Project. She is currently making strides towards publishing her writing.

Rahma O. JimohProse Reader

Rahma 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.

Brandon McWilliams – Poetry Reader

Brandon McWilliams (he/they) is an environmental educator, writer, and editor. His work has appeared in Hidden Compass Magazine, Lucky Jefferson, Fragments, and The Seattle Times among others. When not writing, he climbs tall things, cooks needlessly elaborate meals, and gets really excited about moss. He can be found on Instagram at @brandomcw.

Trevor MoffaPoetry 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.

Ron MorganProse Reader

Ron Morgan is a writer and wine professional based in New York City. He co-authored a graphic novel titled The Book of Jesse and is working on his first novel at Stanford University’s Online Novel Writing Certificate Program. He can be found online at thebookofjesse.com.

Michelle PanikProse 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 ParcareyProse 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.

Annie SchoonoverProse 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.

Donna Tallent Poetry Reader

Donna Tallent’s work appears in the Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review of Books, and The Rumpus. She is a 200-hour certified meditation teacher and is slowly making progress on a poetry collection focused on themes of sound, movement, and memory. Find her on Instagram amd Twitter @linoleumrose, and at www.donnatallent.net.

Colby VargasProse 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.

Rashna Wadia – Poetry Reader

Rashna Wadia is a poet and K-8 educator. Her work has appeared in Yellow Arrow Journal, Tiny Seed, The Poeming Pigeon, and others. She enjoys gardening, restorative yoga, and the company of trees and streams. Rashna currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two cats.

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.

Mohammed U. YusufPoetry Reader

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.

Xueyi ZhouProse 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.

Readers not pictured: Liza Sparks (Poetry), Hemmy So, Sharon Thomas, Steven Hopkins (Prose)