Maura Snell, Co-Founding Poetry & Art Editor, lives and works in New England. Her poetry can be found in several literary magazines including Inside the Dome, Red Paint Hill Quarterly, Brain, Child Magazine, and MomEgg Review, and in anthologies, including the highly acclaimed Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017). Her poem “Leaving” won the September Prize from international blogger Wilda Morris. She has taught poetry writing and critique to incarcerated teen girls and has been a guest lecturer at several schools in the greater Boston area.
Lauren Davis, Associate Poetry Editor, is the author of the chapbook Each Wild Thing’s Consent (Poetry Wolf Press, 2018). She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her poetry and essays can be found in publications such as Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Empty Mirror, and Lunch Ticket. Davis teaches at The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA.
Aaron Graham, Associate Poetry Editor, hails from Glenrock, Wyoming, population 1159 and has served as the assistant editor for the Squaw Valley Review, is an alumnus of Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and The Ashbury Home School (Hudson). Aaron is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq where he served an analyst and linguist.
Jesse Holth, Assistant Poetry Editor, is a writer, editor, and poet based in Victoria, BC. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over a dozen international publications, including Grain Magazine, Sheila-Na-Gig online, Eastern Iowa Review, and others. She received Honorable Mention for the 2018 Christine Prose Poetry Award, and is currently working on two full-length collections. She holds degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Victoria, and has a not-so-mild obsession with the ocean and all things island.
Elaine Fletcher-Chapman, Poetry Reader, (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) is the author of a volume of poems, Hunger for Salt published by Saint Julian Press. She worked on staff at The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College for eighteen years. She founded The Writer’s Studio where she teaches poetry and nonfiction, provides editing services, and organizes poetry readings and Crossing Over writing retreats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her poems have been published in The Tishman Review, The EcoTheo Review, The Cortland Review, Connotation,The Sun, Calyx, Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and others. Trailer and Poetry Videos for Hunger For Salt: www.vimeo.com/elainefletcherchapman or www.elainefletcherchapman.com.
Tasslyn Magnusson, Poetry Reader & CNF Reader, lives in Prescott, WI just outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metropolitan area. She has an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She writes poetry for adults and poetry and fiction for children.
Scott Smith, Poetry Reader, lives, writes, and balances toddlers in Houston, Texas. He earned an MFA in Poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2010 and a BA in English from Lynchburg College in 2008. He currently teaches at the Art Institute of Houston and is in a constant state of revision on a collection of poems and a fiction manuscript. He’s probably double-fisting kombucha and espresso as we speak.
Matthew David Campbell, Poetry Reader (on hiatus), is the author of the poetry collection, Harmonious Anarchy (Weasel Press 2016), and the chapbook The House of Eros (Red Ferret Press 2015). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Tight, Spires, Forklift Ohio, and the anthologies, The Brink: Post Modern Poetry from 1965 to the Present and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, and How Well you Walk Through Madness. He holds and MFA from Bennington College.
Jennifer Porter, Co-Founding Prose Editor, lives near East Lansing, Michigan. Her writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Old Northwest Review, The Dos Passos Review, Apeiron Review, drafthorse, The Ocotillo Review, Chagrin River Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her novella The World Beyond can be found in The Binge-Watching Cure anthology with Claren Books. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Alison Turner, Associate Prose Editor, was born in the mountains of Colorado, where she learned to spend large amounts of time outside. She has an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the University of Denver. When she travels, she insists on visiting public libraries.
Colleen Olle, Assistant Prose Editor spent her childhood summers climbing trees and reading books and sometimes reading books in trees. At the University of Michigan, she won a Hopwood Award for essay writing and from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she earned an MFA in fiction. She works as a freelance editor and lives with her husband south of San Francisco.
Emily Huso, Assistant Fiction Editor, is pursuing her MA in English with a creative writing emphasis at California State University, Chico. She was a participant in AWP’s spring 2017 Writer-to-Writer Mentorship program. When she isn’t working on her latest story, she enjoys freelance copywriting, coffee dates with friends, and, of course, reading.
Sherrel McLafferty, Assistant Fiction Editor McLafferty’s fiction can be found in Black Denim Lit and Bartleby Snopes. Her poetry has been featured in Prairie Margins. She is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Bowling Green State University; meanwhile, she is the Editor in Chief of Anomaly Literary Journal and an editor for Mid American Review.
Emma Allmann, Fiction Reader, studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a freelance writer and Jr. Digital Publishing Associate living and writing out of Chicago, IL. She has had fiction published with Ellipsis Zine and Ink in Thirds and a play produced at the Marcia Légère Student Play Festival.
Sheila Arndt, Fiction Reader, is a Ph.D. and MFA candidate living in New Orleans. She cares about the modern and postmodern, critical theory, Americana, saltwater, garlic, canines, old blues, and new dreams. Her poetry and prose has been published in The Tishman Review, Gravel, and Literary Orphans, among other places. Follow her: @ACokeWithYou.
Kate Felix, Fiction Reader, is a writer and independent filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. Her work can be found in Room Magazine, Litro Magazine, and Reflex Fiction, among others. She has been shortlisted for many fiction prizes and her award winning screenplays have been produced into several short films. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories and a feature screenplay. Find her at www.katefelix.com or @kitty_flash.
Sara Gray, Fiction Reader, is a writer and lawyer from Toronto, BC. Her work has appeared in The Tishman Review, York Literary Review and Sheepshead Review. You can find her @thisaddledbrain.
Cheryl Pappas, Fiction Reader, is a writer from Boston. Her work has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Cleaver Magazine, Tin House’s Open Bar, Ploughshares blog, SmokeLong Quarterly, Zizzle Literary Magazine, and more. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars.,
Ashli MacKenzie, CNF Reader, lives in Washington, DC working as a production editor for academic journals focusing on astrophysics. She earned a BA in English Literary Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from York College of Pennsylvania and has also been a volunteer counter for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She loves funky street art, hoppy beer, old books, and traveling the world.
Melissa McInerney, CNF Reader, earned her MFA in fiction from Bennington College and her BA from the University of Texas Austin. She has written short stories about growing up in boomtown Houston, blogs about living with Lyme disease at http://lifeandlyme.net/blog/, and is working on a memoir. Her work has appeared in Logophile and Jet Fuel Review. Now she thrives in Colorado with her grown daughter, three dogs, and a cat.
DW McKinney CNF Reader, is a writer living in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned a BS in Biology from Dominican University of California and an MA in Anthropology from Texas State University. Her essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Hellebore Press, Stoneboat Literary Journal, TAYO Literary Magazine, Cagibi, and Mothers Always Write. When she is not chasing her children around, she is doting on her orchids. Check out her projects on dwmckinney.com or follow her @thedwmckinney.
Ginny Rachel, CNF Reader, teaches at Arkansas State University and travels to her home in West Virginia during breaks between classes. She has an M.F.A. from WV Wesleyan College in fiction and returned to continue her studies in creative nonfiction. Her work can be found in West Virginia South, and forthcoming in the anthology, Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, published by A Room Of Her Own Foundation.
Mary Ann Bragg, Copy Editor Much of Mary Ann Bragg’s written work can be found scattered all over her kitchen table in Provincetown, Mass. She’s pursuing an MA in English at UMASS Boston and worries about the economic health of her hometown in southern West Virginia. Visit maryannbragg.com.
Tyler Jacobson, Copy Editor holds a BA in English from Walla Walla University. He is primarily a professional circus artist but also enjoys editing copy.