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, Guest Poetry Editor, October 2019
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 & Invisible Labor Section 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.
Jennifer Porter, Managing Prose Editor, Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 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, Nightingale & Sparrow, 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, Invisible Labor Section 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.
Emily Huso, Fiction Editor,
received her BA in English at Walla Walla University and her MA in English with a creative writing emphasis at California State University, Chico, where she currently teaches a section of Beginning Creative Writing. Starting in Fall 2019, she will study fiction in the MFA program at University of Washington, Seattle. When she is not reading, writing, or thinking about reading and writing, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé, soaking up the California sunshine, and beachcombing for shells to add to her collection.
DW McKinney CNF Editor, 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.
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.
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.
Kate Felix, Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 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.
Robin Fasano, Tillie Olsen Short Story Award Reader, has written for Spirituality & Health, Berkshire Magazine, Adelaide, and the Massachusetts Review, among others. She has spearheaded cause-driven campaigns for over 16 years and traveled throughout the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, she’s been living and working in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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.
Annie Hindman, CNF Reader
, studied English and Art at Walla Walla University and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at Eastern Oregon University. Her writing has appeared in The Good Mother Project
and Mothers Always Write
. Living in Idaho with her husband and son, she writes between the lines of her days when not escaping floors covered in lava or thinking about scrubbing the bathtub.
Graham Holmes, Tillie Olsen Short Story Award Reader,
lives and writes in Galesburg, Illinois. He has had fiction published in Catfish Creek, Catch, and Cellar Door. He was the 2016 recipient of the Alexander Reid Prize for creative non-fiction, and a finalist for the 2018 Davenport Fiction Award. Graham is an alumnus of the 2018 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, and will soon graduate from Knox College with a B.A. in Creative Writing. His favorite bookstores are generally small, disorganized, and a bit overwhelming.
B F Jones, Tillie Olsen Short Story Award Reader,
lives in the UK with her husband, 3 children and cat. She works as a digital consultant and reviews books for Storgy.
In her spare time, she writes Flash Fiction. She has stories in Bending Genres, The Cabinet of Heed, Soft Cartel, The Fiction Pool, Idle Ink
Cheryl Pappas, Invisible Labor Section 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, Invisible Labor Section 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.
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.
Kathleen Siddell, CNF Reader,
is a writer who has moved around the globe most recently landing in Southern California. Her writing has been featured on The Washington Post’s On Parenting, Motherwell, The Hellebore Press,
and Mother’s Always Write
. She earned a BA in American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College, a MA in International Studies from the University of Essex, and a MA in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. You can follow her on Twitter @kathleensiddell.
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.