Bob Sykora, Editor-in-Chief
BOB SYKORA is the author of I Was Talking About Love–You Were Talking About Geography (Nostrovia! 2016). A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston MFA program, he teaches at community colleges in Chicago. He can be found online at bobsykora.tumblr.com and @Bob_Sykora_.
AK Afferez, Nonfiction Editor
AK AFFEREZ is a queer writer currently living in France. They’d like to have you think they spend their days sipping wine and scribbling in notebooks at a fashionable café, but they are most likely trying to either survive grad school, write a book, or parent a cat with a God complex. They work for Winter Tangerine & blog for Ploughshares. Favorite small talk topics include the apocalypse, tarot, and lesbian history. They tweet @akafferez.
Clémence Chouteau, Art Editor
CLÉMENCE CHOUTEAU lives and works in Paris.
Clair Dunlap, Poetry Editor and Social Media
CLAIR DUNLAP is a poet and librarian from the Pacific Northwest, currently residing in the Twin Cities. She is the author of In the Plum Dark Belly (2016) & her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Oakland Review, Severine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hobart, and more. When she’s not writing, she can be found answering research questions in a library. She cares about picture books and poems. On Twitter and Instagram she is @smallgourd.
Ariel Francisco, Translations Editor
ARIEL FRANCISCO is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Florida Review, Guernica, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The Miami New Times named him one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019. https://arielfrancisco.com/
Editorial and Outreach
Michelle Betters, Interviews Editor
MICHELLE BETTERS grew up in a small town in south Georgia. She now lives in Boston, where she works at an indie book publisher and co-hosts a monthly reading series called We Met Online. Her writing has appeared in Slate, VICE, the Ploughshares blog, and more. You can find her online via www.betterpeaches.com or @mbetterpeaches.
Alana King, Social Media
After earning a B.A. in English from Texas State University and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Memphis, ALANA KING is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her creative work and reviews have been or will be published in Quaint Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Reunion: The Dallas Review, and more. You can find her online at alanacking.com.
Bethany Mary, Book Reviewer
BETHANY MARY is a meditative tea snob studying gerontology in Minnesota. She was once the poetry editor of Green Blotter Literary Magazine and now reads submissions for Spark: A Creative Anthology and Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. As an asexual advocate for a sexual assault center and blogger for Resources for Ace Survivors, she focuses on boundaries and mental health in her own writing. Some of her work is out in the world, and she rants on Twitter @bethanylmary.
Past Staff Members
Chelsea Ardle, Editor-in-Chief (2016-2019)
CHELSEA ARDLE is a Pennsylvania-born cat-mom writing, working, and living in Columbus, Ohio. She often writes about the steel industry, flowers, and the human condition; and will tell you all of those things are definitely related somehow. Her work has been published in matchbook, Public Pool, Hippocampus and the Eastern Iowa Review. She received her MFA in creative writing from Chatham University and is the founding editor of Beetnik Press. She’s also participated as an assistant editor for The Fourth River and Hawk and Handsaw: Journal of Creative Sustainability. She doesn’t always tweet, but when she does its @thechardle. Instagrams with @chardle.
Rachel Charlene Lewis, Editor-in-Chief (2014-2016)
RACHEL CHARLENE LEWIS is a freelance writer and queer person of color who has been published in The Normal School, BOAAT, The Offing, and a couple other places. She has worked with The Fem, Paper Darts, Bodega, Sugared Water, and other publications. Her essay, “Choosing War,” won a contest judged by Steven Church, and her essay, “What if all I ever do is separate flesh from sky?” was a runner up in the Feminine Inquiry Spring 2016 Nonfiction Contest. Her poem, “Dusting,” was a finalist in the 2015 Princemere Poetry Contest. She reviews books for Maudlin House. Rachel tweets and is on Instagram as @RachelCharleneL.
Katie Clark, Interviews
KATIE CLARK is a queer poet on the verge of the twenties who belongs to a lot of places: Jacksonville, parts of Georgia, the pioneer valley. Currently a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Katie is figuring it out. Likes planting things and being alive, generally. Katie’s poems have been in Alien Mouth, Vagabond City, and Spy Kids Review, amongst other kind pages. Medias at forelevenseas.tumblr.com and @octupiwallst
Meryl D’Sa, Art Editor
MERYL D’SA, transplant from Mumbai, India, is in her third year of the MFA program for Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University where she enjoys the thrill that hurricanes bring and is slowly (but unsuccessfully) getting over her fear of spiders.
Amanda Dissinger, Poetry Editor
AMANDA DISSINGER is a Brooklyn based poet who writes mostly about the city, doomed relationships, and loneliness. She released her first book of poetry ‘This is How I Will Tell You I Love You’ via Bottlecap Press in May 2015 and an ebook ‘It’s Fine, I’m Fine, I Think I’m Fine’ on Ghost City Press in July 2016. She’s currently working on her next collection, slated for early 2017. She has also been published on Potluck Mag, Rain Party Disaster Society, The Legendary, Be About it Press, Abrams Books/Poetry Bomb and many more. Her interests include fruit, the library (or any library), 80s music and movies, pop culture, and print dresses. She’s on Twitter @fragglezrock.
Lesley LeRoux, Reviewer
LESLEY LEROUX is a writer, editor and artist based in Canada’s capital (originally from Newfoundland). She graduated with a degree in journalism from Carleton University. Her fiction, nonfiction and photography have been published both in print and online, and she has occasionally dabbled in radio and television. She is a feminist, bibliophile and yogi who can be found tweeting about any of the above @LesleyLeRoux.
Jessie Knoles, Interviews
JESSIE KNOLES grew up in a small farm town in central illinois where she frequently saw the milky way. now she works with plants and dreams of being a poet farmer. her work has been on hobart, third point press, cosmonaut’s avenue, and queen mob’s teahouse. she enjoys being in libraries, museums, and forests. seattle is her current home.
Nicole Lane, Art Editor
NICOLE LANE is a mixed media artist, writer, critic, and pop-singing ball of energy hailing from a lakefront location in Chicago. She is a contributor to Newcity, Gapers Block, THE SEEN, Daily Serving, and VAM Mag. Additionally, she was the art and prose editor for The Greenleaf Review and is now a photographer and writer for West Heritage Journal. On Instagram she is @snicolelane and an archive of her work and writing can be found on snicolelane.com
Neyat Yohannes, Reviewer
NEYAT YOHANNES is an Eritrean-American writer who’s from LA, but just moved to the Bay. By day, she doles out ice packs to kids who don’t need it as an elementary school office lady turned unofficial nurse. She spends the rest of her waking hours writing, attempting to be more formidable like Whitley Gilbert, and trying to keep Drake lyrics from constantly spilling out of her mouth. You can read some of her published work here. She tweets as @rhymeswithcat and occasionally blogs here.
Elena Senechal-Becker, Blogger/Reviewer
ELENA SENECHAL-BECKER is an all-around writer and artist who has yet to graduate high school in Canada’s capital. She’s mostly into high-waisted jeans and poetry. Some of her written work/photography has been published in print and online. She also makes films, occasionally. She is on twitter @elenaLNA and on Instagram @elenasenechal. You can probably google her. She was formerly the poetry editor of Vagabond City.
Jessica M. Farrugia, Outreach
JESSICA M. FARRUGIA is currently studying for an MA in English Literature on the outskirts of London. Her interests lie in confessional, stomach-lurching, tragi-comic narratives, although most of her own creative work is still sheepishly stored in various notebooks and word documents. At home she enjoys watching teen drama, working out to 80s pop anthems, and drinking honey tea. You can find her tweeting at @jesmgia.
Abby Caron, Staff Artist
ABBY CARON is a young artist and graphic designer located in northern Texas, and is working towards a BFA in Communication Design at the University of North Texas. Her life consists of making art, loving dogs, drinking coffee, and using her feminism to empower everyone she encounters. She has a passion for living life as simply as possible, and is inspired by the beauty in everyday objects and experiences.
Lucia Pasquale, Art
LUCIA PASQUALE is a creator, writer of poems, and coffee-fueled whirlwind from San Diego, California. Her work explores life, love, bodies, and womanhood. Her writing has been published in issue sixteen of Literary Orphans, longlisted for the Words on the Waves 2015 Anthology, and selected as third runner up for the University College Cork’s Oikos writing contest on ecocriticism. She is also poetry co-winner of the Cropper Creative Writing Contest at the University of San Diego and will be published in their debut issue of the Alcala Review. On Twitter she is the @blkcoffee_poet or you can find more of her musings here.
Ayah Elbeyali, Poetry
AYAH ELBEYALI is a young weaver of words living on the East Coast of the United States. She is a student studying political science, philosophy, and creative writing, with a fondness for Russian novels. She writes about womanhood, otherness, and experiences. She is a feminist, woman of color, woman of steel. She enjoys good coffee, good books, and better company. She’s been published in a couple places. You can read her work here, find her on twitter and on her personal blog.
Victoria Shelton, Social Media
VICTORIA SHELTON is a 23 year old writer living in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in Mask Magazine and she has recently been awarded the Albert J. Caplan Prize from The Academy of American Poets. She is currently working on her first chapbook.
Joe Marchia, Founder
JOE MARCHIA is a writer and humorist. His writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Citizens for Decent Literature, Instigatorzine Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Beatnik, Milk Sugar Literature, Emerge Literary Journal, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Earthbound Review and Quail Bell Magazine. His e-book, For Whatever and Whenever: Collected Poems and Fragments, was published in 2013. His novella, Time, is currently unpublished. You can keep up with his work on his website. He passed VC to Rachel in Fall of 2014.