Vern Miller has authored many stories and articles. He holds advanced degrees in German Language and Literature, as well as an MBA degree. He has taught at two major universities. Now he is combining his enthusiasm for literature with his interest in business to publish the Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Founding Editors

James BalloweJames Ballowe is a poet and an essayist. He is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Bradley University. While at the University of Illinois-Urbana, he learned the craft of editing on the staff of ACCENT: A QUARTERLY OF NEW LITERATURE. He currently teaches courses in nature writing at The Morton Arboretum.


Nina Corwin

Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps (Spring, 2011) and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints, and co-edited Inhabiting the Body, an anthology of women’s poetry. Nominated for the 2008 Pushcart Prize, her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including ACM, Forklift OH, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review and Verse. Corwin has performed her work across the country, regularly collaborating with musicians, dancers and other poets. Corwin lives in Chicago, where she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence. You can read and listen to her work at From the Fishouse: www.fishousepoems.org/archives/nina_corwin


Daniel LibmanDaniel S. Libman finished his B.A. degree at Columbia College in Chicago and earned his M.A. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His short story, “In the Belly of the Cat”, has been translated into several languages and has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology (2001) and in The Paris Review Book of … (Best of the Paris Review anthology 2003). His short fiction and essays have appeared in Details, The Paris Review, The Baffler, Columbia, Santa Monica Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Northwest Review, Oxford Magazine, Confrontations among many others.


Jenn HollmeyerJenn Hollmeyer is a founding editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal and holds an MFA in writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her stories and essays have appeared in ShenandoahPost RoadSalamander, MeridianEtchings, and other publications. Jenn is the senior writer for a Chicago-area marketing agency and is working on a short story collection.


Art Editor

Richard CahanRichard Cahan is a journalist who writes about photography, art, and history. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1983 to 1999, primarily serving as the paper’s picture editor. He left to found and direct CITY 2000, a project that documented Chicago in the year 2000. Since then, he has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, including Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows and Richard Nickel Dangerous Years. He also works as a curator, creating photo and exhibitions at Chicago museums.


Creative Nonfiction Editor

Gro FlateboGro Flatebo has an MFA from the Stonecoast Program in Maine, but worked in the environmental field for over twenty years. She has published in the New Madrid JournalSouth Dakota Review, The Platte Valley Review, Avalon Literary Review and Hunger Mountain’s Loose Sally Blog among other places. She currently is at work on a book set on the coast of Maine, her home.


Layout and Design Editor

Deborah LutzDeborah H. Lutz is a resident of Good Hope, IL and works at Western Illinois University where she earned her second degree in Graphic Communication. She does freelance contracts as a graphic designer, working on various projects and layout endeavors. Deb has been an artist her entire life, working in many disciplines including needle arts, Ukrainian eggs, floral & garden design, quilting, ceramics, jewelry-making, and digital fractal designs. Her fractal art was recently featured on PBS in an episode of Illinois Stories that aired in April 2014. She currently has a Facebook page where anyone can view photos of her works at: www.facebook.com/DebLutzFractals


Book Review Editor

Angie ChatmanAngie Chatman writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in DM Magazine, fwriction: review, Hippocampus Magazine, and elsewhere. Angie has been an assistant editor for fiction with Fifth Wednesday Journal since the summer of 2013. She is the Director of Communications and Development at Covenant Preparatory School for Boys in Hartford Connecticut, and an adjunct instructor of professional and technical writing at the University of Hartford. Born and raised in Chicago, Angie and her husband, Eric, have three children.


Copy Editor

Sherry Stratton

Sherry Stratton made her first foray into freelance editing in college, reading and marking up her friends’ independent study papers. Now retired from a career in technical writing and editing, she has turned her focus to the subjects closest to her heart. Her latest publication was posted May 8, 2018, on the City Creatures Blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. Her work has also appeared in the anthology Songs of Ourselves: America’s Interior Landscape (2015) and in Punctuate, Bird’s Thumb, Portage, Snowy Egret, and elsewhere. She serves as editor of DuPage Sierran. Sherry lives at the edge of a forest preserve in northeastern Illinois.



Media Editor

Jennifer DePoorter is a writer and freelance editor in Chicago. She received her MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. She’s been published in Crook and Folly, DePaul’s literary magazine. She has created and edited new content for social media and website development for many literary and arts organizations.


FWJ Plus Editors

Susan Azar Porterfield

Susan Azar Porterfield is the author of two books of poetry–In the Garden of Our Spines and Kibbe (Mayapple Press) as well as a chapbook, Beirut Redux (FinishingLine Press). She is the editor of Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk (Ohio UP) and has written on Stryk for Poets & Writers, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, and the online edition of AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle. In 2007, she was awarded a grant in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council.

Robert ManasterRobert Manaster‘s poems have appeared in many journals including Rosebud, Many Mountains Moving, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, The Literary Review, and International Poetry Review. His co-translated poems have also appeared in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Dirty Goat, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. He has been awarded several Illinois Arts Council grants, as well as residencies at Ragdale, the Midwest Writing Center, and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.


Contributing Editors

Carolyn Alessio, Michael Anania, John Bradley, Anna Leahy, Molly McNett, Edie Meidav, Amy Newman, Lon Otto.