Assistant Editors

Michael Andreoni is a working-class guy who, in terms of education, zigged when most everyone zagged. He works as a janitorial contractor, and lives forever between town and gown near Ann Arbor. His fiction and essays have appeared in Euphony, Ducts, Avalon Review, Calliope, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Pif magazine, and other publicationsA story collection, The Window is a Mirror, is forthcoming from BHC Press.

Cailin Ashbaugh graduated from Michigan State with a BA in Professional Writing and English. Since graduating she has worked as an intern with Milkweed Editions and is wrapping up an internship with Sarabande Books. She is currently the Managing Editor for Birds Piled Loosely Press. You can find her work in Midwestern Gothic and scribbled on paper coffee cozies. For more of what she has done or is doing visit her website:

Barbara Ellen BaldwinBarbara Ellen Baldwin is an author/literary reviewer, and vets submissions for a number of finely crafted print journals. Work is forthcoming, or has appeared in: The Annals Of Internal Medicine, The Brooklyner Web, Blast Furnace, Barnwood, About Place: “Peaks & Valleys” issue, Canary (Tasmanian Tiger elegy), Clover, Empirical Magazine, Conclave, A Journal of Character, Connotations, An Online Artifact, Prick Of The Spindle, Poetry Northwest (Carolyn Kizer tribute), Pivot, Gulf Stream, Fugue, Speakeasy, The Lullwater Review, Art Centering, Plainsong, Blue Unicorn, and elsewhere. She plays acoustic music in a weekly Music Jam at her local independent bookstore, Auntie’s. Her latest manuscript, Feeding The Anxiety Dog, awaits a publisher.

Terry BarrTerry Barr is a Professor of Modern Literature, Film Studies, and Creative Writing at Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina. His essays have been published widely in such journals as The Bitter Southerner, Hippocampus, 3288 Review, Steel Toe Review, Full Grown People, Blue Bonnet Review, Deep South Magazine, and upcoming in South Writ Large and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. His essay collection, Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings From My Alabama Mother, will be published in 2016 by Red Dirt Press. He lives in Greenville, SC with his family.

Bridget BellBridget Bell earned a BA in English from University of Illinois—Springfield and MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. She currently lives in the Chicago area and teaches English Composition at College of Lake County, where she is the advisor for the Literary Arts Society. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on a memoir and manuscript of fiction.

Steven Blythe’s work has appeared in The Tule Review, Tulane Review, Crab Creek Review, Wasafiri, The Moth Magazine, The Poet’s Billow and elsewhere. He served as the Contest Committee Chair for the Poetry Society of Virginia from 2016 to 2018, and he currently lives in Norfolk, VA. He spends his summers at the beach with his two children, Evan and Olivia.

Jeanne BonnerJeanne Bonner is a freelance writer and editor, and a candidate for an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. A nonfiction essay she wrote called “I Come Bearing Gifts, Amore Mio,” was awarded Honorable Mention by Writer’s Digest as part of its annual writing contest this year. Another essay, on the importance of work, will be published in an anthology next year by the HerStories Project. Her poetry and nonfiction essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Mothers Always Write and She lives in Atlanta, where until last year she was an NPR station reporter.

Peter ClarkePeter Clarke holds a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University and recently completed his JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While in law school, he served as an Intern at Andrea Hurst Literary Management. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Elimae, Locus Novus, Denver Syntax, Orion Headless, Pure Francis, The Legendary, and elsewhere. Native to Port Angeles, Washington, he currently lives in Sacramento, California.

Reese ConnorReese Conner received his MFA from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Phoenix with his well-proportioned cat, Pretzel. His work appears or is forthcoming in Moon City Review, Spillway, Four Chambers Press, Punchnel’s, Fifth Wednesday, Third Wednesday (all the Wednesdays, really), and elsewhere. Reese received the Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award, and a Chili Pepper from Rate My Professor.

Laura DavenportLaura Davenport‘s poems have appeared in One, Crab Orchard Review, Meridian, New South, Best New Poets 2009, ;and ;Boxcar Poetry Review. She is the recipient of a Meridian Editors’ Prize, a Hackney Literary award, and the Richmond Magazine/ James River Writers Best Poem award. Her essay “On Literary Relationships” was featured in the Passages North Writers on Writing blog. She completed an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and works at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Chelsea HarrisChelsea M. Harris received the Follet Graduate Merit Award to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. She was named to Glimmer Train’s top 25 list for their very short fiction award and has had work published in Cigale Literary Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and Quaint Magazine. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Andrew Hemmert is a sixth-generation Floridian living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fantastic Floridas, Forklift, Ohio, Jabberwock Review, The Literary Review, and Slipstream. He earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He currently works at Bookbug as a bookseller.

Caitlin Raleigh is a novelist and a reader of all things magical, from fairy tales and folklore to urban fantasy. She has an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and has been published in the magazines Threshold, White Ash, and The Furious Gazelle. She grew up in Chicago and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and as a result is a strange mixture of city and small-town girl. When she isn’t writing, Caitlin composes music, travels whenever humanly possible, and has been known to sing obscure holiday songs out of season.

Melissa HolmMelissa Holm holds an MFA from The University of Mississippi in poetry and a BA in French and English from Denison University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she works as the Research Project Co-ordinator for The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett Project at Emory University. Her poems have appeared or will appear in The American Poetry Journal, Lunch Ticket, The Southern Humanities Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. II: Mississippi and other journals.

Tom HrycykThomas Hrycyk is a DePaul University graduate who has focused his time to helping other writers. Whether editing personal statements for law school applicants or discussing pronoun-antecedent agreement within a poetry chapbook, Tom has seen enough writing to take his own stab at short stories within the past few years. He has published NFL/NBA-related articles for multiple sites and has been nominated for poetry awards, including ISCC out of college. His novella, L’Amande et La Fleur will be published by The Wapshott Press at the beginning of 2016.

Drew McCutchen earned a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Washington, Seattle. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review and Pleiades Magazine. A Washington native, Drew enjoys backpacking in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. He is applying to MFA programs for fall 2018. He lives in Seattle with his fiancé and their cat, Henry. You can read more about Drew or contact him at his website:

Anthony MohrAnthony J. Mohr‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in California Prose Directory, DIAGRAM, Front Porch Journal, Literary Orphans, The MacGuffin, Word Riot, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Three of his pieces have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. By day he is a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Once upon a time, he was a member of The L.A. Connection, an improv theater group.

Jennifer ReaSince 2005 Jennifer A. Rea, PhD has taught English, history, and rhetoric at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois. She is also a published poet, home school teacher, and member of the acoustic suburban folk duo, soap flossers. She attended Michigan State University, Stony Brook University, and did her graduate work in the Irish and Immigration Studies program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Laura SalamyLaura Salamy lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and a silly spaniel. Her short stories and essays have appeared in get born magazine, the Inkspotter News (online), The Communal Desk (an anthology), the Albuquerque Arts (online edition), The Drum (audio magazine), The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal. She edits and proofreads documents of all types – fiction and not – through her business, The Polished Paragraph. She blogs on her own website and at When she’s not writing, editing someone else’s work, or doing laundry, she escapes to High on Hooking to create colorful hooked rugs. Reach Laura at

Peg SandkamPeg Sandkam earned her B.A. in English from Drake University and a post-graduate certificate in editing from the University of Chicago. She has always enjoyed reading and grammar, knowing early in her high school career that she wanted to enter the publishing field. In college she studied abroad with Semester at Sea and traveled to eleven countries. Her article about the editing certificate, “Escaping the Publishing Catch-22,” appeared in the June 2014 issue of Editorial Office News. She is currently working one-on-one with an author to edit his steampunk fantasy novel, as well as fact-checking non-fiction children’s manuscripts.