Kenzie Founder, Editor in Chief, & Design @cerena // www Kenzie Allen is a Ph.D. student and Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and she is a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. By day Kenzie works as a ui/ux designer for startups and entrepreneurs, and by night she dreams of the desert. Her poetry and non-fiction can be found in Sonora Review, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, Narrative, Apogee, Drunken Boat, Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary and elsewhere. She likes cacti, kitties, and Norman Dubie. She can also be found blogging as cerena.
Dave Staff Writer, Editorial Board, Prose @ExpletiveDave A native Virginian and part-time Bostonian, Dave currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is an MFA candidate at Otis College of Art and Design. He has been known to write things on occasion, except for when it interferes with trivia night at the bar.
Audrey Poetry Editor; Editorial Board–Prose Audrey Gradzewicz is a poet in the MFA program at Purdue University. You can find her stranded in a Greyhound station, inadvertently joining cults, or eating salsa with her breakfast cereal.
Whittier Staff Writer, Blog Director, Editorial Board: Non-fiction @whitnate // www Whittier Strong is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His writing appears in The Rumpus, Deaf Poets Society, Apogee, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Arkana, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a memoir about his decade in Minneapolis.
Melissa Editorial Board & Content Design @msipin // www Nicknamed “small but terrible” by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014). Her work is in Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and PEN American Center, among others. Her fiction has won scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Conference, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a short story collection and novel.
Anna Editorial Board, Fiction @warblebee // www Anna Kovatcheva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and holds an MFA in fiction writing from New York University. The White Swallow was selected by Aimee Bender as the winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Competition, and was published in 2015. Anna’s stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Kenyon Review, and The Iowa Review. She lives in New York City, where she works as a graphic designer. In her off hours, Anna writes about Slavic folklore and teenage girls conspiring to murder.
Jamie Editorial Board, Fiction @jamieharary Boston human. Writer of fiction and poetry. Lover of photographs found in flea market bins, very old animals, men and women with beards.
Jane Editorial Board, Prose @janenhawley Jane Hawley is a writer from California. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Texas State University, where she also works as the Managing Editor for Front Porch Journal. Her nonfiction has been published in Memoir Journal.
Will Editorial Board, Non-fiction Will Slattery is a writer of nonfiction and a reformed cheesemonger. He lives in Tucson, where he is an MFA Candidate in the writing of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona. He is especially fond of history, sociology, and Époisses.
Kirby Editorial Board, Poetry & Non-fiction Kirby Snell is a Midwest native temporarily transplanted in the Piedmont of North Carolina. She is a copy editor for medical publications by day and a poet, aspiring chef, and failed gardener at night. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Unsplendid, and Flyway, among other publications. From 2009 to 2011, Kirby served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Koty Editorial Board, Non-fiction @kotyneelis // www Koty Neelis is a writer and wanderer from Michigan where she was raised on a steady diet of Scholastic Books, Smashing Pumpkins, and National Geographic. She’s a producer at Thought Catalog and spends her free time backpacking around the world by herself in search of the strange and the beautiful. Find her on Twitter and Tumblr.
Dylan Staff Writer @dylanweird // www Dylan Weir works at Young Chicago Authors, and was a semifinalist for the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He is completing his M.A. in English at DePaul University, and he is a frequent freak flag flier. His poetry appears in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Literary Orphans, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Chicago Literati, Red Paint Hill, and others.
Joy Assistant Managing Editor, Editorial Board, Prose Joy E. Allen is a Virginian by birth, Los Angeleno by choice. Her work has been featured in PANK, Post Road Magazine, Blue Mesa Review, The Molotov Cocktail, and Word Riot, among others publications. She is currently at work on a novel.