Kenzie Founder, Editor in Chief, & Design @cerena // www Kenzie Allen is an R1-Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate 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 Black Warrior Review, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, Narrative, Apogee, Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary and other venues, and she currently lives in Norway.
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.
Christine Editorial Board: Poetry Christine Amezquita holds an MFA from Georgia College & State University. Her poems have appeared in Whiskey Island, North Dakota Quarterly, and other journals. She currently resides in Macon, Georgia.
Michael Editorial Board: Poetry & Prose www Michael Mercurio lives and writes in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. He received an MFA from Lesley University’s low-residency program, and poems have been published in the Indianapolis Review, Crab Creek Review, and Rust+Moth. Michael spends a lot of time thinking about food, UFOs, and his Miniature Schnauzer.
Brendan Editorial Board: Prose @EllimistOfStyle Brendan Ford is a graduate of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and a former literary agent assistant with the Virginia Kidd Agency. He lives in Pittsburgh, where by day he works as a Service Integration Lead at the Carnegie Library For the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Brendan can morph into any animal he touches, but for a strict two-hour time limit. He is currently at work on a novel.
Keisha Editorial Board: Prose @KeishaB // www Keisha Bush was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in East Harlem. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow and recipient of the NSPE Dean’s scholarship. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Moulin à Nef in France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Her debut novel, No Heaven For Good Boys, is forthcoming with Random House.
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.
Joy Advisory 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.
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.
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.
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.