Editorial Staff

Millicent Bórges Accardi, Interviews

Millicent Bórges Accardi is the author of three books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, and Only More So (forthcoming). She is a recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts (NEA), CantoMundo, the California Arts Council, Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD), and Barbara Deming Foundation. She organizes the reading series Kale Soup for the Soul: Portuguese-American writers reading work about family, food and culture. Follow her @TopangaHippie.

Andrew Ruzkowski, Reviews

Andrew Ruzkowski lives and writes in Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, The Bakery, [PANK], Midwestern Gothic, The Seattle Review, Willows Wept Review, The Camel Saloon, Emerge Literary Journal, Radar Poetry, and Parable Press, among others. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, a Best of the Net award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Atlantis Award and the 2012 Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. His chapbook, A Shape & Sound, is available from ELJ Publications. His first full-length collection, Things that Keep Us from Drifting, is forthcoming from Another New Calligraphy. He also serves as assistant editor for Black Tongue Review.

Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Social Media

Elizabeth Kate Switaj’s first poetry collection, Magdalene & the Mermaids, was published in 2009 by Paper Kite Press. She has also published a chapbook, The Broken Sanctuary: Nature Poems, with Ypolita Press. She is the Assistant Managing Editor of Irish Pages and a doctoral candidate at Queen’s University Belfast. Her website is www.elizabethkateswitaj.net.



Jason Carney has been touring the national performance poetry scene for the past ten years. He has appeared on several seasons of the HBO television show Russell Simmons Presents Def Poets and he is a four time national poetry slam finalist. Jason has spoken and offered workshops at high schools, juvenile detention centers, corporate diversity engagements, as well has colleges and universities extensively in the fifty states. He has an MFA from Wilkes University and his memoir, Starve The Vulture, is forthcoming from Kaylie Jones Books.

Dan Coffey is the Languages and Literatures Librarian at Iowa State University. His poetry has appeared in publications such as Ocho, Kennesaw Review, and Dirt. He has also written articles on Joanne Kyger, Anne Waldman, and Susan Howe, and numerous book and music reviews. He publishes a podcast that focuses on experimental music and poetry that can be found at http://pftbpodcast.wordpress.com.



Brian Fanelli‘s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published by The Los Angeles Times, Portland Review, North Chicago Review, Main Street Rag, Oklahoma Review, Boston Literary Magazine, and other magazines and journals. He is the author of one chapbook, Front Man (Big Table Publishing), and the full-length collection All That Remains (Unbound Content). A resident of Pennsylvania, Brian has an MFA from Wilkes University and teaches English full-time at Lackawanna College. He is also a PhD student at SUNY Binghamton.


Sarah Freligh is the author of A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editor’s Choice award from Accents Publishing, and Sort of Gone, a book of poems that follows the rise and fall of a fictional pitcher named Al Stepansky. Recent work has been featured on Verse Daily, in The Sun Magazine, Brevity, Rattle, Barn Owl Review, burntdistrict, and in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.



Dawn Leas‘s poems and book reviews have appeared in print and online journals such as Literary Mama, San Pedro River Review, Interstice, Southern Women’s Review, and Poets’ Quarterly. Her chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet (Finishing Line Press, 2010), is available in print and Kindle versions, and a collection of her poems appears in the anthology, Everyday Escape Poems (SwanDive Publishing, 2014). In past lives she was a copywriter, freelancer, an admissions director and middle-school English teacher. Currently, she is the associate director of the Wilkes University M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing programs. She’s a contributing editor at Poets’ Quarterly and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor for CityLitRag. Follow her on Twitter @DawnLeas, on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/klp8u2x, or visit her website .

John McCarthy’s work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in, The Pinch, Salamander, Oyez Review, Jabberwock Review, Midwestern Gothic, SPECS, and The Lindenwood Review, among others. He lives in Springfield IL where he is the assistant editor of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program. He has been a regional judge for the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest and volunteers at the Vachel Lindsay Home. His website: johnmccarthylit.com


Arthur McMaster‘s poems have appeared in such journals as North American Review, Poetry East, Southwest Review, Rhino, and Subtropics, with one Pushcart nomination. He has two published chapbooks, the first having been selected by the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Poetry Initiative, and a memoir, Need to Know: Journey of an American Intelligence Officer to College Professor and Poet. Arthur teaches creative writing (poetry and fiction) and American literature, at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Visit his website at http://arthurmcmaster.com.



Ann E. Michael is a poet, essayist, and educator whose most recent poetry collection is Water-Rites (2012). She lives in eastern PA where she is Writing Coordinator at DeSales University. Her website: www.annemichael.com.

Shauna Osborn works as an instructor, wordsmith, and community organizer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2013, she received the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry from Alternating Current Press, a National Poetry Award from the New York Public Library, and the Native Writer Award from Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. She earned her MFA with a concentration in poetry from New Mexico State University. You can find her online at shaunamosborn.wordpress.com.


Rachel Danielle Peterson was born in Bloody Harlan, Kentucky, and now teaches on the Pacific island of Saipan. She holds an MFA in Poetry as well as an MA in Religion. She has been published in various places, and is currently working on her first book of poetry, entitled Partial Tender Things. Earlier versions of her manuscript were chosen as a Semi-finalist for the 2013 Trio Award for First/Second Book by Trio House Press and received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 Joanna Cargill Coconut Book Prize for a First Book.

Brian Russell is the author of The Year of What Now, winner of the 2012 Bakeless Poetry Prize and forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2013. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two dogs.


Leslie Crislip Nielsen, Publisher/Editor
Originally from Ohio, Leslie L. Nielsen immigrated to Denmark in 2013 where she continues editorial work for Poets’ Quarterly and River Teeth Journal. Her poems have appeared in journals such as r.kv.r.y., The Missing Slate and Literary Mama. She holds an MA in English Literature from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University. She teaches writing, leads workshops in creativity, and occasionally blogs.


Lori A. May, Past & Founding Editor/Publisher
Lori A. May is the author of several books including Square Feet (Accents, 2014), The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life (Bloomsbury, 2014), and The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students (Continuum, 2011). She has contributed to publications including The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and The Atlantic. You’ll find her reviews and essays in Phoebe, Passages North, The Iowa Review, Los Angeles Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She is an avid traveler and obsessive coffee drinker. Her website is www.loriamay.com.