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Editorial Board

Brendan Todt – Founder

Benjamin Woodard – Editor-in-chief

Benjamin Woodard is a fiction writer, literary critic, and English professor, and was a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq Magazine. His book reviews regularly appear in Publishers Weekly, Words Without Borders, Kenyon Review Online, and journals nationwide. His short fiction and nonfiction can be found in the anthologies Miscellany: Essays By Young(ish) American VoicesBest Microfiction 2019, and Best Microfiction 2021. Find him at or @woodardwriter.


Liz Ann Young – Poetry Editor

Liz Ann Young is a poet and person living in the mountains of Montana with two cats and two dogs. She received two BA’s from Michigan State University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Whitney Bryant – Fiction Editor

Whitney Bryant lives in northern Virginia, where she moonlights as a high school English teacher in order to sustain her writing habit. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review and One Story.

Cathy Ulrich – Fiction Editor

Cathy Ulrich is a mixed-race writer from Montana. Her flash fiction has been published in a variety of journals and included in several anthologies, including Best Small Fictions and Best MicrofictionShe can be found on Twitter at @loki_writes.

Lindsey Danis – Creative Nonfiction Editor

Lindsey Danis is a queer writer of fiction and nonfiction. Lindsey’s essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Fodor’s, Longreads, New World Writing, and Brain Mill Press Voices; accomplishments include a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing and being longlisted for The Alpine Fellowship and the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award. When not writing, Lindsey is most often found cooking, hiking, or kayaking in the Hudson Valley. More information via or @lindseydanis

Alton Melvar M. Dapanas – Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

Alton Melvar M Dapanas (them/they) is author of Towards a Theory on City Boys: Prose Poems (Newcomer Press, 2021), assistant nonfiction editor at London-based Panorama: The Journal of Place & Travel and editorial reader at Creative Nonfiction magazine. Published in/forthcoming from journals, magazines, and anthologies in Germany, Lebanon, Ireland, Singapore, USA, China, Australia, India, UK, Japan, South Africa, Austria, and Canada, they’re from Metro Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines. Find more at

Arielle McManus – Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

Arielle McManus is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She works across multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and holds a specialization in creative writing from Wesleyan University. In the time that she isn’t writing, reading, or editing, she is either working as the manager of a photography studio or cradling her cat (against his wishes). Her work has been published by Passages NorthEntropy Magazine, and more, and links to her work can be found on her website,

Mark Wallace – Creative Nonfiction Reader

Mark Wallace’s essays, journalism, criticism, and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Wired, The Philadelphia Independent, and many more. He sits on the board of the Writers Grotto, and holds an MFA from Bennington College. He lives and writes on the rural California coast near San Francisco, surrounded by family, chickens, and goats.

Eimear Laffan – Creative Nonfiction Reader

Eimear Laffan is an Irish writer living in the mountains of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in Ambit, Funicular, MoonPark Review, the Very Much Alive anthology, Wildness Journal and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @cadmiumskies.

Maggie Fulmer – Editorial Assistant

Maggie Fulmer is an emerging writing from Kentucky with a passion for creative nonfiction and poetry. She received her BA in journalism and MA in English from Northern Kentucky University. Her work has been featured in Atlas+AliceDime Show Review, and The Coil. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on most corners of the internet (@mfulms21), talking about boybands, books, and reality television.

Former Editors:

Summar West
Kristen M. Ploetz
Mike Nagel
Emily Arnason Casey
Breana Steele
Donald Edem Quist
Sarah Seltzer
Liz Blood
Jon Cone
Mahtem Shiferraw


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