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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, Kenyon Review Online, and journals nationwide. His short fiction and nonfiction can be found in the anthologies Miscellany: Essays By Young(ish) American Voices and Best Microfiction 2019. 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.


Summar West – Poetry Editor

Summar West was born and raised in east Tennessee. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems can be found in a variety of places, including 491, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Ellipsis, New South, Still: the Journal, and Tar River Poetry. She currently lives in northern New York.


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 (they/them) is an assistant nonfiction editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, as well as an editorial reader for Creative Nonfiction (Creative Nonfiction Foundation). Their poems and essays have been published in Eastlit Journal (Thailand), Kitaab (Singapore), Asian Signature (India), Alien Mouth (US), The Font (Australia), and elsewhere. Living off-the-grid between the Pacific Ocean and a mountain, they have been based in Siargao Island in the Philippine South since 2019.

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,

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:

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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