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Editorial Board

Brendan Todt – Founder

Mahtem Shiferraw – Former Managing Editor, Current Emergency Guidance Counselor


Benjamin Woodard – Editor in Chief & Social Media Extraordinaire

Benjamin Woodard is a fiction writer, literary critic, and English professor. In addition to Atlas and Alice, he is a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq Magazine. His recent fiction has appeared in HobartStorychord, and Corium Magazine. His book reviews regularly appear in Publishers Weekly, Kenyon Review Online, and journals nationwide. 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.

2016-03-29-13-25-38Summar 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 Groves – Fiction Editor

Whitney Groves 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.



Donald Quist – Fiction Editor

Donald Edem Quist is a writer and lecturer living in Bangkok, Thailand. He is author of the short story collection Let Me Make You A Sandwich, and the essay collection Harbors (Awst Press). His work has appeared in North American Review, The Rumpus, Puerto del Sol, Hunger Mountain, J Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Cleaver, Knee-Jerk, Pithead Chapel, The Nervous Breakdown, Publishers Weekly and elsewhere in print and online. He is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, runner-up for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, and a winner of the E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen Authors Competition from the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville. He is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Find him online at

img_7379Emily Arnason Casey – CNF Editor

Emily Arnason Casey’s essays have appeared in Hotel Amerika, the Normal School, the Mid-American Review, the American Literary Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. Find her @emilyarna.


We are also assisted by a bunch of great readers.  They include Sarah Braud, Sarah Kilch Gaffney, Glenda Hoheimer, BJ Hollars, Emily Madden, Tim Quirk, Jamilla Stone, and Ian Wallace.

Want to join Atlas & Alice?

Because A&A is so new, we’d like to see what kind of like-minded artists, scientists, laypeople would like to help us out.  But wait, since we’re a magazine biased towards intersections, to hell with like-mindedness.  We just want people who appreciate good writing, good art, hard work, and new, cool stuff.

Check out our flyer here.

Thanks for your interest.