Visual Higgs Boson

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. 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 writer from Montana. Her flash fiction has been published in a variety of journals, including Wigleaf, Corium, Monkeybicycle and Jellyfish Review. She was a finalist for Best Small Fictions 2017 and was named to Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions 2017. She can be found on Twitter at @loki_writes.

Kristen M. Ploetz – Creative Nonfiction Editor

Kristen M. Ploetz (@KristenPloetz) is a writer and former land use attorney living in Massachusetts. She writes essays and short stories/flash fiction, and is also working on a short story collection and a YA novel. Find her full list of publications at

Mike Nagel – Assistant Editor

Mike Nagel’s work has appeared in apt, Hobart, Salt Hill, DIAGRAM, and The Paris Review Daily. His essay “Beached Whales” was a Best American Essays 2017 notable essay. He lives in Dallas. Find selected nonsense at or follow him on Twitter @misternagel.


Former Editors:

Emily Arnason Casey
Breana Steele
Donald Edem Quist
Sarah Seltzer
Liz Blood
Jon Cone
Mahtem Shiferraw