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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 the author of Towards a Theory on City Boys: Prose Poems (Newcomer Press), editor-at-large at Asymptote, assistant nonfiction editor at Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature, and former editorial reader at Creative Nonfiction. Their latest poetry, essays, and translation appeared in BBC Radio 4, Tokyo Poetry Journal, New Contrast: South African Literary Journal, The Shanghai Literary Review, Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary & Art Journal. Their lyric essay was nominated to the Pushcart Prize. (

Arielle McManus – Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

Arielle McManus is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing has been published in various literary magazines, including Hobart, Passages North, and Tiny Molecules, among others. You can find her at or @ariellemcmanus.

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.

Former Editors and Readers:

Mark Wallace
Maggie Fulmer
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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