Editor: Rosanna Gargiulo
Rosanna Gargiulo lives in an antique farmhouse in Maine, which she shares with her family and the perfect number of dogs (six, in case you were wondering). She publishes fiction and nonfiction as R.S. Wynn and has received the Larry Brown Short Story Award, the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize, and been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southword, Guesthouse, Bacopa Literary Review, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Editor: Rebecca Irene
Rebecca Irene holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work is published, or forthcoming, in Carve, Juked, Atlanta Review, Burningword, *82 Review, Typehouse, and elsewhere. She received a fellowship from the Norton Island Artist Program, and residencies from Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Hewnoaks. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she supports her word-addiction by waitressing. Her website is rebeccairene.com. She tweets @cicadacomplex.
Santino DallaVecchia is a poet from Michigan. The recipient of an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Santino’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Dream Pop Press, Cotton Xenomorph, Crab Fat Magazine, Pithead Chapel, & Yes, Poetry, among others.
Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Cimarron Review, Carve Magazine, Salamander, The Baltimore Review, and Sugar House Review, among others. She was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and awarded a Crossfield Fellowship by Cuttyhunk Island Writers Residency.
Meghan Sterling lives in Portland with her husband, Matthew, daughter Adeline, and cat, Little Bea. She is co-editor of the anthology, A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, which is coming out in the Fall of 2019. Her work has been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Driftwood Press, lingerpost, the Chronogram, red paint hill, Balancing Act, the Sandy River Review, Sky Island Journal, and others, and is forthcoming in Literary Mama, and Third Wednesday. Her chapbook, How We Drift, was published by Blue Lyra Press in September 2016. She will be the Featured Poet in Frost Meadow Review’s Spring 2020 Issue, and will be a resident at Hewnoaks Artists Colony in September, 2019. Her work can be found at meghansterling.com.
Zack Lavoie is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and lives in coastal Maine. He is the author of the chapbook UPHEAVALS and was the recipient of the 2017 Alice James Books Directors Chair Fellowship. He works as a copywriter, editor, and content coordinator. His work can be found on his website and in print nationally and internationally. He loves his dog. Find him at zackarylavoie.com and @zclavoie on Twitter.
Editor: Brett Willis
Brett Willis feels honored to be in a position to strengthen Maine’s already robust literary community. He has been published in Intrinsick Mag, The Maine Review (long before he was fiction editor, he swears), and as a word-of-the-day example usage in Merriam Webster. The word was “zephyr.” A lifelong reader and writer, he is working on his first novel. He loves the work of: Jim Shepard, Alice Munroe, George Saunders, Toni Morrison, Rebecca Makkai, Colson Whitehead, Lauren Groff, Charles Portis, and Herman Melville
Rhonda Zimlich teaches composition at the University of Oregon. An insatiable reader, Rhonda particularly enjoys the works of emerging writers – a magical time for new scribes capturing voice and honing skills. Though she claims to be an emerging writer herself, she has published in journals like, Briars Lit, Ink Stains, Scarlet Leaf Review and Acorn Review. She is hard at work on her first novel.
John Beaudoin earns his keep as a freelance writer in Brunswick, Maine. A graduate of Syracuse University’s MA program, his fiction, essays and journalism have been published in The Pequod, Salt Hill Journal, Habitat and the Maine Times, among others. In keeping with John’s journalistic background, it seems appropriate to quote him: “Reading and writing can be such solitary pursuits that the existence of a community is essential, and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Cassie Powers is a multi-talented writer who happens to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Portland, Maine. She has written short fiction, plays, and is currently working on a novel. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Meridian. Cassie believes in the power of exposing herself to a variety of work – movies, plays, and, of course, books – in the hopes that on some level, in addition to the sheer joy of it, she’s absorbing the tenets of crafting good stories.
Reed Patterson, in keeping with his dedication to fiction, has played Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 edition) with the same group for more than two decades. He writes short fiction and is currently working on what he views as a Bildungsroman. His taste in literature wide, but he finds himself gravitating toward fantasy, mythology, and religion.
Editor: Emily W. Blacker
Emily W. Blacker’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Fourth Genre, The Maine Review, Under the Gum Tree and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She was a contest finalist in Fourth Genre and Creative Nonfiction Magazine, nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project, and given honorable mention in Glimmer Train. She holds a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Middlebury College, an MA in English education from Columbia University Teachers College, and MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her wife and pup in New York City where she works as an English tutor/learning specialist and runs the Figure Eight Writer’s Workshop. She is currently working on collection of linked creative essays.
Daniel Rousseau’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Hippocampus, Salon and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and noted in Best American Essays. He is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts and holds an MA in writing studies from Saint Joseph’s University, where he has taught English. Daniel lives near Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional. As an artist, her endeavors include writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography. Her poetry, prose, and personal essays have been featured in Rebelle Society, onthe Ms. Magazine Blog, The Commons weekly newspaper. Shanta Lee is an editor at the literary arts magazine Mount Island and co-author of Ghosts of Cuba: An Interracial Couple’s Exploration of Cuba in the Age of Trump—Told in Images & Words (Green WritersPress, Spring 2020). Shanta has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. She is currently completing her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Sarah Curtis’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Crazyhorse, Salon, The American Literary Review, Assay, Chaleur, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. Her work has been noted in 2018 Best American Essays, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and will be anthologized in a 2020 collection marking the best of the first twenty years of River Teeth Journal. She holds an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Michigan with her husband and three daughters.
Megan Baxter holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA in poetry from Goddard College. Her essays have won numerous national awards including a Pushcart Prize. She has been published in such journals as The Threepenny Review, The Florida Review, Hotel Amerika and Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s True Story Editions. She currently lives in Syracuse, NY, with her fiancé and their three beloved dogs.
Feature Editors, Life in a Body
Elizabeth Bedell’s recently completed novel, The Space Between, was shortlisted in the 2019 William Faulkner William Wisdom Competition, Novel-in-Progress category. She holds an MFA Fiction and Translation from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in English from Middlebury College, and an A.B. from Harvard University. She writes and teaches in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts.
Dewaine Farria’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, CRAFT, Drunken Boat, Outpost Magazine, and the Afropunk website. He is a frequent contributor to The Mantle. He holds an MA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a U.S. Marine, Dewaine served in Jordan and Ukraine. Besides his stint in the military, Dewaine spent most of his professional life working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, with assignments in the Russian North Caucasus, Kenya, Somalia, and Occupied Palestine. He presently lives in the Philippines with his wife, three children, two cats, and a dog.