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Rosanna Gargiulo, Editor

Rosanna (she/her) lives in Maine with her family and the perfect number of dogs (six, in case you were wondering). She publishes sometimes as R.S. Wynn and her award-winning work has appeared or is forthcoming in New South, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Bacopa Literary Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can reach her at editor@mainereview.com.

AJ Bermudez, Associate Editor

AJ is an award-winning writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Boulevard, The Masters Review, Hobart, Chicago Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere. She is also a former boxer and EMT, and a strong believer that writers should go outside sometimes. More of her work can be found at amandajbermudez.com. You can reach her at associateeditor@mainereview.com.

Chelsea Jackson, Managing Editor

Chelsea (they/she) is awestruck by creativity’s power to challenge and comfort. They use their poetry to ask hard questions, interrogate inherited social narratives, and explore what it means to be human. Chelsea has an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and is published in Tiny Seed Literary JournalPassengers JournalFatal Flaw Literary MagazineTouchstone Literary Magazine, and the Platform Review. They were also a finalist in the 2020 Driftwood Press In-House Poetry Contest. Originally from Southeastern Virginia, they now live in Philadelphia with their partner, grouchy cat, and cuddly pit bull. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram @sea_c_j. You can reach them at managingeditor@mainereview.com.

Adam Grabowski, Associate Managing Editor

Adam Grabowski is the author of the chapbook Go on Bewilderment (Attack Bear Press, 2020) and the recipient of a 2021 Parent-Writer Fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Sixth FinchHobartExit 7, jubilat, and elsewhere. Adam lives in Western Massachusetts and can be reached at associateme@mainereview.com  adamgrabowskipoetry.com // @GrabowskiPoet // IG: adamfgee

Avanti Nambiar, Social Media Editor

Avanti is a media and publications manager based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently working on investigative and multimedia projects, in both visual and literary mediums. Her body of work focuses around uncovering hidden stories; she enjoys searching for secrets, puzzles, and mysteries. You can reach her at media@mainereview.com.

Basmah Sakrani, Radicle Interviewer – Fiction

Basmah Sakrani is a Pakistani-Canadian writer living in Memphis TN, with her husband and two dogs. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, High Shelf Press, Woven Tale Press, and other journals. In addition to contributing to The Maine Review, she works at Wunderman Thompson and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Shanta Lee Gander, Radicle Interviewer – Poetry

Shanta Lee Gander is a multidisciplinary award winning artist and writer who explores a range of genres with her work that has appeared in many publications. She is the 2020 winner  of the Diode Editions full-length book contest for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA:Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues which has received an honorable mention for the Sheila Margaret Motton prize. To see Shanta Lee’s visual art or read more of her work, visit: shantaleegander.com

Rebecca Irene, Poetry Editor

Rebecca’s poems are published or forthcoming in RHINO, Carve, Juked, Atlanta Review, Pidgeonholes, and elsewhere. She was named the 2020 Monson Arts: MWPA Poetry Fellow, and has received residencies from Norton Island, SAFTA, and Hewnoaks. Rebecca holds an MFA from VCFA, and lives in Portland, Maine. Her website is rebeccairene.com. She tweets @cicadacomplex. You can reach her at poetry@mainereview.com.

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson, Associate Poetry Editor

Shavahn 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. You can reach her at poetry.dorris-jefferson@mainereview.com

Meghan Sterling, Associate Poetry Editor

Meghan 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. You can reach her at poetry.sterling@mainereview.com.

Brett Willis, Fiction Editor

Brett Willis is a former resident of Hewnoaks Artist Colony. His writing is forthcoming in an anthology of short fiction published by Littoral Books and has appeared in Intrinsick Mag and The Maine Review. He lives with his wife, daughter, and large dog in Portland, Maine. You can reach him at fiction@mainereview.com.

Rashmi Vaish, Associate Fiction Editor

Rashmi holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in The Literary Nest, Numéro Cinq, and elsewhere. Born and raised in India, she now lives and writes in New York State’s North Country. She is working on her first novel. Rashmivaish.com. You can reach her at fiction.vaish@mainereview.com.

Emily W. Blacker, Nonfiction Editor

Emily’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 a collection of linked creative essays. You can reach her at nonfiction@mainereview.com.

Tyler Orion, Associate Nonfiction Editor

Tyler Orion (they/he) is a trans/non-binary writer and photographer living in northern Vermont. Orion works at a small, independent bookstore, and is in the process of starting their own pop-up bookstore called Lucky Cloud Books that focuses on work by queer/trans and BIPOC writers and books in translation. Orion is also a reader for Split Lip, and they have work published recently in Orion, The Hopper, GASHER, The Offing, Brevity, an anthology from Damaged Goods Press, and elsewhere. Orion holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. IG: @luckycloudbooks

Megan Baxter, Associate Nonfiction Editor

Megan 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. She currently lives in Syracuse, NY, with her fiancé and their three beloved dogs. You can reach her at nonfiction.baxter@mainereview.com.

Staff Readers

Fiction: Terri Bruce, David Grubb, Erica Kent,  Doug Scibeck, Kathleen Siddell, MK Sturdevant, Rhonda Zimlich, Jonathan Calloway, Frank DiPalmero, Siarra Riehl, Sruthi Narayanan, Laci Mosier, Nora Kirkham, Gabrielle Lopez, Nan Byrne, Jeanette Le Quick

Nonfiction:  Sarah Curtis, Andrea Vassallo, Jocelyn Winn, Linda Presto, Deanne Battle, Mona Oikawa, Tamzin Mitchell, EJ Bowman

Poetry: Japman Aneja, A. Anupama, Katherine Hagopian Berry, John Browning, Jenny Doughty, Michelle Lewis, Eric Morris-Pusey, Lauren Myers-Hinkle, Ethan Stonerook, Alzenira Quezada (Lady Zen), Kate Morgan, Bill Frayer, Sara Backer, Zack Lavoie, Preeti Parikh, Jonah Meyer

Meet Our Staff Readers

A. Anupama’s writing has appeared in Waxwing, Numéro Cinq, and elsewhere. She leads writers at Ramapo College, Writopia Lab, and in the literary community she co-founded, River River Writers Circle (RiverRiver.org). Her chapbook, Saffron Threaded, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Anupama lives with her family in Nyack, New York.

A. Anupama
Poetry Reader

Alzenira Quezada ( Lady Zen) has an MFA in Creative Writing and is an internationally known lyric fusion poet, who is performing, composing, teaching, and producing around the world. Their work appears in About Place Journal, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, and Feckless Cunt: A New Feminist Anthology.

Alzenira Quezada (Lady Zen)
Poetry Reader

David, a retired Coastguard Warrant Officer, has creatively written since childhood, yet career/family always came first. He’s changing that aspect of life and loving every minute. His work appears in Touchstone, Toasted Cheese, 1:1000, Sixfold.org, The Elevation Review, Every Day Fiction, The Abstract Elephant, & The Bookends Review. www.agrubbylife.com.

David Grubb
Fiction Reader

Erica lives in Portland, Maine. She is a high school English teacher who, on some days, lacks a sense of humor but works hard to regain it. Her work has been featured in StoryQuarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, past-ten, Apple in the Dark, and The Maine Review.

Erica Kent
Fiction Reader

Zack is the author of the chapbook UPHEAVALS (Pond Bench Press). He was awarded the 2017 Alice James Books Director’s Chair Fellowship and now lives with his dog in Waterville, Maine. His published work can be found at zackarylavoie.com.

Zack Lavoie
Poetry Reader

Linda, a journalist, teacher, and essayist, earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently writing her first humor book while snickering at her own jokes. Linda teaches English at her community college and began a reading series for local writers.

Linda Presto
Nonfiction Reader

A poetry fanatic and longtime poet, John is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Flemington, NJ with his wife Patty and their two dogs and two birds. John is the author of four books of poetry.

John Browning
Poetry Reader

Terri is the author of the paranormal / contemporary fantasy Afterlife series and numerous short stories in various anthologies and magazines. She produces hard-to-classify fantasy and science fiction stories that explore the supernatural side of everyday things from beautiful Downeast ME. Visit her on the web at www.terribruce.net.

Terri Bruce
Fiction Reader

Ethan is a professor and PA at Wake Forest University. He lives in a small, century-old bungalow with his wife and four children. His poetry can be found in The Intima and Snapdragon, as well as creative nonfiction in several academic journals. Reach him at EStonero@wakehealth.edu.

Ethan Stonerook
Poetry Reader

Siarra lives and creates on Treaty 6 land in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her wife and two cats. A transdisciplinary writer, performer, and teacher, Siarra holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her fiction received an honorable mention in AWP’s 2020 Intro Journals Project.

Siarra Riehl
Fiction Reader

Andrea lives on the coast of Maine. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast, serves on the board of Amherst Writers & Artists, and was nonfiction co-editor of The Stonecoast Review. Andrea has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a Maine Literary Awards finalist and included in Best American Essays notables.

Andrea Vassallo
Nonfiction Reader

Kathleen is a writer and editor. She loves stories with complicated characters who dance on the line of right and wrong. You can read her nonfiction essays in places like The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, and Motherwell Magazine. She hopes you can read more of her fiction soon.

Kathleen Siddell
Fiction Reader

Jocelyn is a freelance writer and founder of The Eleventh Letter editorial services. She studied at the National University of Ireland Galway after earning her BS in Speech from Emerson College. Currently an MFA in Writing candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Jocelyn lives gratefully ever after in New Hampshire. www.theeleventhletter.com

Jocelyn Winn
Nonfiction Reader

Breanna resides in Point Pleasant, West Virginia with her husband and three children. She graduated from Marshall University but started writing after electing to stay home with her kids. Her writing can be found at The Raven Review, Written Tales, Harness Magazine, Motherscope, and a number of parenting websites

Breanna Leslie
Fiction Reader

Doug is a writer living in Boston. He graduated with an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He was a journalist and newspaper editor, as well as commentator. Doug is working on a science fiction novel, and he writes literary and speculative novels and short fiction.

Doug Scibeck
Fiction Reader

Michelle is the recipient of the 2018 Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize and the author of Animul/Flame (Conduit Books & Ephemera). Her poetry has appeared in Bennington Review, Indiana Review, WSQ, The Feminist Wire, and Denver Quarterly, among others. You can find out more about her at whitechicken.com.

Michelle Lewis
Poetry Reader

Katherine’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Café Review, Enough!: Poems of Resistance and Protest, A Dangerous New World, Balancing Act II, Glass: Poet’s Resist and Strange Fire: Jewish Voices on the Pandemic. Mast Year, her first full collection of poetry, is available from Littoral Books.

Katherine Hagopian Berry
Poetry Reader

MK’s writing appears or is forthcoming in Orion, Newfound, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Tiny Molecules, The Lily Poetry Review, The Westchester Review, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Montana Prize in Fiction and was recently nominated for a Pushcart. She lives in the Midwest.

MK Sturdevant
Fiction Reader

Jenny is originally British but has lived in Maine since 2002. Her poems have appeared in, among others, The AuroreanSin FronterasNaugatuck River ReviewFour Way Review, and various anthologies. Her first poetry collection, Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2017.

Jenny Doughty
Poetry Reader

Sarah’s essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Crazyhorse, River Teeth, The American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been noted in 2018 Best American Essays and anthologized in River Teeth: Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Michigan.

Sarah Curtis
Nonfiction Reader

Rhonda teaches writing at the American University in Washington DC. She has published in several journals, including Brevity, past-ten, American Writer’s Review, and was awarded the 2020 Literary Award in Nonfiction from Dogwood: A Literary Journal of Poetry and Prose. She is hard at work marketing her first novel.

Rhonda Zimlich
Fiction Reader

A former world wanderer, Sara Backer has returned to her native New England. Her poetry books are Such Luck (Flowstone Press) and two chapbooks: Scavenger Hunt (dancing girl press) and Bicycle Lotus (Turtle Island chapbook prize). Her publications include Tar River Poetry, Slant, CutBank, Poetry Northwest, and Kenyon Review. 

Sara Backer
Poetry Reader

Kate Morgan is a poet living and writing in Los Angeles. She is currently enrolled in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Low Residency Program. When not reading or writing, Kate can be found exploring a beach somewhere, taking and editing photographs or wearing big headphones, listening to Bonnie Raitt.

Kate Morgan
Poetry Reader

Lauren Myers-Hinkle is currently completing her MFA in Poetry and Translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has a background in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and her work has appeared in such publications as RHINO and Carve.

Lauren Myers-Hinkle
Poetry Reader

Bill Frayer has published four volumes of poetry and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. Having earned his BA in English from Brown and an MS in Adult Education from USM, he taught in the Humanities Department at Central Maine Community College for 31 years.

Bill Frayer
Poetry Reader

Eric Morris-Pusey writes poems. Some of his poems have appeared in The Missouri ReviewNoble/Gas Qtrly, and a few others. He reads submissions for journals, including The Maine Review, as well as writing for Nimrod International Journal: Blog and Artists’ Book Reviews. He lives in Columbia, Missouri with his partner Grae Gardiner and their dog.

Eric Morris-Pusey
Poetry Reader

Jonathan Calloway has lived in Finland and China. Currently enrolled in the MFA in Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is working on a novel which follows three estranged archaeologists, each on wildly divergent paths through space and memory, as they clash with the meaning of living in the present.

Jonathan Calloway
Fiction Reader

Frank DiPalermo got his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2020 two of his poems were finalists in the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, a hybrid piece appeared in Ruminate, a short story appeared in Beyond Words, and two of his essays appeared in The Whole Alphabet.

Frank DiPalermo
Fiction Reader

Japman Kaur Aneja is a sophomore with a zeal and passion for literature. She has served as an editor for  BreakBread Magazine and Inlandia: A Literary Journal. An avid reader by nature, she loves to spend her day with a book and a cup of coffee.


The Maine Review Alumnx


Dewaine Farria, Embody Co-Editor

Dewaine is the author of the novel Revolutions of All Colors (Syracuse University Press, October 2020). His stories and essays have appeared in the Southern Humanities Review, the New York Times, CRAFT, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and War on the Rocks, among others. You can find more of Dewaine’s writing at dewainefarria.com.

Elizabeth Bedell, Embody Co-Editor

Elizabeth’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.

Chanel Dubofsky, Associate Embody Editor

Chanel Dubofsky is a fiction writer, journalist and essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work on health, gender, sexuality, religion and reproductive justice has been published in New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Lilith, Previously.TV,  and Rewire, and her fiction at Atlas and Alice, Monkey Bicycle, Atticus Review, Matchbook, Staccato, and Quick Fiction. She has an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Follow her on Twitter at @chaneldubofsky and on Instagram at cdubofsky. You can reach her at

Lisa Folkmire, Social Media Editor

Lisa Folkmire is a writer from Warren, Michigan. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she studied poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Up the Staircase QuarterlyThe MantleGlassBarren MagazineAlegrarse, and Okay Donkey. She is also a reader for The Masters Review. You can read more about her at lisafolkmire.com.

Staff Reader AlumnxThe Maine Review

Embody: Kimberly Ann Priest, Alex Andy Phuong

Fiction: Wilson Koewing, Bree Leslie, Matthew Schwager, Dexter Loken, Kathrine A. Boyer, Katherine Cart

Nonfiction: Anne McGrath, Aaron Hand, E. Isabel Park, Grace Gilbert, Shanta Lee Gander

Poetry: Elizabeth Austin, Janine Horber, Carolyn Ogburn