Editorial Staff

Jen Michalski (Managing and Founding Editor) is the author of three novels, The Summer She Was Under Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press 2013), and You’ll Be Fine (NineStar Press, 2021), a couplet of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books 2013), and three collections of fiction (The Company of Strangers, forthcoming 2022; From Here, 2014; and Close Encounters, 2007). Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Poets & Writers, The Washington Post, and the Literary Hub, and she’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize six times. In 2013, she was named as “One of 50 Women to Watch” by The Baltimore Sun and “Best Writer” by Baltimore Magazine. She is the former host of the fiction reading series in Baltimore, Starts Here!
CarlaJean Valluzzi (Senior Poetry Editor/Chapbook Designer) hails from the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, received her BFA from MassArt, and her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. She creates {mostly} paper-based ephemera; assembles objects as well as words to suit the weather and other chaos-based phenomena. Birthdays are spent sleeping among wild ponies. Hand lettering comes naturally, and often appears on the windows and chalkboards of a local indie bookstore. A chapbook exists, You Can Not Click On This, as well as a full-length collection: Part With Never, and work will or has appeared in Espresso Ink, Artichoke Haircut, Hidden City Quarterly, the Found Poetry Review, Open Letters MonthlyThe Light Ekphrastic, and elsewhere. Sometimes characters go live at imisspaperletters.com, or you can find things on the facebook.
Ashlie Kauffman (Contributing Editor/Chapbook Editor; previous Senior Poetry Editor), has an MFA in Poetry from New York University, an MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins, and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Maryland. Her recognitions include an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, and the Ragdale Foundation. She is the recipient of a 2018 Rubys Artist Grant in Literary Arts from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Linda Simoni-Wastila (Senior Fiction Editor) has an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She writes from Baltimore, where she also professes, mothers, and gives a damn. You can find her Pushcart- and Best-of-the-Net nominated poems and stories in various venues, including Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market 2013, Hoot, Connotation Press, Camroc Press Review, Right Hand Pointing, Every Day Fiction, and Nanoism. More stuff at http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot.
Hannah Grieco (Senior Creative Nonfiction Editor) is a writer and advocate in Arlington, Virginia. Her work can be found in a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. She is the fiction editor at Porcupine Literary and the organizer of Readings on the Pike, a monthly reading series in the DC area.  Find her online at www.hgrieco.com and on Twitter at @writesloud.
Curtis Smith  (Interviews Editor) has published more than 100 stories and essays, and his work has appeared in or been cited by The Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Mystery StoriesThe Best American Spiritual WritingThe Best Short Fictions, and Norton Anthology New Microfictions. He’s worked with independent publishers to put out two chapbooks of flash fiction, three story collections, two essay collections, four novels, and a work of creative nonfiction. His latest books are Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Bookmarked (Ig Publishing) and the novel Lovepain (Braddock Avenue Books).
Margaret Adams (Senior Fiction Editor) is a short story writer and essayist. Her work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Pinch Journal, Monkeybicycle, and The Baltimore Review, among other publications. She is the winner of the Blue Mesa Review 2018 Nonfiction Contest and the Pacifica Literary Review 2017 Fiction Contest. Her website is www.margaret-adams.com. Follow her on Twitter at @megbeingthere.
Michael Blackburn (Associate Fiction Editor) studies drama, medieval and renaissance literature, and speculative fiction at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His work can be found at jmww, Five on the Fifth, and elsewhere. His principal occupation, however, is eating Ice Breakers Sours.
Madison Krchnavy (Associate Fiction Editor) is a Baltimore-based community art worker and editor.
Kara Moskowitz (Associate Fiction Editor) is a fiction writer and lawyer in New York City. She has an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Post Road Magazine and The Citron Review, and received third place in the 2015 Fish Publishing Short Story Contest (Ireland). She’s a sporadic tweeter at @Kara_Moskowitz.
Andrea Appleton (Associate Fiction Editor) writes essays and fiction from her home in Baltimore. Her work has been published in The New England ReviewThe Fourth River, and Aeon, among other publications. She is a former public radio producer, former senior editor at the late lamented Baltimore City Paper, and current mother of two young boys, Emil and Theo. She enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and daydreaming about goat ownership.
Kristin Bonilla (Associate Flash Fiction Editor) is a fiction writer from northern California. Her work has appeared in NPR: Three Minute Fiction, NANO Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, online at Gulf Coast Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and currently lives in Houston. Follow her @kbonilla.
Jolene McIlwain‘s (Associate Flash Fiction Editor) writing appears in Prairie Schooner online, River Teeth online, The Fourth River, and elsewhere and has been twice selected finalist in Glimmer Train‘s contests. She’s the recipient of an artist grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and has received a Pushcart Nomination for her fiction. She is currently at work on a collection of short fiction and novel set in the hills of the Appalachian plateau of western Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband and son north of Pittsburgh and teaches literary theory and composition part-time at Duquesne and Chatham universities. You can read her tweets about books, gardens, and a little bit of motocross at @jolene_mcilwain.
Laura Huey Chamberlain (Associate Flash Fiction Editor) lives, works, and writes in Alexandria, Virginia. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as Crack the Spine, MoonPark Review, and Cease, Cows, and she was a finalist for the 2019 Best Microfiction.
Erin Author photo squareErin Vachon (Associate Creative Nonfiction Editor) holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island. Their work has appeared/is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Brevity, and elsewhere. They read CNF and fiction on staff at Longleaf Review and novels at Split/Lip Press. Erin lives in southern New England, where they are at work on a hybrid-novel they workshopped at Tin House in 2021. You can find their writing at erinvachon.com or on twitter @erinjvachon.
Catherine Harrison (Co-Founding Editor, Retired) has a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, an MAT in Secondary English from College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an MS in professional writing from Towson University and currently teaches at Coastal Carolina University. Being a student is her first love, but freelance writing and teaching aren’t bad either.
Jessica Lynn Dotson (Associate Poetry Editor) is a poet and photographer in Baltimore.  Her chapbook, Time Trials, was the 2016 Lines + Stars Mid-Atlantic Poetry Chapbook Contest winner.  She was previously the Art & Design Editor for the literary magazine Free State Review.
Fitz Fitzgerald (Associate Poetry Editor) once played Marcel Duchamp in poet’s theatre on the Lower East Side, opening up for Ed Sanders. Fitz earned a masters in poetics from the New College of California. He has two chapbooks: 17 Reasons (AngleHouse) and Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (Furniture Press). His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Fanzine, First Intensity, Dusie, Free State Review, and Wu Wei Fashion Magazine. He has served previously as a contributing editor for Prosodia and Vapor/Strains.