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 Poetry Editor/Chapbook 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.
Hannah Grieco (Contributing Creative Nonfiction Editor) is a writer and teacher in Washington, DC. In addition to being the senior cnf editor at JMWW, she edits for Alan Squire Publishing, Alternating Current Press, and Porcupine Literary. Her essays can be read in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Huffington Post, and more. Find her online at www.hgrieco.com and on Twitter @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, five novels, and a work of creative nonfiction. His latest book, The Magpie’s Return, was named as one of Kirkus Review’s top Indie releases of 2020
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.
Mike-selfie-1024x683Michael B. Tager (Senior Fiction Editor) is a writer and editor. He is mostly vegetables. He can be found at michaelbtager.com and on Twitter at @iamragesparkle.
Madison Krchnavy (Associate Fiction Editor) is a Baltimore-based community art worker and editor.
2021JulyCassieGrad_6J2A1706AACassie Osvatics (Senior Creative Nonfiction Editor) is a writer and photographer located in the DC area. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland with a notation in poetry from the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. During her time at the university, she was a photographer and reporter for UMD Writer’s Bloc and a concert photographer for Bandsintown. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at American University in 2021. Her work can be found in The Offing,7:30 DC,Washington Independent Review of Booksand five:2:one Magazine.
Andrea Appleton (Senior 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.
Juliet Way-Henthorne_JMWWJuliet Way-Henthorne (Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor) is a senior writer and editor at the Climate Hazards Center, a world-renowned climate research organization, and she is a graduate student in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018 with a degree in Literature and a minor in professional editing. She was the recipient of the William & Marjorie Frost Memorial Award for Best Critical Essay, The College of Creative Studies Best Critical Essay Award, and the Dean’s Award for academic excellence. Juliet’s writing interests lie in biracial identities, unconventional relationships between mothers to daughters, death & grief, and in uncovering the roots of generational trauma. She enjoys reading epistolary narratives and fairy tales, and she will happily watch any horror film with her trusty dog, Sawyer, to guard her.
shareen k murayama (1)Shareen K. Murayama (Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor) is a writer and educator. Her first chapbooks, HEY GIRL, ARE YOU IN THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP? by Harbor Editions and HOUSEBREAK by Bad Betty Press will be published in 2022. She’s a 2021 Best Microfiction winner as well as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. Her art is published or forthcoming in Pilgrimage Press, SoFloPoJo, SWWIM, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.You can find her on IG & Twitter @ambusypoeming.
IMG_4957aureleo sans (Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor)once snatched a trophy at a ball as a bottlenose dolphin supervillain trapped in a trash bag. He is a San Antonio-based writer and poet and an alum of VONA, the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference, and Tin House. His work is forthcoming in the Boston Review and the 2022 Roots. Wounds. Words. Anthology. He is a twitter glamazon at @aureleos.
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.