“Other Big” News at jmww

Although I had planned to write this post lamenting that our beloved flash editor Dave Erlewine would no longer be with jmww (apparently, Dave’s so awesome in all other aspects of his life too that he got a super-huge promotion at work).

But then the universe intervened. We hit our craps numbers. Our scratch-off showed three treasure chests. We found a dollar at the gym. And, over the weekend, we also found a new senior flash editor and three flash editors.

Who? You ask in sweet anticipation.

Wait for it…

John Madera (senior flash editor), B.L. Pawelek (flash editor), Nathan Penksy (flash editor), and Linda Wastila (flash editor).

Yes, we have just assembled the Beatles of flash fiction staff. Or maybe the Muppets. But you get how excited I am.


Ever since a ghost of a chance wrote his disappearing act, John Madera had only seen glory from the cheap seats, but after mistaken identity theft, he’d finally found himself. You may find him in Opium Magazine, Featherproof Press, elimae, Everyday Genius, ArtVoice, Underground Voices, Little White Poetry Journal #7, and Sonora Review; and forthcoming in Corduroy Mountain. He’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle; and his reviews have appeared in 3:AM Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Bookslut, The Collagist, DIAGRAM, Fiction Writers Review, Flatmancrooked, The Millions, Powell’s Books’ “Review-a-Day,” The Prairie Journal: A Magazine of Canadian Literature, The Quarterly Conversation, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, New Pages, Open Letters Monthly, The Rumpus, Tarpaulin Sky, and Word Riot; and forthcoming in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He is editing a collection of essays on the craft of writing (Publishing Genius Press, 2010). He edits the forum Big Other and journal The Chapbook Review. Former fiction editor at Identity Theory, he is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW. His monthly column, “A Reader’s Log(orrhea),” may be found at The Nervous Breakdown. He also sings and plays guitar for Mother Flux.

bl Pawelek has been to a million places in life and has forgotten most of them. But he is here now and trying.

Nathan Pensky is a graduate of the Creative Writing M.F.A. program at Mills College and has been published in such periodicals as McSweeney’s, Defenestration, and The Yankee Pot Roast. He enjoys stroking his beard (not pictured) and studying the ancient art of animal husbandry.

Linda Simoni-Wastila crunches numbers by day and churns words at night. You can find her poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction in Tattoo Highway, The Sun, The Shine Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, Every Day Poets, and Six Sentences, as well as in several anthologies. She muses on writing and the mind at http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot.com. She lives and loves in Baltimore, a town where her Northern birthright and Southern upbringing comfortably comingle. Leftbrainwrite.


5 responses to ““Other Big” News at jmww

  1. Thanks, Jen! “The Flash Titans”: I like it. And, if we’re the Fab Four of flash fiction, then I’m George.


  2. Thanks! Sorry I couldn’t get your bios to line up better with your photos. WordPress can be a little limited in its formatting at times.


  3. Sorry to see Dave go, but this is a spread of people of supergroup status. The Dead Weathers, Cream, The Highwaymen The Traveling Wilburys and now…let’s see, what shall we call this group of rock stars???…I like The John Milton Project.


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