JenJen Michalski (Managing and Founding Editor) is the author of the novels The Summer She Was Under Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) and The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press 2013), a couplet of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books 2013), and two collections of fiction (From Here, 2014; and Close Encounters, 2007). Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Poets & Writers, and she’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five 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 host of a fiction reading series in Baltimore, called Starts Here!

AshlieAshlie Kauffman (Senior Poetry Editor /Chapbook Editor) has an MFA in Poetry from New York University 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, and the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.

LindaLinda 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.

David J. Hills (Senior Fiction Editor) is a writer and theatre artist from the Great Hagerstown Valley region of the Appalachian Mountains. A 2019 Cohesion Theatre Playwriting Fellow, his work has additionally appeared in the Apeiron Review and his plays have been produced in and around Baltimore City. Learn more at www.davidjhills.com

Alle C. Hall (Senior Nonfiction Editor) is interested in CNF and essays that show the narrator’s growth, lack thereof, and most importantly, humanity. She welcomes stories from POC, marginalized people, the disabled, LGBTQ+, feminists, #MeToo, and those in addiction and co-dependency recovery—with the focus on recovery. Work forthcoming in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review; others: Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity (blog), Literary Orphans, Word Riot, Treehouse, The Citron Review, and Best of Crack the Spine. Finalist in Creative Nonfiction Magazine contests ‘Exploring the Boundaries’ and ‘Intoxication;’ a Best of the Net nomination; First Place in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition; semifinalist in Hippocampus Magazine’s ‘Remember in November’ Creative Nonfiction Contest; and two ‘Notable Essays’ Memoir Magazine’s #MeToo Essay Contest. Twitter: @allechall1. Facebook: Alle C. Hall. Blog: About Childhood: Answers for Writers, Parents, and Former Children. (allehall.wordpress.com). Follow/friend me for a better chance of understanding my tastes.


Curtis Smith  (Interviews Editor) has published over 100 stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He’s worked with literary presses to publish a pair of flash-fiction chap books, three story collections, three novels, and an essay collection. Dock Street Press has just put out his latest book, Communion, an essay collection. In 2016, Ig Publishing will publishing his next book, a collection of essays about Slaughterhouse Five.

CarlacropCarlaJean Valuzzi (Chapbook Designer and Poetry Editor) hails from the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, received her BFA from MassArt, her MFA from UB, and now quakes upon a hill just west 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. 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 Monthly, and elsewhere. Sometimes characters go live at imisspaperletters.com, or you can find things on the facebook.

stringer150headFM Stringer (Associate Poetry Editor) has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland. He was honorably mentioned in the 2013 Intro Journals Project, and his poetry and prose writing can be found here in jmww, in B O D Y, and elsewhere. He lives in Baltimore and tweets at @fmstringer.


PJ photoP.J. Dominiski (Associate Poetry Editor) is a 24-year-old poet living in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is in his final year of the University of Baltimore’s creative writing MFA program. He loves skateboarding, his cat Nala, and the General Tso’s chicken from Sonny Carry-out. P.J.’s poetry has been published in Randolph-Macon College’s The Stylus, and Unbloc Zine.


Bailey Drumm (Associate Fiction Editor) is a fiction writer currently enrolled in the MFA Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program at the University of Baltimore. Her written work has appeared in Grub Street and her digital art displayed on the 2017 edition cover of Welter. Her collection of short stories is forthcoming in May 2019.


 Margaret Adams (Associate 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.


Lituo Huang (Associate Fiction Editor) was raised in the Midwest and lives in Los Angeles. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in JMWW, the Recenter Press Poetry Journal, the Grief Dialogues, Bosie Magazine, the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and elsewhere. She can be found online at www.lituohuang.com and @LituoH.

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.

Ingrid Jendrzejewski (Associate Flash Fiction Editor) grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, studied creative writing at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. She started writing flash fiction in 2014 and has since found homes for around 75 of her pieces in places like Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, The Conium Review, Jellyfish Review, and Flash Frontier. She has won twelve flash fiction competitions, including the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction, and her short collection Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Vestal Review’s VERA Award, and twice for Best Small Fictions. When not writing, Ingrid enjoys cryptic crosswords, the python programming language and the game of Go. Links to Ingrid’s work can be found at http://www.ingridj.com and she occasionally tweets @LunchOnTuesday.

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.

Briana Wingate (Associate Flash Fiction Editor) lives, writes, and designs in Baltimore, MD. She will soon be a graduate of University of Baltimore’s MFA program, and is continuously inspired by the local independent artists around her. In her free time, Briana enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and creating by all means necessary. You can keep up with her at bawthewriter.com.

Andrew McDowell (Associate Nonfiction Editor) majored in History and English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is working on his Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recent mentions include second place in the 2014-2015 Maryland Writers’ Association Literary Contest creative nonfiction category for his essay Asperger Syndrome: An Affliction or a Gift? He has also written poetry and is the author of the YA fantasy novel Mystical Greenwood. More information about his writing can be found at andrewmcdowellauthor.com.

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.