April Ford, Editor-in-Chief (Facebook)
April’s story “Project Fumarase” won a 2016 Pushcart Prize—she thanks Southern author Dale Ray Phillips (My People’s Waltz) for a rigorous revision, at which she might have initially balked. Her debut story collection, The Poor Children, won Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for Fiction. April has held residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation. Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in 2019 with Inanna Publications.
Emery Duffey, Staff Writer (@emery_duffey)
Emery has worked as a freelance writer for five years, but her love for language began as soon as she started walking. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of West Georgia, making her the third generation on her father’s side to graduate from the institution. As a native Georgian who has spent most of her life by the side of a creek, she draws inspiration from the state’s oddball weather patterns, wildlife, and people. Her poetry has been published in a number of The Bitchin’ Kitsch issues. Learn more about Emery here.
Nicole Byrne, Editorial Assistant (@nicolebyrnepoet)
Nicole Byrne is a queer poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, where she was the first two-time recipient of the Stephen C. Barr Endowed Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Split Lip Magazine, Red Earth Review, Emrys Journal, The Rush, Bright Sleep Magazine, and Spy Kids Review, among others. She has previously served as the editor for Mikrokosmos/mojo and The Sandy River Review, as well as the digital editor for The Sunflower. She has worked with the Beloit Poetry Journal, Alice James Books, and Dzanc Books.
Steve McCondichie, Founding Editor (@SMccondichie)
Steve tells tales of redemption, family secrets, and the meandering journies of heroes. After a twenty-five-year career peddling bulldozers around the globe, he exited the corporate world and devoted himself to pursuing his dreams. He honed his writing skills at Queens University of Charlotte, where he received his MFA in 2015. He’s now a real estate novelist and publisher living in Metro Atlanta with his lovely wife, Donna, his four children, and a growing cast of grandchildren.
Fred G. Leebron, Senior Advisor
Fred Leebron has published four novels and over fifty short stories. For years he was the Bookshelf Advisor to Ploughshares, and has also reviewed books for the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Provincetown Arts, and other venues. Awards for his writing include an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize.