Staff and Board
Founder & Editor
Luke Hankins is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Radiant Obstacles and Weak Devotions, as well as a forthcoming chapbook, Testament (Texas Review Press, 2024). He is also the author of a collection of essays, The Work of Creation, and is the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. A volume of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, was published by Seagull Books in 2019. Hankins is a graduate of the Indiana University MFA program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including 32 Poems, American Literary Review, The Collagist, EuropeNow, Image, Linebreak, New England Review, New Poetry in Translation, Pleiades, Poetry International, Verse, West Branch, World Literature Today, and The Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media radio program “On Being.”
Jessie van Eerden
Jessie van Eerden is the author of The Long Weeping: Portrait Essays (Orison Books, 2017), winner of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Essays, as well as three novels, Glorybound, recipient of the 2012 Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize from Foreword Reviews, My Radio Radio, and Call it Horses, winner of the 2019 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in The Oxford American, Image, Cimarron Review, The River Teeth Reader, and Best American Spiritual Writing, among other places. She teaches in the Hollins University MFA program.
Amber Taliancich received her MFA in Fiction from the Northeast Ohio MFA Program, where she currently acts as the Program Coordinator. She’s also the Co-founder and Essay Editor for Sidereal Magazine, an online, bi-annual publication. In addition to her editorial work, she teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and was the 2017 Artist-in-Residence for the Cleveland School of the Arts, where she taught 11th-grade Fiction and Creative Nonfiction workshops. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Entropy, Hobart, The Pinch, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.
Jonathan Geltner holds a BA in English and Classics from the University of Cincinnati, an MA in English from the University of Chicago, and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. He is also a classically trained cellist. Currently Jonathan lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and two young sons. He teaches creative writing at Adrian College and studies Hebrew and Irish in his spare time. His novel manuscript, Absolute Music, was a finalist in the 2019 Autumn House Fiction Contest.
Board Member & Advisory Editor
Karen Tucker serves as a board member, advisory editor, and co-editor of Best Spiritual Literature. She is the author of the novel Bewilderness (Catapult, 2021), which was selected as an Indie Next Pick and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Tucker's short fiction can be found in The Missouri Review, The Yale Review, Boulevard, EPOCH, Tin House, American Literary Review, Salamander, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere. Born and raised in North Carolina, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at UNC Chapel Hill.
Nathan Poole is the recipient of the 2012 Narrative Prize; the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize for his debut story collection, Father, Brother, Keeper, which was published by Sarabande Books in 2015; and the 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest for Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost. He is a former Milton Fellow at Seattle Pacific University and Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.
Rebekah Denison Hewitt
Rebekah Denison Hewitt holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Pinch, Gulf Stream, Narrative, The Rumpus, and the anthology New Poetry From the Midwest.
Eric Tran is the winner of the Autumn House Press 2019 Rising Writer’s Award for his debut poetry collection, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer. He is also the author of the chapbooks Revisions (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Affairs with Men in Suits (Backbone Press). His work has appeared in Diagram, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is a resident physician in Asheville, NC.
Sophie Ouellette-Howitz earned her B.A. at Smith College, where she concentrated in the formation of identity through literature. She has since studied creative writing at Tin House, Catapult, Literary Arts, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. She has also served as editor of Call Sign KJEH, a blog sourced from archival material related to an historic ocean liner, the SS United States. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in SELF, Pigeon Pages, HoneyColony, and elsewhere.
Brandon Amico is the author of the poetry collection Disappearing, Inc. (Gold Wake Press, 2019). Amico is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Regional Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and Southern Humanities Review's Hoepfner Literary Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, New Ohio Review, and Verse Daily, among other publications.
Sam Campbell is the 2019-2020 managing editor of The Mockingbird, a student arts and literary magazine at East Tennessee State University, where she is currently earning her MA in English. She teaches freshman composition courses at ETSU, as well as freshman English at David Crockett High School. Her fiction has been published by October Hill Magazine, Z Publishing, and Unto These Hills, among others.
Luke J. Johnson
Luke J. Johnson lives on the California Coast with his wife and three kids. His chapbook, :boys, was published by Blue Horse Press in 2019. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Tinderbox, Asheville Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Connotation Press, among other places. His work was a finalist for The Pablo Neruda Prize and The Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Award, and he is completing his MFA at Sierra Nevada College.
Anne-Sophie Olsen hails from St. Paul, MN and is currently pursuing her MFA at Hollins University, where she teaches an undergraduate creative writing course in poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Birdcoat Quarterly, Veritas Journal, The Hollins Critic, and elsewhere.
Jessie van Eerden
Rebekah Denison Hewitt
Matthew Leeallen Gilbert
Luke J. Johnson
ADVISORY EDITOR EMERITUS
Brett Foster (b. 1973, d. 2015)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITI