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  Staff and Board

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Luke Hankins

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, 2023). 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.”

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Jessie van Eerden

Nonfiction Editor

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 ReviewsMy 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.

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Jonathan Geltner

Fiction Editor

Jonathan Geltner is the author of the novel Absolute Music (Slant Books, 2022) and is the translator of Paul Claudel's Five Great Odes (Angelico Press, 2020). He lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife and young children, and teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.

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Karen Tucker

Board Member & Advisory Editor

Karen Tucker is the author of the novel Bewilderness (Catapult, 2021), which was selected as a “Dazzling Debut” by the American Booksellers Association and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Tucker's short fiction can be found in The Missouri Review, The Yale Review, BoulevardEPOCH, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers and a PEO Scholar Award, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Chad B. Anderson

Associate Editor

Chad B. Anderson has published fiction in Salamander, Black Warrior Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Best American Short Stories 2017, Clockhouse, and Burrow Press Review, and he has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. He has had residencies at The Ledig House International Writers’ Colony, The Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, and The Carolyn Moore Writers House. He is currently an acting managing editor for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters and has served as guest editor for Burrow Press Review. Born and raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he earned his B.A. from University of Virginia and his M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University, where he served as fiction editor for Indiana Review. He currently lives in Michigan.

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Nathan Poole

Associate Editor

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.

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Rebekah Denison Hewitt

Associate Editor

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, NarrativeThe Rumpus, and the anthology New Poetry From the Midwest

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Mackenzie Kozak

Associate Editor

Mackenzie Kozak holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, where she served as Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review. Her poems have appeared in The Boston Review, Diagram, jubilat, Prelude, Sixth Finch, THRUSH, and elsewhere.

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Eric Tran

Associate Editor

Eric Tran is the author of the poetry collections Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions, 2022) and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Press, 2020), as well as the chapbooks Revisions (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018) and Affairs with Men in Suits (Backbone Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Diagram, Indiana Review, Black Warrior ReviewThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is a resident physician in psychiatry.

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Sophie Oullettee-Howitz

Reader

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.

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Matthew Leeallen Gilbert

Reader

Matthew Leeallen Gilbert is a graduate student in English literature at East Tennessee State University. His poems have been published in Echoes and Images and The Mockingbird.

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Kyra Lisse

Reader

Kyra Lisse is an MFA candidate at Hollins University and the Editorial Fellow for Jewish Book Council. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Collision Literary Magazine, The Blue Route, plain china: National Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing, and Assay: The Journal for Nonfiction Studies, among others.

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Sam Campbell

Reader

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.

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Anne-Sophie Olsen

Reader

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.

FOUNDER/EDITOR
Luke Hankins

FICTION EDITOR
Jonathan Geltner

NONFICTION EDITOR
Jessie van Eerden

ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Chad B. Anderson
Rebekah Denison Hewitt
Mackenzie Kozak
Nathan Poole
Eric Tran

READERS
Amy Barnes
Sam Campbell
Matthew Leeallen Gilbert
Kyra Lisse
Sophie Ouellette-Howitz
Anne-Sophie Olsen

ADVISORY EDITORS
Claire Bateman
Bruce Beasley
Nickole Brown
Richard Chess
Tarfia Faizullah
Keith Flynn
Jennifer Grotz
Amit Majmudar
Philip Metres
Carl Phillips
Karen Tucker
Rolf Yngve

ADVISORY EDITOR EMERITUS
Brett Foster (b. 1973, d. 2015)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Landon Godfrey
Luke Hankins
Eric Nelson
Karen Tucker

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITI
Sara Levine
Rachel Shopper
Katherine Soniat

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