Issue 57-58

Editor-in-Chief: Chelsea Hickok

Chelsea Hickok was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and can’t go too long without seeing the ocean.  She is working on a collection of short stories called Junction that explores family relationships in the South and the bond between humans and food.  She digs gardening and other backyard projects.  Chelsea is working towards becoming fluent in Italian and would love to cook you up an Italian feast.  She’ll finish her MFA in 2016 then most likely retreat to hermit life on an obscure piece of farmland in the Pacific Northwest.

Chelsea Hickok was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and can’t go too long without seeing the ocean.  She is working on a collection of short stories called Junction that explores family relationships in the South and the bond between humans and foodShe digs gardening and other backyard projects.  Chelsea is working towards becoming fluent in Italian and would love to cook you up an Italian feast.  She’ll finish her MFA in 2016 then most likely retreat to hermit life on an obscure piece of farmland in the Pacific Northwest.

Managing Editor: Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson received his BA and MA in English Literature from Clemson University, where he directed the Annual Clemson Literary Festival for four years.  He received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do from the National Karate Institute. He enjoys changing the pitch of songs and would eat white rice and soy sauce regardless of living on a graduate student budget. He is from Summerville, South Carolina. 

Dustin Pearson received his BA and MA in English Literature from Clemson University, where he directed the Annual Clemson Literary Festival for four years.  He received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do from the National Karate Institute. He enjoys changing the pitch of songs and would eat white rice and soy sauce regardless of living on a graduate student budget. He is from Summerville, South Carolina. 

Prose Editors: Gary J. Garrison and Heath Wilcock

Gary Joshua Garrison's fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in various locations around the World Wide Web, as well as in bound reams of paper. His nonfictional musings about films can be found at Way Too Indie. He writes, teaches, and goes to the movies in the desert of Arizona with his well-postured cat, Widget.

Gary Joshua Garrison's fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in various locations around the World Wide Web, as well as in bound reams of paper. His nonfictional musings about films can be found at Way Too Indie. He writes, teaches, and goes to the movies in the desert of Arizona with his well-postured cat, Widget.

Heath Wilcock is native to Arizona. He and his wife, Emily, have been married for 6 years, and have a five year old daughter named Juniper. On the weekends, Heath performs at National Comedy Theatre in Mesa. His work has been published in Hobart, Ninth Letter, Portland Review, and elsewhere. 

Heath Wilcock is native to Arizona. He and his wife, Emily, have been married for 6 years, and have a five year old daughter named Juniper. On the weekends, Heath performs at National Comedy Theatre in Mesa. His work has been published in Hobart, Ninth Letter, Portland Review, and elsewhere. 

Poetry Editors: Jacqueline Balderrama and Kyle J. Bassett

Jacqueline Balderrama grew up in Redlands, California. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University and expects to complete her degree in 2016. Her most recent work has appeared in San Pedro River Review, Miramar, and The Missing Slate. Outside of teaching and reading submissions, she has received several Piper House Fellowships to travel to China, New York, and Southeast Asia. She spends her remaining time on adventures with her boyfriend, oil painting, and sharing space with her bird, Georgia O. 

Jacqueline Balderrama grew up in Redlands, California. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University and expects to complete her degree in 2016. Her most recent work has appeared in San Pedro River ReviewMiramar, and The Missing Slate. Outside of teaching and reading submissions, she has received several Piper House Fellowships to travel to China, New York, and Southeast Asia. She spends her remaining time on adventures with her boyfriend, oil painting, and sharing space with her bird, Georgia O. 

Kyle J. Bassett is a native Texan. He currently works as a poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review while earning his MFA at Arizona State University. Kyle’s poetry has appeared online and in print, winning several awards, including a research grant that took him Normandy to study his grandfather’s journey during the D-Day operations. Kyle lives in Arizona with his wife, Laura, and their cat, Thesis. He enjoys music, scotch, and bacon – in no particular order.

Kyle J. Bassett is a native Texan. He currently works as a poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review while earning his MFA at Arizona State University. Kyle’s poetry has appeared online and in print, winning several awards, including a research grant that took him Normandy to study his grandfather’s journey during the D-Day operations. Kyle lives in Arizona with his wife, Laura, and their cat, Thesis. He enjoys music, scotch, and bacon – in no particular order.

International Editors: Aria Curtis and Sue Hyon Bae

Aria Curtis was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past, she has trained as a documentary photographer, midwife assistant, and first grade teacher. She speaks Spanish and Farsi. She is currently an MFA Fiction candidate at Arizona State University. 

Aria Curtis was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past, she has trained as a documentary photographer, midwife assistant, and first grade teacher. She speaks Spanish and Farsi. She is currently an MFA Fiction candidate at Arizona State University. 

Sue Hyon Bae writes poetry. She grew up in South Korea, Malaysia, and Texas. She received her BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis and taught English and SAT in Texas and Korea before joining ASU. She loves cats despite a severe allergy and does math for fun.

Sue Hyon Bae writes poetry. She grew up in South Korea, Malaysia, and Texas. She received her BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis and taught English and SAT in Texas and Korea before joining ASU. She loves cats despite a severe allergy and does math for fun.

Special Projects: Kevin Lichty

Kevin Lichty received a B.A. in English from George Mason University and an M.A. in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Before arriving at ASU, he was a copywriter for the National Youngarts Foundation, a company blogger for a tech startup and an occasional continuity script editor for really bad Made-for-TV movies. His work has recently appeared in Vines Leaves Literary Journal, Green Briar Review, and Quadrivium.

Kevin Lichty received a B.A. in English from George Mason University and an M.A. in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Before arriving at ASU, he was a copywriter for the National Youngarts Foundation, a company blogger for a tech startup and an occasional continuity script editor for really bad Made-for-TV movies. His work has recently appeared in Vines Leaves Literary Journal, Green Briar Review, and Quadrivium.

Copy Editor: Mindy Wilson

Mindy Wilson is a freelance writer and editor based in Salt Lake City. A co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, she has extensive experience in literary and scholarly publishing and is a former managing editor of both The Georgia Review and The Gettysburg Review. She is currently the director of marketing & public relations for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Mindy Wilson is a freelance writer and editor based in Salt Lake City. A co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, she has extensive experience in literary and scholarly publishing and is a former managing editor of both The Georgia Review and The Gettysburg Review. She is currently the director of marketing & public relations for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

First Looks Editors: Jennifer Conlon and William Hoffacker

Jennifer Conlon lives in Tempe, AZ and hails from the land of tobacco and proper bbq—North Carolina. She was called to this desert by the MFA program in poetry at ASU and was joined by her family—a lovely man named Ben, two dogs, a ball python, two bearded dragons, and a frilled lizard. She enjoys watching Star Trek, cooking, gardening, and outdoor exploration. One day she will build herself a hobbit home.

Jennifer Conlon lives in Tempe, AZ and hails from the land of tobacco and proper bbq—North Carolina. She was called to this desert by the MFA program in poetry at ASU and was joined by her family—a lovely man named Ben, two dogs, a ball python, two bearded dragons, and a frilled lizard. She enjoys watching Star Trek, cooking, gardening, and outdoor exploration. One day she will build herself a hobbit home.

William Hoffacker is originally from New York City and received his M.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University. His fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals such as Sundog Lit, Cheat River Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, and others. He tweets @YoungestOfOne.

William Hoffacker is originally from New York City and received his M.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University. His fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals such as Sundog Lit, Cheat River Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, and others. He tweets @YoungestOfOne.