Ben Sandman was born and raised in the Catskills in upstate New York. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, Stirring, and Stone Canoe, among other journals. He has contributed to Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and Full Stop. A graduate of Vassar College, he earned an MFA from Oregon State University and is currently a PhD student in creative writing at University of Cincinnati.
Assistant Poetry Editor
Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale and The Explosive Expert’s Wife. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her awards include the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Shara was the inaugural Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. With the poet Bruce Snider, she co-edited The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, an anthology of essays. She lives in Oxford, England.
Kelcey Parker Ervick
Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal Press), a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and the story collection For Sale By Owner (Kore Press). She teaches fiction, nonfiction, comics, and collage at Indiana University South Bend.
Meg Matthias is a multi-genre writer and student whose short fiction and poetry have appeared in Rookie, Indiana Review, Oakland Arts Review, Indianapolis Review, and more. She is an executive board member of the Miami University student literary magazine Inklings Arts and Letters and has acted as a reader for Acre Books and The Cincinnati Review.
Jack Davidson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. He is the sole editor and writer for the avant-garde music review site Noise Not Music. An avid reader, he is interested in a career in publishing. He also plays in the band Daumier and runs Eminent Observer, an independent cassette label focused on subversive musics and sound art.