Staff 2019-10-18T13:04:10+00:00

Nicola Mason


Nicola Mason worked for many years at The Southern Review and Louisiana State University Press before moving to Cincinnati and founding The Cincinnati Review in 2003. A fiction writer and NEA Fellow whose work has appeared in many journals as well as in the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the SouthMillion Writers Award: Best New Online Voices, and Love Stories for Turbulent Times, she is also a visual artist.


Barbara Bourgoyne


Barbara Neely Bourgoyne, longtime designer and typesetter for Louisiana State University Press and The Southern Review, counts The Cincinnati ReviewThe John Updike Review, Cimarron Review, and Crazyhorse, among her many freelance projects. Her work has been recognized in Print’s Regional Design Annual and the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Lisa Ampleman

Poetry Series Editor

Lisa Ampleman is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Romances (LSU Press, forthcoming in 2020) and Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), as well as a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State University Press, 2012). She is the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review.

Alyssa Konermann

Assistant Editor

Alyssa Konermann is a former magazine editor and journalist who is pursuing a graduate degree in fiction at the University of Cincinnati. She’s won multiple awards for her journalism, and was the recipient of a 2019 Taft Research Center Summer Fellowship to work on her narrative nonfiction book-in-progress. She is also a Pilates instructor and, when she has the time, a photographer.

Shara Lessley

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

Editorial Assistant

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.

Benjamin Dudley


Ben Dudley shoots and edits most of the book trailers and promotional videos for Acre Books and The Cincinnati Review. He is also a playwright and actor. In 2012, he received an MA in fiction writing from the University of Cincinnati.


Created in 2016 with the aid of the Robert and Adele Schiff Foundation, Acre relies upon the support and good will of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of English, its base of operations, and the University of Cincinnati Press.

Acre’s titles are distributed by the CDC (Chicago Distribution Center).