A Northwest Based Literary Journal


kelly_davio_mug2Kelly Davio, Publisher and Poetry Editor, is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013). She is the Senior Poetry Editor for Eyewear Publishing in London. Kelly is a former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review and is a book reviewer for Women’s Review of Books. She earned her MFA in poetry at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. After many years of teaching at the high school level, she turned to freelance writing, editing, and small press PR. Find her at Small Press Love.


jpon_mug_2014-1.5x2x96Publisher and Fiction Editor Joe Ponepinto’s novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. He is the winner of the Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit 2016 fiction contest, and has been published in dozens of literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Joe lives in Washington State with his wife, Dona, and Henry the coffee-drinking dog. Joe holds an MFA in fiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and teaches at Tacoma Community College. He provides developmental editing for fiction writers through his Third Reader business.


yishun_2015smYi Shun Lai (say “yeeshun” for her first name), Nonfiction Editor, has been a writer and editor for oh, practically ever. She is the author of the novel Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, published by Shade Mountain Press. Her work appeared most recently at CutbankOnline.org, The-Toast.net, TheHairpin.com, and in Apeiron Review. In a previous life, she worked in the environmental and outdoors journalism field and wrote for the legendary J. Peterman catalog. She has a degree in fiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and believes that a good story trumps genre any day. She writes corporate copy for everyone from lingerie retailers to sustainable-furniture designers in her spare time. Find her on Twitter @gooddirt.

Maija Stromberg’s (Copyeditor) stories have been published in Bellevue Literary Review, The Laurel Review, Cicada, and other journals. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has an MFA in fiction from Spalding University. She works as a freelance editor and piano teacher in Southeast Michigan.

2-1-13 BrandonVBWBrandon Amico, guest Assistant Poetry Editor for issue 8, is from New Hampshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Booth, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, New Ohio Review, Phoebe, Slice, Verse Daily, and other journals. You can follow him on Twitter, @amicob, or visit him at www.brandonamico.com.