Ann Beman, Nonfiction Editor, was nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review. She currently chairs the executive board of directors for Red Hen Press. She earned her MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, The Literary Review, Bombay Gin, The Mojave Review, and Canoe Journal, among others. She lives in California’s Sierra Nevada with a corgi-terrier, a chihuahua, and her husband, on the Kern River, in Kern County. Cue the banjos.




Jim Gearhart, Managing Editor, edited contest entries and nonfiction at Soundings Review before taking on the Editor-in-Chief role there. He has his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University, and his work has appeared in High Country News, Shark Reef, and STATNews. He writes regularly about medical research ethics at Quorum Review’s Knowledge Center, which was named a Top 25 Clinical Research Blog. Jim lives outside of Seattle with his wife and three kids. Plus the dogs, the fish, the parakeets and turtle.



Mare Heron Hake, Poetry Editor, is a published poet, essayist, book reviewer, and photographer. She earned her MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, where she worked with David Wagoner, Carolyne Wright, Derek Sheffield, and Ana Maria Spagna, among others. Mare was the poetry editor at Soundings Review and is a founder of The Red House Writers group. She has been known to spend many lost hours writing to friends or reading gothic horror while the family dog, asleep and snoring, uses her foot as a pillow. Look for her most recent essay to appear in the anthology Come Shining: Essays and Poems on Writing in a Dark Time (Kelson Books, September 2017).


Yi Shun Lai, Fiction Editor, is a columnist for The Writer magazine. More work is at, and at Cutbank online, among other venues. Her long essay, Pin Ups, is forthcoming in 2020 from Homebound Publications. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: the Misadventures of Marty Wu, was a semi-finalist for 2017's Thurber Prize for American Humor, and is in its fourth printing. Her background is in consumer magazines and marketing copy. She has an MFA in fiction. Pronounce her name "yeeshun lie."


Founding Editors

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Kelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the forthcoming The Book of the Unreal Woman (Salmon Poetry). The former Senior Editor of Eyewear Publishing, she is the co- editor of the 2016 anthology The Poet’s Quest for God. Her column, “The Waiting Room,” is a monthly feature at Change Seven Magazine. Her book of essays, It's Just Nerves, was published in October 2018 from Squares and Rebels. 

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Joe Ponepinto is the author of the novel Mr. Neutron (7.13 Books). He is the winner of the 2016 Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit fiction contest. His fiction has been published in many literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Joe lives in Washington State with his wife, Dona, and Henry the coffee-drinking dog. He teaches at Tacoma Community College. He offers developmental and other editing services at