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Kelly Davio, Publisher and Poetry Editor, 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, 2018). 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.

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Joe Ponepinto, Publisher and Fiction Editor, is the author of the novel Mr. Neutron, coming out from 7.13 Books in spring 2018. 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, and will begin teaching for Richard Hugo House in Seattle in May. He offers developmental and other editing services at

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Yi Shun Lai lives in Southern California. Her nonfiction work appears at, and at Cutbank online, among other venues. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: the Misadventures of Marty Wu, is out now from Shade Mountain Press. Her background is in consumer magazines and marketing copy. She has an MFA in fiction.

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Stephen Lackaye, guest assistant poetry editor for our 10th issue, is the author of Self-Portrait in Dystopian Landscape, winner of the 2015 Unicorn Press First Book Prize. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, University of Edinburgh, and the Johns Hopkins University. His poems have appeared widely in journals including American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Normal School, RHINO, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Stephen lives with his family in Oregon where he works for Powell’s Books. 


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While Stefen Styrsky, assistant fiction editor, might be new to the editing side of a journal, his is association with the Tahoma Literary Review goes back to the magazine's very beginning. His story "Men in White" appeared in the inaugural issue and was later included in Best Gay Stories 2016. His fiction has also appeared in Great Jones Street, The Offing, and Litbreak. He also recently earned an MA degree in Fiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. He'd also like to say that what most excites him about joining the TLR family, besides working alongside the great team of Joe, Yi Shun and Kelly, is the opportunity to give back to the writing community, to help shepherd into print an important voice in the literary world.