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Hannah Grieco
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Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Grieco is a writer, editor, and teacher in Washington, DC. She is the editor of “And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative” from Alternating Current Press (2022). Her writing can be found in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Brevity, The Rumpus, Passages North, Poet Lore, and more. She teaches at American University, Catapult, The Writer’s Center, and Barrelhouse, and is an editor at Alan Squire Publishing. Find her at or on Twitter @writesloud.

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Melissa Fite Johnson
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Poetry Editor

Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of three full-length collections, most recently Midlife Abecedarian (Riot in Your Throat, 2024). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, HAD, Whale Road Review, SWWIM, and elsewhere. Melissa teaches high school English in Lawrence, KS, where she and her husband live with their dogs.

DeMisty D. Bellinger
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Contributing Editor

DeMisty D. Bellinger lives and teaches in Massachusetts. Her chapbook, Rubbing Elbows, is available at Finishing Line Press. Some of her recent work can be found in Contrary Magazine, Okay Donkey, and The Best Small Fictions: 2019. DeMisty is online at   

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Amanda Bales
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Assistant Fiction Editor

Amanda Bales is the author of Pekolah Stories (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2021). Originally from Oklahoma, she has since lived many places, including Fairbanks, Alaska, where she received her MFA. She now lives in central Illinois and teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lisa Piazza 
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Assistant Poetry Editor

Lisa Piazza is a writer/educator/mother from Oakland, Ca. Her work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. 

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Jared Beloff
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Managing Editor

Jared Beloff is the author of Who Will Cradle Your Head (ELJ Editions, 2023) and the editor of the MCU inspired poetry anthology, Marvelous Verses (Daily Drunk, 2021) and Poets of Queens Anthology, Vol. 2 (2024). His work can be found in AGNI, Baltimore Review, EcoTheo Review, River Mouth Review and elsewhere. He is a Poetry Editor at The Weight Journal. You can find him on his website When he isn't being poetic, Jared is a teacher who lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two daughters.

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Holly Hagman
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Creative Nonfiction Editor

Holly Hagman is a teacher and writer from a small town in New Jersey. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with her BA in creative writing and her MAT in secondary education. She continued her studies, earning her MFA in creative nonfiction from Fairfield University where she was an assistant editor for Brevity and the nonfiction section editor for Causeway Lit. She was formerly a nonfiction editor for Variant Literature and a contributor to Edutopia. She teaches high school English at a therapeutic school for students with emotional and psychiatric illness. 

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Francois Bereaud
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Assistant Fiction Editor

Francois Bereaud is a husband, dad, full time math professor, mentor in the San Diego Congolese refugee community, mountain biker, and mediocre hockey player. He has been widely published online and in print. The Counter Pharma-Terrorist & The Rebound Queenpublished by Alien Buddha Press is his first solo book and the realization of a dream. You can find links to his writing at He tweets stuff @FBereaud.

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Judy McClure
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Assistant CNF Editor

Judy McClure writes creative nonfiction that focuses on relationships, identity, nature, and education. Her writing is at Chautauqua, WBUR’s Edify, 805LitMag, and HerStry. For many years she was a science teacher, but these days she is co-owner of Rozzie Bound Books. She lives in Boston with her wife. Find her on twitter @McClureWrites.

Rachel Becker 
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Assistant Poetry Editor

Rachel Becker teaches English and Creative Writing in Newton, MA. A sometimes-contributor to the Boston Globe, her poems appear or are forthcoming in New World Writing Quarterly, Barely South Review, Ghost City Review, Rappahannock Review, Portland Review, The Shore, Tusculum Review, and RHINO. She lives in Boston with her husband, kids, and cat. 

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Emily James
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Co-founder & Contributing Editor

Emily James is a teacher and writer in NYC. She's widely published in literary magazines, and was the writer of the petition that led to paid parental leave for all NYC Public school teachers in 2017.  She is the recipient of the 2019 Bechtel Prize from Teachers and Writers' Magazine. You can tweet her @missg3rd.

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Michael Don
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Fiction Editor

Michael Don is the author of the story collection Partners and Strangers (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2019) and a professor at George Mason University. He has previously taught at Tufts University, Penn State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and St. Paul's University in Kenya. Find him online at and @michaelLdon.

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Paul Olisaeloka Anozie
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Assistant Fiction Editor

Paul Olisaeloka Anozie was educated in Nigeria. He has been published widely both nationally and internationally, with a research interest that spans literature, pedagogy, philosophy, economics and social sciences. His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous online publications like African Writers Magazine, The Kalahari Review, Pride Magazine, Poemify, Tushstories, etc. Anozie has a PhD in Educational Management and Planning, a Masters in Educational Management and Policy and a BSc in Political Science/Education. Additionally, he has taken part in numerous courses organized by the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), Authors Publish and AERC Global Network. Anozie holds the Fellowship in Development Research from Dataville Research, LLC. 

Karen Zey
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Assistant CNF Editor

Karen Zey is a Canadian writer, part-time teacher and full-time student of life. Her essays and CNF have appeared in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Five Minutes, (mac)ro(mic), Potato Soup Journal, Porcupine Literary and other fine places. You can read her musings on life and writing on Twitter @zippyzey

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Rohan Singh
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Rohan Singh is a student at American University working toward a degree in International Relations with a minor in Creative Writing. When Rohan isn’t writing or on the hunt for his next favorite read, you’ll find him working in real estate and on twitter @thesinghlife.

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Morgan Bluma
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Design Editor

Morgan Bluma currently works to get new and high-quality books to kids in need. She has a deep passion for the creative arts and spends most of her time with her head in a book.

Issue I Photographer: Angie Hedman

Angie Hedman is an artist, writer, and high school art educator who creates and resides in Muncie, IN. She holds degrees from Ball State University in the areas of Fine Arts (Metals), and Art Education. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Gravel, Superstition Review, Cream City Review, Montana Mouthful, and Spectrum Literary Journal among others. She tweets at @artist_writerAH.

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