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Hannah Grieco

Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

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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 www.hgrieco.com or on Twitter @writesloud.

Emily James

Co-founder & Contributing Editor

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Emily James is a teacher and writer in NYC. She's widely published in literary magazines, and was the writer of the change.org 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.

DeMisty D. Bellinger

Poetry Editor

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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 MagazineOkay Donkey, and The Best Small Fictions: 2019. DeMisty is online at demistybellinger.com.   

Holly Hagman
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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. 

 

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Michael Don
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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 www.michaeldon.net and @michaelLdon.

 

Fiction Editor

Paul Olisaeloka Anozie
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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. 

 

Assistant Fiction Editor

Francois Bereaud 
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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 Queen published by Alien Buddha Press is his first solo book and the realization of a dream. You can find links to his writing at francoisbereaud.com. He tweets stuff @FBereaud.

 

Assistant Fiction Editor

Morgan Bluma

Design Editor

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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. You can find her on Twitter at @mxrgs_b.

Amy Freeman
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Amy divides her time between freelance writing and serving as Development Director for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. Bylines and upcoming work in The Washington Post; Parents.com; HuffPost; Santa Fe Writer’s Project; X-R-A-Y Lit; Furious Gravity, Writers Resist, and Washington Writers Publishing House anthologies; Gargoyle Magazine and, and, and. Find her on Twitter on @FreemanAmyL, or visit her website: AmyLFreeman.com

Assistant Fiction Editor

Grace Hasson

Assistant Poetry Editor

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Grace Hasson is the author of Into the Orange Grove: A Collection of Poetry and a senior at American University studying creative writing and music. She is a lover of words and the magic they create.

Steph Liberatore
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Steph Liberatore’s essays have appeared in River Teeth, Cream City Review, Scary Mommy, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere. When she’s not teaching at George Mason University or chasing after her two young kids, she’s working on a memoir about looking directly at what we’d rather avoid. Find her online at www.stephliberatore.com or on Twitter @stephliberatore. 

Assistant CNF Editor

Judy McClure
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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.

 

Assistant CNF Editor

Lisa Piazza 
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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. 

 

Assistant Poetry Editor

Karen Zey
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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

Assistant CNF Editor

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.