Dini Duran Karasik, Editor & Publisher

Dini is a Mexican-American lawyer and writer whose work has appeared in several literary journals, including The Más Tequila Review, Kweli Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Butter, Literal Magazine, and PANK (forthcoming in 2018). Her story "Amalia on the Border" was a finalist in The Texas Observer's 2013 Short Story Contest judged by Dagoberto Gilb, and, in April 2017, her story "Elsa & Segundo" placed second in the annual Bethesda Magazine Short Story Contest. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Award. In October 2016, she launched The Writer's Loft, a consulting and creative writing firm in Kensington, Maryland.

Armando Rodriguez, Art Director

Armando is a graphic designer, visual artist, and photographer based in Houston, Texas. He is an art instructor at the Art League of Houston in addition to teaching art to children and youth throughout the metropolitan area. He is also the founder and owner of Taller ISMA, a printmaking and art studio.


Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Poetry Editor

Jennifer teaches and writes at the University of Missouri, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing. She is presently Contest Editor at The Missouri Review and has held editorial and staff positions at The Florida Book Review, Fjords Review, Sliver of Stone, and Gulf Stream Magazine. She has won an Academy of American Poets University Award, her work has been called a "Poem of the Week" by Split this Rock and a "Short Story of the Day" by Seattle Review of Books, and she has been awarded fellowships from CantoMundo, Kimbilio, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and the Knight Foundation. Her writing appears in Vassar Review, Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, Puerto del Sol, The Feminist Wire, and Latinas: Protests and Struggles in the 21st Century USA (Red Sugarcane Press), amongst other outlets. Her poetry book SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is forthcoming in fall 2017. 

Susan Agar, Associate Fiction Editor

Susan is a writer and has had work published in the KGB Bar Lit Magazine, Origins, Solstice, Sante Fe Writers Project, Haunted Waters Press and was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s 2014 Fiction Open. She has an M.A. in English Literature from London University, and an A.B. from Sarah Lawrence College, and is working on a short fiction collection.

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Matthew Krajniak, Interviews Editor

Matthew is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. He is currently at work on a novel.


Kirsten Bakis, Editor-At-Large

Kirsten is the author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel, and shortlisted for the international Women's Prize for Fiction. 

She is the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Grant, and an award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Since 2012, she has been a resident faculty member at the Yale Summer Writers' Conference. 

Allegra Frazier, Editor-At-Large

Allegra’s fiction has appeared in Story Magazine, Carrier Pigeon, Paragraphiti, theNewerYork, and elsewhere.  She was the winner of Bayou Magazine’s 2013 Flash Fiction Contest and her contribution to has ranked among its top twenty most visited pages. She was raised in Arizona.

Mary Kay Zuravleff, Guest Editor, Craft Column

Mary Kay is a novelist whose latest book, Man Alive!, was named a Washington Post Notable Book. She is the recipient of American Academy’s Rosenthal Award, James Jones Society’s First Novel Award, and numerous DC Commission on the Arts Fellowships. Mary Kay serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, helped launch DC Women Writers, and cofounded NoveltyDC, which offers master classes in writing and revising the novel.

Kandice Cole, Reader

Kandice is a writer and consultant, most recently with the literary nonprofit, Narrative 4. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago. She is currently working on her first novel, a work of historical fiction set during World War II. Kandice resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and daughter. 

Bruce Kriegman, Reader

Bruce obtained his B.A. with honors at Carleton College where he served as an editor of the literary magazine. He is an alumni of the GWU-Jenny Moore writers' workshop. He has a J.D. from Georgetown University where he won the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial prize for a law article on copyright protection for fictional characters.

Joyy Norris, Reader

Joyy is a snobby cinephile, with a love of the written word and penchant for exploring its hidden treasures. This Chicago-based freelance writer and poet has published work on the digital platforms Black Girl Nerds, Gloss Magazine, Bentlily, and is prone to write a post or two for personal blogs, A Modern Guide to Living and On Second Thought Reviews. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking at Northwestern University to pursue a life-long dre­am of producing films that re-engage audiences in the overlooked landscapes and stories around us.

Guest Editors

Leeya Mehta, Poetry (Fall 2016)

Leeya is the author of a chapbook, The Towers of Silence. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poems "Black Dog on the Anacostia River" (District Lit, 2015) and "The Abduction" (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2014). Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Origins Journal, District Lit, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Fulcrum, Poetry London, and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Eclipse, The Reader, The Little Magazine, and International Gallerie. Leeya grew up in India and studied at Oxford University and at Georgetown University where she was editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Public Policy Review. She has written articles for a number of journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Times of India. After spending most of the last decade at the World Bank she is currently working on her novel Extinction. You can find links to some of her published writing here.

Dan Vera, Poetry (Fall 2015, Issue 1, Volume 2)

Dan, an American poet of Cuban descent, was born in southern Texas. He is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri (2013), which poet Orlando Ricardo Menes chose for the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (2008).

Dan cofounded Poetry Mutual Press, is the publisher of Souvenir Spoon Press, and was the longtime managing editor of the journal, White Crane. With poet Kim Roberts, he curates DC Writers' Homes. He has also served on the boards of Split This Rock and Rainbow History Project. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Past Readers

Xandria Phillips, Emma Stockman

Honorary Committee