Welcome Peter Ramos and Desmond White to the masthead!

Coffin Bell is beyond excited to announce that we have added two more editors to the masthead! Dr. Peter Ramos joins us as our new Poetry Editor, and Desmond White joins us as an Assistant Editor. We look forward to working with them both!


Peter Ramos’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse, Fugue, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, Mississippi Review (online), and other journals.  Nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, Peter is the author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost (BlazeVox Books, 2008), and three shorter collections: Television Snow (Back Pages Books 2015), Watching Late-Night Hitchcock & Other Poems (handwritten press 2004), and Short Waves (White Eagle Coffee Store Press 2003). Peter has also published criticism on Kate Chopin, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes, James Wright and César Vallejo, modern and contemporary Latin American poetry, and William Carlos Williams.  He has been invited as a poetry fellow to the following artist colonies: the CoLab Residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation.  He holds graduate degrees from George Mason University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. An associate professor of English at Buffalo State College, Peter teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.



Desmond White teaches rhetoric and writes when his students aren’t looking. His speculative fiction has appeared in HeartWood, Kasma, The Tishman Review, Literally Stories, Rue Scribe, Ghost Parachute, and Z Publishing’s America’s Emerging Writers. Be wary of his blog www.desmondwrite.com and steer away from mindless tweets @desmondwrite.

Welcome McKenzie Lemhouse to the Masthead!

We at Coffin Bell are thrilled to announce the addition of McKenzie Lemhouse to our masthead as our new Nonfiction Editor!

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McKenzie Miller Lemhouse hails from South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language at Winthrop University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Her career is in archives and libraries, but she has had a lifelong love of stories. She is an avid reader, and loves finding the personal, gritty, and sometimes inspiring stories hidden in the collections that she works to preserve and share with others. When she is not researching, writing, or roaming the stacks, she enjoys finding creative ways to make her husband, Zach, laugh. The pair have one dog, June, and two cats, Archer and Wolfie.


We are thrilled to have McKenzie on board and look forward to her contributions!

Welcome New Editors!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new editors to Coffin Bell:

Juliana Motoki

Short Story Editor



Madison McLoughlin

Short Story Editor



Jared Benjamin

Reviews Editor


We are thrilled to welcome Jared, Juliana, and Madison to the Coffin Bell team and look forward to how their talents will shape the future of the journal.

Call for Editors: Nonfiction, Short Story, and Reviews

UPDATE 3/25/19: We have filled the positions of Short Story Editor and Reviews Editor, but are still accepting applications for the nonfiction editor position.

Coffin Bell is in need of three new editors: a nonfiction editor, a short story editor, and a review editor. The duties and descriptions of these positions are as follows:

Nonfiction Editor: The Nonfiction Editor is responsible for reading all submissions in the Creative Nonfiction and Essay / Short Criticism categories, leaving comments on each submission, and casting votes via Submittable. Creative Nonfiction submissions have a turnaround time of eight weeks, whereas we allow three months to respond to Essay / Short Criticism submissions. Some social media posting required.

Short Story Editor: The Short Story Editor is responsible for reading 10-15 short stories per week, leaving comments on each submission, and casting a vote using Submittable. Some social media posting required.

Review EditorThe Review Editor is responsible for reading all Book Review submissions and casting votes via Submittable. Also, the Review Editor will read and review one book per month for the Coffin Bell blog. Some social media posting required.

Do you think any of the positions would be a good fit? If so, please send an email with resume attached to coffinbelljournal@gmail.com, with the position you are applying for in the subject line. In the body of the email, please explain why you would like to come aboard as a Coffin Bell editor.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Meet Features Editor Cooper Anderson!

Coffin Bell is proud to pass along this great video interview of Features Editor Cooper Anderson!

Meet Cooper Anderson, a talented author from Durham, North Carolina. A voracious reader from childhood, Coop discovered his love for writing in college – although he didn’t pursue a literary career right away. After a year of working a corporate job, Coop did the unthinkable: he walked away and risked it all to follow his true passion. Years later, he hasn’t looked back. Watch and discover why, in Coop’s words, “Writing is my life.”