Tamara Burross Grisanti

Founder / Editor-in-Chief
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Tamara Burross Grisanti is a writer and editor who lives in Buffalo, New York. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Coffin Bell Journal, the Senior Editor of ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal), and the Social Media Editor for New World Writing. Tamara is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in New World WritingEunoia Review, Chicago Literati, Former Cactus, Corvus Review, Pussy Magic, The New Mexico Review, and The Literary Hatchet.

Tiana Coven

Senior Editor


Tiana Coven is a Florida native with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from The University of South Florida. While earning her degree, she sought out to study literature which revealed how race, gender, and sexuality collide in society. She enjoys writing both science and speculative fiction, among other genres, in her spare time and never leaves the house without a book in her bag.

Sarah Saint

Associate Editor


Sarah Saint is a writer currently living in Starkville, Mississippi. Her work deals with themes of the supernatural, inappropriate relationships, and addiction. A Navy brat raised mostly on the East Coast, she has lived in the South for twenty years, and to call her anything but Southern is to offend her. She plays a mean air guitar, has a deep appreciation for horror and the gothic, and enjoys one-sided conversations with her cat, Dave. Her favorite place to write is her family’s ancestral home in Waterloo, Alabama; otherwise she writes in any warm, dry spot she can find. The kitchen (any kitchen) is her happy place.



Matthew Dube

Assistant Editor


Matt Dube teaches creative writing and American literature at William Woods University. His stories have appeared in Minor Literature(s), Sourland Mountain Review, Bad Pony, and elsewhere. He’s at work on a dark novel but it’s hard because he spends so much time in the light.

Desmond White

Assistant Editor


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 and steer away from mindless tweets @desmondwrite.

Peter Ramos

Poetry Editor


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.

Sean William Dever

Poetry Editor


Sean William Dever is a Boston-based poet, educator, and editor with a MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry from Emerson College. He teaches College Writing at Emerson College and Poetry at Boston Architectural College. In addition, he also works as a Professional ESL Tutor at Northeastern University. He has recently been published or is forthcoming from HOOT, Stickers, Unearthed Literary Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Magazine, and Fearsome Critters Literary Magazine among others. Sean is the author of the chapbook, I’ve Been Cancelling Appointments with My Psychiatrist for Two Years Now published by Swimming with Elephants Publications.

Juliana Motoki

Short Story Editor


Juliana Motoki is a former English teacher and current library assistant who earned her BA in Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since gifted with a copy of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary in the 6th grade, she has been addicted to everything relating to cats, horror, and the weird. She is currently the Strange Editor for Rune Bear, an online literary journal devoted to speculative flash fiction. You can find her lurking in Colorado where she lives with her husband and their cat children.

Madison McLoughlin

Short Story Editor


Madison McLoughlin is a third-year student at Loyola University New Orleans, where she studies both English literature and mass communication journalism. Originally from Southwest Michigan, Madison’s love of New Orleans began early in life, as did her love of travel, when she attended her first Mardi Gras at six-months old. When she’s not reading or writing, Madison can be found in the quirky coffee shops, roaming bookstores, figuring out her next trip, nerding out over sea turtles, or exploring The Big Easy. Her work can be found in Coffin Bell Journal, The Loyola Maroon, The Wolf Magazine, and Where Y’at Magazine.

Jared Benjamin

Reviews Editor


Jared Benjamin, also known by his pseudonym J.B. Stone, is a neurodivergent performance poet, reviewer, and writer from Brooklyn, now residing in Buffalo. He is the author of two chapbooks, A Place Between Expired Dreams And Renewed Nightmares (Ghost City Press 2018) and forthcoming, Fireflies & Hand Grenades (Stasia Press 2019). His prose, reviews, and poetry have appeared in BlazeVOX, Crack the Spine, Maudlin House, Gravel, Yes Poetry, Glass, Empty Mirror, Occulum, and elsewhere. You can check out more of his work at or check out his tweets @JB_StoneTruth.

Cooper Anderson

Features / Blog Editor


Cooper Anderson is a writer and journalist who grew up in the backwoods of North Carolina and loves all things dark and disturbing. After attending college at UNC Charlotte, Cooper moved to Scotland where he met his future wife Amanda. You can find examples of his work in Flash Fiction Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and in the “Boundless” anthology published by Vinculinc.

Lindsey Turner



Lindsey Turner is an art director, writer, and photographer in Nashville. She lives with her husband, son, and dog. She still hasn’t figured out what she wants to be when she grows up, but she’s having fun anyway. She blogs every now and again at and wastes more time than is wise on Twitter: @tindseylurner.