Tamara Burross Grisanti
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 Writing, Eunoia Review, Chicago Literati, Former Cactus, Corvus Review, Pussy Magic, The New Mexico Review, and The Literary Hatchet.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 jaredbenjaminstone.com or check out his tweets @JB_StoneTruth.
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 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 theogeo.com and wastes more time than is wise on Twitter: @tindseylurner.