M.J. Fievre: Founding Editor
M.J.’s short stories and poems have appeared in The Southeast Review, The Caribbean Writer, Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), and The Beautiful Anthology (TNB Books, 2012), among others. A regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, M.J. loves coconut shrimp, piña coladas, her dog Wiskee, and a good story. She graduated from the Creative Writing program at Florida International University and Anton Chekhov is one of her favorite writers. Check out her writer’s blog.
Justin Bendell: Fiction Editor
Justin is an MFA candidate and writing instructor at FIU in Miami. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Confluence, Sojourns and Florida Book Review, among others. He philosophically supports tacos, banana trees, magnificent frigatebirds, allspice, and blueberry muffins, and is currently at work on a collection of short stories set in his adopted hometown, Tucson, Arizona.
Nicholas Garnett: Nonfiction Editor
Nicholas received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University (FIU). He is an adjunct professor of creative writing at FIU and a frequent instructor for the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. Nicholas is a recipient of residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writing Colony. His writings have appeared in Salon.com, Sliver of Stone, R-KV-RY Quarterly, andThe Florida Book Review. His work of narrative nonfiction, “All That Glitters,” was selected to appear in the 2010 “Best of the Net” Anthology.
Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat: Fiction Editor
Fabienne is the author of Requiem pour Anaise, a novel published in Nice, France in 2002. Her short stories have appeared in various journals and magazines, including The Masters’ Review, Mandala Journal, Small Axe Literary Journal and The Caribbean Writer. Fabienne is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida International University, and working on publishing her first novel in English.
Holly Mayes: Art Editor
Holly grew up in a small town in Central Florida and graduated in 1999 from the Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts. She has actively participated in local art shows and festivals, including the Winter Park Art Festival and Art on the Park in Lakeland. Her self portrait, Me, was purchased by the Polk Museum of Art as part of their permanent collection. Holly loves classic rock and blues, her 1966 Ford Mustang, very dirty martinis and Southern cooking. She currently lives in South Miami with her husband Danny and her seven dogs and cats.
Jennifer Maritza McCauley: Fiction Editor
Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Missouri. She is the recipient of a Gus T. Ridgel Fellowship from the University of Missouri and a Knight Fellowship in fiction from Florida International University, where she earned her MFA. She is also an intern at The Missouri Review, an associate editor of Origins Literary Journal and a book reviews editor forFjords Review. Her most recent work can be found in Literary Orphans, Blue Lyra Review, Deep South Magazine and The Boiler among other outlets.
Yaddyra Peralta: Poetry Editor
Yaddyra is a poet who teaches writing and literature at Broward College and Miami Dade College. She has work forthcoming in Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books) and Ghazals for James Foley (Hinchas Press). Her poems have also appeared in Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, The New Poet, and Hinchas de Poesia. In 2013, she was a Visiting Writer at the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room in South Miami Beach, Florida and one of six collaborative Helen M. Salzberg Artists-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts where she contributed to the collaborative artists’ book Conversation, Too (Extra Virgin Press). Yaddyra is Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.
Kacee Belcher: Poetry Editor
Kacee is in the process of completing her MFA in Poetry at Florida International University where she has taught composition, worked in arts administration with the Writer’s on the Bay, and is this year’s poetry editor for Gulf Stream, FIU’s literary journal. When she’s not at FIU, she has been lucky enough to work with O’Miami, The Miami Book Fair, and The Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her publications include Court Green, HOOT, SLAB, Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, Two Hawks Quarterly, and BORDERLANDS: Texas Poetry Review. While Kacee focuses primarily on poetry, she considers herself to be trans-genre-d.
Guillermo Cancio-Bello: Poetry Editor
Guillermo Cancio-Bello is a poet living in Miami.
Hector Duarte Jr.: In-Translation Editor
Héctor is a writer out of Miami, Florida. To keep himself financially stable, he teaches English to seventh graders. To keep himself mentally stable, he reads, and writes as many stories as he can. His work has appeared in Bewildering Stories, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine,Sliver of Stone, Foliate Oak, Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey, Rockwell’s Camera Phone, Near to the Knuckle, and Shadows and Light: An Anthology to Benefit Women’s Aid UK. He loves his cat, Felina, very much.
Corey Ginsberg: Nonfiction Editor
Corey is a graduate of Florida International University’s MFA program, where she specialized in nonfiction. She currently works as a freelance writer and a writing tutor, and lives in Miami with her Dachshund, Joey. Her favorite writer is Kurt Vonnegut.
Marina Pruna: Poetry Editor
Marina is originally from Argentinean Patagonia, but now has roots in Miami, FL. A recent graduate of Florida International University’s MFA Program, her work has appeared in Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics and Hinchas de Poesia. She spends her time figuring out how to divide her time between writing, co-editing for Sliver of Stone Magazine, and enjoying the zoo that is her pet-filled home. Her long-time boyfriend, Steve, is patient.
Laura Richardson: Poetry Editor
Laura was raised in north Florida by a mother from south Georgia. She has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University, where she received an Academy of American Poets award. Publications include Oxford American, Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, and Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry. Her interests are dog fur, rotting seaweed, and death. In her spare time she listens obsessively to Alejandro Escovedo and worries about her Chihuahua’s feelings.
Patricia Warman: Poetry Editor
Patricia is a poet, teacher, and writing center coordinator. In 2008, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her literary interests include birds, water in all its forms, and states of consciousness. She finds inspiration in the work of Sylvia Plath, Li-Young Lee, and Olena Kalytiak Davis. Patricia shares a home with her partner, filmmaker Alejandro Cano, three imaginative stepchildren, and a cat named Kiwi.
Abigail Sedaris: Nobody-Really (Intern?)
No one has actually met Abigail. For all we know, she might be a fictitious character. We are told she lives in Pembroke Pines with her Australian silk terrier, owns a pair of castanets, listens to an incredible amount of rock, and likes paintings by Jean-François Millet. Her favorite quote: “Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.”