M.J. Fievre: Founding Editor
M.J. is the author of A Sky the Color of Chaos (Beating Windward Press, 2015). 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 a writer, musician, and university instructor living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His stories and poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square Review, Thuglit, Mason’s Road, and elsewhere. He has an MFA from Florida International University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For those taking notes, he is fond of bobolinks, big bluestem, and barbacoa.
Betty Jo Buro: Nonfiction Editor
Betty Jo recently graduated from Florida International University’s MFA program with a concentration in creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Cherry Tree, The Lindenwood Review, The Manifest-Station, Sliver of Stone, Compose Journal, and Hunger Mountain. She lives in Stuart, Florida with her husband and two daughters, and is currently working on a collection of essays.
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.
Nicholas Garnett: Nonfiction Editor
Nicholas received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University (FIU), where he was a two-time recipient of the school’s literary award in nonfiction. He has taught creative writing at FIU, the Miami Book Fair International, and Writing Class Radio. Garnett is a freelance editor, a nonfiction editor of the literary journal Sliver of Stone, and executive producer of the Miami-based live storytelling series, Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. He is a recipient of residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and fellowships to the Norman Mailer Art Colony and Writers in Paradise. He is the editor of award-winning Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove’s memoir, Homeless Sweet Home. His writing has appeared in Salon.com, Sliver of Stone, R-KV-RY Quarterly and The Florida Book Review, and anthologized in Sundress Publication’s “Best of the Net”; Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual; Best Sex Writing of 2013; Sliver of Stone’s nonfiction anthology All That Glitters; and the title story to Badass: Lip Service: True Stories, the Double Album.
Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat: Fiction Editor
Fabienne was born and raised in Haiti, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as screenplays. Her work has been featured in The Master’s Review, Grist Journal, Damselfly, Hinchas de Poesia, Off the Coast Journal and The Caribbean Writer. Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow is her first novel (Unnamed Press, 2016).
Thomas Logan: Comics Editor
Thomas is an Irish-American hardcore gamer and professional artist who lives in Miami. His artwork has been widely displayed in South Florida. His hobbies include watching WWE and TNA wrestling, playing Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh, and getting new tattoos. He’s a comic book collector with a degree in Computer Art and Animation. He was the co-founder and creative director of the now defunct PaperVoxels.com, a gaming website and podcast. “We were big in Russia,” he says.
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 in Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books), Ghazals for James Foley (Hinchas Press) and Conversation, Too (Extra Virgin Press). Her poems have also appeared in Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, The New Poet, and Hinchas de Poesia. Yaddyra is Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.
Jubi Arriola-Headley: Intern
Jubi is a writer, editor, storyteller, and first-generation American born to Bajan (Barbadian) parents. He focuses on creative nonfiction writing; his next publication will be his first. Jubi and his husband divide their time between South Florida and Guatemala, where he hopes to pick up enough Spanish to understand what his in-laws are saying about him.
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.
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.”