Guest Editor LEONARDA CARRANZA holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where her research examined the experience of racial injury through the lens of humiliation and shaming. In her writing, she draws on experiences of migration, loss and unbelonging. Her writing has been published in Room, The New Quarterly, and Best Canadian Essays. Her essay “Tongues” was included within Room Magazine’s first women of colour edition. (@Leonarda_Carr)
Guest Editor DANIELLE DANIEL is the author of The Dependent: A Memoir of Marriage & the Military, shortlisted for the 2017 Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award. Her essays have been published in Room, the 40th Anniversary Room Anthology, and shortlisted for the 2015 Event CNF contest. She is the author-illustrator of two picture books: Once in a Blue Moon & Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and a New York Public Library 2015 Notable Title. An MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Danielle lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. (@daniellefdaniel)
Editor SHASTA GRANT is author of Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home, a chapbook with Split Lip Press, the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow, and Spring 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. Winner of the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, judged by Ann Patchett, her stories and essays have appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Gargoyle, wigleaf, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, she currently lives in Singapore and Indianapolis. (@shastagrant)
Guest Editor SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY has contributed fiction, essays, and journalism to Tin House, VICE, Pacifica Literary Review, Monkeybicycle, SmokeLong Quarterly, and NAILED, among other places. He is a contributing writer for The Portland Mercury, Portland’s alternative weekly newspaper. A recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Holley lives in Portland, Oregon.
carrie kilman 325 cropFounding Editor CARRIE KILMAN loves stories that explore what can divide and connect different peoples, places, and points of view. A former staff writer for Teaching Tolerance magazine and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Carrie has written extensively about social justice movements across the US. Her work has appeared in In These Times,,, Yankee Magazine, and Wisconsin Public Radio. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, toddler, and elderly spaniel. (@cailo)
Towles Kintz - 2 croppedFounding Editor TOWLES KINTZ is an essayist, editor, and mother of three. When she isn’t at a playground, in her kitchen, or keeping her toddler from launching himself off of the living room furniture, she seeks respite in great literature. Her essays have appeared in BrevityThe Writer’s Chronicle, and Art House America, among others. Kintz holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She lives in Nashville, Tennesee, with her family.
maggie - 275 cropFounding & Managing Editor MAGGIE MESSITT is passionate about narratives most storytellers pass over and places most people will never visit. She spent eight years in South Africa as a freelance journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, and the director of a writing school for women. Most recently, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Teaching Tolerance, River Teeth, and elsewhere. Longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, The Rainy Season is her first book. She is currently the National Director of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project, teaches in the Goucher College MFA program, and is finishing her next book, a hybrid of investigation and memoir. She splits her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. (@maggiemessitt)
TraboldFINALheadshotGuest Editor ERICA TRABOLD is a writer of family and memory. Winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, her debut collection, selected by John D’Agata, will be published in 2018. Her essays have appeared in Proximity, Seneca Review, and The Collagist, and are forthcoming in Passages North, South Dakota Review, and an anthology of lyric essays by Tinderbox Editions. A Nebraska native, Erica has an MFA from Oregon State University, previously served as the nonfiction editor of 45th Parallel Magazine, and was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She currently lives in Oregon and writes for the Pleiades Book Review. (@ericatrabold)
Guest Editor MARIA SCHAMIS TURNER is a freelance writer and editor based in Montreal. She is vice-president of the Creative Nonfiction Collective and co-producer of This Really Happened, a live true storytelling event. She is also associate producer and host of the podcast First Day Back. Maria has taught writing and storytelling at 826 Valencia, and personal essay and memoir writing to adults in Montreal, including parents at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She is co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Carte Blance, the Quebec-based literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Fourth Genre, Globe and Mail, Montreal Review of Books, National Post, among others, and has aired on CBC. (@turnmaria)

A Note from our Editors — Issue 18, our Annual Prizes, Submission Calls & more!   Read