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Anna Sandy Elrod

Editor in Chief

Anna Sandy Elrod is a poet and essayist whose work can be found in journals such as Pleiades,  Threepenny Review, North American Review, Iron Horse, and FUGUE. Her essay "The Number of Hair" was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2021. She holds an MFA and a PhD in poetry from Georgia State University and teaches at Georgia Highlands College. She can be found at various coffee shops between Atlanta and her home in rural Georgia that she shares with her husband, daughter, and several other small creatures. 

Anna loves to read Granta, Jericho Brown, Ilya Kaminsky, The Paris Review, Diane Seuss, T. S. Eliot (she knows), The Mississippi Review, Marie Howe, Eula Biss, Guernica, Frank O’Hara, and The Sun.

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Shannon Finck

Poetry Editor

Shannon Finck is a lecturer in English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. She earned her Ph.D. in transatlantic modernism with a secondary emphasis in global postmodern and contemporary literatures. She also holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and poetry from Georgia College (GCSU) in Flannery O’Connor’s hometown of Milledgeville, GA. Her critical and creative work appear in such journals as ISLEASAP/J, Angelaki, a/b: Autobiography Studies, Salt Hill, Tiny Spoon, Lammergeier, The Florida Review, and FUGUE.

Shannon likes to read autotheory, speculative fiction, and experimental writing.  Recent faves—not necessarily in these forms and genres—include Lovability by Emily Kendall Frey, Temporary by Hilary Leichter, and No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood.

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Anya Vostrova

Essays Editor

Anya Vostrova is a writer based in Atlanta Georgia. After growing up between St. Petersburg, Russia and Long Island, New York she went on to study Russian and French literature at Bard College.  She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bennington Writing Seminars. She creates and adores work that explores the building, layering, and rupture of connections in place, time, memory and language.

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Additional Readers


Eliza Dunn, Dartmouth College

Accepting Readers

Ghost Peach Press

Accepting Readers

Lauren Mariko Scherr

Assistant Essays Editor

Lauren Mariko Scherr is a Japanese-American writer whose essays have appeared in Off Assignment, The Audacity, ANMLY, and elsewhere. She has been featured as an emerging writer by Roxane Gay and nominated for Best of the Net. After a year of traveling to 100 cities in 20 countries, Lauren is delighted to be back home in Honolulu, Hawai'i. You can also find her on Substack (@yasumi), on Instagram (@laurenmariko), and frequently in Brooklyn, where she likes to pretend she still lives. 

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