Maura Snell (Co-Founder, Poetry & Art Editor) lives and works in New England. Her poetry can be found in several literary magazines including Inside the Dome, Red Paint Hill, Brain, Child Magazine, and MomEgg Review, and in anthologies, including the highly acclaimed Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017). Her poem Leaving won the September Prize from international blogger Wilda Morris. She has taught poetry writing and critique to incarcerated teen girls and has been a guest lecturer at several schools in the greater Boston area.


Jennifer Porter (Co-Founder and Prose Editor) lives near East Lansing, Michigan. Her writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Old Northwest Review, The Dos Passos Review, Apeiron Review, drafthorse, The Ocotillo Review, Chagrin River Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her novella The World Beyond can be found in an anthology with Claren Books. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Lauren DavisLauren Davis (Associate Poetry Editor) is a poet living on the Olympic Peninsula in a Victorian seaport community. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her work can be found in publications such as Prairie Schooner, Spillway, and Split Lip Press. She teaches at The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, Washington.

TurnerPicAlison Turner (Associate Prose Editor) is a PhD student in Literary Studies at the University of Denver. She was born in the mountains of Colorado where she learned to spend large amounts of time outside. When traveling, she insists on visiting public libraries.


Aaron Graham (Associate Poetry Editor) hails from Glenrock, Wyoming. A two-time alumnus of Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, Cambridge Writers Workshop, and The Ashbury Home School, he served as “Cecilia Baker Memorial Visiting Scholar” for the 2016 Seaside Writer’s Conference. Aaron is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq where he served as an analyst and linguist. His work has appeared in Cleaver Magazine, Print Oriented Bastards, SAND, Rising Phoenix, The East Bay Review, Zero-Dark-Thirty, and F(r)iction. His chapbook “Skyping from a Combat Zone” was Shortlisted for Tupelo Press’s 2016 Sunken Garden Prize. His first full-length collection, “Blood Stripes,” was a finalist for Tupelo’s 2015 Berkshire Prize; his poem, “Olfaction,” won the Seven Hills Journal & Penumbra Poetry Prize; and “PTSD Poem #12” has been nominated as “The Best of the Net.”  Aaron recently received an English lectureship appointment at Kennesaw State University and is finishing his PhD in Literature at Emory University.

Jesse HolthJesse Holth (Assistant Poetry Editor) is a freelance writer and editor based in Victoria, BC. She is a contributor for Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Seaside Magazine, and her writing has been featured in over half a dozen international publications. Her poetry was recently selected for a gallery exhibition, has appeared in several literary journals, and will be included in a forthcoming anthology from the University of Regina Press. She is currently working on two full-length collections of poetry.

SeniorPhotos(56of88)Emily Huso (Assistant Fiction Editor) is currently pursuing her MA in English with a creative writing emphasis at California State University, Chico. She was a participant in AWP’s spring 2017 Writer-to-Writer Mentorship program. When she isn’t working on her latest story, she enjoys freelance copywriting, coffee dates with friends, and, of course, reading.



Colleen Olle (Assistant Prose Editor) spent her childhood summers climbing trees and reading books and sometimes reading books in trees. At the University of Michigan, she won a Hopwood Award for essay writing, and from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she earned an MFA in fiction. She works as a freelance editor and lives with her husband south of San Francisco.  

Tasslyn Magnusson (Community Outreach Coordinator and Fiction Reader) lives in Prescott, Wisconsin just outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metropolitan area. She has an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She writes poetry for adults and poetry and fiction for children.

EmmaAllmanEmma Allmann (Fiction Reader) studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a freelance writer alternately living in a cabin in the woods and traveling in a Chevy Traverse. She has had fiction published with Ellipsis Zine and a play produced by the Marcia Legere Play Festival.

SheilaSheila Arndt (Fiction Reader) is a Ph.D. and MFA candidate living in New Orleans. She cares about the modern and postmodern, critical theory, Americana, saltwater, garlic, canines, old blues, and new dreams. Her poetry and prose has been published in The Tishman ReviewGravel, and Literary Orphans, among other places. Follow her: @ACokeWithYou.

MMMheadshotMelissa McInerney (Assistant CNF editor) earned her MFA in fiction from Bennington College in 2015 and her BA from the University of Texas Austin in 1981. She has written a series of short stories about growing up in boomtown Houston, blogs about living with Lyme disease at, and is working on a memoir. She has been published at, and her work has appeared in Logophile and Jet Fuel Review. A late bloomer, she tolerated the South and its unrelenting heat for years. Now she thrives in Colorado with her grown daughter, three dogs, and a cat. She hikes, swims, and avoids skiing.

SherrelSherrel McLafferty (Assistant Fiction Editor) lives in Bowling Green, OH. She is the Associate Editor of Flapperhouse. Her fiction has appeared in Black Denim LitFlyover Country Review, and Bartleby Snopes, and her poetry has appeared in Prairie Margins.


RGeneTurchinGene Turchin (Assistant Fiction Editor) recently retired after 12 years of teaching electronic engineering technology and mechatronics in West Virginia. Prior to teaching he worked as a network engineer and telecommunications technician. He has published how-to articles in technical magazines including Servo and Tech Directions in addition to poetry and short fiction in literary journals. He spends the winter months in Florida where he is currently working on a science fiction novel and comic book scripts. Most recent published works can be found in VerseWrights, 365 Tomorrows, With Painted Words, Aurora Wolf, Literary Hatchet, The Ginger Collect, Eye To the Telescope, and The Broadkill Review.

MaryAnnBraggMary Ann Bragg (Copy Editor) Much of Mary Ann Bragg’s written work can be found scattered all over her kitchen table in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s pursuing an MA in English at UMASS Boston and worries about the economic health of her hometown in southern West Virginia. Visit

TylerJacobsonTyler Jacobson (Copy Editor) holds a BA in English and in Spanish from Walla Walla University. He is primarily a professional circus artist specializing in handbalancing and contortion but also enjoys editing copy.


MDCAMPBELLMatthew David Campbell (Poetry Reader) is the author of the poetry collection, Harmonious Anarchy (Weasel Press 2016), and the chapbook The House of Eros (Red Ferret Press 2015). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Tight, Spires, Forklift Ohio, and the anthologies, The Brink: Post Modern Poetry from 1965 to the Present and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, and How Well you Walk Through Madness. He holds and MFA from Bennington College.

Scott Smith TTRScott Smith (Poetry Reader) lives, writes, and balances toddlers in Houston, Texas. He earned an MFA in Poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2010 and a BA in English from Lynchburg College in 2008. He currently teaches at the Art Institute of Houston and is in a constant state of revision on a collection of poems and a fiction manuscript. He’s probably double-fisting kombucha and espresso as we speak.

Elaine TouchupElaine Fletcher Chapman (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) is the author of a volume of poems, Hunger for Salt published by Saint Julian Press. She worked on staff at The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College for 18 years. She founded The Writer’s Studio where she teaches poetry and nonfiction, provides editing services and organizes Poetry Readings and Crossing Over Writing Retreats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  For the last 38 years she has worked as a therapist in private practice. She also teaches iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Her poems have been published in The Tishman Review, The EcoTheo Review, The Cortland Review, Connotation, The Sun, Calyx, Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and others. She was guest blogger on The Best American Poetry Blog and The Solstice Literary Magazine blog. Green River Press published her letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude. She now lives on the West side of the Chesapeake Bay near the James River in Newport News, Virginia. She also spends a great deal of time in the San Francisco Bay area. Trailer and Poetry Videos for Hunger For Salt: or