Meet the Team

Our Editors

Kasey Renee Shaw (she/they)
Kasey Renee Shaw (she/they)

Editor-in-Chief

Kasey Renee Shaw is an MFA Candidate at West Virginia University. She is the Creative Nonfiction Head Editor at littledeathlit. Her essays and fiction can be found in various places, including Hobart, 45th Parallel, Every Day Fiction, Sphere Literary Magazine, and more. 

Katie Clendenin (she/her)
Katie Clendenin (she/her)

Managing Editor

She is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction. She is from Charleston, West Virginia and received her undergraduate degree in English from West Virginia University in 2018. Katie’s work has appeared in Little Death Lit.

Rachael Bradley (she/her)
Rachael Bradley (she/her)

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Rachael is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University, and splits her time between Appalachia, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest. When she is not reading or writing, you can find her in the kitchen tending to her beloved sourdough starter.

Vahid Arefi (he/him)
Vahid Arefi (he/him)

Web Editor

Vahid’s fiction has appeared in Midwestern Gothic’s Summer Flash Fiction Contest. Previously, in the first grade, he won Terzo Premio in the Collegio San Giuseppe art competition. He’s still riding that high.

Morgan Roediger (she/her)
Morgan Roediger (she/her)

Fiction Editor

Morgan Roediger is an MFA Candidate at West Virginia University. Her fiction can be found at the Potomac Review. When not being an editor, Morgan can be found wandering her collection of houseplants or dictating sourdough and focaccia recipes to her cats.

Caroline Riley (she/her)
Caroline Riley (she/her)

Social Media Editor & Poetry Editor

Caroline is a poet and writer. She is an MFA candidate at WVU, where her genre is poetry. Caroline grew up in the D.C. area and now lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband, Edd and chihuahua, Maddie.

Zach Hunley (he/they)
Zach Hunley (he/they)

Arts Editor

Zach is a current first year MA candidate in art history interested in modern and contemporary art, as well as theory, criticism, and curation. Originally from Charleston, WV, Zach completed their undergraduate studies at WVU in Spring 2021 — receiving dual degrees in political science and multidisciplinary studies. When not writing about art, you will most certainly find Zach talking about it with anyone who is willing to listen.

Gabriel Bass (he/they)
Gabriel Bass (he/they)

Media & Poetry Editor

Gabriel studies poetry and teaches at WVU. His poems have appeared in various publications including Into the Void Magazine and Argot and have received awards from the Poets’ Roundtable of his native Arkansas. He currently lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.


Fiction Readers

Karen Klein (she/her)
Karen Klein (she/her)


Karen Klein is an MFA candidate in fiction. She taught secondary English for 25 years including in Alaska, India, and Poland before applying to join the WVU MFA program. She is glad she did it. When she is not writing, you can find her out with her horse, Rosie, or hiking.

Grace Smith (she/her)
Grace Smith (she/her)


Grace Smith is a writer and teacher from Baltimore, Maryland.

Anna Schles (she/her)
Anna Schles (she/her)


Anna Schles is a first-year MFA candidate in fiction at WVU.  She is from Charleston, West Virginia.  When not reading or writing, she enjoys drawing, listening to music, playing chess, (over)analyzing popular culture, and trying to make her friends laugh.  Her work has appeared in The Charleston Anvil.

Leslie Wilbur (she/her)
Leslie Wilbur (she/her)


Leslie Wilbur is a first-year fiction writer in the MFA program. She is a former newspaper reporter and bicycle mechanic who likes tinkering with words and broken stuff. Her undergraduate degree is in journalism, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work has appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Jackson Buttery (he/him)
Jackson Buttery (he/him)


Jackson Buttery is a fiction MFA student at WVU. He is currently the course record holder for the WWALS Boomerang, a kayak race on the Withlacoochee River that starts in Georgia, goes downstream into Florida, then “boomerangs” back.

Emily Merrick (she/her)
Emily Merrick (she/her)


Emily Merrick is a fiction MFA student at WVU. She enjoys reading mythology, as well as modern reinterpretations of myth and folklore like Circe and The Witcher games. When she isn’t squirreled away in a coffee shop corner writing, you can find her walking through forest and mountain trails.

Poetry Readers

Ashley Preece (she/her)
Ashley Preece (she/her)


Ashley Preece is an MFA candidate in poetry, and will be reading for poetry as well. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an undergraduate in English back in 2019. She’s a total introvert, so she spends most of her time reading and/or writing, or trying out yet another recipe in search of the perfect apple pie.

Liam Wholihan (he/him)
Liam Wholihan (he/him)


Liam is in his first year as an MFA candidate in poetry. A handyman from Annapolis, MD, he enjoys Irish fight songs, nature documentaries, & good company. His work has appeared in Quail Bell, Bridge: Bluffton, Catch, Quiver, & Cellar Door.

Paige Perla (she/her)
Paige Perla (she/her)


Paige Perla is a graduate student at West Virginia University in the Professional Writing and Editing Master’s program. She is Pittsburgh born and bred, but currently lives in Morgantown while attending school. While she loves writing poetry and short stories of her own, her hope is to work in book publishing as an editor. She enjoys reading classic books, watching videos of otters, and antagonizing her cat, Simba

Nonfiction Readers

Shannon Virtue (she/her)
Shannon Virtue (she/her)


Shannon Virtue is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University focusing on creative nonfiction. Born and raised in West Virginia she’s an avid lover of mountains. When not writing or reading, she’s either oil painting, hiking, or making pizza. 

Megan Willaims (she/they)
Megan Willaims (she/they)


Megan Williams is a first-year MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction. When she’s not writing weird little lyric essays, Megan can be found ranting about Game of Thrones’ ending or baking banana bread. Most recently, her work appears in The Academy of American Poets, Hobart, and Sonder Midwest. 


Everyone Else

Edward France (he/him)
Edward France (he/him)


Edward France is the webmaster for Cheat River Review and is pursuing an MA in English at WVU. He is an avid comic book reader, tabletop player and chihuahua dad. Please get in touch with him if you experience any issues with the Cheat River Review site.