Our Staff

Bryce Berkowitz

Bryce Berkowitz, Editor-in-Chief
Bryce Berkowitz was born in Carbondale, Illinois. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Third Coast, Passages North, The Pinch, Hobart, Barrow Street, Permafrost, Eleven Eleven, Tampa Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, among other publications.

Natalie Homer

Natalie Homer, Managing Editor
Natalie Homer is from Pocatello, Idaho and is currently a third-year poetry MFA candidate at West Virginia University. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Pinch, Salamander, Ruminate, The Lascaux Review, and others.

Jake Maynard

Jake Maynard, Fiction Editor
Jake grew up in a tiny town in Northcentral Pennsylvania. He studied history at Hiram College where he worked at Hiram Poetry Review. Before joining the MFA program at WVU he worked as a social worker, a farmhand, a promotional writer, and a laborer at a commercial fish processing plant. His writing appears or is forthcoming in Carolina QuarterlyDuende, and Pennsylvania Magazine, but he's best known for still using a flip phone.

Dan Al-Daqa

Dan Al-Daqa, Associate Fiction Editor
Daniel Al-Daqa is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Before pursuing his MFA he worked various construction and contracting gigs and got pretty good at hammering nails. He's currently focused on tending to tomatoes, hunting down the country's best craft beer, and teaching. He writes Grit Lit and one day hopes to own a 7.3 Powerstroke.

Thomas Martin, Associate Fiction Editor
Thomas Martin is from North Carolina and lives in West Virginia. 

Thomas Martin

Jordan Carter, Fiction Reader
Jordan Carter, a Morgantown native, is in the letting-go phase of her astrological cycle. She is a summa cum laude graduate of West Virginia University where she was a member of the Honors College and named one of WVU Foundation's Outstanding Seniors and awarded University Honors. The short story collections she discovered during her undergrad—Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash and More of This World or Maybe Another by Barb Johnson—are directly responsible for her pursuit of an MFA in Fiction. She always carries a plant with her so she can stay rooted somewhere.

Jordan Carter

Ellen Skirvin, Fiction Reader
Ellen Skirvin was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Before joining the MFA program at WVU, she worked on the Social Security and Medicare programs. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiding and writing in the woods.

Ellen Skirvin

Kat Saunders, Nonfiction Editor
Kat Saunders is from Ohio, where she received a BA and MA in creative writing from Ohio University. She works as an editorial and production assistant at West Virginia University Press. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Spectacle. Some of her favorite writers include Ann Pancake, Rebecca Solnit, Donald Ray Pollock, and Jo Ann Beard. 

Kat Saunders
Meredith Jefers

Meredith Jeffers, Associate Nonfiction Editor
Meredith Jeffers grew up in Rochester, New York, the second snowiest city in the country, and graduated from Syracuse University, located in the first snowiest city. She is a third-year nonfiction MFA in West Virginia, where she writes about cold weather, true crime media, and reality competitions.

Amanda Gaines

Amanda Gaines, Nonfiction Reader
Amanda Gaines is an MFA candidate at WVU. She was a poetry reader for Calliope, a literary journal, and similarly, a poetry editor for Mind Murals, the Eastern Region's literary journal for Sigma Tau Delta. Her poetry and fiction have been published in both.  She has publications both past and upcoming in poetry, nonfiction, and prose from The Oyez Review, Straylight, Gravel, The Meadow, Rogue Agent, After the Pause, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Dewpoint, Typehouse, and Into the Void.

Heather Myers, Poetry Editor
Heather Myers is from Altoona, Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University. She is the 2016 Hungry Poets Winner and her work has appeared in Up the Staircase Quarterly and Luna Luna Magazine. 

Jacob Block, Associate Poetry Editor
Jacob Block was born in Sacramento, California. He has lived in Santa Cruz, where he received his BA in literature, and Oakland before coming to WVU's MFA program, where he is currently in his second year studying poetry. His favorite authors include Mary Ruefle, Anne Carson, and Kaveh Akbar, amongst many, many more. While poetry is one of his greatest loves, he also has an extensive knowledge of seasons 3 through 10 of The Simpsons.

Lauren Milici, Associate Poetry Editor
Lauren Milici is a Florida native who writes poetry, teaches English, and is currently in her second year as an MFA candidate in poetry at WVU. Her favorite authors include Richard Siken, Terrance Hayes, V.C. Andrews, and Will Christopher Baer. 

Kacey Ingram, Poetry Reader
Kacey Ingram is from Richmond, Virginia and is currently a first-year MFA in poetry. She received her BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as a copyeditor for Blackbird.

Kacey Ingram

Luke McDermott, Poetry Reader & Assistant Media Editor
Luke McDermott is an MFA candidate at WVU, working in poetry. He is from Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

Emma DiPasquale, Media Editor 
Emma DiPasquale grew up in Rochester, New York. She earned her BA in English & Creative Writing from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a second-year Master's student in the Literary and Cultural Studies program and works as a research assistant for WVU Libraries Digital Publishing Institute.

Mary Ann Samyn, Faculty Representative