Staff

Amanda Gaines

Amanda Gaines, Editor-in-Chief
Amanda Gaines is an MFA candidate in CNF at WVU's creative writing program. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are published or awaiting publication in Crab Fat Magazine, The Oyez Review, Straylight, Gravel, Typehouse, The Meadow, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Dewpoint, Up the Staircase, Rouge Agent, and Into the Void. She likes her essays like she likes her bread loaves: braided.

Ellen Skirvin

Ellen Skirvin, Managing Editor
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.

Jordan Carter, Fiction Editor
Jordan Carter, a Morgantown native, is in the letting-go phase of her astrological cycle. She is a third-year MFA candidate in Fiction at West Virginia University and in 2019, she was awarded second place in the West Virginia Fiction Competition. She writes about Appalachia, loss, gasoline, and grief.

Jordan Carter

Matt Saporito, Fiction Reader

Matt Saporito hails from Wheeling, West Virginia. He is pursuing his MFA at West Virginia University and now lives in Morgantown with his dog, Nymeria. When he's not working on stories, Matt is busy playing guitar.

 

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Matt Saporito

Cameron Green, Fiction Reader

Cameron Green is a fiction writer and graduate of East Carolina University where he received his MA in English Studies. In 2016, Cameron received the Bill Hallberg Award in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in WILDNESS Journal, Badlands Literary Magazine, The Write Launch, The Bitchin' Kitsch, and other literary journals. Currently, Cameron is learning ukulele and pursuing his MFA in fiction at WVU. 

Cameron Green

Matthew Dougherty, Fiction Reader

Matthew Dougherty is from Cleveland, Ohio.  His fiction has been published in literary journals such as SalamanderCrab Orchard Review, and others. A Teach For America alumnus, he also enjoys writing and performing original songs under the artist name Matt Skerk.  

Matthew Dougherty

Morgan Roediger, Fiction Reader

Morgan Roediger is from Wapakoneta, Ohio. She is currently an MFA candidate at West Virginia University, where she studies fiction. When she isn’t writing, she’s knitting or hanging out with her cats.

Morgan Roediger
Dave Frame

Dave Frame, Nonfiction Editor

Dave Frame is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction. He grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and spent his twenties working in law, music, and education. He writes about culture and politics in Appalachia, conspiracy theories, and Mormonism. He is currently hard at work procrastinating his thesis about oblivion, belief, and identity in the wake of his mother's death after battling breast cancer.

Kenneth Lee

Kenneth Lee, Nonfiction Reader

Kenneth Lee is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at West Virginia University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The CollapsarjmwwSplit Lip Magazine, and The Indiana Review

Storey Clayton

Storey Clayton, Nonfiction Reader

Storey Clayton is a CNF MFA candidate at WVU. He’s worked as a youth counselor, debate coach, strategic analyst, development director, rideshare driver, and poker player. In the past year, his nonfiction has appeared or been accepted in over a dozen literary journals, including Mud Season Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Barely South Review, The Bookends Review, and North Dakota Quarterly. You can learn more about Storey at his personal website, The Blue Pyramid (bluepyramid.org).

Rachael Bradley

Rachael Bradley, Nonfiction Reader

Rachael Bradley is from West Bloomfield, Michigan. She is currently an MFA candidate at West Virginia University, where she studies creative nonfiction. When she isn’t writing essays or teaching English, you can find her in the kitchen, baking bread.

Katie Clendenin

Katie Clendenin, Nonfiction Reader

Katie Clendenin is from Charleston, West Virginia. She is currently an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at West Virginia University.

Kasey Shaw

Kasey Shaw, Nonfiction Reader

Kasey Shaw is a MFA CNF candidate at West Virginia University. Her nonfiction and creative nonfiction are published in Every Day Fiction, Sphere Literary Magazine, Duck Lake Books, Inklette Magazine, and 45th Parallel. She is also the CNF editor at littledeathlit.

Sarah Lullo, Poetry Editor

Sarah Lullo grew up in Addison, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of the Junior Quinn Award from UIUC's creative writing program. She has read submissions for Ninth Letter and Cheat River Review. She studies poetry as an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. 

Sarah Lullo

Vincent Frontero, Poetry Reader

Vincent Frontero is a first-year MFA candidate in Poetry at WVU. He's originally from Spring Lake, NJ. 

Vincent Frontero
Anna Davis Abel

Anna Davis Abel, Social-Media Editor

Anna Davis Abel received her Bachelors in English from the University of Alabama in 2016. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at the West Virginia University and focuses her work on feminist literature, southern voice, and issues of mental health. She is currently working on a coming of age memoir about her time growing up in the rural south with a single mother and mentally ill brother struggling with his sexuality.

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

Mary Ann Samyn, Faculty Representative