Staff

Heather Myers

Heather Myers, Editor-in-Chief
Heather Myers is from Altoona, Pennsylvania, She is the recipient of a 2018 AWP intro award and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Puerto Del Sol, Yes Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly and Luna Luna Magazine

Lauren Milici

Lauren Milici, Managing Editor
Lauren Milici is a Florida native who writes poetry and teaches English. When she isn’t crafting sad poems, she’s either writing or shouting into the void about film, TV, and all things pop culture.

Ellen Skirvin, Fiction 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.

Ellen Skirvin

Thomas Martin, Associate Fiction Editor

Thomas Martin was born in North Carolina. His literary influences include Bill Burr, Marshall Mathers, Harmony Korine, and Hubert Selby Jr. He lives in West Virginia where he teaches and writes. 

Thomas Martin

Dan Al-Daqa, Associate Fiction Editor

Daniel Al-Daqa is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He now lives and teaches in West Virginia. 

Dan Al-Daqa

Jordan Carter, Associate Fiction Editor
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

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
Amanda Gaines

Amanda Gaines, Nonfiction Editor
Amanda Gaines is an MFA candidate in CNF at WVU's creative writing program. She was a poetry editor for Mind Murals, the Eastern Region's literary journal for Sigma Tau Delta, and is the nonfiction and co-poetry editor of Into the Void. She is also the nonfiction editor for Cheat River Review. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are published or awaiting publication in Adelaide Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, The Oyez Review, Straylight, Gravel, Typehouse, The Meadow, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Dewpoint, Up the Staircase, Rouge Agent, and Into the Void

Emilie Shumway, Associate Nonfiction Editor

Emilie Shumway is a Michigan native and, more recently, a Chicago expat. She writes essays mainly about anxiety, politics, and the intersections between the two. Her work has previously appeared in The Point Magazine, Curbed, and Chicagoist. When not writing, she's usually making curries or falling down YouTube rabbit holes. 

Anna Davis Abel

Anna Davis Abel, Nonfiction Reader

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.

Dave Frame

Dave Frame, Nonfiction Reader

Dave Frame grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and spent his twenties working in law, music, and education. He enjoys climbing, backpacking, and playing guitar/banjo. He writes about culture and politics in Appalachia.

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

Steph Cash-Beckner

Steph Cash-Beckner, Nonfiction Reader

Steph Cash-Beckner is a writer and MFA candidate at West Virginia University. She writes essays and is currently working on her first book-length project, She resides in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

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

Kacey Ingram

Jacob Block, Associate Poetry Editor
Jacob Block was born in Sacramento, California. He lived in Santa Cruz and Oakland before coming to WVU's MFA program, where he is currently in his third year studying poetry. When he's not talking endlessly about Frank Ocean, he's reading the work of Larry Levis, Mary Ruefle, Carl Phillips, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly, among many, many others.

Sarah Lullo, Poetry Reader

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

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