Our Staff

The Cheat River Review is the work of MFA students and the Council of Writers of the West Virginia University MFA program in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Bryce Berkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

Bryce Berkowitz was born in Carbondale, Illinois. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Passages North, The Pinch, Eleven Eleven, Tampa Review, Permafrost, Barrow Street, Evansville Review, San Pedro River Review, Watershed Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, among other publications.

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, 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, 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. 

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. 

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.

Marjorie McAtee, Media Editor 

Marjorie McAtee holds a Master of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing from WVU. She is a professional blogger who has worked with content marketing companies including Relevant Marketing to Go, 360 Enterprises, and Internet Brands. Her work, much of it ghostwritten, has appeared all over the Web. Marjorie writes a humor blog, Don’t Call Me Marge. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in journals including The Blotter, Flashquake, and Amarillo Bay.

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, CA. 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. 

Jordan Carter, Fiction Reader

Jordan Carter, a Morgantown, WV native, is in the letting-go phase of her astrological cycle.  She is a summa cum laudegraduate 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 Creative Writing: Fiction. She always carries a plant with her so she can stay rooted somewhere.

Faculty Representative: Mary Ann Samyn
Readers: Council of Writers volunteers

About the Journal

As a young journal, the Cheat River Review appreciates the freedom of being a work in progress. The magazine seeks to publish prose and poetry in various forms that, simply put, reflect a love of language.

We are a staff with diverse tastes and backgrounds. We recognize the evolving nature of writing, of literary journals, and of our own lives.

We hold to one constant: the power of a story told interestingly.

The Cheat River Review is the work of MFA students and the Council of Writers of the West Virginia University MFA program in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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