Mary Akers
Editor-in-Chief: Mary Akers is the author of the short story collections Women Up On Blocks and Bones of an Inland Sea (press 53). The non-fiction book she co-authored (One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others) has been published in seven countries. Contact: (**Note: submissions sent to this email will NOT be considered. All work must be submitted through our online form.)

Assistant Editor/Fiction: T. L. Sherwood lives in western New York. Among other places, her work has appeared in Rosebud, The Vestal Review, Thema, Literary Orphans, The Good Men Project, and The Chrysalis Reader. She is the 2015 winner of the Gover Prize. Her blog, Creekside Reflections, is updated twice a month.

Non-Fiction Editor: April Ford is a 2016 Pushcart Prize recipient for her story “Project Fumarase.” Her debut collection of stories, The Poor Children, won Grand Prize for the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction and was released worldwide by SFWP in 2015. April has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including: Grain, Ploughshares, New Madrid, Atticus Review, Lascaux, and Gargoyle. Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in 2019 with Inanna Publications.

Priscilla Burgoine 
Fiction and Non-Fiction Editor: Priscilla F. Bourgoine practices as a psychotherapist in a group practice outside of Boston and offers remote therapy to clients through the Manhattan-based company, Abilto. She has an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte and her work has appeared in Brain, Child, Germ Literary Magazine, ChangeSeven and elsewhere. Recently, she was awarded a scholarship to write her memoir, The Floating World, in Boston’s Grub Street Memoir Incubator Program 2015-2016.

Fiction Editor: Andrew Stancek was born in Bratislava and saw Russian tanks occupying his homeland. His dreams of circuses and ice cream, flying and lion-taming, miracle and romance have appeared recently in Vestal Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, The Windsor Review, Tin House online, Flash Fiction Chronicles, The Linnet’s Wings, Connotation Press, and Pure Slush. Andrew joined our masthead after we published his excellent SOS piece “Elephants and Banana Leaves” in our July 2012 issue.

Jude Marr
Poetry Editor: Jude Marr is originally from Scotland. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she also teaches. Her poetry has appeared in r.kv.r.y, The Cortland ReviewBlack Heart Magazine, and Cherry Tree among others. Jude joined our staff four years after we published her wonderful poem “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Doe” in the July 2011 issue.

Poetry Reader: Joan Albarella is author of the Niki Barnes Mystery Series: Close To You, Called to Kill, and Agenda for Murder; four books of poetry: Mirror Me, Poems For the Asking, Women, Flowers, Fantasy and Spirit and Joy; plus over two-hundred individual poetry, article, and short story publications. She has written three plays Mother Cabrini’s Mission to America, Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and Killing Mr. Scott. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and The Dramatist’s Guild. (Joan is on temporary hiatus as of 1-10-16.)

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Non-Fiction Editor: Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Massachusetts Review; Passages North; Superstition Review; The Millions; Virginia Quarterly Review’s blog, Brain, Child online and elsewhere. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Millay Colony as a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. Randon joined our staff shortly after we published her essay Advent in the April 2013 issue. You can read more of her work here.

Bev Jackson
Shorts On Survival (SOS) Editor: Beverly A. Jackson has been published in over seventy-five venues online and in print. Her short fiction, “The Dead,’ was nominated for Best American Short Stories, republished in China and used for U.S. university teaching material. Her list of publishing credits can be found at She was the Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of Lit Pot Press, and the literary e-zine, Ink Pot, from 1999 to 2006. She presently has a small editing enterprise for creative writers, and is seeking representation for a completed memoir “Loose Fish,” a suspense novel, “Blue Lake,” and is working on a third book, “Canyon Flowers.”

Robert Fieseler
Non-Fiction Editor: Robert W. Fieseler is a journalist, essayist and author who grew up in Chicago and graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia Journalism School. His journalism has appeared in Quartz, Narratively, and The Big Roundtable and been commissioned by Harvard University. His essays have appeared in Hippocampus and elsewhere. W.W. Norton & Company/Liveright will publish his debut book of nonfiction. Robert joined our staff a year after we published his essay New Miserable Experience in the October 2015 issue. He tweets, irregularly, at @wordbobby.


And big kudos to our dedicated, generous, insightful readers:

Anne Colwell (Poetry) Anne’s work has appeared in Midwest Quarterly Review, Delmarva Review, Octavo, Southern Poetry Review, Eclectic Literary Forum, The California Quarterly, Dominion Review and other journals. She has published two poetry collections and joined our staff after we published her beautiful poem “Garnet.

Nina Fosati (Fiction and Non-fiction) delights us because she delights in pricking academic conceits. She earned her expertise in the smokey trenches of advertising and newspaper production departments around the northeast. Decidedly old school, she has no truck with insincerity and hews to the line, “Make it real. Make me feel.”

Gay Giordano (Poetry) earned a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research. She published a book of poetry, “Waking From So Rich A Nightmare” (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015) and joined r.kv.r.y. after we published her poem “I Dreamed Your Epic.

John Guzlowski (Poetry) John has been published in The Ontario Review, Atlanta Review, Exquisite Corpse and other journals. His poems about his parents’ experiences in Nazi concentration camps appear in his book Lightning and Ashes. John joined our staff after we published his beautiful poem “My Mother’s Optimism.”

Herb Kauderer (Poetry) is an associate professor at Hilbert College and holds an MFA from Goddard College. He has published eight chapbooks, most recently The Book of Answers which met with great critical success. Herb joined our staff after we published his poem “Equal Time.

Allan Johnston (Poetry) Allan’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, Rattle, Rhino, and other journals. He is the author of one full-length poetry collection (Tasks of Survival, 1996) and a chapbook (Northport, 2010), and has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Allan joined our staff after we published his wonderful poem “Walking.”

Noa Sivan (SOS) was born and raised in Israel and is currently living in Granada, Spain. She is a graphic designer and a writer. Her stories have been published in Jellyfish Review, Eleven Eleven, and FRiGG. Noa joined the r.kv.r.y. staff after we published her wonderful SOS “Two Cats.”

Anne Dyer Stuart (Poetry) Anne’s work has appeared in AGNI, Fiction Southeast, New World Writing, Lake Effect, Pembroke Magazine, Poet Lore, The Louisville Review, Midwest Quarterly, Third Coast, storySouth, and elsewhere. She teaches at Bloomsburg University. Anne Dyer joined our staff after we published her wonderful poem “Scars.”


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