Poetry | Flash Fiction | Flash Nonfiction | Fiction
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Shyla Shehan (she/her):
Co-Founder & EIC
Cheeseburger enthusiast

Shyla is an analytical Virgo from the Midwest. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska and her work has appeared in High Shelf Press, Gyroscope Review, GRIFFEL, The Decadent Review, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Unsuspecting Cinderella, was released from Finishing Line Press in spring of 2022. All of this and more at shylashehan.com.

Contact: shyla.shehan@thegoodlifereview.com

Tacheny Perry (she/her):
Managing Editor
Loves drinking pickle juice and watching terrible TV

As managing editor, Tacheny handles team communications, ensures things run smoothly with the operations cycle, and assists with acceptances, awards, and publication of content.

Tacheny is also one of our flash fiction editors and her bio is here.


Annie Barker (she/her):
Associate Editor
Puts “R” sock on right foot; “L” sock on left foot

Annie’s areas of focus as associate editor include recruiting new editors/readers, community engagement, copy editing, and assistance with fundraising and social media.

Annie is also one of our flash nonfiction editors and her bio is here.


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Cat Dixon (she/her):
Poetry Editor

Cat is the author of Eva and Too Heavy to Carry  (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016, 2014) and The Book of Levinson and Our End Has Brought the Spring (Finishing Line Press, 2017, 2015), and the chapbook, Table for Two (Poet’s Haven, 2019).  She has poems (co-written with Trent Walters) in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018).  

Allison Guenette (she/her):
Poetry Editor
Into Devo and the B-52’s

Allison holds a BA in English Pre-Law at Iowa State University and has earned an MFA from the Creative Writing program at University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Her poetry appears in Merrimack Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Angry Old Man Magazine, as well as other journals.  In her free time, Allison plays classical piano, creates craft cocktail recipes, reads tarot, and loves native prairie plants.

Michelle Pierce Battle (she/her)
Poetry Editor
Never met a ball of yarn she didn’t like

Michelle Pierce Battle holds an MFA in Writing-Poetry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her work has appeared in 13th Floor Magazine, Fine Lines, and Taxicab Literary Magazine. She has conducted creative writing workshops for urban youth and Backwaters Press. Her daughters are her lifelong supporters on her journey as a writer.

Poetry Readers:

Cid Galicia (he/him)

Terry Belew (he/him)

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Annie Barker (she/her):
Flash Nonfiction Editor
Puts “R” sock on right foot; “L” sock on left foot

Annie is a practicing psychotherapist living in Omaha with her husband and Lola the Labrador. She has earned an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she divided her time between writing CNF essays for the program and continuing to develop her long form memoir, Daddy Issues. Annie’s work has appeared in Voices From The Plains, a collection showcasing the work of emerging Nebraska writers. When she’s not writing or sitting with clients, she enjoys singing soprano in her local LGBTQ+ chorus, puttering in her garden, and putting together complex jigsaw puzzles. You can find Annie on Twitter.

Erin Owen (she/her):
Flash Nonfiction Editor
Dorito aficionado

For Erin, the written word has been at the heart of her professional career. Her writing outlets have varied from newspaper articles to television scripts, from blogs to speeches, and from newsletters to tweets, while working at the United States Senate as a press aide, at NBC News as a producer, and at the University of Nebraska as a director of communications. Her newest genre is creative nonfiction, and Erin received her MFA in Writing degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in August 2020. She received her B.S. in business communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

Ashley Espinoza (she/her)
Flash Nonfiction Editor

Ashley is an MFA graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a focus on creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey and in (Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic, as well as in the Place Where You Live column for Orion Magazine. She is currently writing a memoir of the aftermath of her (step)father’s paralysis while her teenage mother tries to keep custody of her and graduate high school.

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Suzanne Guess (she/her):
Nonfiction Editor
Hoards fancy pens

Suzanne lives, writes, and works in Des Moines, IA. She holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska and an MA from Iowa State University. She is the founder of the Raccoon River Reading Series and is also the Associate Nonfiction Editor for the Mud Season Review. Her work has appeared in Essay DailyThe Girlfriend, Brevity Blog, Intercom, and the Collectors Journal.  She is currently at work on an essay collection while moonlighting as a project manager for a financial services corporation. When she’s not working or writing, she plays flute respectably but not expertly in a wind ensemble. Suzanne’s online presence includes TwitterInstagram, and the interwebs.

Debra Rose Brillati (she/her):
Nonfiction Reader
Hobnobs with ghosts

Debra Rose received her BA in Literature from Bard College, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Andover Newton Theology School, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. After an initial career in publishing, she worked for over twenty years in trademark law, as a paralegal and manager. Debra Rose and her husband retired in 2015 to an 1820 farmhouse in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. She reads her poetry frequently at “words, revisited” in Auburn, NY, and publishes periodically on her blog Rambling Rose (ramblingrose.info). She is currently working on a composite memoir which weaves together profiles of family members to create the story of her childhood in a small coal mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Debra Rose devotes much of her time to working for racial justice. She is also a certified spiritual director and is active in her Episcopal church where she serves as a lay pastoral minister.

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Joel Clay (he/him):
Flash Fiction Editor
Loves 19th century novels

Joel lives in Kansas City, where he is an entrepreneur by day and writer by early morning. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. His short stories have appeared in The J Journal and Boston Accent Lit, and he remains in a never-ending duel with his first novel.

Tacheny Perry (she/her):
Flash Fiction Editor
Loves drinking pickle juice and watching terrible TV

Tacheny received her MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been published by Boys Town press and was a contributor and editor for the Albuquerque Mom’s Blog. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband, three young boys, and two mostly saintly dogs.

Tana Buoy (she/her):
Flash Fiction Editor
 Avid list maker | Trips a lot and not in a fun way

Having spent half of her life in North Central Nebraska, Tana appreciates the allure of low-maintenance roads and towns without stoplights. After ten years of working in a salon, she decided writing was her true passion, and in July of 2021, she received her MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. When Tana isn’t tutoring online English, World History, and Geography college courses, she’s jotting down micro fiction on sticky notes, dabbling in photography, and reading scary books to her two cats. She’s also chipping away at the first draft of her horror novel set in the Sandhills. Tana now resides in Lincoln with her husband.

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Jake Lawson (he/him):
Stage & Screen
Takes bottom half of cupcake and puts it on top, forming cupcake sandwich

A newscast director by night, a coffee-conversationalist by day, Jake holds a BA in theatre from UNK and an MFA in stage/screenwriting from UNO. Inspired by the works of Anna Deavere Smith and Studs Terkel, Jake is currently working towards creating a collection of documentary theatre plays, ranging in topics between alcoholism, hospice, homelessness, and mass violence. In his free time Jake enjoys black coffee, moderately long nights of gaming (sleep is important), and avoiding existential dread.

Joe Atkinson (he/him)
Stage & Screen
Believes music should be released and listened to in full albums

Joe is a documentary filmmaker and an assistant professor of Communication at the University of Evansville. He earned a BS in Journalism from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism, a Master of Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, and currently is working toward an MFA in Stage/Screenwriting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His film credits include writing and producing the 10-episode Koldcast web series “The Book of Dallas,” for which he also directed three episodes; writing, producing, and editing the documentary miniseries “Epidemic: Addiction in Middle America;” and writing, directing, producing, and editing the documentary feature “From the Ashes: The University of Evansville Purple Aces,” for which he was nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award for Best Documentary: Historical. He currently resides in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife, Erin, and their two children.

Kim Louise (she/her)
Stage & Screen
Kim suspects that she may have been Mothra in a former life

Kim Louise holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, and an MS from Drake University. Her plays have been part of the Metropolitan Community College touring play series, Dia de Los Muertos-Verbal Ofrenda celebration, and produced as part of the Union for Contemporary Art Centering the Margins series. Her play Umarage, was part of a trio of plays nominated for Best Original Play for Omaha Arts and Entertainment Award. She is a resident artist in the Great Plains Theater Commons. Currently, Kim is a contributing playwright in the Pursuing Legacy Series sponsored by the Union for Contemporary Art.

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Carina Faz (she/her):
Fiction Editor

If you let her pick what’s for dinner, it will always be tacos!

Carina is an award winning screenwriter/filmmaker residing in Brooklyn (NY), but originally from Dallas, Texas. She received her BA in Radio/Television Production from Texas A&M University at Commerce, and is currently finishing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Carina spends her time traveling back and forth between the Lone Star State and the Big Apple. When not working to pay the bills, Carina enjoys watching films directed by Robert Rodriguez, baking fresh Mexican pastries, and buying just one more book.

Pamela Brodman (she/her):
Fiction Editor | Spanish Translations
Has 5 adopted dogs and plans to sneak a few more home

Born and raised in Spain, Pamela is a retired US Air Force veteran who served fifteen years as a linguist, and has a double BA from the University of Nebraska Omaha in English Literature as well as in Foreign Language Studies with a concentration in Spanish. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the same university. She has completed a Military Women’s Fiction novel titled No One is Here To Sleep, and has had a short story published in Choices: A Collection of Questionable Choices, a Temptation Press anthology. When she isn’t querying agents or writing novels, she likes to host dinner parties for her friends and family, showing off her cooking skills. 

Emily Marvin (she/her):
Fiction Editor
Cat wrangler

Emily holds a BA in English, Creative Writing, and Publishing from the University of Iowa and is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska’s MFA Writing program. Her work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, the single-issue University of Iowa magazine VII, and she was a finalist for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, bullet journaling, knitting, and compulsively collecting books.

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Linda Young (she/her):
Intern ~ Assistant Editor

Linda Young is a retired elementary school teacher living in Portland, Oregon with her husband Rabbi Mel and Dudley the Havanese. She earned a B.S. in Home Economics with a major in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and is currently working toward an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her work appears in Flash Fiction Magazine, The University of Iowa’s “The Daily Palette,” and California Educator. When she’s not working on her memoir, Linda enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking.

Julia M. Sample (she/her):
Intern ~ Web Content/Book Review Editor

Julia Sample graduated from the University of Riverside, California in 2020, with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of Nebraska Omaha and expected to graduate in Summer 2023. She has experience in writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles.

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Advisory Board:

Michelle Kimberly (she/her):
Design Advisor
Fiction Editor (Issues 1 through 6)
Part cat

Michelle is an emerging human from the Midwest. Her writing can be found in The Laurel Review, New Letters, Hippocampus, Don’t Take Pictures, Camas, and other here and theres. She earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Michelle is the founder of The Howler Project, leading creativity workshops with recovering teens in behavioral centers across the region, and she is working toward becoming a mental health practitioner in art therapy. She spends any free time she has dreaming of an analog life, fretting about humanity, and not sleeping.

Kate Gale (she/her) ~ Dr. Kate Gale is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review, and the author of seven books of poetry including her most recent, The Loneliest Girl (University of New Mexico Press).

Kevin Clouther (he/him) ~ Kevin Clouther is the author of We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories (Catapult). He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha Writer’s Workshop, where he serves as Program Coordinator of the MFA in Writing.

Matt Mason (he/him) ~ Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and author of nine+ books of poetry including his most recent, At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife and Churros (The Old Mill Press).

Tom Paine (he/him) ~ Tom Paine, author of The Pearl of Kuwait and Scar Vegas, is an associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.

Liz Kay (she/her) ~ Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska. She is the author of Something to Help Me Sleep (dancing girl press), The Witch Tells The Story And Makes It True (Quarter Press), and Monsters: A Love Story (G. P. Putnam’s Sons).

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TGLR Editor/Teammate Hall-of-Fame:

Edward Vogel (he/him)
Co-Founder and Editor Emeritus

M.A. Boswell (Fiction Editor) – Issues 1 through 6

Trelana Daniel (Fiction Editor, Social Media + Podcast Guru) – Issues 1 through 6

Mike Keller-Wilson (Flash Fiction Editor) – Issues 1 through 5

Stepha Vesper (Poetry Editor) – Issues 1 through 5

Luna Blue (Translation Editor) – Issues 1 through 3

Kelsey Bee (Nonfiction Editor) – Issues 1 through 3

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