Shyla Shehan (she/her):
Founder and EIC
Pumpkin herder and numbers nerd
Shyla is an analytical Virgo who has spent the majority of her life in the midwest. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska where she received an American Academy of Poets Prize in 2020. Shyla’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Plainsongs, Gyroscope Review, The Closed Eye Open, and her debut chapbook is set to be released in November 2021 from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, children, and four wily cats. Shyla spends most days tending to a healthy household and she enjoys gardening, road trips, and blogging from her treadmill. All of this and more can be found on her website.
Edward Vogel (he/him):
Founder and EIC
Where it’s at: indoor climbing and pickled herring
Ed Vogel holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA Writing program. He is the acting Assistant Director and is an English and Writing Mentor at Quest Forward Academy; prior to this, he taught English and Creative Writing in Omaha Public High Schools. He spends his free time writing short stories, playing guitar, combing through philosophy books, and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children.
Michelle Kimberly (she/her):
Fiction Editor | Arts & Crafts
Michelle is an emerging human from the Midwest. Her writing can be found in The Laurel Review, Moon City Review, Don’t Take Pictures, Esthetic Apostle, Camas, and other here and theres. She earned an MFA from University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she was a recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize. Michelle is founder of The Howler Project, leading writing workshops with recovering teens in behavioral centers across the region, and she is working toward becoming an LIMHP. She spends her free time dreaming of an analog life, fretting about humanity, and not sleeping.
Trelana Daniel (she/her):
Fiction Editor | Soundbites and Socials
Consistent inappropriately-timed laugher
Trelana Daniel has an MSEd with fifteen+ years of experience working in higher education and recently added an MFA in Creative Writing to her CV from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a writing enthusiast, she has participated in four writing residencies at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City with mentoring authors such as Tom Paine, Jim Peterson, Teri Youmans, and Patricia Lear. She had the opportunity to engage with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute as well as take continuing education classes at Northwestern University in creative writing. She looks forward to connecting with more writers in this process so find her on Twitter and her website.
M.A. Boswell (she/her):
M.A. Boswell holds an AA in Design, Interactivity and Media Art and a BA in Studio Art. She earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. At her day job, M.A. works as a communication specialist in the field of higher education. Prior to that, she spent seven years as a designer for a child welfare nonprofit agency where her designs were recognized by the AIGA Nebraska. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, cycling, DIY projects, and spending time with friends and family. Follow M.A. on Twitter.
Suzanne Guess (she/her):
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 Daily, The 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 Twitter, Instagram, and the interwebs.
Ashley Espinoza (she/her)
Ashley Espinoza is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. 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.
Cat Dixon (she/her):
Cat Dixon 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).
Stepha Vesper (she/her):
Horror film and basset hound obsessed
Originally from Ohio, Stepha Vesper holds a BA and MA in poetry from Miami University. She began her MFA at Boise State University and is finishing her degree at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Stepha’s poems can be found or are forthcoming in Fruita Pulp, COAST|noCOAST and other journals. Currently residing in Omaha with her husband and hound, she also works as a copywriter and marketing specialist.
Allison Guenette (she/her):
Into Devo and the B-52’s
Allison Guenette 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.
Joel Clay (he/him):
Flash Fiction Editor
Loves 19th century novels
Joel Clay 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.
Mike Keller-Wilson (he/him):
Flash Fiction Editor
Chases 175 grams of plastic
Mike Keller-Wilson lives, writes, and teaches in Iowa City, Iowa. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He spends his free time chasing 175 grams of plastic and listening to good, good podcasts. In his day job, he teaches writing and dad jokes to a captive audience of 7th graders. You can find him on Twitter.
Erin Owen (she/her):
Flash Nonfiction Editor
For Erin Fogarty Owen, 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.
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.
Pamela Brodman (she/her):
Translations – Spanish
Has 5 adopted dogs and plans to sneak a few more home
Born and raised in Spain, Pamela Brodman is a retired US Air Force veteran who served more than 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 is currently in an MFA in Fiction Writing program from the same university.
Luna Blue (she/her/they/them)
Translations – French
Still figuring out that gender stuff
Luna Blue is a Québécois author, poet, and translator. She has performed her work in major cities across Canada and studied under the mentorship of Julie Mannell. She is currently studying to be a professional sailor.
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 Lawson 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 Atkinson 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.