My work as a teacher of English, writer, and editor has left me with the overarching question: "Who gets to tell the story?" As we know, large groups of folks historically have been left out of the realm of publishing, often leaving us with "a single story." And even as the writing community has begun to address underrepresentation in our art and letters, we still in small ways bar entry into publishing: submission fees, narrow definitions of what makes "good" literature, limited access. There are wonderful journals out there doing the critical work of providing accessible venues for multiple voices, and I want to do my part by joining that effort.
--Christine Taylor, EIC
--Christine Taylor, EIC
Christine Taylor, Head Editrix
Christine Taylor, a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey, aka “The Queen City,” with Kissing Dynamite's mascot Nahla, the clumsiest black cat ever. She has degrees in English literature from Drew University and National University and that makes her important. Check her out at www.christinetayloronline.com.
Jason Bates, Assistant Editor
Jason Bates once fed Pudge a tuna fish sandwich and is now an abomination. He founded the defunct literary influencers PunksWritePoemsPress and Spider Mirror Journal. His writing has appeared in Before I Leave...Lit Zine, Figroot Press, Bone & Ink, and Lingering In The Margins, a river city poets anthology. Is this a bio or two truths and a lie?
Khalisa Rae, Assistant Editor
Khalisa Rae is a queer black activist, that speaks and writes with fierce rebellion. She published her first book Real Girls Have Real Problems, in 2012. Her recent work has been seen in numerous journals including Requiem Magazine, Dirty Chai, Tishman Review, the Obsidian, Anchor Magazine, New Shoots Anthology, Red Door, Red Press – Anatomy of Silence Anthology, among others. She is a finalist in the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and a winner of the Fem Lit Magazine Contest, and the Voicemail Poetry Contest. She is a former staff-editor of the QU Lit Mag, and currently serves as Co-editor and Co-Director of Athenian Press- literary safe space collective and indie press for women/femme/gnc/trans folks. Her full-length poetry collection is forth-coming.
Tim Lear, Consulting Editor
Tim Lear, a tenured English teacher and college counselor, received his A. B. in English from Princeton University and his M. A. in English from Middlebury College.
David Stolarz, Music
Dave Stolarz, a classical and jazz pianist, can be found on Instagram @david_stolarz
Fiyinfoluwa Olajesu, Editorial Intern
Fiyinfoluwa Olajesu is an up and coming Nigerian poet and a trained educator. He writes about love, women, and life generally. He has a number of poems to his credit, and he wishes to create a strong voice through his poems in the nearest future. He has work up at Tuck Magazine.