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Founding Editors

Matthew GrahamMatthew Graham is the author of three books of poetry, World Without End, New World Architecture, and 1946, and is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Vermont Studio Center. He teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana.

Tom WilhelmusTom Wilhelmus is professor emeritus of English at the University of Southern Indiana. His reviews of contemporary fiction appear frequently in The Hudson Review.


Ron MitchellFormerly muscle for the IRS, Ron Mitchell is the co-founder and former editor of RopeWalk Press. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literary editing & publishing at the University of Southern Indiana.

Art Editor

Joan Kempf deJongJoan Kempf deJong is an associate professor of graphic design at the University of Southern Indiana. With over ten years of teaching experience, she currently teaches courses in graphic design, computer graphics, web page design, digital illustration and multimedia. Her work has been exhibited locally and regionally and is included in private and corporate collections. Presently, her computer-generated work consists of a mixture of object-oriented and representational figures as well as bitmapped abstractions.

Drama Editor

Alice ShenAlice Shen teaches playwriting, theatre history, and English composition at USI. She received her MFA from Virginia Tech and her BA from James Madison University. Her full-length play, Entitled, won the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010.

Media Editor

Anthony RintalaAnthony Rintala is a poet and English instructor at the University of Southern Indiana.

Nonfiction Editor

Tom WilhelmusTom Wilhelmus

Poetry Editor

Marcus WickerMarcus Wicker was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first book, Maybe the Saddest Thing, was selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Harper Collins in October. The recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he has also held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University, where he received his MFA. Wicker joined the creative writing faculty at the University of Southern Indiana fall 2012.

Associate Editors

Leisa BelleauLeisa Belleau teaches courses in humanities, literature, and creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana. As a Southern Illinois University graduate student, her work was nominated for the AWP Intro Award for Fiction, and she continues to publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Adrienne RiveraAdrienne Rivera recently received her MFA in fiction from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her work is forthcoming in Copper Nickel. Adrienne teaches English composition at the University of Southern Indiana.

Sarah WanglerSarah Wangler’s poems have recently appeared in Cream City Review, Field, Moon City Review, Superstition Review, The Tusculum Review, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology. She has also worked as an editorial assistant for the journals Cimarron Review and Passages North.

Contributing Editors

Matthew GuenetteMatthew Guenette is the author of American Busboy (Akron Series in Poetry) and Sudden Anthem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize from Dream Horse Press. His poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, DIAGRAM, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The National Poetry Review, and other publications.

Andrew McFadyen-KetchumAndrew McFadyen-Ketchum's poems, essays, interviews, and reviews recently appear or are forthcoming in The Writers Chronicle, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Copper Nickel, New Letters, Glimmer Train, Hayden’s Ferry Review,  Sou’wester, Crab Orchard Review, and The Cold Mountain Review, among others. He is founder and editor of, managing editor of, and teaches English at Metro State College of Denver.

Mihaela MoscaliucMihaela Moscaliuc's first poetry collection, Father Dirt, was published by Alice James Books in 2010. Her poems, translations, reviews, and articles have appeared in The Georgia Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Poetry International, Pleiades, Arts & Letters, Connecticut Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Moscaliuc teaches at Monmouth University and in the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.

Rebecca HazeltonRebecca Hazelton has been published in Agni, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review; featured on Verse Daily and Ink Node; and included in Best New Poets 2011. She was the 2010-2011 Jay C. and Ruth Hall Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing Institute. Her book first book, Fair Copy, won The Ohio State Press/The Journal poetry award in 2011, and is forthcoming. Her second book, Vow, is forthcoming from Cleveland State Press. In 2012, she won The Discovery/Boston Review Prize.

Office Manager

Megan HuberMegan Huber will graduate in December 2013 with degrees in English (rhetoric and writing) and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry after leaving USI. In her spare time Megan enjoys running, crocheting, re-reading her Harry Potter books, and listening to Kelly Clarkson on repeat.

Fall 2013 Interns

Jami CatesJami Cates is a freelance content developer and editor with a focus on brand development and media strategies. She has a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. Her favorite writers include Zora Neale Hurston, Denis Johnson, and Edna O'Brien.


Sarah DowkerSarah Dowker is a senior at the University of Southern Indiana majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and minoring in Classical Studies. A mother of two with another on the way, she plans to graduate in the spring of 2014 and hopes to attend a graduate Creative Writing MFA program the following fall.


Cally HydeCally Hyde likes pizza, books, cats, people, water, the outdoors, and lots of other stuff. She thinks reading is really fun, and totally cool. She is an English Rhetoric/Writing Major.


Sam KubanSam Kuban is a senior at the University of Southern Indiana. His literary interests vary from children's books to horror-comedy writing. Some of his favorite titles are Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, and Amphigorey, by Edward Gorey. His interest in music drives his fondness for poetry, or lyric-based writing. He has a collection of poems self-published on the Kindle store entitled Beautiful Things and How to Ignore Them.


Kevin MinorKevin Minor is a senior English major with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a member of the USI Men’s Soccer team. Off of the field, he is involved in theatre, having performed in multiple musicals and plays. After graduation, he hopes to continue playing soccer, coach, or pursue a career in acting. He loves music, sports, movies, Chinese food and crab legs—but above all he loves his family.


Chris PurkChris Purk is currently a senior at the University of Southern Indiana. He has recently completed a major in history and is now trying his hand at a Creative Writing minor. He hopes to merge both disciplines in order to become a successful editor in the field of history. In particular, to edit historical novels and magazine articles for publication. Ultimately, he wishes to use his editing to provide the public with easily-digestible historical literature. 

JaketapleyJake Tapley is an English major attending USI as a junior. His concentration in Creative Writing was largely influenced by his passion and deep appreciation for music and lyricism. As a local singer-songwriter, he has been able to channel much of his artistic energy through his performances, and as a student, he has been challenged to both expand his perspective and reevaluate how he views himself as a writer and an artist. His poem, "The Other Side," was selected for the fall 2013 issue of the student publication, FishHook.