Welcome to Staff: Summer 2017! / by Peter LaBerge

We are more than thrilled to welcome onto staff one of the largest and most robust on-boarding classes in our seven year history. Welcome to the below stunners—and let's get to work!


Olivia Alger (Prose Reader) spent three years at Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major. She was a semifinalist for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation and a finalist in the 2016 YoungArts Awards and for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Prose. She was also an American participant in Between the Lines at the International Writing program, and a mentee in the Adroit Mentorship Program. She’s received two Gold Keys and an American Voices nomination from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has edited multiple issues of literary journals and her work has been published nine times. She’s from Chicago area, but has also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

 

Walker Caplan (Prose Reader) keeps looking gift horses in the mouth. Her writing has previously been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, The Adroit Journal, Blank Theatre, and more, and her original plays have been performed in New York and Seattle. She is currently a student at Yale University.

 

Kathryn Fitzpatrick (Prose Reader) lives, breathes, and will die in Thomaston, Connecticut. She is a sophomore English major at Central Connecticut State University, and the recipient of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Award for Prose.

 

Samantha Leigh Futhey (Poetry Reader) currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Recently, she completed her MFA in the Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University. She has poetry published in Cider Press ReviewRhino PoetrySuperstition Review, and The Fourth River, and forthcoming from Alligator Juniper and Zone 3.

 

Matty Layne Glasgow (Poetry Reader) is a poet and MFA candidate at Iowa State University. His queer ditties have appeared in or are forthcoming from The CollagistRattleCosmonauts AvenueThe Blueshift JournalWildness JournalRust+Moth, and elsewhere. His drag name is Sharon Stoned because he’s pretty basic and goes with his instincts on stage and in life. 

 

Adam Hamze (Poetry Reader) is a Muslim Arab-American journalist and poet from Austin, Texas. His work focuses on diaspora, ancestry, and living in post-9/11 America, and has appeared in The OffingVinylRadius, and elsewhere. His poems were selected as the editor's pick for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards and a finalist for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Poetry.

 

Kelly Han (Editorial Assistant) is a rising senior at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. She has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, but really she is just beginning to delve into the expressive world of literature and writing. Prone to whimsical moods, she loves to bake questionable concoctions, jam out on car rides, and go on spontaneous adventures with her friends. 

 

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss (Poetry Reader) grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Pinch, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Salamander, and Crazyhorse, as the recipient of 2016 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City with her family.

 

Sierra Jacob (Poetry Reader) is an MFA graduate from the University of Montana, where she received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City ReviewSonora ReviewThe Louisville ReviewHawaii Pacific ReviewPretty Owl Poetry, among others. Her chapbook CANELAND is forthcoming at Atomic Theory Micro Press. She was born and raised in Haiku, Hawaii.

 

Wayne Johns' (Poetry Reader) work has appeared in New England ReviewPloughsharesPrairie SchoonerImageBest New Poets, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, An Invisible Veil Between Us (Thorngate Road), His first book, Antipsalms, received the inaugural Audre Lorde and Frank O'Hara poetry prize. A former Lambda Literary fellow, he currently serves on the editorial staff of Raleigh Review and as a reader for the BOAAT Book Prize.

 

Esther Lin (Poetry Reader & Copy Editor) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship. She was also a 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet and Queens Council on the Arts Fellow. Her poems appear in The Adroit JournalCopper NickelCortland ReviewCrazyhorseDrunken BoatGuernicaVinyl, and elsewhere.

 

Daniel T. O'Brien (Poetry Reader) is a recent graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at The Ohio State University, where he served as poetry editor of The Journal and managing editor of The Journal/OSU Press Book Prize Series. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from American Literary Review, Banango Street, BLOOM, Foundry, Prelude, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. He is also a frequent contributor to the poetry review website SCOUT. He lives in New York. 

 

Meghann Plunkett (Poetry Reader) was the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for North American Review’s 2017 Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as Narrative Magazine's 2016 30 Below Contest. Meghann is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was awarded the 2016 & 2017 Academy of American Poets College Prizes. Her poems can be found in or are forthcoming from Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, and storySouth, among others.

 

Andy Powell (Poetry Reader) is a Teaching Artist for DreamYard and for Cooper Union's Saturday Program. He has poems out or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine ReviewThe RialtoSOFTBLOWJerryPANK, and elsewhere. He took 3rd prize in Ambit's 2016 competition, selected by Sarah Howe.

 

Macrina Wang (Marketing Associate) is a rising senior at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and is currently the Literary Editor of the Horae Scholasticae. Her work has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Macrina spends her free time writing, barely scraping by in Calculus, and looking up HD images of a young Stephen Colbert.

 

Jim Whiteside (Poetry Reader) is a graduate of the MFA program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. His recent poems have appeared in journals such as The Southern ReviewIndiana ReviewKenyon Review OnlinePoetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, as winner of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.