Emily Vander ArkEmily Vander Ark       Managing Editor 

Emily holds a BS in English and an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in writing for children and young adults. She has been a student editor for the internationally respected Louisville Review, and is also the proofreader for Best New Writing‘s annual anthology. Emily has been published in several literary journals herself. You can visit her at

New York picMaria Steinmetz      
Contributing Editor

Maria Steinmetz graduated with a degree in English from Purdue University, where she also wrote briefly for the Exponent, Purdue’s student-run newspaper.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University, focusing on writing for children and young adults.  Currently, she is a staff writer for the teen TV series Bloom and Drama Queens, set in Colorado; both shows will premiere Fall 2016. When not writing, Maria teaches English at a community college in Indiana.  You can find her at

StefanStefan Strychar      Poetry Editor

Stefan Strychar was born and raised in Detroit. He left Michigan after college, and in 2011 earned an MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He spent the next year as a poetry reader for The Literary Review. In his travels since, he has completed an MLS in archives management, interned at Harvard and MIT, released three albums of music, and studied black and white film photography. Visit him at

LindsayLindsay Lott      Design Consultant

Lindsay is a professional visual, graphic, and social artist. She received her BA in Drawing/Painting from Grace College in 2012. She has participated in several showcases, exhibits, and juried shows. She continues to show her work and enjoys receiving and giving constructive critiques in the arts. Lindsay is passionate about using art as a form of communicating for those left voiceless, contributing to the fight to end human trafficking.

12744418_510159182489481_8441118001486219561_nLindsey Harris     Proofreader

Lindsey Harris graduated in 2005 with a BA in English and Christian ministries. She used this double major to sneak nonfiction essays into church bulletins for several years before pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction at Spalding University, from which she will graduate in May. Lindsey has been published or has work forthcoming in Story Collider Magazine, Role Reboot, and xoJane.