About the Editors

Leslie Pietrzyk, Editor, is the author of two novels,  Pears on a Willow Tree (Avon) and A Year and a Day (William Morrow). Her collection of unconventionally linked short stories, THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many journals including The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Washingtonian, Phoebe, The Hudson Review, The Collagist, Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, River Styx, and The Sun. Read more at her literary blog, Work in Progress, and her website
Contact: reduxlj@gmail.com


Kenneth A. Fleming, Assistant Editor, is a fiction writer living in Silver Spring, Maryland. He holds a Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently finishing up a short story collection and working on a novel.

Clara Jane Hallar, Assistant Editor, is a poet currently residing in Spartanburg, SC. She will graduate from Converse College June 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts degree of Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. Her creative work is inspired by poets like W.S. Merwin and Jim Harrison to Carolyn Forche and Elizabeth Bishop, and her critical research dives into the world of political poetry, defining the purpose of poetry to go beyond the page with the spirit of Adrienne Rich's "the personal is political" in mind. She is a co-collaborator of a poetry reading series called "Pints & Poets" in partnership with Converse CollegeHub City Tap House, and MFA Director Rick Mulkey. Pints & Poets is a creative cask series that celebrates the local Carolina poetry community and has three events per academic fall and spring semesters. Read more about the series here