DIRECTOR & EDITOR
Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry: Twice Told (University of Akron Press) and Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death (Factory Hollow Press). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Apartment Poetry, The Collagist, Entropy, The Iowa Review, and The Paris Review. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat. She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA Program in Northeastern Ohio.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & EDITOR
Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016); and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She joined CSU in 2017 and is an assistant college lecturer of creative writing. She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, history, and politics, and she co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.
ANISFIELD-WOLF FELLOW IN WRITING & PUBLISHING
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems have received awards from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative’s 30 Below Contest, and the Academy of American Poets, and appear in Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.
MARKETING & PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT
Leyna Bohning is a first-year NEOMFA writer at Cleveland State University and has had her works published in various corners of the universe. When she’s not writing she’s baking cupcakes or singing along to Broadway musicals and Paramore.
SHIPPING & INVENTORY ASSISTANT
Penelope Jeanne Brannen is a poet in the NEOMFA at Cleveland State University. They have been published in Voicemail Poems and the Zoomoozophone Review. They once drove two hours without noticing they were listening to static on the radio.
CREATIVE WRITING SPECIAL PROJECTS ASSISTANT
Ali McClain is a writer, performer and youth advocate. She is currently the poetry editor for Gordon Square Review and attends the NEOMFA (Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts) program at Cleveland State University where she is studying poetry. She has performed her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library and elsewhere. She also directs an after school and summer program for girls called Sisterhood at West Side Community House. She is the co-founder of acerbic, Inc., which is an arts collective dedicated to creating art and educating people of color in an environment free of barriers. Her work is forthcoming in december magazine and she lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Donald Black, Jr.
LIGHTHOUSE READING SERIES ASSISTANT
Zach Peckham is a writer and musician from Massachusetts who left his perfectly good marketing job to study poetry in the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. While his poems have not been published, his song lyrics and reviews of rock music and seltzer have appeared frequently in print and on the Internet. He is primarily interested in whatever’s in your fridge.
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