About the Editors


Jen Michalski (Editor in Chief) lives in Baltimore. Her novel THE TIDE KING is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (2013; winner of the Big Moose Prize), and her collection of novellas is forthcoming from Dzanc (2013) She is the author of two collections of fiction, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (So New, 2007) and FROM HERE (Aqueous Books, 2013). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she also is the editor of the anthology CITY SAGES: BALTIMORE (CityLit Press 2010), which won a 2010 "Best of Baltimore" award from Baltimore Magazine. Finally, she is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co-host of the monthly reading series The 510 Readings and the biannual Lit Show in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.For more junk, visit jenmichalski.com

Catherine Harrison (Co-Founding Editor, Retired) has a BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, an MAT in Secondary English from College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and an MS in professional writing from Towson University and currently teaches at Coastal Carolina University. Being a student is her first love, but freelance writing and teaching aren't bad either.

Ashlie Kauffman (Senior Poetry Editor) has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from New York University and a Master of Arts in Fiction from Johns Hopkins. She is currently studying for her MFA in Fiction at the University of Maryland. Her writing recognitions include a Semi-Finalist nomination for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship for Younger Poets and an Independent Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Linda Simoni-Wastila (Senior Fiction Editor) crunches numbers by day and churns words at night. You can find her poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction in Tattoo Highway, The Sun, The Shine Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, Every Day Poets, and Six Sentences, as well as in several anthologies. She muses on writing and the mind at Leftbrainwrite. She lives and loves in Baltimore, a town where her Northern birthright and Southern upbringing comfortably comingle.

Robert Vaughan (Senior Flash Fiction Editor) leads writing roundtables at Redbird-Redoak Writing. His prose and poetry can be found in numerous journals. His short fiction, "10,000 Dollar Pyramid," was a finalist in the Micro-Fiction Awards 2012. He also is a fiction editor at Lost in Thought magazine. He was the head judge for Wisconsin People & Ideas 2012 Fiction contest. He hosts Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM's Lake Effect. His book, Flash Fiction Fridays, is at Amazon. His poetry chapbook, Microtones, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. His blog: http://rgv7735.wordpress.com.

Iraq War veteran, Dario DiBattista (Senior Non-Fiction Editor), has been featured in The New York Times and he has spoken on Connecticut Public Radio about his writing and the plight of veterans. His literary nonfiction or poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Washingtonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Connecticut Review, World Hum Online Travel Magazine, and The Johns Hopkins University Arts & Sciences Magazine. Dario is also a featured blogger and documentarian for www.notalone.com, which is resource website for returning veterans dealing with combat stress and PTSD. He has finished two books—a memoir and a novel—and currently receives literary representation with Writer's House Literary Agency; you can find more about Dario at http://www.dariodibattista.com.

Melanie Page (Book Review Editor) is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame who grew up on a Native American reservation in central Michigan. Her fiction has been published in over a dozen magazines and has work forthcoming in the anthologies dirty: dirty and The Platypus Prize: An Anthology of The Best Innovative College Writing: 2009-2011. She has written book reviews for magazines such as The American Book Review and The Notre Dame Review. Recently, Melanie presented a literary scholarship paper at the &NOW Festival of Innovative Writing. Also, she has edited two books, a mystery novel entitled New America, and the book-in-progress, The Buddha Pill. Currently, Melanie teaches literature at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

Alyce Lomax (Associate Fiction Editor) has been writing since she could scribble and has considered that her vocation ever since. Publication credits include short fiction in Scrivener's Pen, The Harrow, Pindeldyboz, Drunken Boat, Lily, The Paumanok Review, and the anthology Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction from Washingon Area Women. A native of the Washington, DC, area, she attended St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Megan Calhoun (Associate Fiction Editor), née Palatas, has a bachelor’s in Art History and a master’s in Professional Writing. She has had her work published in The Virginia Pilot, Sententia, and Lullwater Review and was a finalist in Glimmer Train Press’s Fiction Open.

Pam Pieroni (Associate Fiction Editor) has a husband, three children, and a house in Westchester County, New York. She earned her BS in Social Science from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York (1992), and became a teacher for a few years. She went on to Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, to pursue a Masters in Elementary Reading and Writing. When her money and ambition began to run out, Pam knew what she was meant to do. Writing had always been her secret passion. She co-wrote and edited her father's WWII memoirs in Good Old Days Magazine, published an essay in The Journal News, and wrote an article for Child Care Magazine. She's now writing short fiction while she considers returning to graduate school.

Girija Sankar (Associate Non-Fiction Editor) works in International Development for an NGO based in Atlanta Ga. She was born, brought-up and attended college in Chennai, India. When not traveling for work, she travels with her husband for leisure, and together, they have traveled to Central America, the Caribbean and North Africa. When not writing reports for work, Girija writes for pleasure- about their travels and critiquing works of fiction, and non-fiction.

Elizabeth Buchanan’s (Associate Fiction Editor) writing has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, Bluestem Magazine, Helix, and The Washington Post and was most recently selected as the winner of the 2012 New Ohio Review fiction contest judged by Charles Baxter. She was the 2011-2012 Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and currently teaches at McDonogh School in Baltimore and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.

Alexa McMahon (Associate Poetry Editor) holds an MA in Poetry Writing from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame. Her poems have won honors and awards including the 2004 Margaret Sanford Brown Killip Memorial Award in Creative Writing as well as “Best Free Verse Poem” in 2008 from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. You can read her poetry in Reed Magazine, The Juggler, and Half-in-Earnest among others. She is the assistant managing editor of the DC-based foreign-policy magazine The National Interest.
W.F. Lantry (Associate Fiction Editor) holds an MA from Boston University and a PhD in Writing from the University of Houston, where he worked with Don Barthelme and James Robison. The recipient of The Potomac Review Prize, LaNelle Daniel Prize, and the National Hackney Literary Award, his fiction can be found at Valparaiso Fiction Review, BLIP, StepAway, Eclectica, and Connotations Press. His novel Coloratura is currently in circulation, and his latest book, The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012), is available on Amazon, as is a previous poetry collection, The Language of Birds. He works in Washington, DC..

Sarah Kendall (Associate Fiction Editor) hails from New Jersey, but types, traipses, and talks in Maryland. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Dragnet, Smalldoggies Magazine, Front Porch Review, Bluestem, and Eunoia Review. Working toward a Masters in Writing at Johns Hopkins, she is thrilled to add jmww fiction submissions to her reading list. She can be found at sarahkendallblog.com.

Michael Gillan Maxwell (Associate Flash Editor) is a teller of tales, singer of songs, visual artist, musician, environmentalist, educational consultant, teacher, and animal lover. He's prone to random outbursts and may spontaneously combust or break into song at any moment. Maxwell's recent work has appeared in Thunderclap Magazine, Thunderclap Poetry Anthology, Orion headless, Short, Fast and Deadly, and in the nonfiction anthology "real" from Pure Slush. He lives in the Finger Lakes Region of New York state and can sometimes be found ranting and raving on his website, Your Own Backyard http://michaelgillanmaxwell.com.

Patrick Trotti (Book Reviewer) is a writer, editor, and student. Despite being a native New Yorker, he hates tall buildings and large crowds of people. He's the founder and editor of the online literary journal (Short) Fiction Collective. His fiction has been published in various print and online venues including Bartleby Snopes, New Wave Vomit, Six Sentences, and Subtle Fiction. He blogs infrequently at www.patricktrotti.com.