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M. E. Silverman is the current managing editor. He is the author of The Breath Before Birds Fly (ELJ Press, 2013). The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry (2013), which he edited with Deborah Ager, is available. His poetry manuscript “Extinction” is currently looking for a publisher. His work has appeared in over 75 journals including: Crab Orchard Review, December, Chicago Quarterly Review, North Chicago Review, The Naugatuck River Review, Many Mountains MovingHawai’i Pacific Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Los Angeles Review, Pacific Review, StorySouth, BatterSea Review, I-70 Review, Neon, Tupelo Quarterly Review.



Adrienne Ross Scanlan is the current nonfiction editor. Her essays have been published in Adventum Magazine, Pilgrimage, Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, the American Nature Writing anthology series, An Intricate Weave: Women Write on Girls and Girlhood, and other print or online publications. She has received a Seattle Arts Commission award, an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, and her essay, “Salvage,” was recognized as “notable science and nature writing” in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. She is working on a book about discovering home and restoring nature in the urban wild. Her website is



Nancy Naomi Carlson is the current translation editor. Prize-winning author of two poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, her translations have appeared in such journals as Agni, Arts & Letters, Colorado Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Puerto Del Sol, Sycamore Review, Third Coast, West Branch, and Witness. Her own work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Georgia Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and The Southern Review. Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char is available from Tupelo Press. Recipient of an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship, a Maryland Arts Council grant for poetry, and a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, she holds a Ph.D. in foreign language methodology (as well as one in School Counseling). She is an instructor at the Bethesda Writer’s Center and coordinates the graduate School Counseling program at the University of the District of Columbia. 



Lenore Weiss is the current copy editor. She completed a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her work has been published in many journals including: Blue Lake ReviewBridges: A Jewish Feminist JournalCalifornia Quarterly, Canary, Conclave: A Journal of Characterconvergence journal, Exquisite CorpseGlass: A Journal of Poetry, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, La Más Tequila Review, Marin Poetry Center AnthologyNimrodPaterson Literary ReviewPenumbra, Poetica MagazinePrime Number MagazineThe Portland Review, Tiger’s Eye, and Women in Judaism. West End Press published her full poetry collection in 2012, Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island. She also has published several chapbooks and CDs with musician Paul Kirk. Find her personal website at



Laura Hong is the current web editor. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of California, Irvine. As of today, she is pursuing her master’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Media and Public Relations at the University of the Pacific. For her thesis, she is studying identity construction within the comic book fan community on Twitter. She also writes about comic books at CC2K. Find her on Twitter @laura2hong. She resides in California.



What is in a Name?

One of the most difficult tasks that I had to perform when establishing this journal in 2012 was coming up with a name that was not already taken and had a free domain available! After brainstorming with some friends and colleagues, I finally stumbled onto an idea while watching my daughter (age 5) play “Rocket Girl”. Her play acting reminded me of the story of Lyra. The Greeks believed after Orpheus died, Zeus sent an eagle to get his lyre, and then he placed both the bird and the lyre in the sky. Now it is one of the 88 constellations, and contains Vega, the second brightest star in the northern hemisphere. One can only hope to strive for so much, and I wish all of our acceptances soar so high!



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