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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. He can be reached at or go to his site:



Adrienne Ross Scanlan is the current nonfiction editor. Her essays have been published in Pilgrimage, The 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. Her narrative nonfiction book, Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (tentative title) will be published by Mountaineers Books in fall / winter 2016. Her website is and she can be reached at .



Nancy Naomi Carlson is the current translation editor. A recipient of an NEA literature translation fellowship, she is the author of three books of translation, including The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper: Poems of Abdourahman Waberi (Djibouti) and Calazaza’s Delicious Dereliction: Poems of Suzanne Dracius (Martinique). Her translations have appeared in such journals as Agni, the American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Five Points, and the Massachusetts and New England Reviews. She is also the prize-winning author of two poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, and her non-translated work has appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and The Southern Review. Recipient of 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 has a bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of California, Irvine, and has received her master’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Media and Public Relations at the University of the Pacific. Her recently completed thesis is entitled, “Twitter and the Comic Book Fan Community: Building Identities and Relationships in 140 Characters.” She is highly interested in how social media plays a role in community formation. She also writes about comic books at CC2K. Find her on Twitter @laura2hong. She resides in California.



Nettie Farris

Nettie Farris is the current reviews editor. She is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013), Fat Crayons (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and the mini-chapbook Story (Origami Poetry Project, 2016). Her chapbook The Wendy Bird Poems is forthcoming from dancing girl press. She has received the Kudzu Poetry Prize and a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences University of Louisville. She lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. She can be reached at .


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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