David Bowen cofounded New American Press in 2002. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, Colorado ReviewFlyway, Serving House Journal, and elsewhere. He completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Jason Lee Brown coedits the anthology series New Stories from the Midwest. His books include the historical novel Prowler: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon, the novella Championship Run, and the poetry chapbook Blue Collar Fathers. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, North American Review, The Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale MFA program, Jason lives in Champaign, Illinois, where he serves as editor-in-chief at River Styx.


Carrie George is an MFA candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is a poet with a background in journalism. Her work has appeared in Scribendi, Grub Street, Spectrum Literary Journal, and Luna Negra.


Cameron Gorman is a recent graduate in journalism from Kent State University, where she was the editor-in-chief of Luna Negra, a student-run literary arts journal. She is now pursuing her MFA at The Ohio State University, where she serves as an associate poetry editor for The Journal.



Brian Herrick is a bluish-collared man who most of the time wears t-shirts. He studied literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed his MFA at Pacific University.





Elisa Karbin is the author of the chapbook, Snare (Finishing Line Press), and her poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from Indiana Review, The Journal, West Branch and Notre Dame Review, amongst others. Visit her online at


Sean Karns has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois and is the author of Jar of Pennies, a collection of poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Birmingham Poetry Review, Hobart, Rattle, Pleiades, Los Angeles Review, Cold Mountain Review, Folio, and elsewhere.



Shanie Latham coedits the anthology series New Stories from the Midwest. She served as River Styx's Managing Editor from 2009 to 2013. She earned a BA in Media Studies from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is Assistant Professor of English at Jefferson College in Missouri.


Scott Mashlan completed his MFA at Lesley University and teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Scott's work has appeared in BULL and received finalist honors at Glimmer Train. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



Loretta McCormick is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has recently been published in Deaf Poets Society, Angel City Review, decomP magazine, Betwixt, agape, and elsewhere.


Nina Palattella is the editor in chief of Brainchild, the literary and arts journal of the Mid-East Honors Association. In addition to her work with New American Press and Brainchild, Nina serves as the writing intern for the Kent State University Honors College. She has been published in Scribendi and Luna Negra, for which she has also served as an editor. In 2018, she received the Anna Ulen Engleman Creative Writing Award for her story “Flightless Birds.”



Rita Mae Reese coedits the anthology series New Poetry from the Midwest. She is the author of The Alphabet Conspiracy and The Book of Hulga, which was selected by Denise Duhamel for the Felix Pollak Prize. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. She is a codirector of literary arts at the Arts & Literature Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. She can be found at


Hannah Stephenson coedits the anthology series New Poetry from the Midwest. She is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio (where she also runs a literary event series called Paging Columbus). She is the author of Cadence (which won the Ohio Chapbook Prize from the Wick Poetry Center) and In the Kettle, the Shriek. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, 32 Poems, The Journal, and Poetry Daily. You can visit her online at The Storialist.


After perusing some reviews at The Coil and Story366, check out Wayne Harrison's story collection WRENCH. After reading it, Andre Dubus III said, "Not since I read the stories of Breece D'J Pancake nearly thirty years ago have I felt so strongly about the debut of a writer of short fiction as I do Wayne Harrison."

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, the multiple awards-winning story collection by Alden Jones, is ready to read! Check out her interview at Bloom.

Check out JAR OF PENNIES, the poetry collection by Sean Karns that the Los Angeles Review says "evokes for readers the self of a nation . . . divided, caught in the turmoil of the heartache of love."

TAURUS, poems by Paul Nemser, is ready for your order. See what the Huffington Post has to say about this myth-infused love story set amongst the sentient robot arms of contemporary St. Petersburg.

ELECTRICITY & OTHER DREAMS, a collection of magical stories by Micah Dean Hicks, is available and people like it. Check out the starred review at Publishers Weekly!

THE THAW, stories translated by award-winning Icelandic novelist Ólafur Gunnarsson, is ready for your nighttable. In the meantime, see what they had to say at the University of Rochester's Three Percent.