Editor-in-Chief & Publisher

David Olimpio

David Olimpio grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Philadelphia. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. He is the author of This Is Not a Confession (Awst Press, 2016) and he spends most of free time helping his dogs maintain a poetry photoblog. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review, and others. You can find more about him at, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets and Instagrams as @notsolinear.


Managing Editor

Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel’s work can be found in Literary Hub, Catapult, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times, and additional publications. Find her on Twitter @DorothyBendel and learn more at




Fiction Editor

Michelle Ross

Michelle RossMichelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Epiphany, The Pinch, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, TriQuarterly, and other venues. She was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology. Originally from Texas, she lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works as a science writer. Find her at

Poetry Editor

Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer’s third book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books are Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award). He has also won the James Wright Poetry Award, the Laureate Prize, the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry, the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, and five chapbook prizes. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction and other journals, and can be read online at his website. Find him on Twitter @mrmeyerhofer.


Creative Nonfiction Editor

Chauna Craig

Chauna CraigChauna Craig is the author of the story collection THE WIDOW’S GUIDE TO EDIBLE MUSHROOMS (Press 53, 2017). A Montana native, she now lives and teaches near Pittsburgh and goes back home whenever possible. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Fourth Genre, Ploughshares, Superstition Review, Terrain, and elsewhere. She loves essays with a strong sense of voice and respects the power of language to transform lives. Her writer website is



Mixed Media Editor

Matt Mullins

Matt Mullins is a writer, musician, experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Harpur Palate, Descant, subTerrain, Hobart, decomP, kill author, The San Pedro River River Review and a number of other print and online journals and anthologies. His debut collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw is available from Atticus Books. His ever-evolving interactive digital literature project currently lives at lit-digital. He lives in Muncie, Indiana where he teaches screenwriting at Ball State University.

Book Reviews Editor

Aditya Desai

Aditya DesaiAditya Desai lives in Baltimore, currently teaching writing and revising a couple novels that he keeps threatening to finish someday. He received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Maryland, College Park. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in B O D Y, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Margins, District Lit, The Aerogram, The Kartika Review, CultureStrike, and others, which you can find most of at Find him on Twitter @niceguyadi.




Columns Editor

Jen Maidenberg

Jen MaidenbergJen Maidenberg has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 20 years. Her essays have been published in Psychology Today, Split Lip Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Proximity, The Arizona Jewish Post, and the collection Becoming Israeli. For two years, Jen was the CNF columnist at District Lit. Since 2015, she has interviewed authors for The Times of Israel, including Curtis Sittenfeld, Rivka Galchen, Yael Neeman, and others. She was twice a finalist for the Autumn House Press full-length book contest. Jen received her MA in English Literature from the Creative Writing program at Bar-Ilan University. She is on Twitter @jenmaidenberg



Interviews Editor, Contributing Writer

Meher Manda

Meher MandaMeher Manda is a poet, short story writer, and journalist from Mumbai, India currently exploring the literary possibilities in New York City. She is a recent graduate of the MFA in Fiction program from the College of New Rochelle and the founding editor-in-chief of the college’s first MFA curated literary journal, The Canopy Review. At the moment, she is working on her debut prose poetry collection which aims to tackle the complexities of the Indian feminine experience. As a poet, Meher has performed with Poet’s Country, Poets & Writers, Boundless Tales, and Dead Rabbits and was a micro-resident poet at The Strand Bookstore for the Poetry Society of New York.


Assistant Poetry Editor

Amber Shockley

Amber Shockley

Amber Shockley is a graduate of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program and has published work in a variety of print and online publications, including Rattle, Gargoyle Magazine, and The James Franco Review. She was a featured poet for The Atticus Review in July of 2016, and has a collection of poetry forthcoming from Main Street Rag. She lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.





Assistant Fiction Editor

Eleanor Gallagher

Eleanor GallagherEleanor Gallagher writes from Tucson, Arizona. Her fiction has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, Jellyfish Review, Crack the Spine and Gravel. In addition, thousands of K-12 students around the country have enjoyed her stories, nonfiction, multiple-choice questions and essay prompts on their English Language Arts tests for over a decade.





Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

Lesley Heiser

Lesely HeiserLesley Heiser writes prose more than poetry. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Puerto del Sol/The 40th Anniversary issue of Puerto del Sol, Ms., The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Hippocampus, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She’s won the Maine Literary Award given annually by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance for both short fiction and short nonfiction. She lives in Portland, Maine, where by day she raises funds for food justice work. She has an MFA from Stonecoast. Find her on Twitter @lesleyheiser1



 Fiction Readers


Reneé Bibby

Reneé BibbyReneé Bibby is the director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches advanced and beginner creative writing workshops. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Thin Air, Third Point Press, The Worcester Review, and Wildness. She is a contributing editor at the Wilds.


Fallon Chiasson

Fallon Chiasson

Fallon Chiasson is a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and is pursing a master’s in library science from the University of North Texas. In the past, she has worked with The New Orleans Review as a fiction and poetry editor. Fallon is from Cut Off, Louisiana.


Marissa Hoffmann

Marissa Hoffmann

Marissa Hoffmann’s flash fiction has been short listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and variously long listed in UK competitions. She has recent or forthcoming stories at Bending Genres, The Drabble, Moon Candy Review, and others. Marissa has an MSc from The London School of Economics and comes to fiction from a career freelance writing and editing for large NGOs and UN organizations. You can find her @Hoffmannwriter

Z Kennedy-Lopez


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Z Kennedy-Lopez is a writer and educator who likes cats, swimming, and Latin American electronic music. They’ve received multiple fellowships from Writing by Writers, and their work has appeared in Arkana Mag, peculiar journal, TSR Online, and others. They hold degrees from Rutgers University–Camden and the University of California, Davis, and can be found on Instagram and Twitter, both @queerbooksloth.

Kara Jean Manke

Kara MankeKara Jean Manke is a scientist-turned-writer who grew up in Minneapolis and now resides in Berkeley, California with her two orange cats. Her fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Synaesthesia Magazine and the flash collection Microchondria II, and her science writing has appeared on NPR and in The Scientist magazine. She can be found online at and @Kara_Jean7.


Bleriana Myftiu

Bleriana MyftiuBleriana Myftiu grew up in Tirana, Albania and immigrated to the United States after the communist regime was overthrown. She has worked as a translator for the United Nations and holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in Atticus Review, Gravel, The Molotov Cocktail, Red Light Lit and Abstract Magazine. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Kari Treese

Kari Treese

Kari Treese is a teacher and MFA candidate in prose at Mills College. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Punctuate, Lunch Ticket, Rivet, and others. Before writer, Kari was a casino customer service representative, hostess, mother, military spouse, and human. She’s a fish person, for whatever that’s worth.


Booz Ullrey

Booz UllreyBooz Ullrey is an MFA student at Mills College in Oakland. She was raised by two scientists in El Sobrante, California, where everybody read books at the dinner table. In addition to writing she plays music and is a jewelry artist. Her writing has appeared in Maximum Rocknroll, The Weakly, Nuts!, Absolutely Zippo, Toothworm, and Give Me Back.


Anthony R. Westenkirchner

Anthony Westenkirchner

Anthony R. Westenkirchner once killed a man in self-defense with an Oxford comma. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Juste Milieu Lit & Art Zine, Genre: Urban Arts, 3Elements Review, The Bear Review, Owen Wister Review, New Southerner, and others. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Anthony is a voracious reader who enjoys alpine skiing and witty condescension. He currently lives with his wife and their three children in Kansas City, Missouri.

Illustrator, Cartoon Editor

Adam Gustavson

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of over twenty highly praised and award winning books for children, and has had his work featured in the juried annual exhibitions of The New York Society of Illustrators, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and Communication Arts Magazine. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two sons and a dog named after a stage coach bandit. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter.




Editorial Assistant

Eva Jo Morrow

Eva MorrowEva Morrow recently graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Film Studies. She is currently residing in Kennewick, Washington with her husband and her dog, where she is on a constant search for a wine she will actually enjoy drinking. She has worked as an editorial intern for Sundress Publications and as a reader for WWU’s Jeopardy Magazine, where her poem, “Superimposed,” was published.




Past Interns/Assistants: 

Victoria Anllo

Victoria Anllo


Dan Cafaro

Dan CafaroWhile no longer with Atticus, Dan Cafaro is the founder of the Atticus literary brand–both the online magazine and the book press. For this, we will forever pay him gratitude. He is a rabble-rousing old swordsman with a penchant for satire and sun-dried tomatoes. Despite his eternal hunt for meticulous prose, he is an untrained metaphor grifter and frequent abuser——Strunk & White, take that——of the closed em dash. Atticus Review was his celestial firstborn (and she has sworn to Dan on a stack of City Lights pocket paperbacks and Evergreen Review back issues that she will become a galactic hitchhiker when she grows up).