Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
David Olimpio grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. 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). Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dogs. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review, and others. You can find more about him at davidolimpio.com, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets, Instagrams, and Tumbles as @notsolinear.
Michelle Ross’s debut story collection, There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, is the winner of the 2016 Moon City Press Fiction Award and is forthcoming in February 2017. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Common, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Necessary Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other journals, and some of these stories can be read online at michellenross.com. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works as a science writer. Find her on Twitter @michellenross.
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.
Dorothy Bendel is the author of Expatriate (Finishing Line Press). Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in publications such as The Rumpus, Connotation Press, Green Mountains Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Atticus Review, and Microchondria II: 42 More Short-Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store. She currently lives in Washington, DC where she writes, teaches, and ingests alarming amounts of caffeine. Find her on Twitter @DorothyBendel.
Mixed Media Editor
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
Michael B. Tager
Michael B. Tager is a writer of many short stories, essays and poems. He is the Managing editor of Writers and Words, a monthly Baltimore reading series and the founder of the literary journal, The Avenue. He writes a monthly video game biography “Retrogamer” for Cartridge Lit. He likes Buffy and the Baltimore Orioles. He lives with his wife and cats. Find him on Twitter @ideosinkrasee.
Development and Outreach
Jen Maidenberg is a freelance writer whose flash CNF column, “My Time, Your Place” is published bi-monthly in District Lit. She also reports on books and literature for The Times of Israel, Drunken Boat, and other outlets. Jen’s creative nonfiction has been featured in Split Lip Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and Silver Birch Press. Last year, she was named a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize and more recently a finalist in the 2016 Autumn House Press full-length book contest. In another life, she wrote a popular weekly column reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer for one of the original TV blogs, ScoopMe. She is on Twitter @jenmaidenberg.
Assistant Poetry Editor (aka Empress of Poetry Slush)
Ruth Awad has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Republic, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, The Drunken Boat, and in the anthologies The Hundred Years’ War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015), and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two Pomeranians. She is on Twitter @RuthAwad.
Assistant Poetry Editor
Amy Graziano holds an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She works as an English faculty member at an Illinois college and lives with her husband, two children, two Boxadors (Clancy and Stella), and a tuxedo cat named Ridley. Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, National Poetry Review, whimperbang, Quick Fiction, Blue Earth Review, and other journals. She also served as the Poetry Editor of Prime Mincer. She is originally from the south side of Chicago.
Assistant Fiction Editor
Eleanor Gallagher has been obsessed with reading and writing stories since she was nine years old. She is now almost as obsessed with quilting. Her work has appeared in Jersey Devil Press and Jellyfish Review. She writes and sews from her home in Tucson, Arizona.
Theater Reviews Editor
Rachel E. Diken
Rachel E. Diken is a writer and editor whose work appears in december, HowlRound, Local Knowledge, and was included in a production of The American Poetry Theater, among others. She is a contributing Poetry Editor for the women’s advocacy journal Persephone’s Daughters, writes a theatre column at The Atticus Review, and also writes a daily haiku via Twitter @haikuavenue.
Columnist, Film and Media
Alison Lanier is a Boston-based writer and graduate of Wellesley College. She recently joined the editorial team at The Critical Flame. Her fiction, reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in Counterpoint Magazine and The Wellesley Review, where she also served as editor.
While 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).