Publisher & Founder

Yannise Jean

Dan Cafaro is the founder of the Atticus literary brand — both the online magazine and the book press. 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).


Former Publisher, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Current Managing Editor

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.

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Fiction Editor

David Olimpio

Michelle Ross is the author of the story collections There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (Moon City Press, 2017) and Shapeshifting (forthcoming from Stillhouse Press, 2021). Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature, The Southeast Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Her work has been selected for Best Microfictions 2020 and the Wigleaf Top 50 2019, among other honors. She was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Poetry Editor

David Olimpio

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.

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Creative Nonfiction Editor

Chauna Craig

Chauna 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

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Mixed Media Editor

Chauna Craig

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.


Assistant Poetry Editor

Amber Shockley

Amber Shockley has published work in a variety of print and online publications, including RattleGargoyle Magazine, and The James Franco Review. She was a featured poet for The Atticus Review in July of 2016, and was elected to serve as Rock Hill, South Carolina’s inaugural poet laureate in 2019. Her chapbook, A Brief Catalog of Common People, is available from Main Street Rag. Most recently, she highlights and examines work by other poets through her Other People’s Poetry blog series at her website

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Assistant Fiction Editor

Eleanor Gallagher

Eleanor 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.


Fiction Readers

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.

Booz Ullrey

Booz 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.

Marissa Hoffmann

Marissa Hoffmann’s flash fiction has been awarded first place and short listed at the Bath Flash Fiction Award and nominated for Best Microfiction and @BIFFY50. Recent stories are at The New Flash Fiction Review, The Citron Review, and others. Marissa has an MSc from The London School of Economics and works as freelance writer and editor. You can find her @Hoffmannwriter


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.

Bleriana Myftiu

Bleriana 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.

Naveen Rao

Naveen Rao is a creative writer and entrepreneur exploring speculative fiction, magical realism, metafictions, and cultural identity narratives. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Coe Review, Allegory Ridge, and the World Futures Review. He minored in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife. He’s online @naveen101 and

Ronita Sinha

Ronita Sinha resides in Toronto, Canada, She is a traveler, recipe experimenter and gardener, tilling her soul for words and images. She holds an M. Phil degree in English Literature from the University of Jadavpur, Calcutta, India. Her many years of work life, in different countries of the world, have expanded her experience of the human condition. Her work has been published in East of the Web, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, The Magic Diary and The Literary Yard. In August 2020 she was awarded “Storyteller of the Month” by The Magic Diary. She writes her personal stories on her blog.

Cathrine Bock

Cathrine Bock is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in the Chicago area with her husband, a kindergartner, and an extensive collection of board games. Originally from Indiana, she received her BA from Purdue University and fills her time with backpacking, writing short fictions, and reading from the dangerously tall tower of books on her bedside table.


CNF Readers

Rachel Laverdiere

Rachel Laverdiere writes, pots and teaches in her little house on the Canadian prairies. She is CNF editor at Barren Magazine and the creator of Hone & Polish Your Writing. Find Rachel’s words in journals such as Lunch Ticket, Anti-Heroin Chic, CutBank and Pithead Chapel. In 2020, her CNF made The Wigleaf Top 50 and was nominated for Best of the Net. Find more about her on her website.

Joshua Raff

Joshua Raff is a long-time lawyer and an emerging writer. Josh can often be found at his neighborhood independent bookstore, browsing literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and biography. He loves late shows at the Village Vanguard and spoken word poetry at Bowery Poetry. He received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King’s College in 2019. In addition to legal publications, his writing has appeared in Literary Hub and can also be found on his website, Unbarred.

Audrey Chin

Audrey Chin grew up in a bookstore and lived all over the world before returning to Singapore, where she now writes and looks after her household of nine. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry focuses on the intersections between society, gender and faith. She has been published in Singapore, the US and UK and her new novel The Ash House will be coming out from Penguin in July 2021. For more, visit her website.

Sarah Lenz

Sarah K. Lenz’s nonfiction has appeared in  Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, New Letters and elsewhere. Three of her essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays. Her first essay collection, What Will Outlast Me? is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. She’s the founder of the Writers’ Studio, a community-based literary arts education center. She lives in Corpus Christi, Texas. Find more about her on her website.

Mandy Clark

Mandy Clark is an essayist from WV living in Chicago. She works as a medical and science editor, and received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in Phoebe Journal and elsewhere, on occasion.