Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
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 davidolimpio.com, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets and Instagrams as @notsolinear.
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 dorothybendel.com.
Michelle 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 michellenross.com.
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 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 www.chaunacraig.com.
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
Aditya 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 adityadesaiwriter.com. Find him on Twitter @niceguyadi.
Jen 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
Film Reviews Editor
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.
Interviews Editor, Contributing Writer
Meher 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 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 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 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
Reneé 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. www.reneebibby.com
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 marissahoffmann.com.
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 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 karajmanke.com and @Kara_Jean7.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Victoria Anllo is a writer and teacher who grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and an MA in English Education. Her poetry is forthcoming in The Poetic Bond VIII. Follow her on Twitter @victoriaanllo.
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).