Editor-in-Chief & Publisher

David Olimpio

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, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets, Instagrams, and Tumbles as @notsolinear.


Chief Strategy Officer/Columns Editor

Jen Maidenberg

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.


 Managing Editor

Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel’s work can be found in 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’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 Originally from Texas, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works as a science writer. Find her on Twitter @michellenross.

 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.




Annual Print Issue Layout Designer

Michael B. Tager

Michael B TagerMichael 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.




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 Poetry Editor

Annalise Silivanch

Annalise SilivanchAnnalise Silivanch can only think best by writing. She received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with Gerald Stern, Billy Collins and Thomas Lux. Her poetry has been published in The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Spike Magazine, Yankee Magazine (best of year), and others. She has worked as a travel and environmental writer and editor, has written three books for the teen reference market, and teaches writing and rhetoric at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. She lives in New Jersey. You can find out more about her at



 Assistant Fiction Editor

Eleanor Gallagher

Eleanor GallagherEleanor 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.





 Assistant Fiction Editor

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.





Film and Media Editor

Alison Lanier

Alison LanierAlison 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.





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.





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).