Our Staff



Rebecca Valley is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Drizzle Review. Her first chapbook The Bird Eaters was published by dancing girl press in July 2017. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches College Writing. Her literary interests include poetry, Caribbean and Latin American literature, genre-fiction by women, magical realism, children’s literature, memoir and crime non-fiction, theatre, and hybrid works. You can find more of her work on her website.

Sarena Brown is a Contributing Editor with Drizzle Review. They are a visual artist, a poet, and a 2020 Dreamyard fellow. They write poems about the body through gender feelings, queer belonging, and mental health. They also make collages and zines to explore just how tactile poems can become. The throughline of their work is the belief that anything can be a love poem. Sarena is a candidate in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they also teach College Writing. You can find more of their work at Typishly, Track//Four, Brown&Proud Press, and on Instagram @sarenabrownie.

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Leonora Simonovis is a Contributing Editor at Drizzle Review. She grew up near Caracas, Venezuela. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic literatures from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literatures at the University of San Diego. Her academic essays and articles have appeared in peer reviewed journals and anthologies in the US and abroad, and her poetry, in English and Spanish, has been published in The Eunoia ReviewSorbo de letrasThe American Journal of Poetry, the San Diego Poetry Annual, and the anthology A year in Ink (vol.10). Her reading interests include science  fiction and fantasy, poetry, memoir, children’s books, essays, Latin American and Caribbean literatures, nature and travel writing. Read Leonora’s reviews.


Michelle Mitchell-Foust is a Contributing Editor at Drizzle Review. She received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she is the author of six books in English: two books of poems, Circassian Girl (Elixir Press) and Imago Mundi (Elixir Press) and two poetry chapbooks, Poets at Seven (Sutton Hoo Press) and Exile (Sangha Press). Two anthologies that she co-edited with Tony Barnstone, Human and Inhuman Monster Poems and Monstrous Verse, were published by Everyman Press in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Two of her books, The Five Dreams of the Body and Bird Alchemy were published serially by Chinese publishers in the U.S.  She was the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, the Nation/”Discovery” Award, the Columbia University Poetry Prize, a Writers At Work Fellowship, the Missouri Arts Council Biennial Award, two University of Missouri-Columbia Creative Writing Fellowships, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her first book, Circassian Girl, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Poetry, The Washington Post, Antioch Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Burnside Review, The Journal, and The Colorado Review, among many other journals and anthologies. She has been a poetry editor for several journals, including The Missouri Review. She lives and teaches in Oregon. Read Michelle’s reviews.

LaVonne Roberts is the 2020 Diversity Fellow for Drizzle Review. She is an American short story writer, essayist, and memoirist. Her essays, short stories, and poetry have been published widely, including in Our Stories, Too: Personal Narratives by Women, WordFest Anthology 2019The Blue Mountain ReviewLIT Magazine Thought NotebookThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureLitroamong other publications. She is the founder of WRITE ON!, where she leads writing workshops and provides literature in shelters for female victims of violence, veterans, Title I schools, and adults experiencing homelessness. She currently resides in New York City, where she is completing an MFA at The New School and a memoir called Life On My Own Terms. Her work at Drizzle will include curation of a special issue on ageism in literature, due out in summer of 2020. Find her on Twitter @LaVonneRoberts, Instagram, and Facebook.


Blake Wallin is the author of the chapbooks Otherwise Jesus (Ghost City Press, 2015) and No Sign on the Island (Bottlecap Press, 2016), as well as the microchap The Lucidity of Giving Up (Ghost City Press, Aug 2016). He is the Reviews/Interviews Editor for Ghost City Review. Find out more about his reading interests here. Read Blake’s reviews.

Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia and is a MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. She’s the poetry editor for Firefly Magazine and future contributing editor for Platypus Press. Recent publications and forthcoming work include The Tishman Review, The Shallow Ends, Severine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others. She’s on Twitter as @hcohenpoet. Read Hannah’s reviews.

Carl Lavigne is an MFA Candidate in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Sonora Review. Send him your hot takes on Aughts Emo music on Twitter @CarlRLavigne. Read Carl’s reviews.

Kim Jacobs-Beck is a second-year student in Miami University’s low-residency MFA program. She also serves as Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. She holds a Ph.D. from Miami University in nineteenth century British Literature. Two of her poems were recently nominated for Best of the Net, and her poetry appears at Apple Valley Review, “Love & Ensuing Madness” at Rat’s Ass Review, Thank You for Swallowing, NILVX, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Bright Sleep. Read Kim’s reviews.

Thomas Chisholm is a creative writer, journalist, editor, and alumnus of The Evergreen State College. Originally from the Metro-Detroit area, he’s called the lands and seas of Puget Sound home since 2009. Primarily residing in Seattle, he blogs about music at Three Imaginary Girls and is a contributing writer at Geopolitics Alert, an anti-imperialist global news site. His creative work has appeared in Inkwell and Vanishing Point Magazine. Check out his website at www.tfchisholm.com and follow him on Instagram @debtriot. Read Thomas’s reviews.

Bianca Glinskas received her B.A. in English Education with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University of Long Beach.  Her poem [ I should find you a grave ] was recently nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses by Knock Your Socks Off Magazine.  You can also find Bianca’s articles at OnDenver.com where she writes as a columnist covering the Colorado Literary Scene.  She is currently applying for a handful of MFA programs for the coming Fall. Read Bianca’s reviews.

Emily Nelson is an undergraduate student at the University of Portland, pursuing a degree in English. A recent editorial intern with Tin House Books, Emily’s writing can also be found on the music and culture blog half&half. She lives in Portland where she is pursuing a career in publishing and working on her novel. Read Emily’s reviews.

Andres Vaamonde was born and raised in New York City. He recently graduated from Cornell University with an English degree. He has previously worked for Fortune Magazine, Soho Press, and the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. His writing appears in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Yahoo, OZY Media, and elsewhere. He was named a finalist in the 2019 Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, and was once a very consistent youth sports participation trophy awardee. He is definitely not struggling to finish his first novel. Read Andres’ reviews.

Chidinma Onuoha is a volunteer book reviewer for Drizzle Review. She received her B.A, in English at the University of Maryland, College Park and is now working towards becoming an acclaimed editor/literary agent. Her short story, “The Dreamer’s Son” won the Larry Neal Writing Competition award in 2013 and she is in the process of completing her first novel. Read Chidinma’s reviews.

Risa Denenberg lives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington state where she works as a nurse practitioner. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press and curates The Poetry Café, an online meeting place where poetry chapbooks are celebrated and reviewed. She has published three chapbooks and three full length collections of poetry, most recently, “slight faith” (MoonPath Press, 2018). For more information: https://thepoetrycafe.online/  & her website. Read Risa’s reviews.

Gregorio Tafoya graduated from Portland State University with a degree in business, where he spent too much in the Spanish library stacks and auditing French literature courses he knew he would never take. He is forever jealous of the creator of storiesaboutprince.blogspot.com and wishes to have been the first writer to lament about NOT writing the play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (Damn Matt Ridley). Currently, he lives in Albuquerque where he is researching a novel on cults, treasure hunts, and family dynamics in a New Mexican family. Read Gregorio’s reviews.

Ann Tweedy‘s first full‑length book, The Body’s Alphabet, was published by Headmistress Press in 2016 and was awarded a Bisexual Book Award in poetry and a Human Relations Indie Book Award.  It was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and for a Golden Crown Literary Society Award.  She also has published two chapbooks, and her poetry has appeared in Clackamas Literary ReviewRattleliterary mama, and elsewhere. Read Ann’s reviews.

Patricia Steckler, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over 35 years in suburban New Jersey. In the spring of 2019 she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s degree in Science Writing. She is the Past President of the New Jersey Psychological Association and the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists. She loves to write profiles about unsung folks and patients (disguised, of course) with life stories that inspire and elevate the spirit. Read Patricia’s reviews.

Hannah Wyatt is a freelance writer and editor in Pittsburgh, PA, holding a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from West Virginia University. She runs and serves as editor for Terrible Orange Review and writes poetry and book reviews, among other things. Her work has appeared in 3Elements Literary Review, Cheat River Review,and WVU’s print journal Calliope.

Aaron Scobie is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His work has been published in Free State Review, Atwood Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a prose editor at Blue Ribbon Review.

Katie Centabar is a Vermont-born, D.C.-based reader and reviewer. She will read almost anything, especially if her mother recommends it. She has a particular passion for true crime, African and diaspora literature, novels with a political bent, and thoughtful beach books. During the daylight hours, she works in fundraising for wildlife conservation.

Clara Guyton currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where she works as a full time floral designer. Her other passions include dance/choreography and poetry. She graduated from Emory University with a BA in English and Dance & Movement Studies. She received highest honors for her honors thesis on poetic translation, and poetry has always been her heart’s truest love. 

Ma’ayan D’Antonio holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writings have been featured in Wanderlust Journal, Hunger Mountain Online, PoemCity Blog and The Jerusalem Post.

Madeleine Nowak is a senior creative writing/biology double major at Miami University. She regularly writes album and movie reviews for the RedHawk Radio website, and is currently working on editing and pitching a debut YA novel. 

Nora Poole is a writer, editor, and artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and was a resident at the 2015 Prague Summer Program for writers.

Summer Christiansen a life-long Alaskan residing in Kodiak where she works as a middle school language arts teacher. She is currently enrolled in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s MFA program. Her work has been featured in Alaska Women Speak and Tidal Echoes.

Angela Gualtieri holds a Master of Science in Technical Communications from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She spent over four years working as a technical editor before becoming a project manager. Her short story, “Lessons in Family,” was published by CC&D Magazine in 2019. She is currently querying her literary short story collection and drafting her first contemporary fantasy novel. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s traveling the world with her husband. 

Kelly Dasta holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in English writing and communications. Her work has appeared in Coal Hill Review, The Blotter Magazine, Her Campus, and The Fifth Floor. Currently, she resides in Pittsburgh, working at a local nonprofit.

Olivia Cyr is a nationally published poet and nonfiction writer based in Connecticut. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and English and specializes in Women’s Studies and feminist writing. When she is not at her full time corporate job, she is working on her goal of reading 50 books in 2020, and writing as much as she can. You can find her and read her complete works at oliviacyr.com.

Lisa Slage Robinson writes to explore invisible landscapes and magical feminism. A finalist for Midwest Review’s 2020 Great Midwest Fiction Award, her essays and reviews appear or are forthcoming in Lit Pub, Necessary Fiction, JMWW, The Fourth River Blog and elsewhere. She earned an MFA from Chatham University and lives in Pittsburgh. In a previous life, she practiced law in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada and Germany.

Efsane Karayilanoglu Toka holds an Industrial Engineering BS and Screenwriting MFA degrees, and has 5+ years of experience in the finance and media & entertainment industry. Currently, she’s an editorial supervisor at an arts & culture platform, managing a team of 9. She’s also been working as a script consultant, working closely with writers and producers. She spends her free time writing film, TV and book reviews, and working on her personal projects. 

Allison McCausland is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing and Publishing at DeSales University. She is currently writing her first novel, a science fiction/alternate history tale that will hopefully be the first of many, in addition to pop culture oriented reviews. She also enjoys reading almost anything, particularly true crime, sci-fi, historical fiction, and mysteries. 

Lane Berger is a queer writer, editor, and poet with a diverse educational and professional background. She has experience editing and producing a literary journal, reviewing manuscripts for publication, content editing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), copywriting, public relations, event planning, and marketing. Berger lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Michael Quinn reviews books for Publishers Weekly,  literary journals, in a monthly column for the Brooklyn newspaper The Red Hook Star-Revue, as well as for his own website, mastermichaelquinn.com, under the heading “Book Report.”

Carole Mertz, poet and essayist, reviews regularly for Mom Egg Review, Eclectica, and Dreamers Creative Writing. She has also published reviews at CutBank, Copperfield Review, Arc, World Literature Today, and in other literary journals. Mertz is the author of Toward a Peeping Sunrise, 2019. (Prolific Press) and of the forthcoming Colors on the Canvas with Kelsay Books.