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 received her MFA in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020, and currently works as a freelance content writer and curriculum developer. Her reading interests include poetry, Caribbean literature, light sci-fi, magical realism, graphic novels, children’s literature, memoir, true crime, plays, 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.
Leonora Simonovis is a Founding Contributing Writer 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 Review, Sorbo de letras, The 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. You can find her online at www.leonorasimonovis.com. Read Leonora’s reviews.
Michelle Mitchell-Foust is a former 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). 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. Read Michelle’s reviews.
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 Review, Rattle, literary 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. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s traveling the world with her husband.
LaVonne Roberts 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 2019, The Blue Mountain Review, LIT Magazine , Thought Notebook, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Litro, among 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.
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. Named a finalist for Midwest Review’s 2020 Great Midwest Fiction Contest, her fiction, essays and reviews appear in or are forthcoming in Meat for Tea-The Valley Review, Lit Pub, Necessary Fiction, Drizzle, JMWW and American Book Review. She formerly served as the fiction editor for The Fourth River, a reader for Autumn House Press and currently reads for WTAW Press. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. In a previous life, Lisa practiced law in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada.
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.
Amy Spaughton is a Master’s graduate in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh but has recently returned to her humble hometown in South London. She is a writer and poet and is currently working as an editor for a publishing house. She has a blog in which she displays her poetry and writes articles about everything from the history of art therapy to tips to have a more sustainable and creative life. You can check out her blog here: https://dlohere.wordpress.com/
Megan Foster holds an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing from Union University. She lives in Boston, where she previously worked as a children’s book and toy buyer. She spends most of her time reading, writing, querying literary agents, and shouting excitedly at every dog she encounters.
Edmondson Cole is a fiction writer, book reviewer, and occasional cartoonist. He lives and works in Portland, ME.
A. Mana Nava is a Filipinx Mexican American writer born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area trying to survive late capitalism and California’s fires. Nava’s Fiction is published in the Hopkins Review.
Claudine Mininni has an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, an MS.Ed from Hofstra University and a B.A. in theater from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has just completed her first novel. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
Stephanie Chariton is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and holds a Bachelor of Creative Writing and English. A member of Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honor Society, she has a passion for literature and the power of storytelling. An avid book collector, she also finds enjoyment gardening and spending time with her two dogs, Paxton and Kip, who were featured in her children’s novel, A Lost Bone. Stephanie’s work can be found at tiltedgnome.com, where she explores and reports on the local beer industry, and atticfragments.com, a place for shorts and book reviews. Stephanie currently lives in central Wisconsin.
Kiran Bhat is a global citizen formed in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, to parents from Southern Karnataka, in India. He has currently traveled to over 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He is primarily known as the author of we of the forsaken world… (Iguana Books, 2020), but he has authored books in four foreign languages, and has had his writing published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Colorado Review, Eclectica, 3AM Magazine, The Radical Art Review, The Chakkar, Mascara Literary Review,and several other places. His list of homes is vast, but his heart and spirit always remains in Mumbai, somehow. He currently lives in Melbourne. You can find him on @Weltgeist Kiran.
Amaya Hunsberger lives in Houston, TX where she is pursuing a career in marketing. She recently earned her BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently working on a novel inspired by her family. She enjoys reading and writing in her spare time, especially in the historical fiction and mystery genres.
Yollotl Lopez hails from the Mojave desert of California. She currently is a doctoral candidate in the English department at New York University and a creative writer. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.
Alicia Banaszewski is a freelance writer based in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Western Michigan University with BAs in both Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her debut chapbook Bright Blue was published by dancing girl press in 2017.
Janyce Rucker Wardlaw is an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. She works as a producer and writer for NBC News Channel and has been a news reporter and anchor throughout her more than 25 years in television journalism. She has written for Signet literary magazine and worked as an editor of fiction and nonfiction for QU, the literary journal of the Queens MFA Program. Janyce is also a contributor for the Southern Review of Books. She is working to complete a novel and begin writing another book, a true crime story from an unlikely perspective. Janyce lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and has two daughters.
Audrey Gidman is a queer poet living in Maine. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in SWWIM, The West Review, époque press, FEED, ang(st), and elsewhere. Her chapbook, body psalms, winner of the Elyse Wolf Prize, is forthcoming from Slate Roof Press.
Peter Huff is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Atheism and Agnosticism. His poetry has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Write City Magazine, and the Humanist. He currently writes reviews for Quest, Compulsive Reader, Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, and Pomegranate. A professor and editor, he lives in Chicago.
Rey Katz is queer and nonbinary, lives in Boston, and writes about gender, nature, and martial arts. They love reading, especially YA novels with LGBTQ characters. They won the DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public, at MIT, where they studied physics and science journalism. You can find them at reywrites.com or @reywrites on Twitter.
Jillian Smith is a writer and teacher living in Marietta, GA. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Poetry at Georgia State University. Originally from outside Philadelphia, Jill cherishes her slight “Philly” accent and loves embracing all the Philadelphia stereotypes she pretty much ignored while growing up, although she can’t quite muster up the grit of their sports fans. She is a devoted teacher, a loving and loved wife, a certifiable cat lady, an occasional artist, an aspiring chef, an exercise fanatic, a 90s rock and 2000s emo music lover, and a new mommy to a beautiful baby boy.
Aekta Khubchandani is a writer and poet from Bombay. She is the founder of Poetry Plant Project, where she conducts month-long poetry workshops. She is currently matriculating her dual MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry & Nonfiction) from The New School in New York. She is a summer teaching fellow at WriteOn NYC. Her recent fiction “Love in Bengali Dialect”, winner of Pigeon Pages Fiction contest is nominated for Best American Short Fiction anthology. Her poems were awarded the winner of honorable mention by the Paul Violi Prize. Her work is published in Speculative Nonfiction, Passages North, Epiphany, VAYAVYA, and elsewhere. She has performed spoken word poetry in India, Bhutan, and New York. She’s working on her first book of hybrid poems. You can find her here: @aekta.khubchandani on Instagram and @k_aekta on Twitter.
Zerin Jannat holds an MSc in Economics from Stockholm University and is working as a research officer at icddr,b. An avid reader, her long cherished dream is to be a novelist one day. She currently resides in her hometown Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Kathryn Leonard-Peck writes poetry, plays, and short stories, and is completing her first novel. She also paints. She graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School, and is an attorney. She currently lives on a farm on Martha’s Vineyard with her family. Her poetry, short stories, and art have been published in literary journals, including Another Chicago Magazine; THEMA; Blink Ink; IHRAF Publishes (the International Human Rights Art Festival); Auroras & Blossoms/F Point Collective; South Road; and The Stonefence Review. She was the second place winner for the Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing (MVICW) Vineyard Writers Fellowship.
Tain Leonard-Peck writes poetry, plays, and short stories, and is completing his first novel. He is also an actor, monologist, and model. He paints and composes music, and is a competitive sailor, skier, and fencer. His work has been published in literary journals, including the 2020 Anthology of Youth Writing on Human Rights & Social Justice; TAEM; Sleet Magazine; The Elevation Review; Idle Ink; Crack The Spine Magazine; The Riva Collective; Molecule; Multiplicity Magazine; Czykmate; and others. He won Honorable Mention for the Creators of Literary Justice Award, by IHRAF, the largest human rights art festival in the world; was a finalist for #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence; and won the first place Poetry Fellowship to the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.
Swati Sudarsan is based in Oakland, CA (Ohlone Land). She works in cancer research during the day, and writes in the margins of her life. She identifies as a first generation, queer Asian-American woman. She lives with her partner and cat.
Samiksha Tulika Ransom is an Indian poet and writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Tint Journal, Colorism Healing Writing Contest 2020 anthology, Verse of Silence, The Open Culture Collective and The Woman Inc. She is the Managing Editor for All Ears magazine. Samiksha loves to read and talk about books and has an unending tbr pile. She can be reached on Instagram @samiksha_ransom.
Meryl Ain is the author of the award-winning post-Holocaust novel, The Takeaway Menand two non-fiction books, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and My Living Memories Project Journal.