Emily Rutter


Associate Professor of English and author of Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, 2018) and The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, 2018). Along with Tiffany Austin, Sequoia Maner, and darlene anita scott, she co-edited Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge, 2020).

“There is no higher sleep than safe. More rice, please.” 

Nikky Finney, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry



Dillon O’Nail


Teacher’s Assistant for the 2021 issue of the Digital Literature Review

“‘The next morning, confident of hell-fire, they promise to give each other so much joy in life that hell-fire will be a very cheap price to pay.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night





Emily Turner


Lead Editor

Major: English studies

Minor: creative writing and professional writing and emerging media

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock



Ian Roesler


Blog Editor

Major: Creative Writing

Minor: German, Biology

“How can anybody dislike cheese?”

H.P. Lovecraft



Allen Warren


Managing Editor

Major: English Studies

Minor: French, Political Science, African-American Studies

“His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good.” 

Kurt Vonnegut, SlaughterhouseFive



Tauri Hagemann



Major: Creative Writing

Minor: Spanish

“I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World



Kaila Henkin



Major: English Literature

Minor: French, Marketing

“The universe is rarely so lazy.”




Vinny Ramos-Niaves



Major: English Literature

Minor: Creative Writing





June Cooper


Publicity Team Editor

Major: Creative Writing & Criminal Justice

“No demon can possess you if you maintain the ability to turn and laugh at it.”

Rachel Roberts, Trial By Fire




Ben Jett



Major: English Creative Writing

“Reader, I married him.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre




Jianni Adams



Major: Secondary English Education

Minor: Women and Gender Studies 

“Out of the ash/I rise with my red hair/And I eat men like air.”

Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus 



Julie Steele



Major: English Literature

Minor: Professional Writing

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”

Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer



Shelby Harrison 



Major: Creative Writing

Minor: Professional Writing and Emerging Media, and Art History

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 


Andrea Mohler



Major: Creative Writing

Minor: German and Studio Art 

“You and I have some unfortunate chemistry.”