Citron 10: Contributors

Amye Archer
Amye Archer holds an MFA from Wilkes University. She is the author of Fat Girl, Skinny: A Memoir, and is the co-editor of If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings. (Skyhorse, 2019). Amye’s work has been published in Scary Mommy, Longreads, Feminine Collective, Brevity, Marie Claire, and more. Amye is mom to twin daughters and wife to Tim. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. Follow her at @amyearcher

Angela M. Brommel
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots. Mojave in July (November 2019) is her debut full-length poetry collection. In 2018, her first chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry blog, the North American Review, The Literary Review‘s TLR Share, and many other journals and anthologies. A 2018 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, Angela served as the inaugural poet of the program. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Angela is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture as well as affiliate faculty in Humanities at Nevada State College.

Erica S. Arkin
Erica S. Arkin received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA and teaches Writing at Bentley University. She is currently working on a collection of linked short stories that map an American family’s struggle to reconcile its complex and often volatile Northern Irish heritage.

Roy Bentley
Roy Bentley’s poems have appeared in New Letters, Shenandoah, Rattle, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and Prairie Schooner. He is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the NEA, a fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and six fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. Walking with Eve in the Loved City was a finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. A new collection, American Loneliness, is available from Lost Horse Press.

Xochitl Julisa Bermejo
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of the poetry collection Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (2016). She has published her work in The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, CALYX Journal, and The Acentos Review, among other publications. She earned a BA in theatre arts from California State University Long Beach and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. In 2017 she was named the first “Poets in the Park” artist-in-residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. She lives in Los Angeles.

Heather Bourbeau
Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Citron Review, CleaverEleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and the anthologies Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story and America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press). She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia.

Matthew Brennan
Matthew Brennan is a writer, editor, and translator based in the Pacific northwest. His work has received several fellowships, and more than 70 of his short fictions and poetry translations have been published in journals, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Emerge Literary Journal, The Los Angeles Review, and Superstition Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Arizona State University, and currently works as a storyteller for a humanitarian nonprofit. Twitter/Instagram: @MatthewBrennan7

Victoria Buitron
Victoria Buitron is a translator and writer based in Connecticut and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. She is the Co-Editor in Chief of Causeway Lit and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Citron Review, Entropy, and The Bare Life Review.

Alan Stewart Carl
Alan Stewart Carl lives in San Antonio, where he writes fiction, poetry, nonfiction and the occasional ad campaign. Once in a while, he updates

A.D. Carswell
A.D. Carswell lives and writes out of Northeast Georgia. She has been published in Poetry Quarterly, Sheepshead Review, and served as both an editor and contributor to Trillium, which won the top spot in the ezine category for the 2012 Southern Literary Festival.

Helen Chambers
Helen Chambers writes short stories and flash fiction, and lives in the UK. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Essex and won the Fish Short Story prize in 2018. Helen has publications at The Citron Review, Potato Soup Journal and Fictive Dream amongst others, and is a LISP Highly Recommended Writer. You can read these and other publications on her blog:

Lisa Eve Cheby
Lisa Eve Cheby, a librarian, poet, and daughter of immigrants, holds an MFA from Antioch University and an MLIS from San Jose Stat University. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her chapbook, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

Marianne Woods Cirone
Marianne Woods Cirone MS, MFA is an Aspen/Sycamore graduate of the Antioch University MFA program with concentrations in fiction and creative non-fiction. She is a writer, yoga and wellness educator, healthcare consultant and passionate advocate who founded The Integrative Cancer Review in 2015. She teaches creative nonfiction/memoir workshops and is at work on her own memoir interweaving her family stories about secrets, depression, adoption and the power of women.

Jim Daniels
Jim (Ray) Daniels’ sixth book of fiction, The Perp Walk, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2019, along with his coedited anthology, RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music. During his long career, he has warmed up for Lucinda Williams at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, read on Prairie Home Companion, had his poem “Factory Love” displayed on a racecar, and sent poetry to the moon with the Moon Arts Project.

Elizabeth De Arcos
Elizabeth De Arcos lives in Northern California with her husband and three young boys. She earned a B.A. in Secondary English Teaching from Grand Canyon University and worked as a high school English teacher for ten years. She also has an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Sara Estes
Sara Estes a writer and editor living in Nashville, TN. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Review, The Bitter Southerner, The Citron Review, Hyperallergic, Oxford American, BookPage, Filling Station, Burnaway, Number, Chapter 16, Empty Mirror, Waxing and Waning, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, and more.

Jennifer L. Freed
Jennifer L Freed writes, teaches, and cares for her elderly parents and her teenage daughters in Massachusetts. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Worcester Review, and others. A chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, was a finalist in the 2013 New Women’s Voices Contest.

Aaron Gansky
Aaron Gansky is an award-winning novelist, teacher, the host of First in Fictions Podcast, and founding editor of The Citron Review. He earned his MFA in Fiction at Antioch University of Los Angeles, and a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University of San Bernardino. His first novel The Bargain (2013, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a finalist for the Selah Award for debut novel. Two years later, The Book of Things to Come (2015, Brimstone Fiction), the first book in his Hand of Adonai YA Fantasy series, won the Selah Award for YA Fiction. He has written two books on the craft of fiction; Firsts in Fiction: First Lines and Write to Be Heard (with Diane Sherlock). Find out more at

Christopher J. Gaumer
Chris Gaumer’s creative writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Souvenir, Iodine Poetry Journal, Mountain Troubadour, and elsewhere. His work is anthologized in Best Microfiction 2019, and he is the winner of the Poetry Society of Vermont’s 2019 poetry contest. Chris is MFA Assistant Director and professor at Randolph College.

Ben Greenlee
Ben Greenlee holds an MFA from Colorado State University where he now teaches in the English department. He has been nominated for Best of the Net 2018 and his writing can be found at Green Briar Review, The Citron Review and The Rumpus.

Danielle Hale
Danielle Hale is an Indigenous poet who grew up in rural South Dakota. Her work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, and Kissing Dynamite, among others. She has been nominated for the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Danielle holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota and currently resides in Wisconsin where she teaches writing.

Tim Hawkins
Tim Hawkins spent two decades living and traveling around the world. His short fiction and poetry can be found in numerous print and online magazines and anthologies He has published a poetry collection, Wanderings at Deadline (Aldrich Press, 2012) and a poetry chapbook, Jeremiad Johnson (In Case of Emergency Press, 2019). A story and poetry chapbook, Synchronized Swimmers, is available in early October 2019 from KYSO Flash Press. Find out more at his website:

Nathan Douglas Hansen
Nathan Douglas Hansen is an educator and co-founder of a nonprofit grade school initiative. When he isn’t teaching or parenting, he is working on various projects writing and editing. Hansen is the author of Forget You Must Remember, an autobiographical fiction published by Jaded Ibis Press, as well as prompt: a creative writing handbook, and Churchkey: A Sipping Anthology. Hansen lives in Sedona, Arizona.

Charles Kaufmann
Charles Kaufmann is a writer, filmmaker, composer, and the founding director of The Longfellow Chorus, a professional non-profit performing arts organization in Portland, Maine. As a musician and writer, he often seeks to draw upon musical lyricism as a source of lyric expression in prose. He is currently working on a nonfiction novel based on the personal notebooks of Lucien Price, a journalist who wrote anonymous editorials for The Boston Globe between 1914 and 1964.

Babak Lakhomi
Babak Lakghomi is the author of Floating Notes (Tyrant Books, 2018). His fiction has appeared or forthcoming in NOON, Ninth Letter, New York Tyrant, Egress, and Green Mountains Review, among other places. Babak was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and writes in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jennifer Lang
Jennifer Lang’s flash has appeared in Miracle Monocle, The Tishman Review, Pithead Chapel, Gravel, Thread, and forthcoming in CHEAP POP. A Pushcart and Best American Essays nominee, she earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and serves as Assistant Editor for Brevity. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives and writes near Tel Aviv, where she runs Israel Writers Studio. “Collateral Beauty” is excerpted from her memoir-in-progress.

Shauna Mackay
Shauna Mackay’s work has most recently been published, or is forthcoming, with The Weekend Read, New Ohio Review, Ambit, Mechanics’ Institute Review Anthology (issue 16) and Phantom Drift.

Nicholas Marcus
Nicholas Marcus is a Detroit area attorney and writer of screenplays, plays, short fiction, and legal articles. His latest feature-length film script premiered in 2016, his short fiction can be found in, among other places, The Citron Review and Crack The Spine, and his legal writing has appeared in various national publications. Nicholas also reviews and writes extensively on film music, both on Instagram as @TheFilmScorer and on his website at

Kathryn McMahon
Kathryn McMahon is a queer, cross-genre writer who divides her time between the Puget Sound and southwest England. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hobart, Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Booth, Passages North, Split Lip, and elsewhere. She has won both Prime Number Magazine’s quarterly flash fiction contest and New Delta Review’s *Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction. Find more of her writing at and follow her on Twitter at @katoscope

Victoria Miller
Victoria Miller has MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She spends her days producing video games, where she often finds herself juggling flame-engulfed-chainsaws and excel sheets. When she’s not slurping the best ramen in the city, she finds time to work on short stories and her first novel. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Citron Review, formercactus, and Lost Balloon. Find her on Twitter @tigrvix

Patrick O’Neil
Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books) and the forthcoming Anarchy At The Circle K. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz,, The Fix, The Nervous Breakdown, and Razorcake. He holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the co-coordinator for the Why There Are Words, Los Angeles reading series. For more information, please visit:

Steven Ostrowski
Steven Ostrowski is a poet, fiction writer, and painter. His work appears widely in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. He is the author of five chapbooks –four of poems and one of stories. He and his son Ben Ostrowski are the authors of a full-length collaboration called Penultimate Human Constellation published in 2018 by Tolsun Books. His chapbook, After the Tate Modern, won the 2017 Atlantic Road Prize and is published by Island Verse Editions. He teaches at Central Connecticut State University.

Emanuele Pettener
Emanuele Pettener was born in Venice, Italy, and lives in Boca Raton, Florida. He teaches Italian language and literature at Florida Atlantic University. His collection of short-stories A Season in Florida, translated by Thomas de Angelis, has been published by Bordighera Press (New York) in 2014. His most recent nonfiction includes “The Rialto Market”, published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and “Oscar Wilde in Boca” in Adelaide Literary Magazine.

Jennifer Popa
Jennifer Popa is a short-story writer, essayist, and occasional poet. She currently resides on the South Plains where she is a Ph.D. candidate of English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. She’s working on a collection of short stories and teaching literature to a bright group of undergrads. Some of Jennifer’s most recent writing can be found at KestreI, Pithead Chapel, Juked, decomP, and Colorado Review. She can be found at

Vivian Faith Prescott
Vivian Faith Prescott was born and raised in Wrangell, a small island in Southeast Alaska. She lives in Wrangell at her family’s fishcamp where she’s writing about the effects of climate change on Alaska’s salmon and the glaciers in her backyard. She is the author of a poetry collection, four chapbooks, and a short story collection. Her nonfiction appears in Planet Alaska, a regular column in the Juneau Empire. Her website is and Twitter: planet_alaska and poet_tweet

Charles Rafferty
Charles Rafferty’s most recent collections of poems are The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017) and Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party (Mayapple Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, O: Oprah Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop.

Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera
Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera is a Chicana Feminist and former Rodeo Queen. She is also a Macondista, a Bruja, and a Woman Who Submits. She’s an editor for Ricochet Editions and VIDA Review. She writes so the desert landscape of her childhood can be heard as loudly as the urban chaos of her adulthood A former high school English teacher, she is now in a PhD program because school is cool.

Jeffrey Ricker
Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted (2014). His stories and essays have appeared in Foglifter, Phoebe, Little Fiction, The Saturday Evening Post, and others. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow and recipient of a 2015 Vermont Studio Center residency, he has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches creative writing at Webster University.

P.J. Sambeaux
P.J. Sambeaux’s work has previously appeared in such magazines as Maudlin House, Unidentified Funny Objects, Viewfinder, The Broken City, and Typehouse Literary Review. She’s currently working on screenplay that tells the story of teenagers trying to escape the 1980’s crack invasion in rural Ohio. She currently lives in Upstate New York.

Kelly R. Samuels
Kelly R. Samuels is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She is the author of two chapbooks: Words Some of Us Rarely Use (Unsolicited Press, 2019) and Zeena/Zenobia Speaks (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Her poems have recently appeared in Quiddity, Cold Mountain Review, Permafrost, Heron Tree, and RHINO. She lives in the Upper Midwest.

Alina Stefanescu
Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Her first poetry chapbook, Objects in Vases (Anchor & Plume Press) was the 2016 Poetry Book of the Year for the Alabama State Poetry Society. In 2018, her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Prize. Alina won the River Heron Poetry Prize in 2019. Her writing can be found in journals including Prairie Schooner, North American Review, FLOCK, Southern Humanities Review, Crab Creek Review. She is Poetry Editor of Pidgeonholes. More online at or @aliner.

Eric Steineger
Eric Steineger teaches English at Mars Hill University. He is the Managing Editor and Senior Poetry Editor of The Citron Review, while his work has been featured in Waxwing, The Los Angeles Review, Rattle: The Poets Respond, Asheville Poetry Review, and other journals. In 2018, his chapbook From A Lisbon Rooftop was published by Plan B Press. Occasionally, he curates poetry events for Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. He lives in Asheville with his wife and daughter.

Ellen Stone
After teaching for over thirty years, Ellen Stone advises a high school poetry club and co-hosts a monthly poetry series in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Passages North, The Collagist, The Citron Review, The Museum of Americana, and Fifth Wednesday among other places. Ellen is the author of The Solid Living World (Michigan Writers’ Cooperative Press, 2013). Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart prize and Best of the Net.

K.G. Waite
In her writing, Ohioan Kelly Garriott Waite continues to explore the connection between mental health and addiction, most recently in “You Are Here,” a Pushcart-nominated essay appearing in bioStories. She teaches writing, facilitates local writing groups, and is researching and writing about the second owner of her 1908 home, a woman forgotten to history.

N. West Moss
N. West Moss’ work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Salon, and elsewhere. Her short story collection (The Subway Stops at Bryant Park) was published by Leapfrog in 2017, and she has good news about her memoir that she can share soon. She has also completed a middle grade novel that’s making the rounds, and has just finished Columbia’s Program in Narrative Medicine.

JR Walsh
JR Walsh was born in Syracuse, NY and lives in Boise, Idaho. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University, where he now teaches English as a Second Language. He is the winner of the 2009 Esquire Fiction Contest and his writing is found in Out of Stock, Juked, Grey Sparrow Journal, Timshel, Alice Blue, and B O D Y. For more, visit

Kate Vander Wiede
Kate Vander Wiede is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her wonderful husband. Having previously worked as a journalist, a technical writer and a business analyst, and dabbled in teaching and writing, Kate thinks she’s finally getting closer to knowing what she wants to be “when she grows up.” …Probably.

Laura Madeline Wiseman
Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her books include Drink (BlazeVOX Books), Wake (Aldrich Press), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink), and the collaborative book The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (Les Femmes Folles) with artist Lauren Rinaldi. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, The Iowa Review, Calyx, Ploughshares, and Feminist Studies. She teaches writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tara Isabel Zambrano
Her work has won the first prize in The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Contest 2019, been a Finalist in Bat City Review 2018 Short Prose Contest and Mid-American Review Fineline 2018 Contest. A list of her published stories is at


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