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Editor-in-Chief, Chloe Seim
Chloe Seim is a fiction writer, screenwriter, and artist living in Lawrence, KS. Her fiction has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, North American Review, The New Engagement, and others. Her short screenplay, “Last Meal,” won the 2019 Best Heartland Screenplay award. She has also been awarded the 2016 Lake Prize in Fiction and the 2017 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Fiction. She is currently pursuing an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. (She/her/hers)

Poetry Editor, Mercedes Lucero
Mercedes Lucero is an Afro-Latinx writer and the author of Stereometry (Another New Calligraphy 2018) and the chapbook, In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016). She is the winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry and her writing can be found in New Ohio Review, Puerto del Sol, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Fourteen Hills among others. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas and you can see more of her work at www.mercedeslucero.com. (She/her/hers)

Nonfiction Editor, Nicolas Shump
Nic Shump teaches online courses in Humanities and Social Sciences for the Hybrid Learning Consortium and English composition courses for UMKC. He has a BA in Comparative Literature, an MA in American Studies, and is entering his second year of the MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction at UMKC. He previously served as the Literary Editor for the Kaw Valley Independent and writes a bimonthly column for the Topeka Capital-Journal. He lives in Lawrence. (He/him/his)

Art Editor, Connie Fiorella
Connie is a community-based public art organizer, artist, and Equitable Food Systems advocate based in Lawrence, KS. Her work reflects her Peruvian heritage where she lived until age ten and focuses on projects that build racial and cultural equity. She is the organizer of the Womxn of Color Mural in Lawrence and serves on the Douglas County Food Policy Council. She is the first Kansan fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures-ALI, and is a coordinator of the Eastside People’s Intercultural Center (Epicenter).