Founding Editor Ira Sukrungruang is the author of Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and Southside Buddhist (memoirs), In Thailand It is Night (poetry), The Melting Season (stories), and co-editor of the fat books What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. His favorite candy is anything that has sour-sucking power and unhinges his jaw because of extreme gumminess.
Founding Editor Katherine Riegel–who goes by Katie–is the author of four books: Letters to Colin Firth, The Manifesto, What the Mouth Was Made For, and Castaway. She writes for The Gloria Sirens and has a couple of blogs of her own. She tries to take her vitamin Ch (chocolate, of course) every day.
Founding editor K.C. Wolfe earned his MFA an an institution in the Midwest, after considerable layovers in the western parts of these United States. His essays and short stories have been seen in Gulf Coast, The Sun, Swink, Stone Canoe, Redivider, Prime Number, Under the Sun, Cleaver Magazine and other publications. He lives, on average, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Robert Annis – Poetry Editor
Robert Annis received his MFA from the University of South Florida, where he works as an advisor at the Office of National Scholarships. He was nominated for the 2013 and 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project, and won the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2014, and the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize in 2015. His poetry has appeared in Exit 7, American Tanka, Foothill, Oracle Fine Arts Review, and the Noctua Review.
Ryan Cheng – Poetry Editor
Ryan Cheng received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. He was awarded the 2013 AWP Intro Journal Entry Award for poetry and the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2013. His poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he teaches professional writing at the University of South Florida and serves as a board member of YellowJacket Press, an independent small poetry press and the only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts in Florida. When he’s not teaching, he is probably somewhere eating phở, the cure-all.
Annalise Mabe – Nonfiction Editor
Annalise Mabe is a writer from Tampa, Florida. She is completing her MFA at the University of South Florida where she writes nonfiction, poetry, and comics. Her work has appeared in Brevity, The Offing, The Rumpus, Booth, Word Riot, Hobart, and her essay “Space Taker” was nominated by The Boiler for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She has taught composition and creative writing at USF where she currently works as coordinator of the Writing Studio.
Leslie Salas – Graphic Editor
Leslie Salas holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a graduate of a Publishing Institute. By day, she helps students in higher education master the art of effective communication and storytelling at an entertainment, media, and arts university. On nights and weekends, she writes in multiple genres, including poetry, prose, screenwriting, and comics. She’s presented on comics and pedagogy at several local and national conferences, including the Association for Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, and her work has appeared in The Southeast Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Burrow Press’ 15 Views, Volume II: Corridor, and more. Her favorite confections are covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else the cool kids are using these days.
Alysia Sawchyn – Nonfiction Editor
Alysia Sawchyn currently lives in Tampa, Florida. Her writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Midwestern Gothic, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art and can be found on Twitter @happiestwerther.
Zachary Lundgren received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida and his BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and grew up in northern Virginia. He has had poetry published in several literary journals and magazines including The Louisville Review, The Portland Review, Barnstorm Journal, The Adirondack Review, and the University of Colorado Honors Journal.
Coral Nardandrea is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Bowling Green State University. She is the coordinator for Mid-American Review’s Winter Wheat Festival of Writing and serves as an assistant editor on MAR’s staff.
Although a Colorado native, Deedra graduated from the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a BS in Business Administration and from the University of South Florida with a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. Her 14 year administrative tenure at USF in the English department keeps her busy wrangling cats (faculty) and occasionally teaching engineers. She has joined Sweet as a jack of all trades, including finances, typesetting, chapbook making, and cat wrangling (editors). Her claim to fame is being mommy to Bodhi, the unofficial Sweet mascot.
Oli DeSantis is pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. They expect to graduate in December 2017 with their BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing Rhetoric and Technology.
Emily Vaughn is an intern at the University of South Florida, where she is in her last semester as a Creative Writing Major and is expected to graduate in December of 2017. Emily has also earned an A.S.+A.A. in Costume Design and Technology from Florida School of the Arts. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida, and hopes to be a playwright and novelist.
Andy graduated The University of Salford with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering when programs were written on punch cards. Andy is a Flight Simulator Engineer during the day working on Sweet in his fun time. The second best Sweet going is frozen McVities HobNobs dunked in a good cup of tea. Taylor’s of Harrogate – Yorkshire Tea of course, not as though there is any other.