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.
Taryn holds a BA in creative writing from USF and has been published in Emerge Literary Jounal and Sleet Magazine. She is an accomplished home cook, AP style editor and a master of silly expressions. She loves 70 percent dark chocolate with shredded coconut.
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.
V. Navarro is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of South Florida where she teaches freshman English. In Tampa, she helps coordinate First Draft, a live storytelling event. Her work primarily focuses on religion, trauma, and family.
Whitney Templeton is the office manager for BookBar, an independent book store and wine bar in Denver. From Colorado, she also teaches remote writing courses for University of South Florida. She has published essays in Spry Literary Journal, Bellingham Review, and others. Her essay, “Body Cavities,” received a 2016 Pushcart Prize nomination. When she isn’t at BookBar, she is usually off adventuring with her two kids in a campervan. S’mores, whoopie pies, and her grandmother’s gingersnaps are among her favorite indulgences.
Rosalynde Vas Dias
Rosalynde Vas Dias’ poetry has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, West Branch, The Pinch, Laurel Review, The Collagist, The Four Way Review and elsewhere. Her first book, Only Blue Body, won the 2011 Robert Dana Award offered by Anhinga Press. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Karissa Womack is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of South Florida, where she serves as the Creative Writing Program Assistant. Her writing has appeared in The Citron Review and she is the Managing Editor for Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. She’s a southern cowgirl with a sweet craving for her mom’s chocolate-chip and toffee cookies.
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.