Meet the Editors

Jennifer Avignon

Jennifer writes poetry, especially sonnets, but has been known to dabble in prose poetry and free verse on occasion. She will be starting an MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University in August, but earned an M.Ed. as well as a BAs in English and psychology from Eastern Nazarene College. Among her favorite things to teach are Hamlet, freshman composition, and horseback riding. She once got a fertility blessing while touring Hatshepsut's temple, and is still bisexual even though she married a dude. 

Michael Brennan  

Michael prefers to write screenplays, poetry, and novels, and is an avid reader. He is also an actor, a director, and an editor and writer for Reveal Film Group and Cross-Eyed Productions.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Eastern Nazarene College and a Master's degree at National University. He has taught 3rd grade through college, every subject. Currently he is teaching English at an academy in West Palm Beach Florida.

Alicia Collins


Alicia fell in love with Poetry at Bowdoin College. She was double majoring in English and Spanish, and both required a lot of reading. She signed up for Poetry classes to ease her load, not knowing she would discover her favorite genre of writing as well. Poetry is also her favorite subject to teach. Nothing beats the awed silence or the quietly uttered "wow" in a classroom after a powerful poem has been read aloud, especially if the poem was written by a student! When she was in high school, a famous Cuban poet, Herberto Padilla, substituted for her Spanish teacher for a couple of months. She didn't know how highly esteemed he was until he came to Bowdoin to do a reading, and her Spanish professor was so impressed that she knew him!

 Joel Dunlap 


Joel is a reader, writer, and teacher of poetry. He earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Education from Eastern Nazarene College. He teaches ELA at the high school level and incorporates poetry reading and writing as a weekly part of his curriculum. Some of his favorite poets include Anne Sexton, e. e. Cummings, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Tracy K. Smith. His writing advice is to write, write, write, and revise, revise, revise. Writing is not a thing to be done but rather a thing to be doing.

Claire Schomp 

Claire has taught high school and college courses in writing and literature for over twenty years. She has a BA in English and Psychology from Loyola University, an MA in Irish Studies from Boston College, and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from UMass Amherst. She presented her dissertation draft on the motif of pregnancy loss in Irish literature while 9 months pregnant, relishing her role as the elephant in the room. She remains ABD in English from UMass Amherst because she decided that mothering, earning an actual living wage, and prioritizing her mental health were more important than being known as Dr. Schomp. She types poems using her father's typewriter to honor his memory, but she prefers to read her mother's writing. Claire is working on a memoir about her childhood in Ireland. She believes that vignettes, adjunct instructors, and taffy are underappreciated.

Matthew E. Henry ~ Editor-in-Chief

Matthew is a multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated poet, and the author of Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag, 2020) and Dust and Ashes (Californios Press, 2020). His poetry and short stories have appeared both online and in print under the name “MEH": his initials and response to many things in life. Matthew earned his MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University, before continuing to spend money he didn’t have completing an MA in theology and a PhD in education. His favorite things to teach include Things Fall Apart and The Things They Carried. He thinks people should spend more time appreciating the awesomeness of squirrels and crows. 

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