Announcing Hunger Mountain’s 2019 Guest Editors and Theme

We’re beyond excited to announce this year’s guest editors, three writers we’ve long admired. We can’t wait to view Hunger Mountain through their creative lenses.

Please help us welcome:


2019 Guest Poetry Editor // Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a fronteriza from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, Utah Book Award, and was featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub, and the Los Angeles Times. Lima :: Limón, her second collection, is forthcoming (Copper Canyon Press Spring 2019).

She has won fellowships from the Lannan Foundation (2017) and CantoMundo (2015). Her poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more.

She is a professor of literature at Bennington College.


2019 Guest Children’s Lit Editor // Yamile Saied Méndez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) is a fútbol obsessed Argentine-American. She’s the mother of 5 kids and 2 adorable dogs. An inaugural Walter Dean Meyers Grant recipient, and a graduate of Voices of our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children program, she’s the author of the forthcoming picture book Where Are You From?  (HarperCollins, 2019) and the middle grade novels Blizzard Besties (Scholastic 2019) and On These Magic Shores (Tu Books/Lee and Low 2020). She’s represented by Linda Camacho at the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.


2019 Guest Prose Editor // James Scott

James Scott is the author of the national bestselling novel, The Kept, which was a finalist for the New England Book Award and an Amazon Best Debut of the Year.

His short fiction can be found in various anthologies and journals such as One Story, Ploughshares, and American Short Fiction and earned several Pushcart nominations. A frequent fellow at Yaddo, James has also received awards and residencies from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the St. Botolph’s Foundation. He was an issue editor at One Story, and fiction editor and later managing editor of Redivider.

Currently, he lives in Rhode Island, where he created and hosts the podcast TK with James Scott, where he interviews writers, editors, publishers, book sellers, designers, and agents. He is at work on his second novel, tentatively titled A Full Restoration.


Hunger Mountain 23: The Silence & Power Issue

The theme for our 2019 print issue, Hunger Mountain 23, is Silence & Power. Please submit to us! Surprise us with your interpretation of our theme. We’re looking for work that explores silence and/or power in soft or loud ways. We accept submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults—as well as hybrid forms.

Submissions are open! You can start the submissions process here.Buy Kicks | Gifts for Runners