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Editor // Erin Stalcup

Erin Stalcup is the author of the story collection AND YET IT MOVES (Indiana University Press, 2016), & the novel EVERY LIVING SPECIES (Gold Wake Press, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Hinchas de Poesía, & elsewhere, & her creative nonfiction was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. After teaching in community colleges, universities, & prisons in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, & Arizona, she now teaches in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can read & hear some of her work at erinstalcup.xyz.

Translations Editor // Jacob Edelstein

Jacob Edelstein has worked as a Spanish-English interpreter, a translator, & now teaches English at a small high school in Texas. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His translations have appeared in publications for the City of Long Beach, California, Introduction to the Pacific Basin (Routledge 2017), & recently, the International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, where he serves as an assistant editor.

Managing Editor // Kelsi Long

In addition to her roles at Hunger Mountain, Kelsi Long also serves as Poetry Co-Editor at Mud Season Review, the online literary magazine of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in The HungerMemoir Mixtapes, Sad Girl Review, Menacing Hedge, & elsewhere. Her poem, “#notallwolves,” was nominated by Sword & Kettle Press’s Corvid Queen for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she now lives in Montpelier, Vermont. Find her on Twitter @tweetsbykelsi.

Managing Editor // Dayton J. Shafer

Dayton J Shafer has been involved with theatre for over fifteen years as a writer, director,  and actor.  His original pieces have been performed in fringe festivals, barns, abandoned factories, converted laundromats, black boxes, and street  sides. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Mountain EarSplit LipBULL, & Mock Turtle Zine.

2020 Guest Poetry Editor // TC Tolbert

TC Tolbert identifies as a trans & genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, & poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of 4 chapbooks , GEPHYROMANIA (Ahsahta Press), & co-editor of TROUBLING THE LINE: TRANS AND GENDERQUEER POETRY AND POETICS (Nightboat Books). TC was recently awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for work as Tucson’s Poet Laureate.

2020 Guest Children’s & Your Adult Literature Editor // Celia C. Pérez

Celia C. Pérez is the author of STRANGE BIRDS: A FIELD GUIDE TO RUFFLING FEATHERS, published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Her debut novel for young readers, THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK, was a 2018 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book, a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards honor book, & a winner of the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Celia lives in Chicago with her family where, in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos & outsiders, she works as a librarian. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where strange birds really do wander the streets.

2020 Guest Prose Editor // Toni Jensen 

Toni Jensen is the author of a short story collection, FROM THE HILLTOP, & a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, CARRY, forthcoming from Ballantine. Her stories & essays have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, & Ecotone. She teaches in the Creative Writing & Translation program at the University of Arkansas & in the low-residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

2020 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize Judge // Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: BLUE-TAIL FLY (Wayne State University Press, 2006), HORSE IN THE DARK (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) & FOREST PRIMEVAL (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award & the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in PoetryBest American Poetry, & Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo & an associate professor of English & Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

2020 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize Judge // Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of BATTLEBORN, winner of the Story Prize, & the novel GOLD FAME CITRUS. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Claire one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. Her stories & essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011Best of the Southwest 2013, & elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno & the Ohio State University, Claire has received fellowships from the Writers’ Conferences at Sewanee & Bread Loaf. Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

2020 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize Judge // Robin Black

Robin Black’s story collection IF I LOVED YOU I WOULD TELL YOU THIS was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, & her novel LIFE DRAWING was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her most recent book is CRASH COURSE: ESSAYS FROM WHERE WRITING AND LIFE COLLIDE. Robin’s work can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, & O. Magazine. Robin teaches in the MFA Program at Rutger-Camden. Her unofficial, far more informative bio is available on her website www.robinblack.net.

2020 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing Judge // Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, & ENDURE) & the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN & BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, & their Maltese, Loki. When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

Virginia Booth // Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor & reader for the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

Virginia Booth is the author of a travel memoir, The Un-Named Road, & is currently working on a novel which sheds light on classism, privilege, entitlement, elitism, & resiliency. Many of Virginia’s travel writing pieces filled with her life-changing experiences can be viewed on her blog, www.healingartstravelgram.com. While Virginia’s heart lies in her writing, she also enjoys teaching classes on Web Design, Marketing, Travel Writing, & Speculative Fiction at VCFA, & has facilitated writing workshops around the world.

Antonio Brown // Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor & reader for the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

Antonio Brown holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He contributed the autobiographical memoir “Strange Fruit” to the American Library Association Award winning anthology For Colored Boys. He has also contributed to the New York Times column “Room For Debate.” Brown has served as a Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He held office as a nationally elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) & has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Southern California. Antonio is a bonafide foodie & home chef, as well as a cocktail mixologist & enthusiast.

Amanda Leahy // Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor & reader for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Amanda Leahy is a poet from Lowell, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Thin Air; Anthropocene; Cease, Cows; The Laurel Review; & elsewhere.

Noni Salma // Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor & reader for the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

Noni Salma is an award-winning screenwriter & filmmaker & transgender activist whose experiences growing up in the colorful city of Lagos, Nigeria, has inspired her storytelling. The most recent feature film she wrote, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, earned her The Future Awards Prize nomination for screen producer of the year & best screenplay at the Best of Nollywood Film Awards. She has won several awards for her short films including the Manhattan Film Festival Awards.

Hassan A.J. // Assistant Fiction Editor & reader for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Hassan A.J. is a fiction writer & editor. He is a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Workshop & the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His work appeared in MontageWords for Charity, & Tale Time Podcast. He is a winner of the 2019 Wilder Prize. A.J.’s  current focus is historical fiction & the art of reimagining.

Darla Hitchcock // Assistant Fiction Editor & reader for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Darla Hitchcock is a certified late bloomer who—after a decades long career in costume design—got her BA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University at a time when most people are thinking of retirement. For the last few years she’s lived in a ramshackle vintage Airstream, in a dilapidated metal barn, on an unkempt pig farm in Petaluma, CA, where she spent her time laughing at the baby piggies, muttering at the flies, & cursing the mud. She also fit writing in there whenever she could. She now lives in a real building (without wheels).

Molly Martin // Assistant Fiction Editor & reader for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Molly Martin is a motorcycle-riding combat veteran turned linguistics nerd. When not working on her own stories, she loves to read speculative fiction, drink tea, & vigorously defend the serial comma.

Amara Nicole Okolo // Assistant Fiction Editor & reader for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Amara Nicole Okolo is the author of three books, Black Sparkle Romance, Son of Man, & Daughters of Salt. She is also a lawyer. Her essay “The Things We Never Say” was published by Catapult (2017) & her fictional story “Swallowed Things” by the Panorama Journal of Intelligent Travel (2018), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently the Emerging Writer Scholar at VCFA. Her writing is partly inspired by/focused on medical conditions.

Philip Shackleton // Assistant Fiction Editor & reader for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Philip Shackleton was born in Alaska, & has lived in the Pacific Northwest since receiving  his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in political science & English. Before coming to VFCA he worked a various jobs in mass media. He considers fiction his focus but will write creative nonfiction & poetry also. Most often with a humorist angle. He has published in smaller regional journals as well as various journalistic organizations. Other than writing he is also an avid musician & hopes to create a thesis which combines literature & music.

Paul Daniel Ash // Assistant Poetry Editor

Paul Daniel Ash is a writer, editor, & activist. He lives in Montpelier & teaches in the English program at Norwich University.

Sara Stancliffe // Assistant Poetry Editor & reader for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Sara Stancliffe is an emerging Vermont writer. Her work blends elements of poetry, creative nonfiction, literary collage, & memoir. She gets most excited about the community spaces that hold warmth & energy for living literature.

 

Bianca Viñas // Assistant Poetry Editor

Bianca Viñas is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing Program. Her debut anthology, LIFE LINES: REWRITING LIVES FROM INSIDE OUT, a collection of short stories and essays by incarcerated women, was released in the Spring of 2019 with Green Writers Press. Bianca is currently completing her first novel, a hybrid work of poetry, medical research, & narrative prose on Purgatory. She edits novels & is on staff on Mount Island Magazine.

Nina Appasamy // Assistant Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editor & reader for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Literature 

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Nina Appasamy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2019 with majors in Philosophy & English Writing—Fiction. VCFA’s Writing & Publishing MFA program is helping her to grow as a writer and as a literary citizen. Currently, she is focusing on poetry & short fiction, but also loves writing comic book scripts, as well as longer pieces of fiction.

Imogen Bowdler-Archer // Assistant Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editor & reader for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Literature 

Imogen Bowdler-Archer specializes in speculative fiction, short stories, & horror-based everything. In addition to writing & editing, she enjoys iced coffee in all seasons & her two dogs, Zoey & Luna.

Ma’ayan D’Antonio // Assistant Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editor

Ma’ayan D’Antonio grew up in Israel, and has lived in the Gaza Envelope since 2000. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writings have been featured in Wanderlust Journal, Hunger Mountain Online, PoemCity Blog, and The Jerusalem Post.

Samantha Keller // Assistant Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editor & reader for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Literature 

Samantha Keller is a fiction writer, mostly of speculative and short fiction. She is a terminally Midwestern cat-mom who enjoys scented candles and good music.

Designer // Marielena Andre

Readers // Josiane Chriqui, Kate Tagai, Linda Murphy Marshall, Adam Grabowski, Bethany Armstrong Breitland, Lennie De Cerce, Rebecca Irene,  Mary Foulk, Susan Ayres, Pamela Murray Winters, Elizabeth Kuelbs, Kristy Everington, Ann Malaspina, Sabrina Mock-Rossi, Jay Whistler, Kathy Quimby, Carolyn Ogburn, Chanel Dubofsky, Gwen Mullins, Rebecca Ring, Warren Green, Jennifer Pun, Tara Potter, Amy Mindell, Melissa Koss, Marcie Friedman, Rhonda Zimlich, Kat Mille, Steve Lausier, & Suzanne Barefoot.

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2019-2020 // 

Guest Poetry Editor // Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Guest Prose Editor // James Scott

Guest Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editor // Yamile Saied Méndez

Managing Editor // Cameron Finch

Fellows // Cory Schwartz & Dayton J. Shafer

Assistant Poetry Editors // Cory Schwartz & Rebecca Jamison

Assistant Fiction Editors // Ukamaka Olisakwe & Dayton J. Shafer

Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editors // Kelsi Long & Nicholas Howard

Assistant Young Adult & Children’s Literature Editors // Tyler Glauz-Todrank, Jordan Glynn, & Tracy Haught

Designer // Dana Lyons