Editorial Staff:

Executive & Art Editor

Nicole McConnell already has two college degrees, and she still isn’t stopping. She grew up in Iowa and loves her Midwestern roots and her roly poly pug. She is a blogger for Hubpages and a Freelance editor and writer on the Kenna Jackson’s Writing Tips. She has also served on the committee for her college Literary Journal. Her dreams are to become a more published author, to share her worlds with others, hopefully to inspire them to write, find creative ways into writing, and build empires and kingdoms by slaying with words.  Nicole McConnell will be editing nonfiction for issue 2.2!

Poetry Editor & Podcast Producer

Addey Vaters loves anything and everything related to cats and/or folk music, and is a proponent of the Oxford Comma. She resides in sunny, sometimes snowy, Colorado and her work has been published in riverrun, Sleet Magazine, Black Dog Review, and Vita Brevis, among others. Addey is the voice behind borrowed solace: the podcast and is always looking for contributors to be featured on the show. She admires jovial poetry that plays with language, even when the subject may be more somber.

Fiction Editor

Amber Porter was born in Fort Carson, Colorado and has recently finished her bachelor’s in Psychology—with a minor in creative writing—from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She loves writing, particularly: horror, fantasy, young adult, and humor and has a fascination with the darker and stranger side of life, it’s probably why she wanted to be a psychologist—to probe into the deepest most secluded areas of one’s psyche. Amber also enjoys learning about new cultures, particularly their languages, and hopes to one-day return to Italy where she spent several years of her childhood. As a side-note, she’s rather fond of video games—especially those with good characters and story—and getting lots and lots of sleep.

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Nicole Taylor is a writer from Colorado who enjoys all three creative genres: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She has dabbled in all three in regards to both editing and crafting, but prefers prose oriented genres. She is the proud owner of two cats and two rabbits.  Aside from writing and spending time with her pets, she dabbles in various needle crafting hobbies such as: crochet, cross stitch, and needle felting. She also has a passion for table top role playing games, video games, and taking nature/scenic photographs.  Nicole Taylor will be on hiatus for issue 2.2.

Guest Art Editor

Karen McConnell is Iowa born and raised and has a keen eye for art. The type of art that comes from nature and just takes your breath away. The type of art that makes your soul stop for a moment. She dabbles in these types of art through painting, ceramic works, beading, and photography, which she has done since she was a child. She has had several ceramic pieces and paintings sold at local festivals and fairs. She doesn’t need anything fancy in life but her family and creating new things on magical whims. Karen will be editing art for issue 2.2!