Cameron Barnett – Poetry Editor

Cameron Barnett earned his MFA in poetry at The University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge Literary Magazine and co-coordinator of the Pitt Speakeasy Reading Series. His honors include the O’Donnell Award for Excellence in Poetry from Duquesne University and The Academy of American Poets Graduate Poetry Award from The University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he works as a middle school language arts teacher, and is an associate poetry editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Review. His first collection, “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water,” is forthcoming from Autumn House Press.

Nicole Lourette – Poetry Editor

Nicole Lourette received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University concentrating in poetry and travel writing. Her work has appeared in Vagabond City and IDK Magazine. Originally from upstate New York, she now lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. She does not like anything mint-chocolate chip.

Lisa Summe – Poetry Editor

Lisa Summe was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech’s MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Lambda Literary, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Waxwing, among others. Some of her favorite things are cats, vegan donuts, and running. You can follow her on Twitter @lisasumme.

Kim Sousa – Poetry Reader

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Wendy Scott – Poetry Reader

Wendy Scott’s first book of poems, Soon I Will Build an Ark, was published by Main Street Rag in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Harpur Palate, The Cape Rock, Fourth River, Cobalt, and The Meadow, among others. She has an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught composition and creative writing in a variety of settings, from universities and colleges to halfway houses and elementary schools.

Jennifer Martelli – Poetry Reader

Amy Lee Heinlen – Poetry Reader

Amy Lee Heinlen’s recent poems can be found in Wicked Alice, The Crawl Space, Rogue Agent, and elsewhere. Her poem, “Light, Blue,” was awarded the 2016 Laurie Mansell Reich Academy of American Poets prize and appears on Amy Lee is an occasional book reviewer for Coal Hill Review and Catholic Library World, the print publication of the Catholic Library Association. An academic librarian, she lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Amanda Larkin – Poetry Reader

Amanda Long is a writer and poet based in Pittsburgh, Pa. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She lives with her husband, daughter and collie dog.

Stephanie Ramser – Poetry Reader

Ziggy Edwards – Poetry Editor

Ziggy Edwards lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications including 5 AM, Confluence, Main Street Rag, Illumen, and Dreams and Nightmares.

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Sarah Reck – Designer

Sarah Reck, who lives, designs, and writes in Pittsburgh, is the design and prose editor for Hyacinth Girl Press and designer for the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University and did her undergraduate work at Lycoming College. Her short fiction has been featured in Ghost Parachute. You can find her online at