Waxwing Editors

Justin Bigos

Managing Editor & Poetry Editor

Justin Bigos(he/him)


Justin Bigos is author of the poetry collection Mad River (Gold Wake, 2017), as well as the chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO, 2014). His writing appears in publications including New England Review, The Seattle Review, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Best American Short Stories 2015, and The Rumpus. He teaches pre-K in central Vermont.

Grace Liew

Poetry Editor

Iliana Rocha(she/her)


Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The NationRHINOBlackbird, and West BranchKarankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three Chihuahuas, Nilla, Beans, and Migo.

Tara Isabel Zambrano

Fiction Editor

Tara Isabel Zambrano(she/her)


Tara Isabel Zambrano is the author of Death, Desire And Other Destinations, a full-length flash collection by OKAY Donkey Press. Her work has won the first prize in The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Contest 2019, been a Finalist in Bat City Review 2018 Short Prose Contest and Mid-American Review Fineline 2018 Contest, and has been published in The Best Micro Fiction 2019, 2020 Anthology. Her stories have been nominated for The Best of the Net, The Best of Small Fictions, and The Pushcart. She lives in Texas.

K-Ming Chang

Assistant Fiction Editor

K-Ming Chang(she/her)

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow and a Lambda Literary Award finalist in poetry. Her debut novel Bestiary is forthcoming from One World / Random House in September 2020. She lives in New York and is located at kmingchang.com.

Curtis Bauer

Nonfiction Editor

Silas Hansen(he/him)


Silas Hansen’s essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Slate, Redivider, Waccamaw, Best of the Net 2017, The Spirit of Disruption: Landmark Essays from the Normal School, and elsewhere. He lives in Muncie, Indiana and teaches creative writing and literary publishing at Ball State University.

Rajiv Mohabir

Translations Editor

Rajiv Mohabir(he/him)


Winner of 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and the 2015 Kundiman Prize for his manuscript The Cowherd’s Son, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal, and his PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Department of English at Auburn University.

Erin Stalcup

Production Editor

Erin Stalcup(she/her)


Erin Stalcup is the author of the story collection, And Yet It Moves (Indiana University Press, 2016), and the novels Every Living Species (Gold Wake Press, 2017) and Keen (forthcoming January 2022). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Hinchas de Poesía, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Erin received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers, and served as the Joan Beebe Fellow at Warren Wilson. After teaching in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona, she recently joined the faculty in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Erin is the Editor of Hunger Mountain.

Erika T. Wurth

Contributing Editor

Erika T. Wurth(she/her)

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, Bitch, and The Kenyon Review. She will be faculty at Breadloaf in 2021, is a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Scholar, attended the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has been chosen as a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver, where she lives with her partner, her two stepchildren, and her extremely fluffy dogs.

Toni Jensen

Contributing Editor

Toni Jensen(she/her)

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

Grace Liew

Contributing Editor

Grace Shuyi Liew(she/her)

Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of Careen (Noemi Press, 2019), which has been named Electric Literature’s “14 Unmissable Poetry Books of 2019” and Entropy Magazine’s “Best Poetry Books of 2019.” Her work has appeared in West Branch, Black Warrior Review, The Kenyon Review, PANK, and elsewhere. Her other honors include the Lucille Clifton Poetry Fellowship from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Aspen Summer Words scholarship, resident writer at Can Serrat in Barcelona, and others. Born and raised in Malaysia, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Anna Clark

Contributing Editor

Anna Clark(she/her)

Anna Clark is a journalist in Detroit and the author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Metropolitan, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Elle, the New York Times, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. Anna also edited A Detroit Anthology, a Michigan Notable Book. She has been a Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.

Corey Campbell

Contributing Editor

Corey Campbell(she/her)

Corey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Necessary Fiction, and the anthology Buffalo Cactus and other New Stories from the Southwest (University of New Mexico Press), among other publications. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has received support from Inprint, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is a crisis volunteer at the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

Dexter Booth

Contributing Editor

Dexter L. Booth(he/his)

Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Major Jackson and was a Finalist for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 L.A. Leimert Park Book Fair’s Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. Booth is included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie) and his poems appear in Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Jasmine V. Bailey

Contributing Editor

Jasmine V. Bailey(she/her)

Jasmine V. Bailey’s first poetry collection, Alexandria, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and won the Central New York Book Award. Her second collection, Disappeared, was published October, 2017 from Carnegie Mellon, and her chapbook, Sleep and What Precedes It, won the 2009 Longleaf Press Chapbook Prize. She has been an Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, a Fulbright Fellow in Argentina, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Two Lines, InTranslation, and other journals. She is a PhD student at Texas Tech University.

Candice Amich

Contributing Editor

Candice Amich(she/her)

Candice Amich is an Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she also teaches in the Latino and Latina Studies Program. She is the author of Precarious Forms: Performing Utopia in the Neoliberal Americas (forthcoming from Northwestern UP, 2020) and coeditor, with Elin Diamond and Denise Varney, of Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017).

Grace Fenlason

Social Media Editor

Grace Fenlason(she/her)


Grace Fenlason is a graduate of Northern Arizona University’s journalism and English programs. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the student-run Lumberjack newspaper. She is based in Tucson, Arizona and is beginning a law degree at the University of Arizona. Find her work and art at gracefenlason.com.

Nick Fox

Music Editor

Nick Fox(he/him)


Nick Fox is a writer, tour guide, amateur musician, sporting enthusiast, and freshly minted travel writer. He has worked as a sailor, a burlesque emcee, a mule driver, and currently gives bicycle tours of his adopted home of New Orleans. He received his MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University. His work has appeared in Third Coast, Aethlon, The Worcester Review, and The Museum of Americana. He is currently listening to music and planning his next trip.

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Dexter Loken & E.E. Jacobs

Fiction Readers

Andrew Kane, Ashley McIlwain Nissler, Katherine Rooks, Lynette D’Amico, Mary Elizabeth Everett, Cheyenne Autry, & Anne Born

Nonfiction Reader

John Carter

Poetry Reader

Alyssa Jewell

Fiction Copyeditor

Lauren Kalt


Co-Editor & Poetry Editor, 2013–2015

Bojan Louis

Translations Editor, 2013–2015

Sara Sams

Poetry Editor, 2015–2020

W. Todd Kaneko

Prose Editor, 2013–2018

Erin Stalcup

Fiction Editor, 2018–2020

Rose Skelton

Social Media Editor, 2013–2014

Whitney Packer

Social Media Editor, 2014–2015

Izzy Montoya

Contributing Editor, 2013–2015

Lauren Espinoza

Poetry Reader, 2014–2015

Rachel Andoga

Translations Editor, 2015

Sarah Valentine

Translations Editor, 2015-2018

Curtis Bauer

Contributing Editor, 2016-2019

Jenny Johnson

Interns Spring 2017

Lauren Kalt & Christine Denuit

Interns Fall 2017

Haley Davis, Orion Dressler, Emily Forney, Tanya Gauthier, Emma Haggerty, Madison Howard, Olivia Marchus, Lisabeth Nichols, & Kaitlin Olson

Interns Spring 2018

Damian Brown, Morgan Cummins, Madison Howard, Laura Jamieson, & Jordan Kloeckner

Interns Summer 2018

Morgan Cummins, Kathryn Donovan, Jake Hadley, Sam Hui, & Courtney Kinderman

Interns Fall 2018

Morgan Cummins, Kathryn Donovan, Sam Hui, & Courtney Kinderman

Interns Spring 2019

Courtney Brooks, Morgan Cummins, & Lennie DeCerce

Interns Summer 2019

Courtney Brooks & Lennie DeCerce

Interns Fall 2020

Courtney Brooks & Amanda Leahy