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Chila Woychik, Founding Editor - Chila ("Sheila") has been the owner and managing editor of Port Yonder Press since 2009. Her eclectic education encompasses five+ years of residential college, community college, and distance learning classes, plus immersion in a great number of books over the past several decades. She especially enjoys the works of Annie Dillard & Ellen Meloy in their entirety, Anne Carson & Gertrude Stein for their innovation, L. M. Montgomery's Anne series for comfort reading, a few of Kurt Vonnegut's pieces, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and her favorite EIR author thus far: Stephanie Dickinson. She has also recently discovered Kathleen Dean Moore & Judith Kitchen - two new favorites. She especially enjoys chiseled lines that bring musicality to a piece. Chila won the 2016 Linda Julian Creative Nonfiction Award from the Emrys Foundation, along with a Pushcart Nomination for the same essay, and her most recent publishing credits - essays and poetry - appear in or are forthcoming in Gravel, Soundings East, Blueline, Silk Road, Storm Cellar, Emrys Journal, San Pedro River Review, Roanoke Review, Tishman Review, JuxtaProse and others. She lives with her husband of thirty-plus years on a small farmstead in Iowa, and her son and daughter-in-law live nearby. You will alternately find her hiking the trails near her home, visiting a local bookstore or coffee shop, or herding sheep and chickens into not-so-straight lines toward the barn. She wants to write a serious book one day & continue to rediscover her German & Cherokee roots. Occasionally she hangs out on Facebook then ditches it when it becomes too much of a distraction. (2014-2017)
Beverly Nault, Associate Editor, General - Bev has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and has completed graduate level work in Business Writing from Wright State University. Her nonfiction work Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton (Kensington 2009), co-written with Mary McDonough, won the Ella Dickey Literacy Award in 2010. She also has a six-book series, The Seasons of Cherryvale (Lamp Post Press), and reviews live theatrical productions for local newspapers. Bev is a freelance editor, has won awards for her work as a props mistress and set decorator for Community Theater, and is a former pre-Olympic rider in hunter and dressage, having ridden in the United States and England where she studied to earn a certificate from the British Horse Society. She’s been a certified judge for the Miss America/Miss California scholarship system, and taught and judged theater improvisation. She and her husband have two grown children. You can find her at www.beverlynault.com, and on Twitter and Facebook. (2015-2017)
Colleen Clausen, Associate Editor, General - Colleen earned a Bachelor’s in Mathematical Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2009. She is married, has six children, and has lived in mainland Japan and various American states from Atlantic to Pacific, while traveling with her military husband. Some of her favorite authors include Charles Dickens, Frank Herbert, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, and Marcus Aurelius. She is an avid book collector, hiker and homeschooling mom. After the children are in bed, she does research for a novel on the 18th Dynasty of Egypt that she hopes to begin writing in the near future. (2014-2017)
Lianne Simon, Associate Editor, Book Design - Lianne’s first novel, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in 2012. Eastern Iowa Review published her personal essay "Changeling" in their 2015 Spring/Summer edition. She wrote about intersex from a Christian perspective for the Fall 2015 issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics by Johns Hopkins University Press. As a public speaker, she advocates on behalf of those with differences of sex development. Lianne and her husband live in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, where she writes both English prose and computer software. (2014-2017)
Laura Sweeney, Associate Editor, Poetry, facilitates Writers for Life in central Iowa. She represented the Iowa Arts Council at the First International Teaching Artist's Conference in Oslo, Norway. She holds master's degrees in interdisciplinary social science and public administration, with minors in creative writing, women's studies, and social justice. Her recent and forthcoming poems have appeared in Negative Capability Press, Main Street Rag, East Jasmine Review, Folia, Balloons Lit. Journal, Yellow Chair Review, Wordrunner eChapbook, Canadian Woman Studies, Red Savina Review, Right Hand Pointing, and Nuclear Impact Anthology. Her essays have appeared in The Good Men Project and the anthology Farmscape: The changing rural environment. (2015-2017)
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Angela Doll Carlson, Reader, General, is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has appeared most recently in publications both online and offline, such as Burnside Writer's Collective, St. Katherine Review, Rock & Sling, Image Journal's "Good Letters" blog, Ruminate Magazine (online) and Art House America. Her first book,Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition (Ancient Faith Publishers) was released July 2014. Her latest book, Garden in the East: The Spiritual Life of the Body, is due out from Ancient Faith Publishers in 2016. Angela currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, David and her 4 outrageously spirited yet remarkably likable children.
Sonja Johanson, Associate Editor, Poetry, has recent work appearing in Still: The Journal, Outlook Springs, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is a contributing editor at the Found Poetry Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail (IDES, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Redbird Chapbooks). Sonja divides her time between work in Massachusetts and her home in the mountains of western Maine.
Richie Johnson, Reader, General, is curious, uncertain and a bit wild, and everything else a twenty-four year old often is, thereabouts, having nothing to do and everywhere to be. He currently sleeps in an off-grid screen shack in Maine with his partner (and their cat roommate Pisces), where together they grow human-powered organic veggies. He likes that and he likes writing and he thinks both are good for him. Richie has had work appear in: Vilas Avenue, Sandy River Review and Eastern Iowa Review.
Kyrell Newell, Reader, Essays, a senior at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), studies accounting and finance, and spends much of his free time writing poetry. He's a member of Drake's Spoken Word team, has been published in the university journal, The Periphery, is a member of the Drake football team, and has recently been a participant in the Big Brother Big Sister Program. Kyrell is also a Community Service leader for the Iowa Homeless Shelter (via the football team) & helped coach the children’s soccer team through his church league. He is adamant that rap music should be composed of thoughtful and clever rhymes and lyrics that display the creativity and intelligence of a rapper.
Sarah Broussard Weaver, Reader, General, lives in a very loud house in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Nick, four children, three dogs, a hedgehog, and some fish. She attends University of Portland, where she is due to receive a B.A. in English in December 2016. Her essays have been published in The Nervous Breakdown, The Establishment, Literary Orphans, Full Grown People, and the second issue of Eastern Iowa Review. She enjoys reading, writing,and relaxing. She has determined she will own a hammock one day in which to do all three of those.
Grace Bridges, Assistant Editor, Fiction, Emeritus - Grace is in love with immersive, descriptive writing that carries a strong sense of place, and the character of places. She has a penchant for the weird and experimental side of creativity and stories that stretch and mingle the bounds of reality and imagination with a dose of wild joy, like riding on Aslan's back in Narnia or swimming with dolphins at home in New Zealand. Some of her favourite writings come from people like Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, and Alexander McCall Smith. Her stories have appeared in Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 (2012) from Flying Pen Press, and Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II (2013) from Random Static. She has also had literary work published in The Milo Review, Decades Review, & Island Review. Grace is a translator by trade, with a degree in German & French from Auckland University, and post-graduate work in German translation. (2014-2015)