Meagan Lucas

Meagan Lucas

Editor in Chief

Meagan Lucas is the author of the award-winning novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs (Main Street Rag Press, 2019) and the forthcoming collection Here in the Dark (Shotgun Honey, 2023). Meagan has published over 30 short stories and essays in journals like The Santa Fe Writers’ Project, Still: The Journal, MonkeyBicycle, Cowboy Jamboree, BULL, Pithead Chapel, and others. She is Pushcart, Best of the Net, Derringer, and Canadian Crime Writer’s Award of Excellence nominated and won the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. Her novel Songbirds and Stray Dogs was chosen to represent North Carolina in the Library of Congress 2022 Route 1 Reads program. Born and raised on a small island in Northern Ontario, she now lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she teaches Creative Writing.

Charlotte Hamrick

Features Editor

Charlotte Hamrick began writing and submitting poetry, prose, and photography in her 40’s after a long working life primarily in healthcare business services. She has been published in numerous literary journals including Emerge Journal, The Rumpus, Still: The Journal, The Citron Review, New World Writing, Reckon Review, and Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog. She’s had nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and was a Finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize and for Micro Madness 2020. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets where she sometimes does things other than read and write.

Wiley Reiver

Wiley Reiver

Reviews Editor

Wiley Reiver is from the South Carolina Lowcountry but currently lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He works in university administration. He’s also been a picture framer, college English teacher, ESL instructor in Iraq, racetrack bathroom cleaner, and very bad maker of donuts. He holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. His fiction and nonfiction work has appeared under other names in the New York TimesFried Chicken and Coffee, the Civil War Monitor, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. He’s at work on a New Orleans crime novel. Twitter: @SFWriter3.

Wind & Root Columnists

Barlow Adams

Barlow Adams is a chronically ill writer in the Northern Kentucky area. He has survived kidney failure, lymphoma, and a saccular aneurysm. He occasionally wins writing awards and international competitions. He is overly fond of pie and smush-faced dogs.

Amy Cipolla Barnes

Amy Cipolla Barnes writes short stories, flash fiction, CNF and essays that have been published at a wide range of sites including X-R-A-Y Lit, Flash Frog, Reckon Review, The Citron Review, Complete Sentence, Trampset, Spartan Lit, JMWW Journal, McSweeney’s and many others. She’s a Fractured Lit associate editor, Gone Lawn co-editor, Ruby Lit editor and also reads for Narratively, CRAFT, Taco Bell Quarterly, and The MacGuffin. Her debut chapbook Mother Figures was published in June, 2021 by ELJ Editions with a full length collection Ambrotypes forthcoming from word west in March, 2022. A Midwestern by birth, she’s a Tennessean by transplant, living there with her biggest inspirations: her kids, dogs and husband. You can find her at Twitter at @amygcb.

Sandra K. Barnidge

Sandra K. Barnidge is an Alabama-based writer with a passion for small towns and overlooked places. Her fiction leans speculative and has appeared in Barren, Nimrod, The Fiddlehead, Reckon Review, Reservoir Ridge, and elsewhere.

Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Melissa Llanes Brownlee (she/her), a native Hawaiian writer, living in Japan, has work published or forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly, Cheap Pop, The Razor, Ruby Literature, Milk Candy Review, Cotton Xenomorph, Lost Balloon, Best Small Fictions 2021, and Best Microfiction 2022. Read Hard Skin, her short story collection, from Juventud Press. She doodles on Instagram and tweets @lumchanmfa. She posts the occasional ukulele video on Instagram @lumchanukulele and talks story at

Erin Calabria

Erin Calabria grew up on the edge of a field in rural Western Massachusetts and currently lives in Magdeburg, Germany. She studied audio storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and is a co-founding editor at Empty House Press, which publishes writing about home, place, and memory. In her spare time, she likes to learn tunes by ear on the piano, fiddle, and tin whistle, or else visit the birds in her neighborhood park. You can read more of her work in Little FictionMilk Candy ReviewLongleaf ReviewPithead Chapel, and other places.

S.E. Hartz

S.E. Hartz (she/her) is a fiction writer and poet, born and raised in upstate New York and currently based in Brooklyn. An environmental scientist by training, she is drawn to creative work that explores both ecological catastrophe and the utopias we can create by fighting for climate justice. Her writing has appeared in Lammergeier, Landlocked Magazine, Reckon Review, and more, and she can be found on Twitter at @unsilentspring.  

Edward Karshner

Edward Karshner was born in Ross County, Ohio and grew up in the Salt Creek Valley of Southeast Appalachia Ohio which draws together Ross, Hocking, and Pickaway Counties. After earning a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Philosophy from Bowling Green State University, he began to explore cultural rhetoric as expressed in folklore. His primary interest was how landscape influences folk-ideologies. In the early part of his career, he travelled extensively in China, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic before spending over a decade working with the Dinè (Navajo). Now, as an Associate Professor of English at Robert Morris University, he has returned to researching, teaching and writing about Appalachian folklore, magic, and mysticism. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio with his wife, two children, and a mixed breed dog named Carlos.

Nick Rees Gardner

Nick Rees Gardner is a writer from Ohio currently living in Washington, D.C. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and is currently employed as a wine and beer salesman in Maryland. His novella, Hurricane Trinity is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press (Dec, 2023), and his book of sonnets about addiction and recovery, So Marvelously Far, (2019) is available through Crisis Chronicles Press. His short fiction, criticism, and poetry has been published by Cleveland Review of Books, Mid-American Review, Epiphany, Ocean State Review, Atticus Review, Reckon Review, and other journals. In his 8th year of recovery from opioids, Nick has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, a college writing teacher, and in various manual labor and sales jobs. Since getting clean, he spends his free time researching the history and theories behind drug and alcohol treatment especially through the lenses of critical theory and intersectionality. Having spent six years employed in the wine and beer industry, Nick has a passion for the history and production of alcoholic beverages, and though this passion may seem at odds with the concept of recovery, he hopes to promote the balance he has found between respect of the process and indulgence. 

author Brandy Renee McCann

Brandy Renee McCann

Brandy Renee McCann, PhD is a writer and social scientist whose work is focused on life in Appalachia. Her creative work has been published in Reckon ReviewStill: The Journal, Change Seven, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The Dead Mule, and other literary venues. Brandy’s scholarly, collaborative work on aging in Appalachia can be found in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the Journals for Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Rural Mental Health, and Journal of Family Issues among others. Brandy is a research associate and project coordinator at the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech. To learn more about the family caregiving research in which she’s currently involved, visit here: Her social media handle is appalbrandy.

Mandira Pattnaik

Mandira Pattnaik writes prose and poetry in India. Pushcart, Best Microfictions and Best of the Net nominated, her work appears in Reckon Review, Passages North, Watershed Review, DASH, Miracle Monocle and others. Her writing comes from a space of the perpetual outsider. While navigating the wondrous world of popular literature, she shares chronicles of her journey through her craft essays. 

Valerie Peralta

Valerie Peralta is an intermittent practitioner of just about everything she does striving to be more tortoise and less hare. After copy editing for two decades, she’s finally trusting her own words on the page. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University; her work has been published by The Blended Future Project and is forthcoming in Heart Balm. She lives in South Florida within running distance of the Everglades. 

Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips is an expatriate Mississippian, former Army officer, and recovering lawyer who now lives and writes in the Mohawk Valley of New York. A graduate of Ole Miss, Pepperdine (JD) and Fairfield University (MFA), Stuart is slowly driving himself mad with revisions on The Great Southern Novel. You can follow his descent at or on Instagram @deltawriter12

Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez

Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez is an avid TV watcher–she enjoys crying, laughing, and arguing, mostly by and with herself,  about storylines, character choices, dialogue, as so much more. Sonia has published stories in Hispanecdotes, Everyday Fiction, Acentos Review, Newtown Literary, So to Speak, Longreads, Lost Balloon, Reflex Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nurture Literary, Okay Donkey, and elsewhere. Sonia’s writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Microfiction. 

Michaella Thornton

Michaella Thornton

Michaella Thornton learned how to bake at the hips of her mother and her grandmother Anna Lee. A lifetime ago, she baked professionally before realizing baker’s hours require early mornings. Kella’s prose has been featured in Brevity, Essay Daily, Fractured Lit, Hobart After Dark, Reckon Review, New South, Southeast Review, among others, and her writing has been nominated for a James Beard award and Best of the Net. Many moons ago, Kella received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her daughter.

Regular Reviewers

Justin Lee

Justin Lee lives with his family in East Tennessee. He is an Ex-Correctional Officer and is currently working towards becoming a Social Worker. His fiction has appeared in Punk Noir Magazine.

author Chris McGinley

Chris McGinley

Chris McGinley is the author of Coal Black (Shotgun Honey Books, 2019). He also writes for LitHub and other outlets. He lives with his wife in Lexington, KY, where he teaches middle school.