April Michelle Bratten
April Michelle Bratten co-founded Up the Staircase Quarterly in 2008. Her work has appeared in Southeast Review, Zone 3, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Boiler Journal, and Gargoyle, among others. She is a contributing editor at Words Dance Publishing where she writes the article "Three to Read" and the Vice President of the new nonprofit Tandem Reader Awards. April's latest chapbook, Anne with an E, was published by dancing girl press. You can learn more at aprilmichellebratten.com
Rhiannon Thorne is an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly. Additionally, she works as the managing editor of cahoodaloodaling, as Interviews/Reviews Editor for New Delta Review, and as the president of Tandem Reader Awards. A 2016 BinderCon LA Scholarship recipient, Rhiannon’s poetry has been published in Black Warrior Review, Manchester Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others.
Jeannine Ouellette is the author of several nonfiction books and the children's picture book Mama Moon. Her work has appeared in december magazine, Nowhere, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, The Rake, Utne, and others. Recently her work has received a second-place Curt Johnson Prose Award for fiction as well as an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train fiction open and a finalist selection in the Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Contest. Jeannine is founder and director of Elephant Rock, a creative writing program in Minneapolis, and is working on her first novel.
Poetry Reader / Reviewer
Len Lawson is the author of the upcoming chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and co-editor of the upcoming Poets Respond to Race anthology (Muddy Ford Press). He has been accepted to the Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Len is a 2016 Callaloo Fellow. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Public Pool, James Franco Review, [PANK], Mississippi Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Winter Tangerine Review, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches writing and literature at Central Carolina Technical College.
Associate Interviewer / Reviewer
Margaret Stawowy's poems and stories have appeared in Little Patuxent Review, Atlanta Review, Ecotone Blog, Cricket, West Marin Review, Barnwood Poetry Journal, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She has won awards for her work from both Atlanta Review and Beyond Baroque. Originally from Chicago, she lived in Japan for eight years before relocating to Northern California where she works as a librarian.
Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016. She is also the author of the chapbook, Apostrophe. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Hermeneutic Chaos, Vector Press, Gargoyle, and Tar River Poetry. Her prose has appeared in Drunken Boat, Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Gravel: A Literary Journal, and Glint Literary Journal. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. Martelli is an associate editor for The Compassion Anthology.
Jade Mitchell is a writer / poet, and contributing editor for Words Dance Publishing. Her work has been published in The Rising Phoenix Review, Thought Catalog, The Grind Journal, and The Mira Project. Her work can be found on her blog via vagabondly.tumblr.com. She resides near Glasgow, Scotland.
Travis Chi Wing Lau
Travis Chi Wing Lau is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English. His research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature, the history of medicine, and disability studies. His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, and English Language Notes. His creative writing has appeared in Atomic, Feminine Inquiry, Wordgathering, Assaracus, Rogue Agent, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology.