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Founding Editor, Rogan Kelly

Rogan Kelly’s poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Diode, New Orleans Review, The Penn Review, among other notable journals. He is the author of ‘Demolition in the Tropics’ (Seven Kitchens Press 2019). He has a second literary journal project, Ran Off With the Star Bassoon. Follow Rogan on Instagram and Twitter: @JerzyPoet. He can also be found at RoganKelly.com


Poetry Editor, T. Nicole Cirone

T Nicole Cirone is the author of ‘Nine Nails: A Novel in Essays’ (Serving House Books, 2019). Essayist, poet, novelist. Plays well with all genres. Cat lover. Can be found in Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, Serving House Journal, Gateways, Philadelphia Stories and Hippocampus; and also around Philly at readings, vintage clothing stores and generally, anywhere 80s alternative music is playing. Follow her on Instagram @catmumu123 and tnicolecironewriter


Poetry Editor, Vismai Rao

Vismai Rao’s poems appear in several journals including Indianapolis Review, RHINO, Rust + Moth, Salamander, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Parentheses Journal, SWWIM, and The Shore. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Orison Anthology. She lives in India


Poetry Editor, Angelique Zobitz

Angelique Zobitz (she/her/hers) is the author of the chapbook Love Letters to The Revolution from The American Poetry Journal and the forthcoming chapbook Burn Down Your House from Milk & Cake Press. She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, 2021 and 2020 Best New Poets nominee, Spring 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition Finalist, and a five-time Best of the Net nominee. Her work appears in The Journal, Sugar House Review, Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora, Yemassee, The Adirondack Review and many others. Luna Luna Magazine named her one of ‘5 Poets of Color to watch in 2021’ alongside Chen Chen and Amanda Gorman. She can be found at angeliquezobitz.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @angeliquezobitz


Assistant Poetry Editor, Reet Starwind

Reet Starwind is a writer, spoken word poet, and graphic artist who willfully follows inspiration in whatever form it takes. When delving into poetry, he trusts the twists and turns of multi-layered rhyme schemes to breathe life into thoughts and feelings. “Real life is truly poetic; I’ve just been lucky enough to notice it.”


Assistant Poetry Editor, Cathlin Noonan

Cathlin Noonan (she/her) is an emerging poet who believes it’s never too late to follow the desire to write. She was recently longlisted for Frontier Poetry’s 2020 Award for New Poets, and her poems have been featured in The Banyan Review. After calling both Texas and New York home, she moved to Missouri, where she is currently working on her first chapbook. Follow her on Instagram: @good_afternoonan and Twitter: @Noonan_good


Assistant Poetry Editor, Ayesha Hamid

Ayesha F. Hamid is a poet and creative nonfiction writer, published in Big Easy ReviewPhilly Flash Inferno, and Rathalla Review. Her full-length memoir, The Borderland Between Worlds, is available at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and other book distributors. She is an editor for Ran Off With The Star Bassoon and the editor in chief at The City Key. Ayesha holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Publishing from Rosemont College. She also holds an MA in Sociology from Brooklyn College.


Assistant Poetry Editor, Cheryl Vargas

Cheryl Vargas is a poet from New Jersey. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Tiferet, Exit 13, Ponder Savant, The Raconteur Review, and Lion and Lilac Arts. She is also an associate editor at Ran Off With the Star Bassoon.


Book Reviews Editor, Laurie Saurborn

Laurie Saurborn is the author of two poetry collections, Industry of Brief Distraction and Carnavoria, and a chapbook, Patriot. An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient, her writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Rkvry Quarterly, storySouth, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, The Rumpus, and Tupelo Quarterly. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in psychiatric mental health nursing at Ohio State University.


First Readers for The Night Heron Barks

If interested in being a first reader, contact us at: thenightheronbarks@gmail.com


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