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 has one chapbook, ‘Demolition in the Tropics’ (Seven Kitchens Press 2019). Follow Rogan on Instagram and Twitter: @JerzyPoet. He can also be found at

Poetry Editor, Philip F. Clark

Philip F. Clark is the author of ‘The Carnival of Affection’ (Sibling Rivalry Press 2017). He is the poetry editor of A&U Magazine. His poetry has been published in ‘Transition: Poetry in the Aftermath’ (Indolent Press 2018), ‘Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman’ (Square Rebel Press 2019), and ‘Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book’ (ITNA Press 2019). Upcoming work will be published in Tiferet. His poetry reviews have been published in Lambda Literary. He currently teaches English at City College, New York, where he received his MFA in 2016. He is the editor of The Poet’s Grin at

Poetry Editor, Michele Karas

Michele Karas is a two-time recipient of Slice magazine’s Bridging the Gap Nonfiction Prize and a recent finalist for the 92Y Rachel Wetzsteon Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Mid-American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Thrush, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Once upon a time, Michele ran away from her home in San Diego to become a singing mermaid in a traveling puppet show. Many year later, she went back to graduate school and earned an MFA from CUNY City College of New York. In addition to editing poetry for The Night Heron Barks, she writes content for a global TV network in New York City and is putting a spitshine on her first collection of poems. Find her at

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 (American Poetry Journal, 2019) and the forthcoming Burn Down Your House (Milk & Cake Press). She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, 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 JournalSugar House ReviewObsidian: Literature & Arts of the African DiasporaThe Adirondack Review, Yemassee, and many others. She can be found with her daughter The Revolution, husband The Silver Fox, and pup Princess Jellybean as well as at 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

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

Cheryl Vargas, Ayesha Hamid

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