The Editors


The soil of Jonathan's soul sits upon red, Pennsylvania bedrock. In people, as in books, he values those who simultaneously take us out of ourselves and give us permission to be fully ourselves. A graduate of St. John's College and Bread Loaf School of English, he lives and teaches at Groton School in Massachusetts. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Embark Literary Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, Fatherly, Embrace Race, Huffington Post, and Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians' Biblical Memoirs (Wipf & Stock). You can find him on Twitter @jdcoppadge. Contact him with fiction-related inquiries at jonathan{at}oysterriverpages{dot}com.

Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge
Fiction Editor

As a little girl, Abigail hid in closets curled up with a book among the stinky shoes. Now she runs as often as she can, which she recognizes as her new comfy, stinky place. She credits her dad with sparking her love of poetry at eight when they memorized Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" together. Abigail received her B.A. in English - Creative Writing at Lehigh University before earning her master's in TESOL at Troy University. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in English - Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Writing and Multiliteracy Center at California State University Channel Islands, her greatest joy is teaching. Her poems can be found in The Voices Project, Jazz Cigarette, and in The Anthology of Appalachian Writers. Contact her with poetry-related inquiries at abigail{at}oysterriverpages{dot}com.

Abigail Michelini
poetry editor

Anna is most often spotted in a customs line or at weddings, wearing a pashmina, cameras in tow. A small town girl, she has called fifteen places home over her thirty-three years, dragging along her rescued basset, Mulligan. She attended both Gettysburg College and Shippensburg University so the Keystone State will always be her home. Her days are spent helping court systems capture more efficiency through technology. Contact her with photography- and visual art-related inquiries at anna{at}oysterriverpages{dot}com.

Anna Jordan
 Visual Art Editor

As a child, Ranjana climbed and fell from trees and wrote rhyming poetry in an Indian city perched on the shores of the Arabian Sea before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay area. Experimenting with grunge, fiction, and goth, she subsequently received her M.F.A. in fiction and poetry at the University of Maryland. Her journey continued to the Gulf Coast where she adopted a ginger cat and earned her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston. She then moved to the white cliffs of upper Normandy where she dreamed in French and wrote stories in English in a seaside town. She has since returned to the bayous of the American South where she is a professor of literature and creative writing. She loves writing that crosses and recrosses and redefines borders and exists in more than a singular space. A lifelong nomad, so far, she has walked nearly eight hundred miles on the Camino Francés and the Camino Primitivo to watch the sun fall into the ocean at the end of the world in Finisterre. Her work has appeared in various literary journals including Gulf Coast Literary JournalLouisville Review, and Pebble Lake Review. Contact her with creative nonfiction-related inquiries at ranjana{at}oysterriverpages{dot}com.

Ranjana Varghese
Creative Non-Fiction Editor