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 English in Maryland. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Embark Literary Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, and Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians' Biblical Memoirs (Wipf & Stock). He is represented by Chris Kepner. 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 wrote rhyming poetry in an Indian city perched on the Arabian Sea shore before crossing the Atlantic to the Chesapeake Bay area. She received her M.F.A. in fiction and poetry at the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston. She lived for a time in a seaside town in upper Normandy where she dreamed in French and wrote stories and essays in English. 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, recrosses, and redefines the range of human experience. A lifelong nomad, so far, she has walked nearly one thousand miles on the Camino Francés, the Camino Primitivo, and the Camino Portuguès 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