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leslie jill patterson  editor


Leslie Jill Patterson founded IHLR in 1999. Her prose has appeared in Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, Hotel Amerika, under the gum tree, and A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays. Her awards include two Kimmel-Harding Nelson residencies; a Texas Commission on the Arts fellowship; an Embrey Human Rights Fellowship; the Everett Southwest Literary Award (judged by Lee K. Abbott); a Soros Justice Fellowship, funded by the Open Society Foundations; the Prime Number Magazine Prize for Fiction (judged by David Jauss); the Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Writing; and a Pushcart Prize. Since 2009, she has also worked as the case storyteller for public defenders representing indigent men and women charged with capital murder and facing the death penalty in Texas.


marcus burke  fiction editor


Marcus Burke’s debut novel, Team Seven, was published in 2014 by Doubleday Books. Team Seven received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, was long-listed for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, and was one of the “10 Titles to Pick Up Now,” in O, The Oprah Magazine. Burke was featured in The NY Times as part of a cohort of thirty two “Black Male Authors of our Time." He is currently at work on his next novel.

geffrey davis  poetry editor


Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA), recent winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award. His first collection, Revising the Storm ​(BOA, 2014), won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and was a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. Davis’s honors include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the NEA, and The Whiting Foundation. He has recent work published in ​The Massachusetts ReviewNew England Review, ​The New York Times MagazinePBS NewsHour, and Ploughshares. Davis is currently a faculty member in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas, and in the summer of 2018, he joined the low-res MFA faculty at The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

elena passarello  nonfiction editor


Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford AmericanSlateCreative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne. Her first essay collection, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Sarabande will publish her second collection, Animals Strike Curious Poses, in February 2017. Passarello is a faculty member in the MFA program at Oregon State University.

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jacob hall managing editor


Jacob Hall is a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. His work has appeared in The Maine Review, The Forge Literary Magazine, After the Pause, Flash Fiction Magazine, and elsewhere. He received his MA from Northern Michigan University, and he calls Decatur, Illinois home.


maeve kirk managing editor


Maeve Kirk earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently thawing out while pursuing a PhD in poetry from Texas Tech University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Talking River, Permafrost, Passages North, Antipodes, The Bitter Oleander, Cream City Review, and The Cincinnati Review


brook mcclurg  managing editor

 Brook McClurg  received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University (Fiction) and an MFA from Rutgers University-Camden (Nonfiction). Originally from Southern California, he is currently a PhD candidate at Texas Tech. His creative nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Pidgeonholes, Exposition Review, HeartWood Literary Magazine, & others. His Spanish language translations have appeared in Loch Raven Review.


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sara ryan managing editor


Sara Ryan is the author of I Thought There Would Be More Wolves, forthcoming in 2021 from University of Alaska Press, and the chapbooks Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned (Porkbelly Press) and Excellent Evidence of Human Activity (The Cupboard Pamphlet). In 2018, she won Grist's Pro Forma Contest and Cutbank's Big Sky, Small Prose Contest. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Brevity, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, and others. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech University.

associate editors: Timilehin Alake, Divya Alamuri, Emma Aylor, William Brown, McKenan Bundy, Jay Culmone, Tyler Fleser, Jennessa Hester, Taylor Johnson, Joshua Kulseth, Emerson Kurdi, Victoria Larriva, Marcos Damián León, William Littlejohn-Oram, Jennifer Loyd, Josh Luckenbach, Courtney Ludwick, Linda Masi, Bibiana Ossai, Zachary Ostraff, Manish Pandey, Catherine Ragsdale, Sam Rebelein, Nicolas Rivera, Hannah Russell-Campos, and Emalee Smith.

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