John Amen
Founder, Managing Editor

John Amen is the author of five collections of poetry, including Illusion of an Overwhelm (NYQ Books, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Award, and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the Dana Award. He was the winner of the 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, and his poems have been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. His poetry has been published in various journals, including Rattle, RHINO, American Literary Review, and Ploughshares, and his music, literary, and film reviews appear widely in such publications as Colorado Review, No Depression, Beats Per Minute, and PopMatters. His sixth collection, Dark Souvenirs, will be released by NYQ Books in 2024.



Arlene Ang
Poetry Editor

Arlene-Ang-Pedestal-Magazine-90x135Arlene Ang’s latest poetry collection, Banned for Life, was published by Misty Publications in 2014. She is also the author of The Desecration of Doves; Secret Love Poems; Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon, co-written with Valerie Fox; and Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu. Her poems have appeared in Ambit, Caketrain, Diagram, Poetry Ireland, Poet Lore, Rattle, and Salt Hill as well as the Best of the Web anthologies 2008 and 2009. She lives in Spinea, Italy. For additional information, visit:


melissa christine goodrum
Poetry Editor

melissa christine goodrum is the editor of four print anthologies and the author of two full-length poetry collections: definitions uprising (New York Quarterly Press) and something sweet & filled with blood (great weather for MEDIA). She has served as a Poetry Workshop Leader for the Safe Return Project, a Writing Teacher at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Administrative Director of Bowery Arts & Science. Additionally, she is a Pushcart Nominee and the recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.



Stefan Lovasik
Poetry Editor

Stefan Lovasik served with U.S. Army Special Forces during the American war in Viet Nam. His poetry has appeared in various publications, including American Literary Review, Blackbird, Consequence, Folio, Hiram Poetry Review, and New York Quarterly. He has published three collections: Persona and Shadow (FlutterPress, 2015), Absolution (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2018), and The Latitude of a Mercy (New York Quarterly Books, 2021).




Michael Spring
Poetry Editor

Michael Spring is the author of five poetry books and one children’s book. His most recent release is the bilingual dentro do som/ inside the sound (translated into Portuguese by Maria Joao Marques; published by Companhio Das Ilhas, 2021). His awards include The Robert Graves Award, The Turtle Island Poetry Award, runner-up award for the Paris Book Festival, and an honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Other distinctions include a Fishtrap, Inc. writer-in-residency and a Luso-American Fellowship from DISQUIET International. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Atlanta Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Spillway. He currently lives in O’Brien, OR, and is the founding editor of Flowstone Press.


Susan Terris
Poetry Editor

Susan-Terris-Pedestal-Magazine-90x135Susan Terris is a freelance editor and the author of seven books of poetry, seventeen chapbooks, three artist’s books, and two plays. Her recent books are Dream Fragments (Swan Scythe Press Winner, 2020), Familiar Tense (Marsh Hawk, 2019), Take Two: Film Studies (Omnidawn, 2017), Memos (Omnidawn, 2015), and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk, 2012. Journal publications include The Southern Review, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, and Ploughshares. Poems of hers have appeared in Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. She is editor emerita of Spillway Magazine.