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The Maine Review (MeR) is a triannual online literary journal that publishes culturally significant and innovative writing and visual art by writers and artists living in Maine, across the country, and around the world. Maine Review Publications is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making contemporary literature accessible to people of all income levels. Through MeR’s journal, our Community Supported Literature program, and Co-op Reading Series we aim to be a safe harbor for an inclusive creative community.

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We Want Your Writing.

Submit work that you’re most excited about, that took courage to begin and tenacity to complete. Send us your proudest personal essay, your classic short story, your reboot of the villanelle, or your wildest experimental text. Send us your flash fiction or nonfiction. Send your epistle, erasure, hybrid, prose poem, or micro memoir. Send us the story of your life lived in your body.

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Meet Your Readers & Editors

Our full website will launch Spring 2020, but why wait? Get to know us now.

Brett feels honored to be in a position to strengthen Maine’s already robust literary community. He has been published in Intrinsick Mag, The Maine Review (long before he was fiction editor, he swears), and as a word-of-the-day example usage in Merriam Webster. The word was “zephyr.” A lifelong reader and writer, he is working on his first novel. He loves the work of Jim Shepard, Alice Munroe, George Saunders, Toni Morrison, Rebecca Makkai, Colson Whitehead, Lauren Groff, Charles Portis, and Herman Melville. You can reach him at fiction@mainereview.com.

Brett Willis
Fiction Editor

Cassie is a multi-talented writer who happens to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Portland, Maine. She has written short fiction, plays, and is currently working on a novel. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Meridian. Cassie believes in the power of exposing herself to a variety of work—movies, plays, and, of course, books—in the hopes that on some level, in addition to the sheer joy of it, she’s absorbing the tenets of crafting good stories.

Cassie Powers
Fiction Reader

Dan’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron ReviewThe Briar Cliff ReviewHippocampusSalon and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and noted in Best American Essays. He is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts and holds an MA in writing studies from Saint Joseph’s University, where he has taught English. Daniel lives near Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

Daniel Rousseau
Nonfiction Reader

Dewaine’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, CRAFT, Drunken Boat, Outpost Magazine, and the Afropunk website. He is a frequent contributor to The Mantle. He holds an MA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a U.S. Marine, Dewaine served in Jordan and Ukraine. Besides his stint in the military, Dewaine spent most of his professional life working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, with assignments in the Russian North Caucasus, Kenya, Somalia, and Occupied Palestine. He presently lives in the Philippines with his wife, three children, two cats, and a dog. You can reach him at embody@mainereview.com.

Dewaine Farria
Embody Co-Editor

Elizabeth’s recently completed novel, The Space Between, was shortlisted in the
2019 William Faulkner William Wisdom Competition, Novel-in-Progress category. She holds an MFA Fiction and Translation from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in English from Middlebury College, and an A.B. from Harvard University.  She writes and teaches in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. You can reach her at embody@mainereview.com.

Elizabeth Bedell
Embody Co-Editor

Emily’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Fourth Genre, The Maine Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She was a contest finalist in Fourth Genre and Creative Nonfiction Magazine, nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project, and given honorable mention in Glimmer Train. She holds a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Middlebury College, an MA in English education from Columbia University Teachers College, and MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her wife and pup in New York City where she works as an English tutor/learning specialist and runs the Figure Eight Writer’s Workshop. She is currently working on collection of linked creative essays. You can reach her at nonfiction@mainereview.com.

Emily W. Blacker
Nonfiction Editor

Since graduating from Syracuse University’s MA program many years ago, John’s fiction, essays and long-form journalism have been published in more than two dozen publications including The Salt Hill Journal, SearchHabitat and The Maine Times. As an editorial writer and editor for Maine’s largest newspapers, he was a determined advocate for environmental conservation, universal healthcare and the expansion of democracy. Before joining The Maine Review, John also launched several award-winning healthcare journalism sites and served as editorial director and CEO of MedTech Media. He now lives and works in Brunswick, Maine. You can reach him at managingeditor@mainereview.com.

John Beaudoin
Managing Editor/Fiction Reader

Lisa is a writer from Warren, Michigan. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she studied poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Up the Staircase QuarterlyThe MantleGlassBarren MagazineAlegrarse, and Okay Donkey. She is also a reader for The Masters Review. You can read more about her at lisafolkmire.com. You can reach her at media@mainereview.com.

Lisa Folkmire
Social Media Editor

Megan holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA in poetry from Goddard College. Her essays have won numerous national awards including a Pushcart Prize.  She has been published in such journals as The Threepenny Review, The Florida Review, Hotel Amerika and Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s True Story. She currently lives in Syracuse, NY, with her fiancé and their three beloved dogs.

Megan Baxter
Nonfiction Reader

Meghan lives in Portland with her husband, Matthew, daughter Adeline, and cat, Little Bea. She is co-editor of the anthology, A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, which is coming out in the Fall of 2019. Her work has been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Driftwood Press, lingerpost, the Chronogram, red paint hill, Balancing Act, the Sandy River Review, Sky Island Journal, and others, and is forthcoming in Literary Mama, and Third Wednesday.  Her chapbook, How We Drift, was published by Blue Lyra Press in September 2016. She will be the Featured Poet in Frost Meadow Review’s Spring 2020 Issue, and will be a resident at Hewnoaks Artists Colony in September, 2019. Her work can be found at meghansterling.com.

Meghan Sterling
Poetry Reader

Rebecca holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work is published, or forthcoming, in Carve, Juked, Atlanta Review, Burningword, *82 Review, Typehouse, and elsewhere. She received a fellowship from the Norton Island Artist Program, and residencies from Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Hewnoaks. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she supports her word-addiction by waitressing. Her website is rebeccairene.com. She tweets @cicadacomplex. You can reach her at poetry@mainereview.com.

Rebecca Irene
Poetry Editor

In keeping with his dedication to fiction, Reed has played Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 edition) with the same group for more than two decades. He writes short fiction and is currently working on what he views as a Bildungsroman. His taste in literature wide, but he finds himself gravitating toward fantasy, mythology, and religion.

Reed Patterson
Fiction Reader

Rhonda teaches composition at the University of Oregon. An insatiable reader, Rhonda particularly enjoys the works of emerging writers—a magical time for new scribes capturing voice and honing skills. Though she claims to be an emerging writer herself, she has published in journals like Briars Lit, Ink Stains, Scarlet Leaf Review and Acorn Review. She is hard at work on her first novel.

Rhonda Zimlich
Fiction Reader

Rosanna lives in an antique farmhouse in Maine with her family and the perfect number of dogs (six, in case you were wondering). She writes fiction and nonfiction as R.S. Wynn and has received the Larry Brown Short Story Award and Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southword, Guesthouse, Bacopa Literary Review, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can reach her at editor@mainereview.com.

Rosanna Gargiulo
Editor

Santino is a poet from Michigan. The recipient of an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Santino’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of PoetryDream Pop PressCotton XenomorphCrab Fat MagazinePithead Chapel, &ampYes, Poetry, among others.

Santino DallaVecchia
Poetry Reader

Sarah’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Creative NonfictionRiver TeethCrazyhorseSalonThe American Literary ReviewAssayChaleurLiterary Mama, and elsewhere. Her work has been noted in 2018 Best American Essays, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and will be anthologized in a 2020 collection marking the best of the first twenty years of River Teeth Journal. She holds an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Michigan with her husband and three daughters.

Sarah Curtis
Nonfiction Reader

Shanta is an artist and multi-faceted professional. As an artist, her endeavors include writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography. Her poetry, prose, and personal essays have been featured in Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, The Commons weekly newspaper. Shanta Lee is an editor at the literary arts magazine Mount Island and co-author of Ghosts of Cuba: An Interracial Couple’s Exploration of Cuba in the Age of Trump—Told in Images & Words (Green Writers Press, Spring 2020). Shanta has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. She is currently completing her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Shanta Lee Gander
Nonfiction Reader 

Shavahn received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Cimarron Review, Carve Magazine, Salamander, The Baltimore Review, and Sugar House Review, among others. She was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and awarded a Crossfield Fellowship by Cuttyhunk Island Writers Residency.

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson
Poetry Reader

Zack is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and lives in coastal Maine. He is the author of the chapbook UPHEAVALS and was the recipient of the 2017 Alice James Books Directors Chair Fellowship. He works as a copywriter, editor, and content coordinator. His work can be found on his website and in print nationally and internationally. He loves his dog. Find him at zackarylavoie.com and @zclavoie on Twitter.

Zack Lavoie
Poetry Reader
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Events and Co-op Reading Series

We cherish our Maine heritage that values sustainability and stewardship of vital resources and have modeled MeR after the local farmers who feed our communities. Farmers who cannot sustain independent farm stands will organize farmers markets: gathering places for the community to meet and collectively support their farmers and craftspeople. Taking a page from their book, MeR is launching the Co-op Reading Series. Beginning in February 2020, we will organize and host readings in collaboration with other literary journals, small presses, independent bookstores and booksellers, galleries, and literary non-profits across the region.