Meet the Editors

Kate McIntyre
Carolyn Oliver

Poetry Editors
Carle A. Johnson
Tianli Kilpatrick
Nicholas McCarthy
Laurie D. Morrissey
Karen Elizabeth Sharpe
David Thoreen

Fiction Editors
Heather Long
Sam Paradise
Laina Mullin Pruett

Art Editor
Joe Aguilar

Copy Editor
Laurie D. Morrissey

Editor Emeritus
Rodger Martin

Fulfillment Editor
Robert Steele

Web Editor
Sam Paradise

Layout Design
Hobblebush Books

Staff Bios

Joe Aguilar teaches at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He’s the author of Half Out Where and has work in The Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Tin House, and The Threepenny Review. He also serves as an instructor for Bard College’s Clemente Course in the Humanities.

Carle A. Johnson hosts the Worcester Barnes & Noble Bookstore Open Mic and the Sugden Writers Workshop in Spencer. Since 1989, he has been an editor of the WCPA's The Worcester Review. He was the founding editor of the WCPA's Poetry Newsletter in 1979 and has produced and hosted over 100 original TV programs, "Poets-In-Profile," for WCTC-TV, Worcester. He organized the Stanley Kunitz 80th Birthday Festival in 1985 and the 2005 Stanley Kunitz Symposium at Clark University. He was the Executive Director of the Elizabeth Bishop Conference and Poetry Festival, which received the Worcester Telegram & Gazette 1997 Visions 2000 Cultural Enrichment Award as the outstanding cultural event in Worcester for 1997. Carle has studied at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and with poets Sam Cornish and Kathleen Spivack. He has published articles on poets and has lectured on poets and poetry throughout New England. He has had poems in Concrete Wolf, Sahara, and TWR, among others.

Tianli Kilpatrick received her M.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Northern Michigan University and her B.A. in English from Allegheny College. She is an Asian-American writer covering topics that range from adoption to jellyfish to trauma. Her work has appeared in journals including Fugue Literary JournalDiagramTimber, and Iron Horse Review, among others. She worked as a nonfiction editor for Passages North, Northern Michigan University's literary journal. When she's not writing, she's riding horses or boxing. She lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Heather Long is a writer and editor of fiction and essays. After a BA in English Literature at Tulane University, she obtained an MFA in Writing at Emerson College. Most recently, her essays have appeared in Gather Journal, where she is also a contributing editor. During the warm months, she is a landscaper and garden designer with a small female-run gardening firm. She lives in Boston with her family.

Rodger Martin's The Battlefield Guide (Hobblebush, 2010) is his third book of poetry. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Council for Basic Education Fellowship, a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and the Appalachia Prize for poetry. His poetry, fiction, and criticism have been published throughout the United States and in China, where he has been anthologized in Selected Poems of Contemporary American and European Poets. While Rodger was managing editor, The Worcester Review received both a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a number of Pushcart nominations. Martin also is the New Hampshire State Director of Poetry Out Loud and teaches journalism at Keene State College. Rodger, now editor emeritus, was managing editor for 27 years.

Nicholas McCarthy is a recent graduate of Boston College, currently attending Worcester State for his masters in English. For the past decade, he has been writing poetry inspired by nature, life, and classics.

Kate McIntyre is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She came to Worcester from Columbia, Missouri, where she was the managing editor of the Missouri Review. Her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Denver Quarterly, the Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, and the Cimarron Review. She has a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2014 and Special Mentions in the 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize anthologies. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Oregon State University (where she earned her MFA) and the University of Missouri (where she earned her PhD in creative writing and literature). Find her online at

Laurie D. Morrissey lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, where she writes articles, essays, and poetry. Her poems have been published in journals including The Worcester Review, Poetry East, Blueline, Appalachia Journal, The Aurorean, Common Ground Review, Acorn, Bottle Rockets, Akitsu Quarterly, Wales Haiku Journal, and Blithe Spirit. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Northern Woodland, Kearsarge, Connecticut Woodlands, and Atlantic Coastal Kayaker. Her collection of haiku poetry, the slant of april snow, is published by Red Moon Press (2019). 

Carolyn Oliver’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Cincinnati Review, Tin House Online, Smokelong Quarterly, 32 Poems, Necessary Fiction, Southern Indiana Review, FIELD,, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net in both fiction and poetry. Carolyn's poems have won the Goldstein Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, the Frank O’Hara Prize from the Worcester Review, and the Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry. Carolyn lives in Massachusetts with her family. Online:

Sam Paradise is a fiction writer. A native of Worcester County, she is involved in the writing programs at WAM and is a founding member of Penlight Writers, established 2008. She was a finalist in the 2012 World's Best Short-Short Story Contest, and her story “At the Liberty Motor Inn Motel” will be published in the spring issue of the Southeast Review. Her reading interests are broad and include all genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is a great admirer of the short fiction of Flannery O’Connor, E. B. White, Truman Capote, Richard Brautigan, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Laina Mullin Pruett
’s fiction has appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review, the Winter 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner, and in the BU alumni journal, 236. She was in residence at Yaddo during summer 2014, is a recipient of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner award, was a 2011 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and is a fiction editor at The Worcester Review.  She holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University. Laina lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband and young son.

Karen Elizabeth Sharpe is a poet and writer from Sterling, Massachusetts. Karen was selected by Marge Piercy for the sixth annual Marge Piercy Juried Poetry Intensive in June 2015, and the inaugural Marge Piercy Returning Poets group in October 2016.  She is finalizing her second book of poetry, Geography of Ruin.

David Thoreen teaches writing and literature at Assumption University in Worcester. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in such magazines as American Literary Review, Great River Review, Minnesota Monthly, Natural Bridge, New Letters, The Seneca Review, Slate, and South Dakota Review.