Meet the Editors

Carolyn Oliver

Poetry Editors
Therese Gleason
Hope Jordan
Tianli Kilpatrick
Laurie D. Morrissey
Karen Elizabeth Sharpe
David Thoreen

Fiction Editors
Joe Aguilar
Heather Long
Sam Paradise
Laina Mullin Pruett

Contributing Editor
Kate McIntyre

Art Editor
Joe Aguilar

Copy Editor
Laurie D. Morrissey

Editor Emeritus
Rodger Martin

Fulfillment Editor
Robert Steele

Layout Design
Hobblebush Books

Staff Notes

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.

Therese Gleason is the author of two chapbooks: Libation (2006), selected by Kwame Dawes as co-winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative competition, and Matrilineal (Finishing Line, 2021). Her poems appear/are forthcoming in Indiana Review32 PoemsRattleNew Ohio ReviewPainted Bride Quarterly, America, Valparaiso Poetry Review, San Pedro River Review, Halfway Down the StairsPsaltery & LyreLiterary MamaSWWIM Every Day, and elsewhere; her essays appear in Literary Mama and 32 Poems. A Pushcart and Best-of-the-Net nominee, Therese was a finalist in the 2022 Wolfson Press chapbook competition, and received an honorable mention for the Frank O’Hara Prize from The Worcester Review. A dyslexia therapist and literacy teacher, she lives in Worcester, MA with her spouse and three children. Therese has a Masters in English from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Find her online at

Hope Jordan’s work appears most recently in Hole in the Head Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Stone Canoe, and Blue Mountain Review. She grew up in Chittenango, NY, and holds a dual BA from Syracuse & an MFA in Creative Writing from UMass Boston. She lives in New Hampshire, where she was the state’s first official poetry slam master. Her chapbook is The Day She Decided to Feed Crows.

Tianli Kilpatrick holds a Master's in creative nonfiction from Northern Michigan University and a Bachelor's in creative writing from Allegheny College. She is an Asian-American writer with a keen interest in trauma theory, jellyfish, and white space. Her work has appeared in Fugue, TIMBER, The Portland Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, DIAGRAM, and others. She works as a memoir reader for Split Lip Magazine, and a poetry reader for The Worcester Review. When she's not writing, she's riding horses or boxing. She lives in Marlborough, Massachusetts and can be reached at

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.

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 JournalCommon Ground Review, and The Aurorean, as well as Modern Haiku and many other print and online haiku journals in the U.S. and the U.K. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines such as  Northern WoodlandsConnecticut WoodlandsNew Hampshire Home, and Kearsarge. Her collection of haiku poetry,  the slant of april snow, is published by Red Moon Press (2019). 

Carolyn Oliver is the author of Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble (University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2022), selected by Matthew Olzmann for the Agha Shahid Ali Prize. Her chapbooks, Mirror Factory (Bone & Ink Press) and Dearling (dancing girl press) will be published in 2022. Carolyn’s poems appear in The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Cincinnati Review, Radar Poetry, Shenandoah, Beloit Poetry Journal, 32 Poems, Southern Indiana Review, Cherry Tree, Plume, DIALOGIST, and elsewhere; her fiction has appeared in Yalobusha Review, Longleaf Review, Tin House Online, Bayou Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, SmokeLong Quarterly,, The South Carolina Review, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net in both fiction and poetry, and she is the winner of the E. E. Cummings Prize from the NEPC, the Goldstein Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, the Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry, and the Frank O'Hara Prize from The Worcester Review, where she now serves as editor. Find her 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.