MASTHEAD

Our wonderful editorial staff


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 

Melanie J. Cordova considers northern New Mexico, when it's not on fire, one of the most beautiful places in the country. She likes to see submissions that use magical elements as setting, not plot device, and that can handle magical elements in original ways. Melanie is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing Fiction and has work out or forthcoming with Red Savina Review, Whitefish Review, The Oklahoma Review, Yemassee, and various others. She also reviews book reviews for The Santa Fe Writers Project and IndieReader.
 

MANAGING EDITOR

Kayleigh Wanzer is pursuing her MA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She looks for literary nonfiction with a strong and unique narrative voice. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction that can sometimes be found in different places. She spends her free time following around The Hold Steady, taking selfies, and yelling about gender.



FICTION EDITORS

Jason Allen is a poet and prose writer with an MFA in fiction from Pacific University. He is currently living in upstate New York and pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Binghamton University, where he is at work on his first book of poetry and his second novel, as well as short creative nonfiction pieces. His work has been published or is forthcoming in: Passages North, Oregon Literary Review, Pathos, Life With Objects, Apercus Quarterly, Pointed Circle, and other venues. He hopes to one day meet Tom Waits and buy him a cup of coffee.

 

Benjamin Burgholzer is pursuing his MA in English literature with a concentration in creative writing. When he isn't working on his first novel and collection of creative non-fiction short stories, he spends his time fly-fishing or doing anything outdoors.

 

Julian Darragjati  is a second-year PhD Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in The Barcelona Review, Green Mountains Review, and Harpur Palate, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

 


NONFICTION EDITORS

Bob Ryan was born in the early-summer heat of June '88, and it has been all downhill from there. He reads in an unheated shack of an apartment in Binghamton NY and keeps the Louven Brothers' "Satan is Real" on repeat.  He looks for Creative Nonfiction with no narrative to speak of, and will slaughter apathy with the hand of God himself. His research interests are inconsequential and horribly banal.

 

Kayleigh Wanzer is pursuing her MA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. She looks for literary nonfiction with a strong and unique narrative voice. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction that can sometimes be found in different places. She spends her free time following around The Hold Steady, taking selfies, and yelling about gender.




POETRY EDITORS

Dante Di Stefano is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Binghamton University. His poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Writer's ChronicleShenandoah, The Southern California Review, Brilliant CornersThe Hollins CriticBayou MagazineThe Grove Review, Gris-Gris, and elsewhere. He has won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and the Academy of American Poets College Prize. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Contemporary poets whose work he admires include: Ruth Stone, Marie Howe, Jason Shinder, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Terrance Hayes.

 

James Fitz Gerald is a graduate student in Binghamton's English Department and is originally from Long Island, New York. He has been a reader for Harpur Palate since starting school at Binghamton, and this is his first semester as co-Poetry Editor.

 

Brian Trimboli is a PhD candidate at Binghamton University and studies contemporary poetry. He has edited for numerous journals, and consistently feels on the verge of some great understanding which more consistently evades him.


 

INTERNS

Miriam Geiger is a junior at Binghamton University, double majoring in English and Printmaking. An import to New York state from Columbus, Ohio, Miriam enjoys exploring her surroundings by hiking and spending inordinate amounts of time in museums. She would try to meet with Italo Calvino for tea and end up horribly confused about the name of the tea shop where Calvino said they should meet.

 

Elizabeth Zimmer is a junior at Binghamton University double majoring in English and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. She is originally from a small town in Central NY called Marcellus. Aside from interning for Harpur Palate, Elizabeth is a writing tutor for the Binghamton University Writing Center and a dedicated employee of the wondrous Wegmans.

 

EDITOR-AT-LARGE

Abby E. Murray worked as a veterinary assistant in Atlanta before teaching writing courses, where she restrained sweet but frightened dogs while collecting small, moon-shaped scars. She seeks clarity and a confident handling of metaphor in contemporary poems. Finishing Line Press recently released her second chapbook, a collection of war poems titled Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier's Wife, which are based on her husband's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She studied with Dorianne Laux, Peter Sears, Joe Millar, and Marvin Bell at Pacific University, where she earned her MFA in 2009. Originally from the Seattle area, Abby is currently earning her Ph.D. in English.