Julianne Palumbo, Editor-in Chief, Founder

Before turning to poetry, Julianne practiced law for many years. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in Ibettson Street Press, YARN, The MacGuffin, The Listening Eye, Kindred Magazine, Poetry East,, Literary Mama, and others. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Into Your Light (Flutter Press, 2013), and Announcing the Thaw (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and will be part of the HerStories Anthology: So Glad They Told Me. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, “Stuffing Bears,” and received a letter of merit from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a wife and the mother of three almost-grown children and enjoys mentoring and working as a writing coach to teens.

Michelle Riddell, Poetry and Essays Editor

After earning her B.A. and M.A. in English from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michelle Riddell relocated with her husband, daughter, and two poodles to a small farming town in mid-Michigan, where dirt roads and star-filled skies took some getting used to. She has written for Ford Motor Company, MSX International, The Cornerstone, MomSense Magazine and Hello, Darling. She is a two-time recipient of the Albion College Cathy L. Young award for French poetry, and has written a novel. To date, Michelle’s most important and life-altering work is the personal statement she wrote when adopting her daughter. She now substitute teaches at the local elementary school and is continually surprised by how much she loves it.