CURRENT STAFF - SPRING 2019

Editor-In-Chief: Courtney Miller Santo   Courtney Miller Santo is the author of two novels, THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE and THREE STORY HOUSE, both published by HarperCollins. Her works have been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Turkey, and Slovenian. She teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of  The Pinch  and director of the River City Writers Series.  For further information, please visit  www.courtneysanto.com

Editor-In-Chief: Courtney Miller Santo

Courtney Miller Santo is the author of two novels, THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE and THREE STORY HOUSE, both published by HarperCollins. Her works have been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Turkey, and Slovenian. She teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Pinch and director of the River City Writers Series.

For further information, please visit www.courtneysanto.com

Managing Editor: Mary Elizabeth Cartwright   Mary Elizabeth Cartwright is a fiction writer who dabbles in all things southern and twisted. Her favorite fiction is that of William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, and Carson McCullers. She is a graduate candidate of the MFA program at the University of Memphis, her alma mater. Mary enjoys digging deep into The Pinch queue, working on the various stories playing in her head, and sipping on vanilla lattes at all hours of the day.

Managing Editor: Mary Elizabeth Cartwright

Mary Elizabeth Cartwright is a fiction writer who dabbles in all things southern and twisted. Her favorite fiction is that of William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, and Carson McCullers. She is a graduate candidate of the MFA program at the University of Memphis, her alma mater. Mary enjoys digging deep into The Pinch queue, working on the various stories playing in her head, and sipping on vanilla lattes at all hours of the day.

Online Lead Editor: Jamie Logan   Jamie Logan is a second year MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Memphis. Before moving to Memphis Jamie graduated with honors from Tulane University where she received the Studio in the Woods Fellowship for Creative Writing. Her work focuses on Southern families in the Mississippi Delta. Jamie spends her free time visiting friends in New Orleans and family in Mississippi, binge-watching Netflix, petting every puppy that she meets, and attempting to bake the perfect cheesecake.

Online Lead Editor: Jamie Logan

Jamie Logan is a second year MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Memphis. Before moving to Memphis Jamie graduated with honors from Tulane University where she received the Studio in the Woods Fellowship for Creative Writing. Her work focuses on Southern families in the Mississippi Delta. Jamie spends her free time visiting friends in New Orleans and family in Mississippi, binge-watching Netflix, petting every puppy that she meets, and attempting to bake the perfect cheesecake.

Development Director: Nathan Cooper     Nathan Cooper is a second year Fiction track MFA candidate. HE. IS. MARRIED. His favorite hobby is writing fiction about deer in a variety of places. His philosophy: “the more deer, the more dough.” His arch nemesis runs around Shelby Farms with his shirt off. He is Memphis’ number one maintenance man. He once encountered a ghost, it has influenced him since.

Development Director: Nathan Cooper

Nathan Cooper is a second year Fiction track MFA candidate. HE. IS. MARRIED. His favorite hobby is writing fiction about deer in a variety of places. His philosophy: “the more deer, the more dough.” His arch nemesis runs around Shelby Farms with his shirt off. He is Memphis’ number one maintenance man. He once encountered a ghost, it has influenced him since.

Contest Coordinator: Megan Murphy   Megan Murphy is in her fifth semester working toward her MFA in Creative Writing focusing in Fiction. Her writing is mainly about the family unit as well as the chaos and love that goes along with it. She is also adding a Museum Studies certificate onto her degree to further her interest in museums and art history. When she has free time, she throws herself into her other passions including music and helping her friends and family. Anyone who knows her can attest to her love for puppies, Disney, and chocolate.

Contest Coordinator: Megan Murphy

Megan Murphy is in her fifth semester working toward her MFA in Creative Writing focusing in Fiction. Her writing is mainly about the family unit as well as the chaos and love that goes along with it. She is also adding a Museum Studies certificate onto her degree to further her interest in museums and art history. When she has free time, she throws herself into her other passions including music and helping her friends and family. Anyone who knows her can attest to her love for puppies, Disney, and chocolate.

Poetry Lead Editor: Joshua Tilton   Joshua Tilton is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Memphis, although he divides his writing time between poems and short stories. He likes God, speaks fluent Russian, and plays basketball on Tuesdays with old men, so he can keep up.

Poetry Lead Editor: Joshua Tilton

Joshua Tilton is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Memphis, although he divides his writing time between poems and short stories. He likes God, speaks fluent Russian, and plays basketball on Tuesdays with old men, so he can keep up.

Nonfiction Lead Editor: Christine Guaragno   Christine Guaragno writes poetry & nonfiction. You can find her on Twitter @xtine_gmac.

Nonfiction Lead Editor: Christine Guaragno

Christine Guaragno writes poetry & nonfiction. You can find her on Twitter @xtine_gmac.

Nonfiction Editor: Sydney Wright   Sydney Wright is a third year MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Memphis, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Education for Health and Human Performance. She has a recent publication in  Adelaide Literary Magazine  reflecting on her ties between being a collegiate athlete and an avid writer. Sydney enjoys visiting her family in Texas, attending rock concerts, and baking anything that involves chocolate.

Nonfiction Editor: Sydney Wright

Sydney Wright is a third year MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Memphis, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Education for Health and Human Performance. She has a recent publication in Adelaide Literary Magazine reflecting on her ties between being a collegiate athlete and an avid writer. Sydney enjoys visiting her family in Texas, attending rock concerts, and baking anything that involves chocolate.

Online Editor: Jordan Evans   Jordan Evans is a second year MFA Fiction candidate, a caffeine addict, certified cat lady, and lover of stories in any medium. She loves writing Young Adult stories, and in her longer projects has sent her characters on supernatural road trips on the run from murderous witches, and swashbuckling adventures. Her shorter projects take a look at the magic that exists in “the real world” and how the older one gets, the stranger the world continues to become.

Online Editor: Jordan Evans

Jordan Evans is a second year MFA Fiction candidate, a caffeine addict, certified cat lady, and lover of stories in any medium. She loves writing Young Adult stories, and in her longer projects has sent her characters on supernatural road trips on the run from murderous witches, and swashbuckling adventures. Her shorter projects take a look at the magic that exists in “the real world” and how the older one gets, the stranger the world continues to become.

Art Editor: Jonathan May   Jonathan May grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. He lives and teaches in Memphis, TN, where he recently served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In addition, May teaches writing as therapy at a residential facility for women with eating disorders. Read more at  https://memphisjon.wordpress.com/

Art Editor: Jonathan May

Jonathan May grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. He lives and teaches in Memphis, TN, where he recently served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In addition, May teaches writing as therapy at a residential facility for women with eating disorders. Read more at https://memphisjon.wordpress.com/

Fiction Lead Editor: Ken Thomas

Fiction Team: Adeli Brito, Kristen Plowick, Adam Austill, Chryschel Moore, Ken Thomas, Brittany Lester & Rosalind Guy

Creative Nonfiction Team: Hannah Feustle, Courtney Billions, Emily McFarland, & Maria Bibbs

Poetry Team: Balqiss Alattiyat, Sarah Cozort, Robbie Thompson, Heather Truett, & Bailey Glydwell

Online Team: Alexandra Russell & Heather Hereau

Editorial Board: Cary Holladay, Marcus Wicker, Alice Bolin