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.
Marisa Manuel is a third year fiction MFA candidate at the University of Memphis. She was an honors graduate at Oglethorpe University, where she received her BA in English after completing her thesis on clown/zombie cinema. Since coming to Memphis, she has worked with the Creative Writing Club and the River City Writers' Series, and she is currently helping coordinate the 2018 Southern Regional Composition Conference while writing her Masters thesis.
Assistant Managing Editor: Haley Quinton
Haley Quinton is in her second year in the MFA program. She primarily writes fiction, but loves to read and dabble in poetry and creative nonfiction as well. When she isn't busy with school, she loves hanging out with her dog, singing in a choir, and cooking new recipes. Her current favorite writers are Alice Munro and Wendell Berry.
Marketing Manager: Bradley Beau Holland
Beau Holland is a native Memphian, and U.S. Army veteran. He is a first year fiction MFA candidate at the University of Memphis, his alma mater. His literary influences include: Hemingway, Bukowski, King, and Palahniuk. When Beau isn’t reading or writing he’s cooking up a new dish, or playing fetch with his puppers Scully and Daisy.
Marketing Manager (Special Projects): 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 Editor (Lead): Jamie Logan
Jamie Logan is a first 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.
Poetry Editor (Lead): Peter Hogan
Peter Hogan is a third year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Memphis. He is a 2016 and 2018 AWP Intro to Journals Contest nominee and has recent publications in Yemassee and New Plains Review. When he's not working on his thesis and studying for comprehensive exams, he teaches composition classes and waits tables. He maintains his sanity through a steady diet of Netflix and chicken tenders.
CNF Editor (Lead): Christine Guaragno
Christine Guaragno writes poetry & nonfiction. You can find her on Twitter @xtine_gmac.
Fiction Editor (Lead): Megan Murphy
Megan Murphy is in her fourth 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.
Fiction Editors: Kalpana Negi
Kalpana Negi is in her second year of MFA at the University of Memphis. When she's not obsessing over a short story, she's either taking naps or cooking.
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 Editor: Nathan Cooper
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The Pinch is a literary journal of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art produced by the MFA program at the University of Memphis.
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