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Lacey Buchda | Fiction Editor

Lacey Buchda lives with her two cats and several dozen stacks of books in the Twin Cities. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in 2019. While working on her degree, she was the assistant fiction editor for Water~Stone Review; the editor-in-chief for rock, paper, scissors; and an editorial assistant for Graywolf Press in 2018. Her flash fiction story, "Your Last Gift from the Sea," will be appearing in rock, paper, scissors this fall. 

Malcolm Halsey-Milhaupt | Fiction Editor

Malcolm Halsey-Milhaupt is a graduate student in fiction at Hamline University. As an undergraduate, Malcolm was the recipient of a First Wave Scholarship at UW-Madison. More recently, he has been working with various literary organizations as a reader, intern, and person-with-a-can-do-attitude. His own work will likely be appearing soon, somewhere. He lives and works in the Twin Cities, cooking to pay the bills.

Savannah Brooks | Fiction Editor

Savannah Brooks is a graduate student pursuing her MFA in creative writing at Hamline University, where she also works in marketing. Along with that position, she works as a reader for multiple literary organizations, an intern for a literary agency, and has held multiple editorial positions for Hamline's own literary magazines: the Water~Stone Review and rock, paper, scissors. Her own work has appeared in On the Veranda, Every Writers Resource, Lime Hawk, and Inscape. She lives in the most beautiful literary capital: Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Abby Anderson | Fiction Editor

Abby has an MFA from Hamline University and is a writer of fiction and essay/memoir. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Growler and in the collaborative novel, So This is What Happens Now, and she curates the Notable Twin Cities blog for the Rumpus. Most of the time she lives in Minneapolis with an extra large cat, about a billion books, and a lot of crap from estate sales. Sometimes she lives in the middle of Alaska in a tiny cabin next to a gravel airstrip. 

DJ Hill | Poetry Editor

DJ Hill’s poetry, freelance writing, and photography have appeared in Maple Grove, Route 66, Southwest Metro, St. Croix Valley, St. Louis Park, and White Bear Lake magazines; The Atrium, The Century Times, FULCRUM, Red Bird Chapbooks Weekly Read, and Red Flag Poetry journals; and the poetry anthology The View from Here: Poetry to Help You Soar. She served on the editorial advisory board of White Bear Lake magazine and as assistant poetry editor at Runestone Literary Journal.

Steve Merino | Poetry Editor

Steve Merino is a poet and essayist. Currently he is a student in the MFA program at Hamline University. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, grabbing beers with friends, biking, and watching hockey. He loves his cat. He lives in Saint Paul, MN.

Steve's "Meet the Flock" post is here.

Nicola Koh | Fiction Editor

Nicola Koh is in their final year of Hamline University’s MFA program. They have served as Associate Poetry Editor for Runestone Literary Journal, a fiction editorial intern and board member for the Water~Stone Review, fiction and nonfiction editor for rock, paper, scissors, a reader for Ruminate Magazine’s Fiction Prize in 2014 and 2015, and a fiction mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop since 2014.

JD Hegarty | Poetry Editor

JD Hegarty is a lawyer, a poet, and essayist, who lives in Saint Paul with two loud grey cats and plays Dungeons and Dragons on alternating Tuesdays. JD is a new graduate of Hamline's MFA program. Their work can be found in White Stag and in the Red Bird Chapbook, On Passing.

JD's "Meet the Flock" post is here.

Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider | Poetry Editor

By day, Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider is a project manager and editor in the field of children’s educational publishing. She earned her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and she also completed a one-year poetry fellowship with Commons Magazine. Her poetry has been published in Commons Magazine, DOG EAR, The Saint Paul Almanac, Studio One, and rock, paper, scissors. It has also been chosen for the What Light Poetry Contest and subsequently published by

Nancy Yoder-Bidwell | Poetry Editor

Nancy Yoder-Bidwell, a recovering CPA, spends her days analyzing loan portfolio performance for a large bank.  To stay sane, she writes poetry, makes collages and works with Red Bird as a poetry editor, cheerleader and board member.  She is learning how to take better pictures, loves sitting on the shore of Lake Superior watching the waves, and enjoys visiting places close and far away.