Editorial Staff

Image of Elena L. Perez, former managing editor and current editor-in-chief. She has long dark brown hair worn in a bun and is smiling with teeth. She wears dangly teal leaf earrings, a green saguaro necklace, and a hot pink short-sleeved collared blouse. The background is pale green vertical stripes.

Elena Lucia Perez

Co-founder & Editor in chief

Elena Lucia Perez is a Mexican-American storyteller who divides her time between writing, film, and theatre. She earned her BA in writing from the University of California, Riverside and has worked as an editor or managing editor of several literary magazines, including The Metaworker and Chapman University’s Calliope. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as a video editor and spends her free time curled up with a good book, craft-making, or photographing nature. Other things she likes are: fruit pies, NASA, dragons, the artwork of Kandinsky, and puns.

Read Elena’s work here.

Metaworker editor Mel Reynolds (white skin, long dark hair, dark clothing) stands with arms outstretched, stacking smaller stones into a cairn on top of a boulder. A green pine tree and a blue sky scattered with white fluffy clouds are behind her.

Melissa Reynolds


Melissa Reynolds is an English Major at West Virginia University and a lifelong writer. She is an active member of Morgantown Writers Group and has a few stories published here and there. She is a former editor at Everydayfiction.com and has beta read more stories for her friends than she’d care to admit. Her kids accuse her of being a crazy plant lady, but she vehemently denies any such thing as she waters her twentieth African Violet. They also accuse her of being a nerd, but finds she can’t argue the finer points in her own defense. When the weather is just right, she likes to hang out by bodies of water and stack cairns.

Read Mel’s work here.

Cerid Jones


Cerid Jones, a lover of folk tales and myth, hails from Aotearoa (New Zealand). A creature with a lifelong passion for literature, she reads anything that transports her elsewhere or delves deep into the psyche of human nature.

An historical addiction to youth theatre (Shelia Winn Shakespeare award winner; Trinity Speech and Drama certifications), her creative practice evolved into visual arts (Honours Diploma in Art and Creativity – The Learning Connexion) and her academic endeavours (Te Herenga Waka -Victoria University of Wellington and, Massey University) resulted (finally) in a double BA in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature (including creative writing, of course).

Read/see Cerid’s work here.

Current Volunteers

Grace McGuire
Slush Reader

Grace McGuire is a nonbinary poet, editor, and essayist born and raised in San Diego, California. They began performing spoken word poetry at age sixteen and carried their passion for the English language into adulthood, centering their work on the exploration of gender identity and the trials of growing up in the digital age. Their Substack, Dog-Fearing Man, features bi-weekly essays about the ways online subcultures impact our real-life relationships. Grace’s work has appeared in Advintage Press, The Ana, and Compass Rose Literary Journal.

Travis Flatt
Slush Reader

Travis Flatt (he/him) is a teacher and actor living with his wife and son in Cookeville, Tennessee. He writes flash fiction and CNF. His stories appear in JMWW, HAD, Flash Frog, and elsewhere. He enjoys dogs, theater, and theatrical dogs.

Julia C Gaytan
Slush Reader

Julia C Gaytan is a self-proclaimed math geek who spends her weekdays teaching high school math and her weeknights battling her inner demons with poetry and short stories through the sword of the pen(cil). It is in this space that she embraces her truth while also exploring different identities and realities, all the while clothing her pieces in mathematical and scientific garments. Julia grew up in the Nickerson Gardens, a housing project of Watts, and attended inner city k-12 schools until attending UCLA as an undergraduate and then graduate student. It is there where she learned the importance of acknowledging her roots and identity as a Chicana poet. Recently, her work was published in The Waiting Room, an anthology by Nervous Ghost Press. She currently lives with her two children in southern California.

M.R. Lehman Wiens
Slush Reader

M.R. Lehman Wiens is a writer and stay-at-home dad living in Kansas. His work has previously appeared in The First Line, Hearth and Coffin, WayWords, and others.

Helen Meneilly
Slush Reader

Helen Meneilly is an Irish poet who is currently living in Toronto. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, and her work has found homes in a variety of magazines. She loves stormy weather, video games, and becoming immediate close friends with strangers’ dogs as often as possible.

Read Helen’s work here.

Amita Basu
Slush Reader

Amita Basu’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in over sixty magazines and anthologies including The Penn Review, Bamboo Ridge, Another Chicago Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, and Funicular. She is a submissions reader and review board member at Bewildering Stories, contributing editor at Fairfield Scribes Microfiction, interviews editor and sustainable living columnist at Mean Pepper Vine, and slush reader at The Metaworker. She lives in Bangalore, has a PhD in cognitive science, works in sustainable behaviour, and blogs at http://amitabasu.com/

Read Amita’s work here.

Katie Kruse
Slush Reader

Katie Kruse is a reader and a public library paraprofessional. She was born and raised near Portland, Oregon, and remains there today. She enjoys reading literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and dystopian fiction when her mind can handle it. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Portland State University.

Lissa Muir
Podcast Transcription Editor

Jeremy Bock
Website Consultant

Jeremy Bock is a West Virginia native and technologist currently expatting Bangkok with his wife and daughter. His novel, Caroline, is independently published and available on Amazon and Apple Books. Short stories are released on social media on Twitter @jbockcet, Instagram @jbockwrites and on Facebook. His newest short story, Permission, is available now at jbockwrites.com/permission.

Read more about Jeremy here.

Editors Emeritus

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Matthew Maichen
Co-Founder, Editor-In-Chief
Read Matthew’s work here.

Darin Milanesio
Co-Founder, Public Relations & Social Media
Read Darin’s work here.

Marina Shugrue
Co-Founder, Communications Manager
Read Marina’s work here.

Nicole Mormann
Co-Founder, Public Relations
Read Nicole’s work here.

Past Volunteers

Lena Bramsen
Social Media Intern
Read Lena’s work here.

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Stella Meadows
Read Stella’s work here.

Dani Neiley
Web Guru
Read Dani’s work here.

Stephanie Wallace
Design Intern

Sarah Hermes Griesbach
Slush Reader