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Issue #13 Staff


Editor-in-Chief: Bailey Vandiver

Bailey Vandiver

Bailey Vandiver is a third-year student in Creative Nonfiction at Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Writers Studio. Born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, she now lives in Lexington with her two cats, Leo McGarry and George O’Malley. She owns 16 typewriters and too many books that she hasn’t read. She writes mostly about civil rights pioneer and fellow Kentuckian Alice Dunnigan.

Q. What do you like to read? 
A. I started a tradition of compiling my top 10 books I read at the end of each year. The books in the running so far for this year are One Day by Gene Weingarten, True Biz by Sara Nović, Book Lovers by Emily Henry, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, and All About Love by bell hooks. That’s a pretty good representation of what I like to read—namely, just about everything: well-reported nonfiction, contemporary fiction, romance, fantasy, memoir, books by Kentuckians.
Q. What are your all-time favorites?
A. This is so hard, but: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Writers & Lovers by Lily King, Alone atop the Hill by Alice Dunnigan, Personal History by Katharine Graham, and I’ll always have a soft spot for Harry Potter, my favorite of which is Prisoner of Azkaban.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. I am currently finishing up Ma and Me by Putsata Reang. Next up will be either The Final Gambit, the final book in the Inheritance Games trilogy, or Palmares by Gayl Jones.

Creative Nonfiction Editor: William McQueen

Q. What do you like to read? 
A. I really like to mix it up, fiction and non-fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, crime/mystery, literary fiction, memoir, history/biography, science/philosophy. Honestly, 75% of what I read is purely for entertainment, and then I try to drop in something to expand my mind once every few books.
Q. Any favorites in the genre you are editing this year?
A. I loved Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, and more recently Joanna Rakoff's My Salinger Year. Favorite memoir I've ever read would have to go to Richard Feynman's Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, which is irreverent and hilarious, and not at all what you would expect from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. A couple of other nonfiction writers I enjoy who probably aren't literary but have a very entertaining way of mixing storytelling with information are Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers) and Michael Lewis (Moneyball).
Q. What are your all-time favorites?
A. My favorites are decidedly low-brow and lean toward the sci-fi—I never outgrew seeing Star Wars in kindergarten and falling in love with the idea of robots and aliens. John Scalzi (Red Shirts, and Old Man's War) and Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's trilogy) are right at the top. Other authors I enjoy and my favorite books by them are Stephen King's 11/22/63 (an absolutely fantastic time-travel story), Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas (best ghost story I've ever read), Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, and Elmore Leonard's Maximum Bob.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. For class I am reading Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, and for fun I am reading Blake Crouch's latest, Upgrade.

Fiction Editor: Eric Howard

Q. What do you like to read? Any favorites in the genre you are editing this year?: 
A. I have always loved reading contemporary fiction, all kinds of it. I recently finished reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer and before that, Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump. I’ve also been trying to branch out a little more and read some modern fantasy, most recently Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat.
Q. What are your all-time favorites?
A. My favorite book of all-time is still Beloved by Toni Morrison. I also really enjoyed The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. I am almost finished with Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, and about to start the sequel, Words of Radiance

Poetry Editor: Taylor Anderson

Q. What do you like to read? Any favorites in the genre you are editing this year? 
A. I like to read mostly poetry, but I also dabble in memoir/creative non-fiction. I really enjoy the poetry of Analicia Sotelo (Virgin is amazing!) 
Q. What are your all-time favorites?
A. Poetry collection: Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Creative non-fiction: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Fiction: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. I'm currently reading Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke



Art Editor & Managing Editor: Regina Jakulis Szabo

Associate Editors

Andrew Analore, Suzanne Cordery, Diane Cruz,  Robyn Groth, Holden Hall, Floyd Hughes, Karol Lagodzki, Bill McCann, Susanna Spearman, Alice Stannard, Edy Thomas, Eric Willis    







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