Eileen Cleary is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lily Poetry Review and Lily Poetry Review Books. She holds MFA’s in poetry from Solstice and Lesley University. She published recent work in The Sugar House Review, JAMA, West Texas Literary Review Solstice: A Magazine for Diverse Voices, and The American Journal of Poetry, among others. Her full-length poetry collections include Child Ward of the Commonwealth, (Main Street Rag, 2019) and 2 A. M. with Keats (Nixes Mate, 2021.)
Christine Jones is author of Girl Without a Shirt (Finishing Line Press, 2020), founder/editor-in-chief of Poems2go, an international public poetry project, and an associate editor of Lily Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and online, including 32 poems, Sugar House Review, Blue Mountain Review, Ruminate, Mom Egg Review, cagibi, Literary Mama, Salamander, also broadcasted on WOMR’s Poet’s Corner, and WCAI”s Poetry Sunday You may see more at cjonespoems.com.
Elizabeth Mercurio earned an MFA in poetry from The Solstice Program. She is the Assistant Editor of Lily Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Literary Nest, Fledgling Rag, Martin Lake Journal, Anti Heroin Chic, Ample Remains, The Wild Word, Thimble Magazine, and Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. She was nominated for a Best of the Net nomination and was the 2016 recipient of The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry. Her chapbook, Doll is currently available from Lily Poetry Review Books.
Visual Poetry Editor
Suzanne Mercury is a poet and visual artist whose work lies in the interstices of imagination and exploration of the natural and metaphysical world. Her publications include Hand to Earth (2019, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) and sassafracas (Xerolage 69), a collection of photographs of her visual and haptic poetry (2018, Xexoxial Editions). She has published her work in a variety of places including: SpoKe, Truck, Summer Stock, Bombay Gin, Sonora Review, Arts & Letters, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, as well as in anthologies Let the Bucket Down and The Wisdoms of the Universes in a Single String of Letters, and has exhibited her visual work and given readings and performances in a wide variety of venues. She lives in Boston where she co-curates the yearly Boston Poetry Marathon, creates sustainable gardens, keeps honeybees, and does what she can to help save the planet.
Lisa J. Sullivan is a Plymouth, MA resident who holds an MFA in Poetry from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College, where she was a Kurt Brown Memorial Fellow. Her work has appeared in Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The American Journal of Poetry, The Comstock Review, Puckerbrush Review, and elsewhere. Her ekphrastic piece “To the Bog of Allen” was selected as the USA Winner of the 2013 Ireland Poetry Project contest in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets. Lisa is an Associate Poetry Editor for Lily Poetry Review Books and a Poetry and Art Editor for Pink Panther Magazine. She teaches poetry workshops at the Plymouth Center for the Arts as well as private poetry lessons and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Cyr has been published by Slipstream, Blood and Thunder Journal, Broad River Review, and Lost Horse Press in the Nasty Women Poets Anthology, among others. She was awarded 2014 Best of Poetry by Blood and Thunder Journal, a finalist in the 2016 Rash Awards for Poetry, awarded a scholarship from Murphy Writing of Stockton University in 2018, and nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Julie holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.
Flash Fiction Editor
Mark Jednaszewski grew up in Tampa and studied marine engineering at Kings Point. He splits his time between Philadelphia and at sea, as the chief engineer on a deep ocean car carrier. He received his MFA from the Solstice Program of Pine Manor College, where he was the 2018 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow. His fiction has been nominated for Best of the Net, appearing in Mineral Lit, Gravel, and elsewhere. His fiction chapbook Scales of the Ouroboros was published by the Cupboard Pamphlet in 2021. Connect with him on Twitter: @ninjaneerski.
Contributing Editor, Full-Length Manuscripts
Shari Caplan (she/her) is the siren behind ‘Advice from a Siren,’ (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have swum into Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Angime, Drunk Monkeys, Non-binary Review, and elsewhere. Shari’s work has earned her a scholarship to The Home School in Hudson, a fellowship to The Vermont Studio Center, and nominations for a Rhylsing Award, a Bettering American Poetry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. A wearer of many tophats, she has produced and performed in “The Poetry Circus,” “The Fairy Tale Poetry Walking Tour,” and other cross-pollinations for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She’s proud to serve as Madam (President) Betty BOOM for the Boston chapter of The Poetry Brothel, an international immersive cabaret series. Keep up with her at ShariCaplan.com
Rebecca Connors’ poems can be found in Glass, Rogue Agent, Dialogist, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Her chapbook, Split Map (Minerva Rising Press) was published in 2019. She lives with her family in Boston, where she’s refining her manuscript and writing book reviews. She uses her digital web skills for local nonprofits, poets, and progressive women candidates. Follow her on Twitter @aprilist or visit her site at aprilist.com.
Marketing and Social Media
Frances Donovan’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore (Reaching Press, 2018) was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Publication credits include The Rumpus, Snapdragon, and SWWIM. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University, is a certified Poet Educator with Mass Poetry, and has appeared as a featured reader at numerous venues. She once drove a bulldozer in an LGBTQ+ Pride parade while wearing a bustier. You can find her climbing hills in Boston and online at www.gardenofwords.com. Twitter: @okelle.
Susan Kay Anderson is the author of Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019), a book of poems featuring her work as a graveyard-shift custodian at a university, which was her MFA thesis from Eastern Oregon University. She is the recipient of an Oregon Young Writers Award, a Jovanovich Award, fellowships from the University of Colorado, Telluride Writers, Aspen Writers, Ragdale, and stipends from the Student Conservation Association, AFS –Finland, and Study Abroad-Tuebingen University. Her poetry has been short-listed for numerous manuscript publication prizes. She was the poetry editor of Big Talk in Eugene, Oregon, a free publication which showcased up-and-coming NW punk bands, published by Hank Trotter. Anderson earned degrees in anthropology from the University of Oregon (BS) and English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder (MA). Anderson worked in Hawaii as an educator and interviewed Virginia Brautigan Aste; this project and its resulting memoir, Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast, is available from Finishing Line Press.
Jules Jacob is a poet, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Emeritus Master Gardener who often writes about dichotomous conditions within humans and the natural world. Her poems are featured or forthcoming in Plume, Plume Poetry 8, Rust + Moth, The Rappahannock Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s the author of The Glass Sponge, a semi-finalist in the Women’s New Voices Series (FLP), and a recipient of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship in Auvillar, France. Visit julesjacob.com
K. T. Landon is the author of ‘Orange, Dreaming’ (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, North American Review, Narrative, Presence, and Best New Poets 2017, among others.
Michelle Lynch holds an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University and has had the pleasure to have her poems find homes at NonBinary Review, San Pedro Literary Review, In Laymen’s Terms Literary Journal, Memoryhouse Magazine, the anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, Lunch Ticket, and Iron Horse Literary Review, among other lovely places . She’s an elementary school teacher by day who loves guiding children in their own poetry writing. Michelle lives and daydreams in NYC with her husband and their giant goofy Maine Coon cat, Obi Finn Kenobi. She’s thrilled to be a reader for Lily Poetry!
Gloria Monaghan is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth University. She has published five books of poetry: Flawed (Finishing Line Press),Torero (Nixes Mate), The Garden (Flutter Press), False Spring (Adelaide), and Hydrangea (Kelsay Books). Her poems have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, 2River, Adelaide, Aurorean, Chiron, Nixes-Mate, Mom Egg Review, and Lily Poetry Review, among others. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her book False Spring was nominated for the Griffin Prize.
Catherine Morocco is the author of two poetry books, Moon without Craters or Shadows (2014), Dakota Fruit (2019) and a chapbook, Prairie Canto (2016). Her poems appear in The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Hamilton Stone Review and Poet’s Billow. “Son’s Story” won the Dana Foundation prize for poetry about the brain. She first authored two books for educators, Visionary Middle Schools and Supported Literacy for Adolescents. Catherine lives in Newton MA.
Tzynya Pinchback is a disabled writer and author of the chapbook, How to Make Pink Confetti (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She is an alumna of Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Writers Week. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recently has appeared in American Poetry Journal, the Aurorean, Mom Egg Review, Poets in Pajamas Reading Series, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Her work-in-progress, Praise Song for the Shut-in, seeks to interrogate the impact of intergenerational trauma on the black woman body. Finalist for the 2020 Plymouth, MA inaugural poet laureate post, Tzynya hosts Behind the Moleskine video series, and blogs at tzynyapinchback.com.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder lives in Vermont, carves in stone, and rides her bike. Travel opens her eyes. She has three poetry collections, The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019) with recent work in Rattle, Lily Poetry Review, and RHINO. sarahdickensonsnyder.com
Anastasia Vassos’ poems appear in RHINO, SWWIM, Rust+Moth, Thrush Poetry Journal, Comstock Review and elsewhere. Her poems have received honorable mention from Marge Piercy in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest. She is the author of “Nike Adjusting Her Sandal” (Nixes Mate, 2021). Her chapbook “The Lesser-Known Riddle of the Sphinx” was named a finalist in Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. A Best of the Net finalist, she was also nominated for the Best New Poets 2021 anthology. She speaks three languages and is a long-distance cyclist. She lives in Boston.
Mark Walsh is a professor of English at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA, where he teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Freshman English and British Literature. He has organized poetry events and readings in Plymouth, Quincy and Brockton. Through Massasoit Television, he created and hosted Writers at Work, and a new show this Fall, Out of the Marvelous, which will focus on poets and poetry in Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to teaching, Mark is also a writer, having stories, articles and poems published in various newspapers and literary magazines.