WSR Editors

Executive Editor: Mary François Rockcastle
Creative Nonfiction Editor: Patricia Weaver Francisco
Fiction Editor: Sheila O’Connor
Poetry Editor: Katrina Vandenberg
Managing Editor of Production & Marketing: Meghan Maloney-Vinz


Mary François Rockcastle


WSRmaryMary François Rockcastle is the author of the novels In Caddis Wood and Rainy Lake, both published by Graywolf Press. Rainy Lake was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and earned a Best Book for the Teen Age from the New York Public Library. She is the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction, and a Loft Mentor Award, all in fiction.

After completing an M.A. with a double emphasis in English and creative writing from the University of Minnesota, Rockcastle joined the adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Hamline University. She and her colleagues worked together to develop and launch the MFA in Creative Writing program at Hamline, where she also began teaching. In 1997 she founded Water~Stone Review,for which she was awarded the W. Lindberg Award for Excellence in Literary Editing in 2009. She remains the executive editor. In 1999 Rockcastle became Director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Programs at Hamline and in 2004 was made founding dean of the Graduate School of Liberal Studies (GLS). During this time she received an award for outstanding teaching and service. As Dean of GLS, she launched a low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 2007 and a BFA in creative writing in 2010. When GLS merged with the College of Liberal Arts in 2011, she became Director of The Creative Writing Programs and Head of the Office of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Programs.

She served for six years on the board of directors of the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, three of them on the executive committee, and led the effort to create Confluence, The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. She is currently on the board of the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota.

She is married to architect Garth Rockcastle and lives in Minneapolis. Her older daughter, Maura Rockcastle, is a landscape architect and lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. Her younger daughter, Siobhan Rockcastle, is an architect living and working in Boston.

Patricia Weaver Francisco


WSRpatPatricia Weaver Francisco is the author of  TELLING: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery (HarperCollins, 1999), for which she was awarded a Minnesota Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction. Francisco’s published work also includes a novel (Cold Feet, Simon & Schuster, 1988), essays (Village Without Mirrors, Milkweed Editions, 1989),and a play (Lunacy, Dramatic Publishing Company, 1983). She has been awarded two Bush Foundation fellowships and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in both fiction and the essay.\

Francisco has taught fiction, nonfiction, and courses on the creative process at Hamline University since 1988, and has twice been named Teacher of the Year. She conducts private classes in both creative and professional writing, and she has offered courses through the University of Minnesota, the Loft Literary Center, and the Split Rock Arts Program. Since the publication of TELLING she has been active in speaking to colleges and service providers on the subject of sexual violence and the memoir of crisis.

Sheila O'Connor


WSRsheilaSheila O’Connor is the author of four novels: Keeping Safe the Stars, Sparrow Road, Tokens of Grace and Where No Gods Came. Where No Gods Came won the Michigan Literary Prize and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Her work has been anthologized in Riding Shotgun; Women Writers Write about Their Mothers, The Next Parish Over, Mothers and Daughters, Best of Helicon Nine. Her short stories and poems have been published in magazines and anthologies including: Minnesota Monthly, Alaska Quarterly, Great River Review, Helicon Nine and others. Her short story, “Just Say the Word”, won the Tamarack Award for Fiction.

She is the fiction editor for Water~Stone Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Sheila O’Connor has been awarded two Bush Fellowships, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. She has also received the award for outstanding teaching and service in the MFA/MALS program at Hamline University. In addition to her work as an assistant professor and faculty advisor at Hamline,

Sheila O’Connor has worked extensively with educators and young people as a Writer-in-the-Schools. An active advocate for arts education, Sheila has developed writing curriculum for students of all ages. She has also created writing programs for art museums. She is the editor of two collections of writing by young people Come Home Before Dark and In My Hand Forever. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, the Split Rock Arts Program, and the Loft Literary Center.

Katrina Vandenberg


WSRkatrinaKatrina Vandenberg is the author of The Alphabet Not Unlike the World (forthcoming) and Atlas: Poems(2004), both published by Milkweed Editions. With poet Todd Boss, she is the co-author of the chapbookOn Marriage (Red Dragonfly Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Blackbird, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, Orion, The Iowa Review, The Sun, Alaska Quarterly Review, Poets and Writers, Post Road, and other journals; and several anthologies, including Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry (Borealis). 

A graduate of the writing program at the University of Arkansas, she is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and residencies from the Amy Clampitt Fund, the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the MacDowell Colony. She has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. In 1999-2000, she was a Fulbright fellow in Utrecht, Netherlands. She has also been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. 

An active reader, Vandenberg has read from her work at several AWP Conferences, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Chicago Tribune’s Printers’ Row Book Fair, and other venues. In 2005-2006, she returned to the graduate creative writing program at the University of Arkansas to serve as a visiting professor. She and her husband, novelist John Reimringer, live close enough to Hamline University for her to walk to class.

Meghan Maloney-Vinz


Meghan Maloney-Vinz worked as the Design Coordinator with The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University student literary magazine rock, paper, scissors (a journal she helped create) for two years before coming on board withWater~Stone Review. As a student in the MFA program at Hamline, she served on the poetry editorial board for two issues including 2007 when she was Poetry Assistant Editor. Maloney-Vinz also created and managed the branding and design for the Hamline graduate student group, West Egg Literati during her time in the program. In addition to her duties as Managing Editor, she also works as Director of the Hamline Young Writers Workshop, a week long summer workshop for area teen writers. Aside from her work with The Creative Writing Programs, Maloney-Vinz is also a founding member and Project Manager for broadcraft press.

Maloney-Vinz hails from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, a small town near Madison. She received her B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and taught high school English for eight years at St. Paul Central before leaving the profession to pursue her MFA in poetry. Her poetry manuscript, World, was one of the finalists for consideration of Outstanding Thesis in its genre for 2007. She lives in St. Paul, MN with her partner, Lisa, their daughter, Maeve, and son, Hughes.

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