Executive/Managing Editor: Meghan Maloney-Vinz
Contributing Creative Nonfiction Editor: Carolyn Holbrook
Fiction Editor: Sheila O’Connor
Contributing Poetry Editor: Sean Hill
Assistant Managing Editor: Robyn Earhart
Meghan Maloney-Vinz first served as a poetry editorial board member for WSR over 15 years ago when she was an MFA student in the Creative Writing Program at Hamline University. Soon after, she was hired as WSR‘s first and so far only, managing editor and dedicated employee. Meghan acquired Mary Rockcastle’s role as executive editor in 2020 upon Mary’s retirement from the position.
Aside from her work with the Creative Writing Programs and its other associated literary journals (rock, paper, scissors, and Runestone), Meghan is also managing editor of the Under Review, an online literary journal with a sports slant. She is also founding member and project manager for a small book arts press, broadcraft press. Meghan hails from a small town in South Eastern, Wisconsin and now lives in cozy St. Paul, MN with her wife and two children.
CONTRIBUTING CREATIVE NONFICTION EDITOR
Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and longtime advocate for the healing power of the arts. She is the author of an essay collection, Tell Me Your Names and I will Testify, a chapbook, Earth Angels, and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys, and is co-author with Arleta Little of MN civil rights icon, Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s memoir, Hope In the Struggle. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota.
She is the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a 50 over 50 award, and she was the first person of color to win the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. In addition to writing, Holbrook is founder and director of More Than a Single Story, an organization that produces panel discussions/public conversations where writers of color discuss issues of importance to them in their own voices and in their own words. She teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center and other community venues, and at Hamline University, where she won the Exemplary Teacher award in 2014. Learn more about Holbrook and her work at her website.
Sheila O’Connor is the award-winning author of six novels. Her new genre-bending book for adults, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions, combines flash forms, archival documents, memoir, and historical research, to reconstruct the buried history of incarcerated girls. Honors for Evidence of V include the Minnesota Book Award, the Foreword Editor’s Choice Award, Marshall Project’s Best Criminal Justice Books of the year, as well as others. Her other books are Where No Gods Came and Tokens of Grace, and her novels for readers of all ages include Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Sparrow Road, and Keeping Safe the Stars.
Awards for her novels include the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, and Midwest Booksellers Award among others. Her books have been included in Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, Bank Street, Chicago Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers.
A multi-genre writer, her work has been anthologized in Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers, The Next Parish Over, Mothers and Daughters, and Under Purple Skies. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies including New York Times, Bellingham Review, Minnesota Monthly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Brevity and others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Poetry, Sheila O’Connor has been awarded two Bush Fellowships, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, and a McKnight Fellowship. She has been a residency fellow at Yaddo, The Studios of Key West, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Tyrone Guthrie Center, and elsewhere. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Hamline University where she serves as fiction editor for Water~Stone Review. She is also a member of the core faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA Program.
CONTRIBUTING POETRY EDITOR
Sean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book, (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hill’s poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.
He has served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University since 2012. Hill is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, a monthly broadside publisher. He has taught at several universities, including at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks and Georgia Southern University as an Assistant Professor. Hill lives in Montana with his family and is the Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can learn more about Hill at his website.
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Robyn Earhart is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at in the Creative Writing Programs of Hamline University. She enjoys learning through close study and observations of human behavior, and elements in the natural world. She’s very much in love with her dog and cat and probably eats far too much pizza.