About

Carolyn Zukowski · editor

Twenty-seven years ago, Carolyn moved from Maine to Southern Bohemia, where she and her Canadian husband now own and operate a writer-friendly guesthouse. She earned low-residency MFA and MA degrees with Distinction at MMU, and you can find her work in places like Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, RHINO, and SWWIM Every Day. One of her greatest joys (besides foreign mail or a sizeable snowfall) is discovering new & unheard voices buried in the slush pile.

Kristen McHenry · reader

Kristen McHenry is a poet, blogger and writer who has a hard time answering the question, Where are you from? She’s lived in unforgiving places such as Alaska and Upper Michigan—the land of cold and choppy waters—before settling down in Seattle, Washington. In between managing volunteers at a hospital and bouts of writing, she plays vintage Tomb Raider and lifts heavy things at the gym. You can find her poetry and fiction online.

Colin Lewis · designer 

Colin is a Swedish-American writer, illustrator, designer and developer who loves to create digital products on the run. He helped found two literary publications, worked as a fiction editor, and has studied User Experience at Hyper Island and the Interaction Design Foundation. His resume also includes career-track stints as bagel baker, bellhop, supervisor of a giant Popsicle machine, and the shelving guy at the library who surreptitiously reads books in the stacks. He keeps irregular hours.

Kirsty Stegwazi · digital marketing strategist 

Kirsty Stegwazi is a Swedish-Australian artist who has spent much of her life as a professional musician and sound designer. Besides music & sound, she works with illustration, marketing, user research, and digital strategy. Never one to travel in a straight line, Kirsty has lived in many different countries and loves studying languages online. She currently lives in Portugal where she watches the sunset each evening during lockdown.

Michelle Taylor-Harris · reader, art advisor

After gleefully fleeing to Seattle at the first opportunity, it wasn’t long before Michelle gained a new appreciation for her home state of Maine and returned to raise a family. Currently a software tester and field hockey league organizer, she reads and sews and dreams of future travels.

More from The Journal

  • Postcard Prose

    It’s Salty

    By Kelly Hill

    Trying to wrap my mind around living on a tropical island for thirteen years and never once seeing the ocean, I stumbled through my Indonesian vocabulary to say, It’s good. It’s big.

  • Travel Notes

    Screensaver

    By Sandra Larson

    A dinosaur dangles over my grandson at the Field Museum near a pink thumb that pops into the prom picture of my granddaughter dressed in strapless red leaving her house in Medina …

  • Travel Notes

    The Value of Small Money

    By Megan Hallinan

    The bill in question is actually a 2,000 West African franc note, and it’s the equivalent of about four U.S. dollars. A helpful sum, really, but as I clutch the weathered crinkle in my sweaty palm, its value feels as dirty as the grime that is undoubtedly being transferred to my fingers.

  • Poetry

    Two Poems by F. J. Williams

    to Egg and Berry brewery, to the pack / of Czechy words I made but didn’t work / in this pink town. I’d readily go back / to your best spots, the unfired gun, that perk //

  • Poetry

    Imaginary Oceans

    By Jason Warren

    And if the neap tides of my beauty / sadden him, I cannot help it: / I hang high, the waxy night light …

  • Poetry

    Thessaloniki, Four AM

    By Anastasia Vassos

    Three thousand ancestors ask how I straddle / the sea, a foot on either shore. //

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