Managing Editors

Poetry Editor



Luci Brown's chapbook, Home Brew, was released in 2015. Her poems previously appeared or are forthcoming in Moon City Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox, and others. In addition to serving as Managing Editor for Stirring, she is also a reader for the Best of the Net Anthology. She recently received her MFA at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she teaches and resides with her very tall partner, very strange dogs, and very happy baby.  


Poetry Editor



Andrew Koch lives with his spouse and child in Texas where he is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of North Texas. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, he is the author of the chapbook Brick-Woman (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Salamander, The Collagist,  and others.  


Nonfiction Editor



Gabe Montesanti is a student in the MFA writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net Anthology. She served as the Assistant Nonfiction Editor of Indianola Review and was the art editor of Kalamazoo College's literary journal, The Cauldron. Her nonfiction and poetry can be found in Devil's Lake, Crab Creek Review, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, and is forthcoming in Sinister Wisdom

Fiction Editor



Shaun Turner is the author of 'The Lawless River' (Red Bird Chapbooks), and co-editor at Fire Poetry Journal. His writing can be found or is forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, New Madrid, the Southwest Review, and Devil's Lake, among others. Shaun earned his MFA at West Virginia University and currently teaches at Eastern Kentucky University.

Reviews Editor



Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks. She works as a middle school teacher in the Chicago suburbs. 


Associate Poetry Editor



Jasmine An is a queer, third generation Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was published as the winner of the 2015 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize, and her second chapbook, Monkey Was Here is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in 2017. Her work can be found at HEArtStirringMenacing Hedge, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She is an editor for Agape Editions and currently lives in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language and urban resilience to climate change. 

Associate Poetry Editor



Sarah A. Chavez, a Mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of All Day, Talking (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, forthcoming 2017). She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her work can be found in various anthologies and journals such as Political Punch: The Politics of Identity and Bared: An Anthology on Bras and Breasts, as well as North American Review, Fourth River, Acentos Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Boiler Journal, among others. She is a visiting Assistant Professor teaching Ethnic American Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. You can visit her online at

Associate Poetry Editor



Krista Cox is a paralegal and poet living in northern Indiana. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Indianola Review, Whale Road Review, and Pirene's Fountain, among other places in print and online. She twice received the Lester M. Wolfson Student Award in Poetry, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. In her abundant spare time, Krista parents, paints, and plans community events as the Program Director of Lit Literary Collective. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about her at

Associate Poetry Editor


J.P. Craig is an Assistant Professor of English at Alabama State University and a contributing editor to New American Notes Online and the literary critical journal Reconfigurations. His work has appeared in 5_trope, Outerbridge, The Graduate Bulletin of the University of Iowa, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Artful Dodge, Verse, River City Magazine, and in the critical collection Reading Duncan Reading. He received his MFA from the University of Memphis and his doctorate from the University of Iowa. 

Associate Poetry Editor


M has served as an Associate Poetry Editor for Stirring for over a decade. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Rattle, Harpur Palate, and Pedestal, and was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize in 2011 and in 2012. She also serves as an Administrator of an online poetry workshop and as a co-chair for the Portland Unit of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her poetry chapbook, To That Mythic Country Called Closure, a collection on the subject of widowhood, was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013. 

Associate Poetry Editor


Chris Petruccelli recently graduated from Mizzou with an MA in Geography. His next stop is Fairbanks, AK to work on earning an MFA at UAF. His poetry has appeared in Connotation PressGingerbread House, Rappahannock Review, RomComPom, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Action at a Distance, is available at Other than that, Chris likes to drink whiskey and smoke cigarettes. 

Associate Poetry Editor



Megan Standbrook lives and writes in the south. 

Associate Poetry Editor



John Turner is an Instructor of English at Scott Community College in Davenport, Iowa. His work has appeared in Short Stuff, Samsara Quarterly, Astronomy, Lyrical Iowa, Haiku Hut, Squashblossom, Black&White, The Poet, and Stirring, among others. He is a James Hearst Poetry Award winner, and the first online Slammaster for Simon&Shuster and Warner Bros. He has judged the Third Fusion Poetry Competiton, as well as the 2004 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. John has also written and starred in 30 plays in the last 20 years, won poetry slams in the Quad cities, had poems and plays commissioned in Illinois and Iowa, and has never beaten Erin Elizabeth at Insomniac's Society Poetry Slams.


Founding Editor



Erin Elizabeth Smith is the founder of Stirring and served as the managing editor for fifteen years. She is the author of The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press, 2008), The Chainsaw Bears (Dancing Girl Press, 2010), and The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake Press, 2011). Her poetry has appeared recently or is forthcoming in numerous literary magazines including Mid-American, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard, Third Coast, Zone 3, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Gargoyle. Erin holds a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Tennessee where she teaches poetry writing and literature and serves as the Creative Director for the Sundress Academy for the Arts