OKD Staff Members

GENEVIEVE KERSTEN (She/Her) is Co-Publisher and Press Poetry Co-Editor. She’s a poet, romance writer, and professional semi-finalist. Her poetry has appeared in The Feckless Cunt Anthology, HAD, Heavy Feather Review, Hypertrophic Lit, No Contact, and Pithead Chapel. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Eric, and tweets at @joieduhvieve.

ERIC ANDREW NEWMAN (He/Him) is Co-Publisher and Co-Editor. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Genevieve, and works as an archivist for a nonprofit foundation. His stories have been nominated for Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction, and have appeared in Atlas and Alice, Bending Genres, Five:2:One, Gargoyle, Pithead Chapel, and Wigleaf, among others.

MATT BROADDUS (He/Him) is Press Poetry Co-Editor. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbooks, Space Station (Letter [R] Press, 2018) and Two Bolts (Ugly Ducking Press, 2021). His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Fence, Foundry, The Rumpus, and Sundog Lit. He lives in Lakewood, Colorado and works at a public library. Sometimes he tweets @mattbroaddus.

STEVE CHANG (He/Him) is Fiction Co-Editor. He is a Taiwanese writer and educator from the San Gabriel Valley, California. His work has appeared in Epiphany, Guernica, Hobart, The Los Angles Review, North American Review, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. He has an MFA from Cornell and has been teaching for a really long time. You can find his tweets @steveXisXok.

ELIZABETH UPSHUR (She/Her) is Poetry Co-Editor. She is a Black Southern writer and 2018-2019 Fulbright alumna. She holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University, and has won scholarships and awards from the Shipman Agency Work Room, Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, and The Frost Place. Her writing has appeared in Brown Sugar Lit, Colorism Healing Anthology, Gigantic Sequins, Pretty Owl Poetry, Unsung Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in rural Tennessee with her family of twelve, a small dog, and sightings of the occasional black bear.

REBECCA ACKERMANN (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She is a writer, artist, and designer living in San Francisco. Her essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Gloria, and The New York Times and her short fiction has appeared in Barren MagazineFlash Frog, Rejection Letters, and Wigleaf, among others. Her work has been supported by In Cahoots and the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods residencies, and you can find her tweeting bad jokes and strong opinions @rebackermann.

KATYA BURESH (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She is a writer, publicist, and candlemaker living in Maryland. Her poetry and literary criticism can be found in Full Stop, Grub Street Magazine, Ligeia Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Metonym Journal, and The Rumpus, among others. You can find her at online at and on Twitter @katyanburesh.

ADRIENNE CREZO (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. Adrienne is a Pushcart-nominated writer and editor of Comanche descent. You can find her work in Complete Sentence, The Daily Drunk, HAD, Sledgehammer Lit, and more. She lives in Ohio.

ADRIAN DALLAS FRANDLE (He/They) is a Poetry Reader. Adrian is a queer poet, chihuahua herder, & cook based in Connecticut. Their poetry appears in Celestite Poetry Journal, The Daily Drunk’s Marvelous Verses Anthology, Feed, Kissing Dynamite, trampset, & elsewhere. They tweet @adrianf.

MEGAN M. GARWOOD (She/They) is a Fiction Reader. Megan is a writer originally from Metro Detroit. Her fiction has appeared in Misery Tourism, Okay Donkey, and X-R-A-Y and her essays on art have appeared in publications like Triangle House, White Hot Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. You can find her online at

MARGARYTA GOLOVCHENKO (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She is a poet, freelance critic, and settler-immigrant from Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada, Treaty 13, and Williams Treaty territory. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and a book reviewer for The Town Crier, Anomaly, and TERSE Journal. She is also a Ph.D. student in the Art History program at the University of Oregon and can be found sharing her (mis)adventures on Twitter @Margaryta505.

MEGAN HANNAY (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She is a writer, reader, and designer. She has won the Willie Lavonsa Moore Prize in creative nonfiction, and you can read her fiction in The Madcap Review. She has also dabbled in screenwriting in L.A. You can find her scribbling, daydreaming, and talking to her cat (of course) in Chapel Hill, NC.

MIRANDA HOLMQVIST (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She is a freelance writer and journalist from Stockholm, Sweden. She can be found translating and ghostwriting scripts, writing nonfiction and poetry, reading a lot of books, and she loves to play with her hyper Corgi, Ella.

SABINA KHAN-IBARRA (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She is Pashtun-American writer and an educator, and is a recent San Francisco State University Graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Sabina’s poems, short stories and creative nonfiction have been published in various journals and anthologies. She is currently working in her poetry collection, Moving Mountains and novel The Poppy Flower. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, six chickens, four rabbits, and two cats.

VERONICA KLASH (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She is a Folio Award-winning essayist, and a Senior Reader and occasional Flash Fiction Editor for Witness. Her fiction has been anthologized recently in What I Thought of Ain’t Funny, a collection inspired by the comedy of the late Mitch Hedberg. You can read her flash fiction in Cheap Pop, JMWW, Milk Candy ReviewWigleaf, and X-R-A-Y, among others. A regular contributor to NPR’s Desert Companion, Veronica is working on a short story collection set in Las Vegas. Find her tweets @veronicaklash.

ERIC LOCHRIDGE (He/Him) is a Poetry Reader. Eric is the author of My Breath Floats Away From Me (FutureCycle Press, 2022) and three poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in The Daily Drunk, DIAGRAM, Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite, Slipstream, and UCity Review. He lives in western Washington between the mountains and the sea. You can find him on Twitter @ericedits and at

ELEONORA LUONGO (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She is a poet and artist living in New Jersey, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Black Telephone Magazine, Coachella Review, and others. She has poems in the following anthologies: No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant & First-Generation American Poetry, Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Poetry & Art by Womxn & Non-Binary Folx, and Hecate: Decay. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @phigirl.

JONAH MEYER (He/Him) is a Poetry Reader. He is a poet, writer, and editor based in North Carolina, and his creative work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online. Jonah serves as Poetry Editor for Mud Season Review, Assistant Poetry Editor with Random Sample Review, Staff Writer for The US Review of Books, and Copy Editor at Under The Gum Tree. When not penning poems, Jonah jams on guitar, banjo, and piano, shoots street photography, and studies neuroscience and Buddhist philosophy.

MEG MULCAHY (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She’s a writer, poet, and an absolute messer based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work features in Janus Literary and Kissing Dynamite, among other publications, with her prize-winning flash in The Molotov Cocktail and Silk + Smoke. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection.

CATHERINE MURPHY (She/Her) is Fiction Reader. She’s a writer and editor living in Central Florida. She has a B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Central Florida, where she minored in Creative Writing and served as fiction editor for The Cypress Dome. She can usually be found reading, writing, or listening to show tunes.

JESSICA NIRVANA RAM (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She is an Indo-Guyanese MFA candidate at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She is equal parts poet and essayist, while occasionally moonlighting as a fiction writer. Her work appears in Barrelhouse, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Hellebore, Honey Literary, and No Contact. Jessica also attended the 2021 Tin House Summer Workshop. You can find her tweets on teaching, writing, and all other life things @jessnirvanapoet.

AMANDA RECUPIDO (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. She is an author, book reviewer, playwright, Moth storyteller, and podcaster. Her work has appeared in various humor and literary publications, and has been recognized in the Coverfly and ScreenCraft competitions. You can follow her on social @amandarecupido.

CHRISTINE SALEK (They/Them) is a Fiction Reader. Christine has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Wisconsin. Their writing ranges from sports journalism to flash fiction to music and everything in between, and has appeared in AutoStraddle, Crab Fat Magazine, iō, FIVE:2:ONE, So to Speak, and White Wall Review, among others. They work at a library, watch a lot of soccer, and tweet @enbybird.

KODI SAYLOR (She/Her) is a Poetry Reader. She received her MFA in poetry at New York University where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ghost Ocean, Heavy Feather Review, Indianapolis Review, Lime Hawk, and Reservoir Lit. She currently works at Auraria Library in Denver.

NEDJELKO SPAICH (He/Him) is a Fiction Reader. He is a Serbian-American writer living in Los Angeles, California. His fiction has been published in Jellyfish Review, Maudlin House, MoonPark Review, Tiny Molecules, and elsewhere. His non-fiction work has appeared in LAist, LA Weekly, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also a reader for Pidgeonholes, a graduate of Bennington College, and is at work on his first novel. You can visit him at and find him on Twitter @Nedjelko.

LUCY ZHOU (She/Her) is a Fiction Reader. Her writing has appeared in Barren Magazine, HAD, Rejection Letters, Sublunary Review, X-R-A-Y, and elsewhere. In 2020, she received an honorable mention for the Felicia Farr Lemmon Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She loves long-haired cats, labyrinths, and endlessly revising her pieces. You can find her on Twitter @lrenazhou.