The Hippocampus Magazine Team
Donna Talarico is the founder of Hippocampus Magazine and Books and its annual conference, HippoCamp. While Hippocampus is a full-time effort in itself, her *actual* job is as an independent writer and marketing consultant; in 2015 she took a leap of faith and left the daily grind for a more flexible (and frugal) life in order to nurture and grow these passion projects, while still making ends meet.
Donna has more than two decades of experience in marketing, communications, writing and media, and about half of that time has been in higher education, most recently as director of integrated communications at Elizabethtown College (2010-2015) in Pennsylvania. She speaks at higher education and publishing conferences, writes an adult learner recruiting column for Wiley, and has contributed to Currents (a higher education trade publication), Guardian Higher Education Network, The Writer, mental_floss, Games World of Puzzles, and others. Her creative nonfiction appears in The Superstition Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Los Angeles Times, and Wanderlust Journal.
Donna teaches or has taught about branding and digital identity in several graduate creative writing programs, including Wilkes University and Rosemont College, as well as at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (2010), and, later, she returned to Wilkes to pursue a master’s in literary publishing (2016). She also has an MBA from Elizabethtown College and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Wilkes.
She lives Lancaster, Pa. with her husband, Kevin Beerman and their cat. She loves road trips, national parks, board games, greasy-spoon diner breakfasts, and museums.
Rae Pagliarulo works as a nonprofit fundraising consultant in her lifelong home of Philadelphia. Her essays, poems, and articles have appeared in Full Grown People, bedfellows, Hippocampus, The Manifest-Station, r.kv.r.y. quarterly, the Brevity Blog, and numerous others. Her work is anthologized in The Best of Philadelphia Stories: 10th Anniversary Edition. She is the 2014 recipient of the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize, a 2019 Best of the Net nominee, and a graduate of Rosemont College’s MFA program.
Steph Auteri has written for the Atlantic, the Guardian, Pacific Standard, VICE, and other publications. Her more literary work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Creative Nonfiction, Under the Gum Tree, and elsewhere. She is the author of A Dirty Word and the founder of Guerrilla Sex Ed.
Wendy Fontaine is a multi-genre writer whose work has appeared in dozens of journals and magazines including Pithead Chapel, Entropy, Hippocampus, Longridge Review, Readers Digest and River Teeth. She received the 2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize at Hunger Mountain and has been nominated multiple times for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A native New Englander, she lives in southern California with her daughter and husband.
Lara Lillibridge is the author of Mama, Mama, Only Mama (Skyhorse, 2019), Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home (Skyhorse, 2018) and co-editor of the anthology, Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility (Cynren Press, 2019). In 2019 she judged creative nonfiction for AWP’s Intro Journal Project and currently serves as a mentor for their Writer to Writer program. She also writes for children under the name L.B. Lillibridge.
Vicki Mayk is a memoirist, nonfiction writer and magazine editor who has enjoyed a 40-year career in journalism and public relations. Her nonfiction book, Growing Up On the Gridiron: Football, Friendship, and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas (Beacon Press) was published in September 2020. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, Literary Mama, The Manifest-Station and in the anthology Air, published by Books by Hippocampus. She’s been the editor of three university magazines, most recently at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and now freelances and teaches adult writing workshops. Connect with her at vickimayk.com.
Kristen Paulson-Nguyen got hooked on the raw honesty and lyrical beauty of nonfiction after working as a Boston Globe columnist and correspondent, copywriter and magazine editor.
She found her people at GrubStreet in Boston, where she completed year-long memoir and essay intensives with kind, generous and brilliant authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, 2017) and Grace Talusan (The Body Papers, 2019). Kristen’s memoir-in-progress is her current major project. BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, Headspace, Hippocampus and Creative Nonfiction have published her essays.
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Carina Sitkus is the director of communications at Lehigh University. Her work has appeared in Inside Higher Ed, Business Insider, PANK, Thought Catalog, and others. Carina was previously the director of content strategy and magazine editor at Gettysburg College and, before then, a science teacher.
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Vonetta Young is a writer and financial services consultant based in Washington, DC. Her essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, Lunch Ticket, DASH, Catapult, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Gargoyle, and the anthology, Furious Gravity. Her work generally explores complex family dynamics, including fatherlessness and half-sibling relationships; the messy intersection of race and class in upwardly mobile Black families; Millennial perspectives on Christianity; and identity and belonging. Vonetta is twice a graduate of Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter at @VonettaWrites.
Whitney Archer is a writer, copyeditor, and librarian who lives in the Virginia exurbs of DC. She lives with her husband and son in a townhome that she is always working to rid of builder grade beige. She works as a school and public librarian in her community and also as a copyeditor and editorial assistant for Literary Mama. Her food memoir, Butter and Pecans: A Four Generation Love Story was self-published in 2014. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, AOL.com, Patrol Magazine, and Salvo Magazine.
As a songwriter, Kevin has an intimate understanding of what it takes to translate real events into an artistic telling of a story. He serves on the Hippocampus reading panel, researches photography and artwork for stories, and handles several administrative aspects of the magazine and its conference, HippoCamp. Kevin is a seasoned music professional with nearly two decades of experience in performing, teaching, writing and producing. He was a staff songwriter for a major label, and, as a multi-instrumentalist, Kevin backed up several recognizable names in rock, country, bluegrass, and indie. Today, he’s the drummer for Jon Smith’s Voyages, an original 70’s band influenced by Queen and Bowie, performing at various festivals and venues throughout the region. Kevin has a corporate communications degree from Elizabethtown College.
Wendy is a tenured professor at the women’s college of Trinity Washington University. Her biography-memoir, Finding Josie, won awards from the Midwest Booksellers Association and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her essays have appeared in River Teeth, the Laurel Review, Literary Mama, Relief, and the Washington Post. One of her flash pieces, which originally appeared in Sweet, was selected for inclusion in Creative Nonfiction’s Sunday Short Reads. She lives with her two daughters near Washington, D.C.
Amy Braziller is a former punk rocker, sometimes banjo twanging foodie, and current Professor of English at Red Rocks Community College, located just outside Denver, Colorado. Publications include Hippocampus, Brevity Nonfiction Blog, Front Porch, Entropy, Split Rock Review. Amy is working on a hybrid memoir related to coming out and her punk rock days in NYC. She can be found at amybraziller.com and @asbraziller on Instagram.
Connor Buckmaster is a queer nonfiction writer, musician, and teacher living in New Jersey. His writings have appeared in places such as The New York Times, Iō Literary Magazine, and Glassworks Literary Magazine. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at Rowan University.
André Lewis Carter
André Lewis Carter writes fiction, poetry, essays, and plays in the urban sprawl of Portland, Oregon. His work recently appeared in “Soft Cartel” and “Page and Spine.” His poetry has appeared in “The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies.” André’s one act play, “Reaction,” was staged at the Last Theater Conference in Valdez, AK. André holds a M.A. in fiction writing and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University where he was a Beverly Blakeslee Hiscox Scholar. He is married to a very patient woman who occasionally tells dirty jokes.
Jung Hae Chae
Jung Hae Chae is a Korean American writer from New Jersey. Her poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Her work of creative nonfiction has been anthologized in the 2019 Pushcart Prize collection. Most recently, she won the 2021 Crazyhorse Prize in Nonfiction and the 2019 Emerging Writers Contest in Nonfiction from Ploughshares. When not writing, she likes to go hiking and look for mushrooms in the wilds of NJ with her family.
Aimee writes creative nonfiction about the intersections of identity, adoption, parenting, and disability. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cognoscenti, Pidgeonholes, Hippocampus Magazine, the Brevity Blog, and more. Her essay won honorable mention in The Fountain magazine’s 2020-2021 COVID themed contest and will be forthcoming in an anthology. A native New Yorker, she now lives outside of Boston with her family and critters. More information about Aimee’s writing can be found at www.aimeechristian.net.
Kayti Christian is a nonfiction writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She holds an MA in Nonfiction Writing from City, University of London.
Jodi Sh. Doff
Jodi Sh. Doff is a New York-based nonfiction writer and editor. Her work appears in Hippocampus, O, Bust, The Fix, and others, as well as several anthologies. She was part of the Sex Worker Literati Reading Series, and a guest on KGB Radio Hour and In Bed with Susie Bright. She advises a seminar in Art of Memoir at Lesley University’s MFA program. Visit her online at: onlythejodi.com
Viannah E. Duncan
Viannah E. Duncan is a professional editor for academic, corporate, and creative writers. Her creative nonfiction and poetry can be found in Lavender Review, Screen Door Review, Flypaper Magazine, the Same, Eclipse, and other small literary journals. She lives outside of Washington, DC, and holds an MFA in creative writing with a focus on poetry, creative nonfiction, and small press publishing. She has a small dog named Hyphen. You can find out more about her and her editing services at Duncan Heights.
Pietra Dunmore is a New Jersey-based creative. She is a dual-degree graduate of Rosemont College, with an MFA in Creative Writing and a MA in Publishing. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, The Nasiona, Penumbra Online, and Causeway Lit. Her short story will be anthologized in The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia, by Toho Publishing. Read more about her at www.pietradunmore.net.
Angela L. Eckhart
Angela earned her M.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University. She’s edited two books for local authors and worked as an adjunct writing professional at her local community college for two semesters. She has completed a novel, is currently working on a memoir, and has been reviewing books for Hippocampus magazine since 2011, where she previously served as Book Reviews Editor for several years. She’s a staple volunteer at HippoCamp, and she’ll be participating in the Belize Writer’s Conference, as well as her bi-annual writing retreats.
Sarah Evans is an Oregon writer who has been published in Mom Egg Review and on the Brevity Nonfiction Blog and the River Teeth Beautiful Things blog. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Pacific University. Read more about her at www.sarahevanswriter.com.
Amy Fish is the author of “The ART of Complaining Effectively” (Avmor 2014) and “I Wanted Fries with That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need” (New World Library 2019). Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Traveller, and Costco Connection. She is the Ombudsperson for Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Faith Kelleher Gaddie
Faith Kelleher Gaddie writes, knits, and gardens in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her partner and pets. If it’s warm enough to grip the handlebars, she can be found exploring rail trails from the stoker seat of a tandem bicycle.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney
Sarah Kilch Gaffney is a writer, brain injury advocate, and homemade caramel aficionado. She lives in Maine and you can find her work at www.sarahkilchgaffney.com
Lillie Gardner writes creative nonfiction, literary fiction, and screenplays. She studied creative writing at New York University and has been published in The Slag Review, Long River Review, and Delmarva Review (forthcoming). She reviews books for EcoLit Books and writes Wild Minds, a blog about the creative process. When she’s not writing, she’s usually practicing piano or taking her cat Ava Gardner for a walk. Learn more at lilliegardner.com or follow @lilliegardner on social media.
Jessica Gilkison lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is editor of the ALL Review at Arts+Literature Laboratory. Jessica has a piece in The Walls Between Us: Essays In Search Of Truth. She is in a one-year memoir program through Catapult.
Ariel M. Goldenthal
Ariel M. Goldenthal is an assistant professor of English at George Mason University. Her work has appeared in Tiny Molecules, Emerge Literary Journal, MoonPark Review, and others. Follow her on Twitter @arielgoldenthal or read more at arielgoldenthal.com.
Marked by wanderlust, Jenn Hall lives and writes in Jersey. She was a notable in Best American Food Writing 2019, and her essays and fiction have been published in Hippocampus Magazine, Pidgeonholes, The Maine Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. Though driven to meander, she has come to learn that the best stories are hidden in plain sight. Follow along at jennhallwrites.com.
Campbell C. Hoffman
Campbell C. Hoffman, writer/editor, lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Inspired by family life, she writes about the joy and ache of love, and the struggle of holding tight while letting go – that is to say, she writes about life. Her essays have appeared in Brain, Child Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, and Mamalode. Nothing makes her happier than a walk in the woods, and she is drawn to a campfire exactly like a moth to a flame.
After a career in advertising and a move from Toronto to Los Angeles, Wendy earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University. She is a writer, editor, grant writer, and volunteer writing mentor with WriteGirl, a writing and mentoring organization that empowers teen girls. Wendy received the Tiferet Prize for Creative Nonfiction and her writing has appeared in various publications including Lunch Ticket Special, Two Hawks Quarterly, and Dog Eyes Magazine. Her current projects include a collection of essays and a book collaboration.
Rachael J. Hughes
Rachael J. Hughes is a writer and educator in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Us Girls: My Life Without a Uterus, and a part-time professor of writing and communications at Alvernia University. She earned her MA/MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She is “stuck in the 90s,” and has an obsessive love of Pearl Jam. She loves poetry, true narratives, locally roasted coffee, and cats. She currently writes and resides in a partially earth-sheltered house with her husband and four cats. The cats helped her write this work.
Karin Killian is a writer from Northern Minnesota and a fiction candidate in The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her prose has recently appeared in Hobart and Creative Nonfiction.
Brooke Knisley is a disabled writer whose work has appeared in Vulture, HuffPost, McSweeney’s, and others. She is working on a memoir about trauma and its damage.
An MFA graduate of Rosemont College, Abigail Lalonde is a writer and a mother. Her work has been featured in Sanitarium Magazine, Pretty Owl Poetry, Crack the Spine, Memoir Mixtapes, HerKind Collective, and Yellow Chair Review. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and three cats. Her spirit animal is a combination of a goth teenager and Holly Golightly (from the book, not the movie. Don’t be silly).
Tracy Line is a writer, writing instructor and community volunteer. She enjoys reading and travel, and has recently traded her house in the city for one that sits between a horse farm and a cornfield. She is a 2019 Pushcart nominee.
Pamela Ramos Langley
Pamela Ramos Langley lives in an exurb of So Cal where she periodically pecks out stories on her laptop. Her work has been published in The Santa Fe Literary Review, Literary Orphans, The Writing Disorder, MARY: A Journal of New Writing, The Story Shack, Hippocampus Magazine, Elohi Gaduji, The River Poets Journal, Drunk Monkeys and elsewhere. She’s been twice nominated for Best of the Net, had a most memorable essay at Hippocampus, won the 2014 MARY’s editor’s prize for non-fiction, and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She suffers from impostor syndrome, and has no current work in progress.
Laura Lubrano has taught and tutored English and composition at several high schools and universities in her home state of New Jersey. She has a passion for helping writers at all levels and believes everyone has something important to say and a story to tell. When she’s not caring for her family, she enjoys writing poetry, baking, and nature photography.
Natasha Lvovich is a writer and scholar of multilingualism and creativity. Originally from Moscow, Russia, she teaches at City University of New York and divides her loyalties between academic and creative writing. She is an author of a collection of autobiographical narratives The Multilingual Self and her list of creative nonfiction and essays is steadily growing. Her work appeared in journals (Life Writing, New Writing), anthologies (Lifewriting Annual, Anthology of Imagination & Place) and literary magazines (Post Road, Nashville Review, Two Bridges, bioStories, NDQ, Epiphany, New England Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Jewish Fiction); one of her CNF pieces has been nominated for Pushcart Prize. Natasha Lvovich is editor-in-chief of Journal of Literary Multiliingualism published by Brill.
Laurel Miram is a Midwestern essayist and short fiction writer. Her work appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, and the Eastern Iowa Review, among other publications. She is a reader for The Lascaux Review and Witness Magazine, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, Best of the Net, and the PEN/Dau Short Story Prize.
Anthony J. Mohr
Anthony J. Mohr lives and writes in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in, among other places, California Prose Directory, The Christian Science Monitor, DIAGRAM, Eclectica, Evening Street Review, Front Porch Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Hippocampus Magazine, Maryland Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The MacGuffin, Superstition Review, War, Literature & the Arts, ZYZZYVA, and two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is an associate editor at Evening Street Review. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, travel, and improv theater. He has lived and studied in Europe and South America. Currently he is a fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard.
Nancy Noé has been an English professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, for 27 years; she teaches classes in writing, research, literature, and communication. She earned an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and, more recently, an M.S. in professional and technical communication from NJIT. Nancy hopes to one day be organized enough to submit her poetry and memoir-in-progress for publication. In her spare time she likes to make lists of things she will accomplish in her spare time.
Melissa Oliveira’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares Solos, Agni, Pleiades, Calyx and others. Her previous work has garnered a Best American Essays Notable listing, a Best of the Net nomination and an honorable mention from Glimmer Train Stories. Her reviews have appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Brevity, The Rumpus and more. Melissa currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where she is working on a novel-in-stories about the divided city.
Grace Quantock is a writer and psychotherapeutic counselor. She writes narrative non-fiction at the intersection of creative arts, social justice and marginalised bodies. She was awarded the Francis Reckett Award and is a London Library Emerging Writer 2021. Grace has been published in The Guardian, The Metro and The Fabian Review; she has also appeared in The New Yorker Online, The Observer and The Times. A member of The Welsh Agenda editorial group, the magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, she lives in Wales, U.K and is passionate about emerging essay forms, therapeutic writing and journaling.
Dorothy Rice is the author of two memoirs, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK (Otis Books, June 2019) and THE RELUCTANT ARTIST (Shanti Arts, 2015) and a certified Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshop facilitator. Her essays and stories have been published in many literary journals, including Hippocampus. After raising five children and retiring from a career managing statewide environmental protection programs, Rice earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert, at 60. Dorothy co-directs the literary series Stories on Stage Sacramento, is an essay reader for Hippocampus Magazine and leads writing workshops for 916 Ink, a youth literacy nonprofit.
Marsh Rose is a freelance writer, psychotherapist, and college educator. Her short stories have appeared in Hippocampus, Cosmopolitan Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Salon.Com and other publications. Her second novel, Escape Routes, was published by Sunbury Press in March 2021. Marsh lives in northern California with her greyhound, Adin.
Lauren Sieben is a writer based in Milwaukee. Her essays and reporting have appeared in the Washington Post, Human Parts, Midwest Living, Belt Magazine, The Guardian, and other places. Her work is anthologized in “The Milwaukee Anthology” by Belt Publishing. She is also an alumna of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in literary nonfiction.
Ashley Supinski has an MFA with a focus on young adult fiction from the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University. She works as an adjunct English professor in eastern Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology at Southern New Hampshire University and is a mental health advocate.
Tessa Torgeson is a writer and social worker in Denver. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity Blog, The Coachella Review, Rkvry Quarterly, and The Fix, among others. She is a former contributor to Fear No Lit. Her writing often shines a light on recovery, harm reduction, and mental health care. She lives in Denver with her significant other and their dog, Linus and cat, Luna. You can find her on Twitter @tessa_tito.
Anri Wheeler is a multiracial writer, antiracist educator, and mother to three strong daughters. Her memoir-in-progress is about race, class, motherhood, and tearing open the boxes into which we’re asked to reduce ourselves. More at anriwheeler.com.
Christina Socorro Yovovich
Christina Socorro Yovovich lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her son and husband. Her nonfiction has appeared in Mutha Magazine, Cagibi, The Hunger, and elsewhere. She is working on a memoir of her mental illness and parenting.
Laurel Miram’s work appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, Eastern Iowa Review, and OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, among other publications. She is a reader for The Lascaux Review and Witness Magazine. Her short prose has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, and the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.
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