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MEGAN MONTAGUE, EDITOR IN CHIEF
Megan Montague is a writer, critic, and graduate student based in Queens, NY. She is suspicious of words like “literary” and “genre” and is probably, more than likely, daydreaming at this very moment. She writes poems that aren’t very poetic, literary criticism that is a little too poetic and is currently working on a collection of fairy-tale slave narratives.

ZELI M., POETRY EDITOR
Zeli M is one of the poetry editors for Armstrong Literary and an MFA candidate in playwriting. Drawn to the {queer} translocation of poetics and performance, Zeli’s work strives to animate the potentiality of queer life-worlds; centering the ways we all heal and love, often times without knowing it.

ROGER SMITH, POETRY EDITOR
Roger Smith serves Armstrong Literary as one of its poetry editors. He is an MFA candidate in poetry as well as a full-time employee at Verizon Communications. Smith has featured at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bellmore Bean Cafe, Sip This and performs at various venues in New York. Married with three daughters (16/14/11), Smith says the key to writing now is his passion as one line, sleep as another, and having his pen choosing to scribble between the two.

NADIA MISIR, NONFICTION EDITOR
Nadia Misir was born and raised in South Ozone Park, Queens. She is a former Asian American Writers’ Workshop Open City fellow. She received her BA in English from SUNY Oswego and an MA in American studies from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction writing at Queens College, CUNY, and was a Writer-in-Residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Her writing has been published in AAWW’s Open City MagazineNo, Dear Mag, and Kweli Journal.

ALAN “AL” KULATTI, NONFICTION EDITOR
Alan “Al” Kulatti is almost the Mediterranean theologian. He thinks everything is too important. He’s a walker and a non fiction editor.

ELLIS GING, FICTION EDITOR
Ellis Ging (known to some as Sara Ging) is one of the fiction editors at Armstrong Literary and an MFA candidate in translation. After a few years working in theatrical costuming, Ellis has left that behind to answer the siren call of academia once again, and currently also works shelving books in a library out on Long Island and doing some tailoring in a teeny tiny boutique. Literary passions include horror, liminal spaces, queerness, and old-timey murder.

CHRISTOPHER GUZMAN, FICTION EDITOR
Besides his time served with Armstrong Literary, Christopher Guzman works/has worked in an editorial and administrator capacity for such journals and collections as American Letters and CommentaryThe Sagebrush Review, and Magill’s Survey of American Literature.  Though currently a fiction writer and poet in Queens, New York, by way of Vilseck, Bavaria, Christopher often contemplates a return to Germany and his training as a lion tamer, following in his mentor’s, Gunther Gebel-Williams’, footsteps.

MAAZA MENGISTE, FACULTY ADVISOR and MANAGING EDITOR
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived in Nigeria and Kenya before settling in the United States. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, has also been translated into several other languages and appeared on several “Best of 2010” lists, including Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor and Barnes and Noble. She is a Fulbright Scholar as well as the Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. Among other places, her work was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has appeared  in The New York Times, Granta, Callaloo Journal, The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story, and Lettre Internationale. She has received fellowships from the Emily Harvey Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Prague Summer Program, and Yaddo. She currently lives in New York City.