Masthead Winter 2017

Winter/Spring 2017 Editorial Board


Laura Valeri, Managing Editor and Founding Editor

Laura Valeri is the author of two story collections, Safe in Your Head, a winner of the Stephen F. Austin University literary prize in fiction, and The Kind of Things Saints Do, an Iowa/John Simmons Award winner and winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Award. Her work appears in numerous magazines.  She is a Sewanee Walter E. Dakins Fellow in Fiction, and a Hambidge Fellow. You can find her online at Write, Rather (


Burney Marsh, Editor: Fiction and Poetry

Burney C. Marsh earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His short stories and poems have appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Journal, North Central Review, Southern Exposure, The Savannah Literary Journal, The Pritkin Review, Rebel Yell II – Anthology, and other publications. He is the founder and former Editor-in-chief of Clapboard House Literary Journal. He teaches part-time in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.   


James Cody Phenis: Review Editor/Intern


James Cody Phenis is an aspiring editor/writer who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Writing & Linguistics from Georgia Southern University. He currently resides in southeast Georgia, but has dreams of making it out to the West Coast.


Brandi Moody, Poetry

Brandi Moody is a first year writing instructor at Georgia Southern University with an MA in Literature whose primary focus was Shakespeare’s sonnets and alchemy. As a writer and reader she enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and Lovecraftian horror. She is managed by her dog and cat, who are also her agents and teaching assistants, and in her free time, she enjoys coffee, tutoring, and a good existential crisis.


Janet Dale, Poetry

Janet Dale earned her MFA. in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University and her BA in English from the University of Memphis where she focused on both creative and new-editorial writing. She has taught creative writing, reading, and currently teaches composition within the Department of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern. Her essays, stories, poetry, and commentary can be found in Zone 3Pine Hills ReviewReally SystemStructure and Style, and others.


Peggy Lindsey, Fiction  

Dr. Peggy Lindsey learned to read when she was 3, and hasn’t stopped thinking about what makes a good story since. She has a Ph.D. in English from Auburn University and teaches writing at Georgia Southern University. Her current research includes an investigation of how readers evaluate writing and a study of constructions of national and cultural identity in novels.


Jessica Egan, Fiction 

With a Master’s Degree in English Education from Florida State University, Jessica Egan has expertise in the areas of literature, linguistics, and educational psychology. Jessica has worked as a managing editor, an instructional technologist, and has experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), secondary English, college-level composition, and Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses. She has authored lesson plans, teacher certification materials, and test preparation texts. As an editor, teacher, and author, she enjoys providing meaningful feedback to assist others throughout the writing process.


Britta Spann, Poetry

Britta Spann holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon as well as an MA in Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from the University of Kentucky.  Her specializations include Modern & Contemporary American Literature, Poetry & Poetics, and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Traditions. She has worked previously on the editorial staff of The Northwest Review and currently teaches First Year Writing in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.