the editors

Heavy Feather Review is a literary arts annual founded by Jason Teal and Nathan Floom on April 15, 2011. HFR has published six volumes, collaborating with Lucy Corin, Kristina Marie Darling, Roxane Gay, Noah Eli Gordon, Robert Lopez, Amber Sparks, plus hundreds more. We nominate for national anthologies and fiction from HFR has appeared in the &NOW Awards Anthology. HFR publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and hybrid work. The homepage sees updates on a rolling basis. These updates may include, but are not limited to, essays, guest posts, and book reviews. Please review our guidelines before submitting. Support HFR and small presses: HFR links to partners Amazon, Powell’s Books, IndieBound, and more. Questions? Contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com. “Baby” logo art courtesy of John Dermot Woods.


sadcharliebrown1Jason Teal, Founding Editor

Jason Teal is a writer and editor living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He earned his BFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in May 2012, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction at Northern Michigan University. He hosts the 2016-17 Bards & Brews Creative Reading Series with Andrea Scarpino, 2015-17 U.P. Poet Laureate. His work appears in Quarter After Eight, Eleven ElevenKnee-Jerk, Vestal Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among other publications.


Nathan Floom, Founding 10592007_10152763241884384_1570352949_nEditor

Nathan Floom’s work has appeared in The Seattle Review, Everyday Genius, and WORK. He has a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MA from Antioch University Midwest. For over four years he has served as a community college writing tutor. He lives in Ohio. Tweet him @NFloom.


1521400_744584460044_1498775637_nAlly Harris, Poetry Editor

Ally Harris is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with an MFA in Poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings, 2014), and Floor Baby (dancing girl press, 2011). You can read more of her poems online at Typo, BOMBLOG, Sixth Finch, Sink Review, and Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches and writes in Portland, Oregon.


12107966_713740482629_8203073269084160855_nColette Arrand, Nonfiction Editor

Colette Arrand lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is a student at the University of Georgia. Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Toast, The Atlas Review, CutBank, Entropy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is also responsible for a network of websites and zines collectively known as Fear of a Ghost Planet, and can be found at and @gh0stplanet.


10835054_10152784645391158_7940530065466030110_odezireé a. brown, Poetry Editor

dezireé a. brown is a black queer woman poet, scholar, activist, and self-proclaimed “social justice warrior” from Flint, Michigan. They are currently an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and often claim to have been born with a poem written across their chest. Their work has been recently published in the anthology Best “New” African Poets 2015, Duende, Crab Fat Magazine, Razor, Public Pool, and Luna Luna Magazine. They tweet at @deziree_a_brown.


linkinedinprofilepicDominique Woods, Editorial Assistant

Dominique Woods lives in Dayton, Ohio, and is an undergrad at Wright State University, studying Creative Writing. She has written for Wright State University’s newspaper The Guardian as a Contributing Writer, and hopes to publish short fiction stories with literary magazines.


Contributing Editors

Ashby Daugherty, Joanna Ruocco, Dorothea Lasky, Jac Jemc, Kristina Marie Darling, Chas Hoppe, Lucy Corin, Noah Eli Gordon, Amber Sparks, Kyle Bialko, Jason Carnahan