the editors

sadcharliebrown1Jason Teal, Founding Editor

Jason Teal is a writer and editor living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He 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 Knee-Jerk, Vestal Review, SmokeLong Quarterly,, Big Muddy, The Casper Review, and Matter Press, among other publications. Former Managing Editor for Mid-American Review and Production Assistant at Drunken Boat, he has worked as a substitute teacher, production supervisor, delivery driver, and lifeguard. He volunteers with Harbor House Domestic & Sexual Violence Program Services in Marquette.


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.


10835054_10152784645391158_7940530065466030110_odezireé a. brown, Nonfiction 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.


Hayli M. Cox, Fiction Editor

Hayli M. Cox is an MA candidate at Northern Michigan University, studying writing and literature in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. She serves as an associate nonfiction/hybrid editor for Passages North as well as the event coordinator and founding member of a local volunteer organization, Pay It Forward. Her work has most recently been published in The Gateway Review (3rd Place Summer Writing Contest), Open Palm Print, and Hippocampus Magazine, with essays forthcoming in Paper Darts and Diagram. In her free time, she plays with Legos, walks her cat, and frequently indulges in Lake Superior night swims.


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

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



About Us

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.