We have some exciting news to share! Our search for the perfect poetry editor has come to a close.

The process was long. The competition was fierce. But after months of mulling over C.Vs, interviews, and deliberations, we’ve finally come to a decision.

Dear readers, I introduce to you Shannon and Minadora, two fabulous, new, and ready to be overworked and not paid poetry editors!

— Katie Hoerth

Shannon Connor Winward

I’ve been writing and performing all my life.  When I was little I put on plays for anyone who would watch, and I knew all the lyrics to Annie by heart.  I was an avid and eclectic reader, always with a book in hand – everything from Nancy Drew mysteries to Greek myths to Stephen King. I learned to type poems in the computer lab at school and loved it, the spellcraft of putting thoughts into words in just the right order.  I had my first poems published in children’s magazines when I was ten. *Cough* years later, I still write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, food writing, to do lists and grocery lists.  I’m an autism mom, a foodie, and an advocate for the arts:  in between writing, parenting, and other madness, I run poetry critique groups and workshops, frequent open mics and literary readings, and keep the books for a non-profit arts collective in Newark, Delaware.

I am a graduate of the University of Delaware, where I studied psychology and anthropology (the human condition).  These are fields that still fascinate me.  I want to hear about your culture, your heritage, your inner worlds, your dreamscapes.  Paint for me your fears and desires.  Tell me about your mother.  I love retold myths, folklore, ghost stories, and fairy tales, especially when they are used to subvert cliché and expectations.  I’m also a sucker for anything food-related.  I love science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, formal poetry, literary poetry, slam poetry, all of it – just make sure it has a heart and a pulse. I’m not big on writing that exists only to be clever.  I want to be moved.

Minadora Macheret

Growing up in a multilingual household taught me the ways in which language slips and slides between tongues, silence, and those in-between spaces. Creativity is something that was woven into my life between art classes, writing, and those long 45-minute piano lessons that seem endless. As I grew up, there are two loves that never left me -writing poetry and reading. I grew up reading books on everything I could get my hands on, but usually found myself seated in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section of a bookstore or constantly reading myth and folklore. Baba Yaga is one bad-ass (No really, she’s not that bad).  Currently, I am an MA student at Kansas State pursuing a second master’s degree in English and can be found walking my dog, cooking, or finding new books to read while the stack by my bed grows higher.

I love poetry that walks the line between the translation of yourself and others. The type of poetry that takes something weird and makes it ecstatic. Or, even if you look for your pulse in the subterranean level of living, find your strangeness and follow it. I love retellings of myth, of folklore, or even the strangeness of your family history. I look for the poems that ask me to sit down and listen.

Katie Hoerth

I know, I know, we said we were only going to add ONE poetry editor. After interviewing both of these women for the position, we just couldn’t bear the thought of letting one go! It was as if Sarah and I were two of those proverbial kids in the candy store trying to decide between a chocolate and a caramel. Why not have both? At least poetry editors don’t leave one with rotten teeth or pimples!

So we did just that. Now, rest assured, when you submit a poem to Devilfish Review, it will pass through the careful eyes of three amazing intelligent women. That’s a good thing, a delicious thing.