Susannah Jordan (Editor-in-Chief) earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Queens University of Charlotte, where she served as Nonfiction Editorial Assistant for Qu, the school’s literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Drabble, detritus, 101 Fiction, Ink In Thirds, 50-Word Stories, The Story Shack, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Rathalla Review, Cold Coffee Stand, Daphne Magazine, Twisted Sister lit mag, and elsewhere. Her visual art has appeared in 3Elements Literary ReviewCotton Xenomorph, The Green Light, Orson’s Review, The Cerurove, formercactus, Riggwelter Press, Figroot Press, Oxford Magazine, The Tishman Review, and Gravel, among others. Find her online:

Chuck Augello (Contributing Editor) lives in New Jersey with his wife, dog, two cats, and several cows that refuse to cease. His work has appeared in One Story, Juked, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, and other fine places. He publishes The Daily Vonnegut and contributes interviews to The Review Review. He’s currently at work on a novel. 

H. L. Nelson is Founding Editor of Cease, Cows. Her publications include Nightmare, The Big Click, and others. Her story “A Creature Comes Home” was chosen by Kevin Brockmeier for The Masters Review Volume IV anthology. The dark fiction anthology she co-edited, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books), is available now. It includes stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Diane Cook, Cat Rambo, Aimee Bender, Rachel Swirsky, and other badass women. H. L. lives in Dallas (and detests country music and football) with her musician husband, two amazing boys, and a corgi-mix pup named Scruffy “Super Sword.”

Reading Team: January 15-March 15th 2020 

Jack B. Bedell (Guest Poetry Editor) is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in Southern Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Pidgeonholes, The Shore, Cotton Xenomorph, Okay Donkey,  EcoTheo, The Hopper, Terrain, saltfront, and other journals. His latest collection is No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, 2018). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

Kate Felix (She/Her) (Fiction Reader) is a writer and filmmaker based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, Litro, and Cream City Review, among others. Her feminist short films have been selected for over fifty independent film festivals worldwide and have won numerous filmmaking and screenwriting awards. She is currently at work on a stage play. She is a reader for The Nasiona and the non-fiction editor for Cauldron Anthology. Find her online at or @kitty_flash.

Reading Team: August 1st-November 1st 2019 

Dakota Canon (Fiction Reader) is the author of a novel, The Unmaking of Eden, which won the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award, the 2018 Hastings Litfest Crime Novel Competition, and was long-listed in the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. She has received placement in the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Contest and the Brilliant Flash competition, and has short work, either published or forthcoming, in Witness, Hobart, Moon City Review, Fiction Southeast, The MacGuffin, Literary Orphans, and Citron Review, among others.

Hannah Grieco (Fiction Reader) is a writer and advocate in Arlington, VA. She has published work in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Hobart, Barren Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and more. Find her online at or on Twitter at @writesloud.

Maritza Mora (Fiction Reader) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She worked with the nonprofit, bilingual publisher Cubanabooks Press as a translation editor and has published poetry through Honey & Lime literary magazine and Third Point Press, along with CNF through Rose Quartz Magazine. She currently has fiction in the forthcoming issue of Salt Hill Journal. Maritza is Mexican-Salvadoran, an activist, geek & gamer, and a genius, billionaire playboy philanthropist every second Wednesday of the month.

Gage Saylor (Fiction Reader) lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma as a Ph.D. candidate at Oklahoma State University. He has an M.A. and M.F.A. from McNeese State University where he received the Robert Olen Butler Award, Ada Vincent Scholarship, and Paul-Avee Prize. His fiction has appeared in Moon City Review, Passages North, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere.

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