Masthead: Issue 08

Founding Editors:

headshotLinsey Jayne is a wave-headed poet with a penchant for jazz who received her MFA in creative writing at Fairfield University. Her writing has been published in such publications as The Standard-TimesThe Dartmouth-Westport Chronicle, and exactly.what.  She has served as the chief poetry editor for Mason’s Road, as well as the student editor for the Bryant Literary Review and the opinion section editor of The Archway. Linsey is currently at work on her first collection of poetry, entitled Idle Jive.




Erin OllilaErin Ollila is an emotional archaeologist who graduated from Fairfield University’s MFA program with a concentration in creative nonfiction. Her writing has been published in Lunch Ticket, Revolution House, Paper Tape, (em): A Review of Text and Image, RedFez, Shoreline Literary Arts Magazine and The Fall River Spirit.




Art Editor:

cisco_biopicCisco Covino is a writer and graphic artist and aesthetic scientist.  He received his MFA in fiction from Fairfield University and currently teaches at Johnson & Wales University.  His work has appeared in such publications as and Old Time Family Baseball.  He can usually be found riding his bike through the sweet absurdity of Boston, MA. Cisco also serves as Spry‘s Graphic Designer.




Editorial Readers:

plane photoFaith Padgett was born and raised in the suburbs of Texas and is currently a Creative Writing/Spanish double major at Oberlin College in northern Ohio. Her poems have appeared in Hanging Loose and several anthologies including the Poetry Society of Texas’ student anthologies and the YoungArts anthology for 2014. She has won several Scholastic regional silver and gold keys, and was a semi-finalist in the Presidential Scholars program in 2014. When not working for Spry or writing, Faith can be found sipping tea with a book of poetry or walking through the prairie with one of her four adopted mutts. Check out her website here.




A System of Linear Equations- Hilts, ElizabethElizabeth Hilts writes memoir, essays, and fiction; though she has written poetry, no one really has to know about that. During the academic year, Hilts toils in the fields of academe as an adjunct professor of English and related subjects. She is in a constant state of revision both as a writer and as a human being.




12994418_10103874151945458_3124593600690970003_n (2)Jenni Nance teaches writing at the University of South Florida. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Sweet: A Literary Confection, Necessary Fiction, Spry Lit, and Creative Loafing. 





IMG_8979Anna Sudderth is a student at Yale University, where she sings in a folk group, leads backpacking trips, and plans to major in English. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the Poetry Society of Texas’ student anthologies, the Manningham Trust Poetry Student Award Anthology, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Best Teen Writing of 2014. Anna’s loves include poetry, Texas mountains, and ever-so-slightly burnt popcorn.

General Readers:

JC06Jessica Caudill is a writer and dedicated coffee drinker from Eastern Kentucky. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and her work has received awards and grants from Kentuckiana Metroversity and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her stories appear in such places as Inscape; The Writing Disorder, and Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change; from MuseWrite Press. She has a website, you know.




227221_6609017555_6128_nElizabeth Cooley‘s poems have appeared in Toad, Spry, and Mason’s Road. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University, where she was managing editor of Sycamore Review.







Lilia Joy holds an MFA in poetry from Murray State University and teaches at Henderson Community College. Lilia has served as an assistant poetry editor at New Madrid and a faculty advisor of a student literary magazine The Riverbend Review. Lilia is currently working on her first collection of poetry, A Foreign Bride.

HeadshotBrianna Hand is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English/Journalism. Her work has been featured in The New Hampshire, where she worked as a Content Editor, and in The Content Standard. She currently works as an Editorial Manager at content marketing startup Skyword. In her free time, she enjoys ruining perfectly good eyeliner pencils by making punctuation changes to signs in public bathrooms. She is currently in the process of writing (and rewriting, and rewriting, and rewriting) multiple novels.



CKCatherine Kyle holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University. She teaches at the College of Western Idaho and writes grants for The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. She is the author and illustrator of the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014); the author of the poetry chapbooks Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015) and Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015); and a co-editor of Goddessmode (Cool Skull Press, 2015). She also helps run the Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series. Her graphic narratives, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Superstition Review, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2015, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 


KLocascioHeadshotKaren Locascio is a graduate of the MFA program at UMass, Boston, where she won an Academy of American Poets prize. Her work has appeared in Hanging Loose, Window Cat Press, Paper Nautilus, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Karen’s interests include genealogy research, fantasy football, and anything having to do with her home state of New Jersey. She currently lives in Dorchester, MA, and works as a temp.



10561655_10203545343247655_5663421478559545589_n 2Jennifer Martelli lives and writes in Massachusetts. She is a poet, associate editor, mom, paddle boarder. Check out her stuff here.





Photo1Pete Mason is a poet from Rochester, New York. His poetry was nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology and has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Rust+Moth, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He received a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia in 2014.




MeTreeGavin McCall’s short stories, essays and one poem have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Eyeshot, Every Day Fiction, Paradigm, Bamboo Ridge, and Off Course. He won Hawai‘i Review’s first Sudden Fiction Award and a scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and spent three years as an intern for the literary magazine The Normal School. He has been awarded residencies at the Sundress Academy in Tennessee and the Rensing Center for the Arts in South Carolina. He earned an MA in Honolulu and an MFA in Fresno, but now lives and writes New Orleans.



cr2Carrie Ryan is a writer and singer-songwriter from Cleveland, OH. Her first publication was with Spry Literary Journal. Carrie has a B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. During her master’s experience this year, Carrie discovered the joy of mentoring young writers. She hopes to devote more time to her creative endeavors this summer now that she has finally finished her degrees.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACathy Ulrich is a writer from Montana. Her flash fiction can be found in a variety of journals, including Monkeybicycle, The Citron Review, Spry and Cleaver Magazine. Her humor blog can be found here, though some days she has a hard time being funny.