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Jonathan Freedman

Jonathan Freedman is a professor of English and American Studies as well as a faculty associate in the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. That is to say, he is interested in many things — and goes to too many meetings. Author of three books — Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism and Commodity Culture (Stanford, 1991), The Temple of Culture: Assimilation, Aggression, and the Making of Literary Anglo-America (Oxford, 2000), and Klezmer America (Columbia, 2008), he’s recently been writing essays on realist fiction and economics and working on a book about Jews and decadence.

Managing Editor
Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence has many years of experience in journal management and in writing and editing for publications in science, health, medicine, and the arts and humanities. She has an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College and also writes fiction. Contact her at or by phone at 734-764-9265.

Poetry Editor
Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan and directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference. He has published his poetry and criticism widely in this country and in Europe, including in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Hanging Loose, and, of course, Michigan Quarterly Review. Of several books, the most recent is If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009).

Online Editor
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell’s work has appeared in Jezebel, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter, The OffingPank, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She’s a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and previously served as the Senior Manager of Print & Online Media for Cision US, a global PR and marketing company. Contact her at or follow her @rachelfarrell.

Contributor Editor
Charles Baxter

Editorial Board
Ruth Behar, Sara Blair, Peter Ho Davies, Geoff Eley, Tom Fricke, Linda Gregerson, Don Herzog, Deborah Keller-Cohen, Peggy McCracken

Assistant Editors
Elizabeth Goodenough, Khaled Mattawa, Tish O’Dowd, Alan WaldGillian White

MQR Blog Contributors

Kaveh Bassiri is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Arkansas, where he also teaches Persian literature and film courses. His poetry has won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mississippi Review, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2011 and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles. His translations won the Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency and have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and Massachusetts Review.

Meghan Forbes received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2016, and currently teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. Her essay on the life of Lucia Moholy for MQR was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Elsewhere, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Words Without Borders, MoMA online, molossus, and When in Drought. She is the founder and editor of harlequin creature. Follow her @harlequin_c.

Lillian Li is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her novel, The Duck House, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in 2018. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Guernica, Granta online, and Jezebel. Follow her @ZillianZi.

K.R. Miller received an MFA in poetry from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She currently lives in New Orleans. Follow her at @KpRMill.

Katie O’Reilly is the adventure + lifestyle editor of Sierra magazine. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University, and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she was managing editor of Ecotone. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the LA Review of Books, Narratively, Vela, Buzzfeed, Bitch, The James Franco Review, Bustle, NPR, and other outlets. Her favorite thing to do is ask people questions. You can follow her on Twitter @KatieOWrites.

Allison Peters is a digital publishing coordinator at Michigan Publishing and founder of the Pub Club in Ann Arbor. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, she earned an honors BA in English and creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2011 and has been awarded scholarships to the Bear River Writers’ Conference and artist residencies with the Grin City Collective and the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. Her poetry has been published in The Collagist, Dunes Review, Hobart, Birdfeast, and MQR, and she volunteers at 826michigan and Wolverine Press in her spare time. Follow her at @aleighpoet.

Lauren Prastien is an English teacher and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she received her MFA in Fiction. She is at work on a collection of short stories. Read her at Refinery29, National Ave, and elsewhere. Follow her @scentofaviking.

Elizabeth Schmuhl is a writer, dance maker, and mover whose work appears or is forthcoming in [PANK], theNewerYork, Birkensnake, Paper Darts and elsewhere. Follow her at @schmuhlface.

Ryo Yamaguchi is the Director of Marketing and Publicity for Wave Books in Seattle. He is the author of the poetry collection The Refusal of Suitors (Noemi Press, 2015). He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota. Follow him @ryo964.

Michigan Quarterly Review is published with financial support from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan.