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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.

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

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.

Cameron Finch

Cameron Finch is a writer, teacher, and movement artist whose work appears or is forthcoming in Ugly Sapling, Midwestern Gothic, Exceptions Journal, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @_ccfinch_.

Meghan Forbes

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

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.

Emily Nagin

Emily Nagin teaches fiction writing at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, a public creative and performing arts magnet program. She earned her BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon in 2011 and her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program in 2015. Her stories have appeared in the Uncommon Core Fiction Anthology, New Ohio Review, and the Main Street Rag. In addition to the MQR Blog, she is a contributor at Fiction Writer’s Review. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNagin.

Katie O’Reilly

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

Allison Peters is the creative coordinator/copywriter at Mane Content, a division of 9&10 News in Northern Michigan. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, she earned an honors BA in English and creative writing from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has been awarded scholarships to the Bear River Writers’ Conference and artist residencies with the Grin City Collective and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. She previously served as a digital publishing coordinator at Michigan Publishing. Peters’s poetry has been published in The Collagist, Dunes Review, Hobart, Birdfeast, and MQR. She also teaches writing and poetry classes at NMC College for Kids, and is the founder, editor, and director of Green House Press and the publisher of Orange Quarterly. Follow her at @aleighpoet.

Lauren Prastien

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

Elizabeth Schmuhl is a multidisciplinary artist. She is the author of Presto Agitato (Dancing Girl Press & Zoo Cake Press, 2015) and Premonitions (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). She illustrates essays for The Rumpus and currently works at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Follow her at @schmuhlface.

Ryo Yamaguchi

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 and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.