Our Team

Christie Hodgen


Christie is the author of four books of fiction—A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw (UMASS, 2003), Hello, I Must Be Going (W.W. Norton, 2006), Elegies for the Brokenhearted (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Boy Meets Girl (forthcoming from New Issues Press, 2022). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines. Her awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the AWP Prize in Short Fiction, the AWP Prize for the Novel, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Ashley Wann

managing editor

Ashley has worked in literary publishing since 2003 and at New Letters since 2009. She received her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. Her short stories and book reviews have appeared  in Puerto del Sol, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review and Paste Magazine.

John Hodgen

advisory editor

John is the Writer-in-Residence at Assumption University in Worcester, Mass.  He won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace (U of Pittsburgh P, 2005). His fifth book, The Lord of Everywhere, is out from Lynx House/University of Washington Press. He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, the Bluestem Award, the Balcones Prize, the Foley Prize, the Chad Walsh Prize from Beloit Poetry Journal, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Poetry. Poem included in Scribner’s Best American Poetry 2017. 


Hayden Baker is a first-year M.F.A. student in creative writing and instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Savannah Bradley is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

April Brown is a senior English major with an empahsis in createive writing and a minor in manuscript editing and print culture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a fiction writer who loves editing.  Reading is her most treasured hobby and she has a library containing almost 500 books. It is the first thing she’d save in a fire. Not an easy decision considering she has two fantastic dogs.

Lydia Fultz is a first-year M.F.A. student who writes short stories, essays, and ill-defined works of comic irreverence (i.e. under appreciated Tweets). Her work has been featured in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Hoor Hamid is a senior majoring in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She loves reading, writing and teasing her cat Moony with string until he falls asleep—exhausted. 

James Harris is a black, Mexican, and white writer who works as an English teacher at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is an M.F.A. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City focusing on writing speculative fiction. He resides in Lawrence, Kansas, where he and his wife, Jenny, fend off two demon cats named Todd and Ladybird. 

Megan has a passion for social justice and a weakness for graphic novels.  Her biggest accomplishment has been maintaining her sanity while working on a Master’s degree. 

Olivia Legaspi is a fiction writer, a Scorpio, and a first-year M.F.A. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She recently moved to Kansas City after graduating from Haverford College and spending most of her life on the East Coast. Currently, her favorite writers are Emily Dickinson, Edward P. Jones, and Claudia Rankine, and her favorite band is The National. Olivia enjoys spending time with her plants and is planning to adopt a dog in the near future. She is working on her first novel, and does most of her writing on park benches. In her free time she paints, makes sculptures, and reads tarot cards.

Alicia Marshall is an emerging fiction writer in the M.F.A. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is working on her first collection of short stories. In her free time, Alicia enjoys reading novels, training for half-marathons, trying new foods, and playing D & D with her friends. She lives with her husband, Kelly, and cat, Princess Eliza Stickybuns, who—despite being exceptionally bossy—is the light of their lives.

Jared McCormack is a writer, teacher, activist, and podcaster originally from rural Missouri. After living abroad for several years, he returned to Missouri to pursue an M.F.A. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was recently an intern with the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast from LitHub and is currently an intern at New Letters. He is the host and co-producer of the MFA Writers podcast. You can find him at JaredMcCormack.com

Montana Patrick is a second-year M.F.A. student in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a fiction writer and photographer and is currently working on his first collection of short stories.

Pyrindaria is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Gilbert Randolph spends his time writing and getting his wife and daughter to try the strange foods he hunts and forages. You can find some of his work at the Preserve Journal, as well as his blog devoted to his varied outdoors adventures, thenerdventure.wordpress.com.

Julia Smith is a studio art and English (emphasis creative writing) double major. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995. Her creative nonfiction has been published in No. 1 Magazine.

Lynn L. Snyder is a first year M.F.A. candidate with an emphasis in poetry, and recipient of a Writers for Readers Graduate Fellowship. Her poems and an essay have appeared in Touchstone Literary Magazine and No. 1 Magazine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, took a four-year hiatus in Northern California backpacking, bicycling, river rafting, and studying shamanism before beginning a long career in Software Engineering. She participated in the Kansas City Songwriters Circle for almost ten years. Upon retiring from the corporate world, she turned to the study of writing in hopes of amplifying her power to share her love and concern for the environment and the web of life.

Emily Anne Standlee is an emerging nonfiction writer and Durwood Scholar in the M.F.A. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She co-produces the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast at Literary Hub and serves as nonfiction editor at No. 1 Magazine. She lives in a 100-year-old Midtown apartment in Kansas City.

Ronnea Stiles is studying English with a minor in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She plans on becoming an English professor to help students in college. Her poem “Dark Girl” was published in Number One Magazine.

Kayla Wiltfong is an M.F.A. student at the University of Missouri—Kansas City specializing in fiction. She is working on her first novel, as well as a handful of short stories. Kayla writes an opinion column for unews.com and her poetry has been published by the Johnson County Library. 

Miranda Wyatt is an undergraduate English major with an emphasis in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has loved writing ever since she was young and has plans to become a writer, songwriter, and editor. When she is not writing, Miranda enjoys drawing, painting, and singing.