Our Team

Christie Hodgen

editor-in-chief

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. 

Interns

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

Jude Patenaude is a student at the University of Kansas.

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

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.

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.

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

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.