Learn a little more about The Laurel Review Staff!


Dr. John GallaherJohn Gallaher

John Gallaher is interested in soccer and social justice. In his spare time, he writes poems.

Luke Rolfes

Luke Rolfes is the author of Flyover Country (Georgetown Review Press, 2015). He has published a variety of stories and essays in journals across the country. He teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Northwest Missouri State University.

Associate Editors

Daniel BiegelsonDaniel Biegelson

Daniel Biegelson is the Director of Northwest Missouri State's Visiting Writers Series. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Jellyfish Magazine, Meridian, New Orleans Review and Verse among other places. He was born and raised in New Jersey—a fact that means more to him than it probably should.

Richard SonnemoserRichard Sonnemoser

Richard Sonnenmoser has published fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in Harvard Review, West Branch, Crab Orchard Review, Permafrost, and other magazines. His poetry chapbook, Science-Magic School, was published in 2010. He’s currently working on a memoir about fatherhood, “Sugarblind.”

Editorial Assistants

Morgan Wagle

Morgan Wagle is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Writing and minoring in Animal Science. She raises goats and writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She also works on the school newspaper, The Northwest Missourian and her work has been published in Medium Weight Forks.

Korbin Jones

Korbin Jones is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University double majoring in Spanish and Writing with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Publishing. Outside of Green Tower Press, Korbin works as a Writing Tutor at the Writing Center on campus. In his free time he is an active, vocal advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Korbin writes poetry, fiction, and occasionally literary nonfiction. He has poetry forthcoming in Sucarnochee Review.

Spring 2017 Interns

Anthony Procopio Ross

Anthony Procopio Ross is a sophomore majoring in writing and minoring in journalism. Anthony is Chief News Reporter for the Northwest Missourian. He enjoys reading fantasy, writing poetry and crafting news articles. Time spent not writing and researching he uses to play his ukulele and preach the rational discourse to others. He hopes to work in the fields of either journalistic or creative writing when he graduates.

Bailey Wright

Bailey is a senior at Northwest, and she is majoring in English and Creative Writing/Publishing. She writes mostly creative nonfiction and poetry. She enjoys country music, cooking, and reading.

Charlnae Spearman

Charlnae is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in English and minoring in Writing. She loves reading fantasy, science fiction, Young Adult fiction, and adult fiction. She also loves writing prose poetry and fiction. She spends most of her time reading, hanging out with friends and family, or working as a student dispatcher at the University Police Department. She loves making people laugh with her jokes and laughing at jokes. She has a deep appreciation for chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

Ashley Hawkins

Ashley Hawkins is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in English and has a minor in Writing. She loves to read and writes poetry and fiction in her spare time. She’s a movie fanatic and binge watches Netflix on the weekends. The rest of her time is dedicated to school and working at TJ Maxx.

halstonHalston Belcastro

Halston Belcastro is a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University. She is studying English Education. In her free time, Halston enjoys writing fiction and dedicating too much time to social media. She works as a barista and is passionate about drinking coffee daily.

Leigha Chenoweth

Leigha Chenoweth is a Senior graduating in Spring 2017 with a B.S. in English and a minor in writing from Northwest Missouri State University. She loves to watch plot driven movies and tv shows, read, and spend time with friends and family. She writes in a variety of genres and hopes to one day be a writer, publisher, or editor.

*Last updated on 12/9/2016