Learn About the Laurel Review Staff


Dr. John GallaherJohn Gallaher

John is interested in soccer and social justice. In his spare time, he writes poems. He is the author or co-author of six poetry collections, most recently, In a Landscape (BOA Editions, 2014) and Ghost / Landscape (BlazeVOX, 2016) co-written with Kristina Marie Darling.

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Luke 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, professional writing, and literature at Northwest Missouri State University.

Associate Editors

Daniel BiegelsonDaniel Biegelson

Daniel 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 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, called Sugarblind.

José Palacios Perez (Joseph Avski)

José, under his pen name, has published several books of fiction—most recently, El infinito se acaba pronto (Emencé, 2015). A Spanish-language writer from Colombia, most of his works have been translated into English. He received his MFA from UTEP and is assisting this spring with our special Spanish-to-English/English-to-Spanish translations section. He currently teaches Spanish and Latin American culture courses at Northwest Missouri State University.

Editorial Assistants

Morgan Wagle

Morgan is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Writing and minoring in Animal Science. She raises goats and writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in Medium Weight Forks and has been presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference. At GreenTower Press, Morgan is trusted with all office protocols and procedures.

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Korbin is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University double majoring in Spanish and Writing with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Publishing. In his free time, he is a vocal advocate for social justice, pineapple, and Tove Lo. He also runs a tarot reading business. Korbin enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. His poetry and fiction have been published in several journals. His debut collection of poetry and photography, recycle after use., is available on Amazon. At GreenTower Press, Korbin heads the design and typesetting efforts for each issue, starting with 49.1.

Fall 2018 Content Assistants

Anthony Procopio Ross

Anthony is a junior majoring in Writing and minoring in Journalism. He is working on an independent web publication. He enjoys reading fantasy, writing poetry, and crafting news articles. With the time spent not writing and researching, he plays his ukulele and preaches the rational discourse to others. He hopes to work in the fields of either journalistic or creative writing when he graduates.

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Bailey is a graduate student at Northwest pursuing her Master's in English, having received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing there. She writes mostly creative nonfiction and poetry, and enjoys country music, cooking, reading, and staying at home with her four pets: Rubeus, Margo, Gretta, and Fitzgerald J. Catsby.

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Halston is a junior 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.

Zach Warner

Zach is a junior majoring in Animal Science with a minor in English: Writing. In addition, he works in grain handling at the Green Plains grain elevator in Hopkins, Missour. He is from La Monte, Missouri where his parents own a beef cattle and row crop farm. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hunting, and fishing.

Shandy Guffey

Shandy is a senior at Northwest. She is an English major and Writing minor. She enjoys reading books and watching movies. She loves hanging out with dogs, baking, and sewing.

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Vilune is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University studying Creative Writing and Advertising. She enjoys writing creative nonfiction and poetry, with topical interests in immigration, sexual liberation, and her home country, Lithuania. Vilune thinks coffee is a source of life, is awkward around large groups of people, and enjoys consuming copious amounts of ice cream and wine in one sitting.


Kate Holt

Kate is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University. She is majoring in English and Economics, and spends her free time baking and dancing with her roommate's cat.

Anna Bagoly

Anna is a junior at Northwest studying Marine Biology and Writing with a minor in Political Science. This is her second semester working with GreenTower Press and is assisting with the prose selection for the literary journal The Laurel Review. When not at work, she can be found either in the labs of Garrett-Strong or at home with her cat.

Ken Lopez

Ken is a graduate student at Northwest studying English. She received her B.A. in English from Northwest, as well. When not writing poetry or fiction, Ken enjoys partaking in online activism, watching Jane the Virgin, and spending too much time alone with her rescue cat, Cinna. She hopes her political-oriented creative writing will help change the world.

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Courtney Cauley

Courtney is a senior at Northwest majoring in English with a minor in Music. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and watching too much reality television.

Katelynn Metz

Katelynn is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University. She loves to write fiction and short stories. She basically lives in Colden Hall and is most likely carrying coffee with her at all times.

Kohl Moutray

Bio coming soon.

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Sarah is a senior at Northwest–an English major and Writing minor who writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and friendly letters. She has recently discovered the wonder that is scented candles, and loves puzzles, pandas, and the color blue.

Prakriti Pokharel

Prakriti is a senior working towards her B.S. degree in English with a minor in International Studies. Born in the aromatic tea gardens of Ilam, she loves tea and can always find the perfect excuse to quaff a warm cuppa at odd hours of the day. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching K-dramas and British TV shows.

Angel E. Ette-Umoh

Angel is a junior majoring in Creative Writing and Publishing. She writes prose and was once published in The Coalition Zine—a very premature, essay-length piece she can hardly stand to read anymore. For fun, she likes to cry to melancholic music, pine for childhood summers, and worship Beyoncé.

*Last updated on 12/9/2016