Learn 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.

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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, professional writing, 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. At GreenTower Press, Morgan is trusted with all office protocols and procedures.

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Korbin Jones 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 Carly Rae Jepsen. Korbin enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. His poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Sucarnochee Review, The Vehicle, Noctua Review, The Blue Route, Polaris. At GreenTower Press, Korbin heads the design and typesetting efforts for each issue, starting with 49.1.

Fall 2017 Interns & Content Assistants

Anthony Procopio Ross

Anthony is a junior majoring in writing and minoring in journalism. Anthony 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.

Bailey Weese

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

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Halston Belcastro 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 Warner 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. 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.

Vilune Sestokaite

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 Bagoly is a Junior at Northwest studying Marine Biology and Writing with a minor in Political Science. This is her first semester interning for GreenTower Press and is assisting with the poetry selection for 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.

*Last updated on 12/9/2016