John 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.

Luke Rolfes


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.

Daniel Beigelson

Associate Editor

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.

Nicole Kerwin

Editorial Assistant & Social Media Manager

Nicole is the Graduate Assistant at The Laurel Review working towards a Master's in English, having received her Bachelor's in Creative Writing & Publishing from Northwest Missouri State University. She writes creative nonfiction and is obsessed with chai tea lattes. When she's not writing, napping, or contemplating life, she enjoys binge-watching The Office and Law & Order: SVU.

Mason D. Arnold

Designer & Editorial Assistant

Mason is a junior at Northwest with a writing major and an advertising minor. You might recognize him from his true crime/paranormal podcast "The Right Wrong Turn" that he's hosted for over two years. When not designing for The Laurel Review, he's typically research for his podcast, playing some video game, and watching a lot of professional and college football.

Sara Robke

Content Assistant Intern

Sara is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University studying Creative Writing and Publishing and minoring in art. She likes to write fiction and dabbles in creative nonfiction. She prefers drawing with pencils or charcoal rather than any other medium. She also works as an Arts and Entertainment writer for The Missourian. She loves spending time reading, being with her cat, collecting hats, and taking pictures.

About Our Podcast

Our podcast features conversations with regional and national writers. The series is built through collaboration between the students and faculty at Northwest Missouri State University, with support from the Visiting Writers Series and the Department of Language, Literature, and Writing.