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 Biegelson

Associate Editor

Daniel is the author of the book _Of Being Neighbors_ (Ricochet Editions) and the chapbook _Only the Borrowed Light_ (VERSE). He is the Director of Northwest Missouri State's Visiting Writers Series. More of his work can be found at []

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 fiction and creative nonfiction and is obsessed with cold brew coffee. When she's not writing or working, Nicole enjoys practicing witchcraft, reading weird stories, and getting tattoos.

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.

Angel Trinh

Content Assistant Intern

Angel is a junior majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in writing at Northwest Missouri State University. She's been writing creatively since 6th grade. She also enjoys dabbling in photography, design, and videography.

Alice Sweida

Content Assistant Intern

Alice is a senior majoring in psychology with a creative writing minor at Northwest Missouri State University. She writes poetry, has a ghost cat living in her apartment, and suffers from a slight obsession with blankets, tea, and cold weather. Maybe more than slight.

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.