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

Anthony Procopio Ross

Anthony is a Senior Writing major at Northwest Missouri State University. His work was recently published in Thrice Magazine’s 2018 Surrealist and Outsider Anthology. In his spare time, you can catch him napping in hammocks around various Maryville Ponds, waking up from time to time to write something down before falling face first into the ground.

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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, Hip Hop, tattoos, and her Pit Bull, Rubeus.


Nicole Kerwin

Nicole is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University studying creative writing/publishing and advertising. She enjoys reading, writing, binge watching The Office, and napping. Nicole also lives off iced coffee and tea.

Spring 2019 Content Assistants


Meighan Robinson

Meighan is a junior studying Secondary English Education. She enjoys writing poetry, creative nonfiction, and sometimes short stories. Meighan loves reading anything she can get her hands on. She hopes to one day run a journalism program in a high school, so she is excited to learn the ropes.

Hayley Brown

Hayley is a senior studying Writing and Interactive Digital Media. She enjoys reading fiction and poetry, and she intends to watch every Ingmar Bergman film by the end of the year. In her free time, she enjoys running, painting, and eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

Natasha Helme

Natasha is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University where she is double majoring in professional writing and history. She enjoys reading historical fiction and creative nonfiction during her free time. Her day is normally consumed by school work, music, drinking too much soda, and harassing her friends about life in general.

Alyssa Smith

Alyssa is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in English Writing. She loves to listen to music, write poetry, and drink ridiculous amounts of coffee. Alyssa enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and planning to travel or attend a concert.

Mason Arnold

Mason is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Writing and minoring in Advertising. He enjoys reading and writing horror fiction, rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, and working on his true crime and paranormal podcast The Right Wrong Turn. You can often find him immersed in his laptop trying to teach himself something new about audio, design, or whatever else instead of doing homework or studying. Be careful about entering a conversation with him or you might walk away with some unwanted knowledge of some serial killer.

Joy Huddleston

Joy is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University where she is majoring in Advertising and minoring in English: Writing. When she is not drowning in school work and work-work, she enjoys reading and writing fiction, sleeping, and talking to her cat, Uma Thurman.

Zachary Warner

Photo and bio coming soon.

*Last updated on 12/9/2016