Leah Angstman

Leah Angstman is Founder and Editor-in-Chief and gives final editing approval for all work passing across Alternating Current’s desk, but she does not answer general emails or read submissions.

Leah is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. Leah serves as editor-in-chief for Alternating Current Press and The Coil magazine; a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly; and a contributing editor, culture writer, and print proofreader for Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, Slice Magazine, Pacific Standard, The Maine Review, and Shenandoah. You can find her at and on social media as @leahangstman.

Paige M. Ferro
Deputy Editor
Paige M. Ferro is Deputy Editor at Alternating Current and right-hand woman to the Editor-in-Chief. She is the top dog in the chain of command, so contact her for your specific needs and inquiries if you can’t find your questions answered elsewhere on our website. Paige does not read submissions; see the Submissions tab or The Coil tab to address your work to editors.

Paige’s fiction has appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and She holds degrees in Creative Writing, Literature, and Spanish from the University of Montana, and her writings focus on Queer Studies, works that depict homosexual or homoerotic themes. She recently finished her first book, a memoir depicting her childhood in central Montana being raised Roman Catholic and growing up Queer. Paige currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and two cats and is settling in nicely to a new life of Paleo food, more cats, and reading on the river. You can find her online at

Eric Shonkwiler
Acquisitions Editor
Book Reviewer

Eric Shonkwiler is Acquisitions Editor at Alternating Current Press, as well as a Staff Book Reviewer and columnist for The Coil. He is in charge of final approval and editing for all pieces before they are officially acquired by the press, but he does not read submissions or correspond with authors about pieces.

Eric joined the team after his debut novel, Above All Men, became Alternating Current’s inaugural Coil Book Award winner, and his submitted short story, “Chindi,” won the 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, which led to a contract for Alternating Current Press to publish his first collection of novellas and short stories, Moon Up, Past Full. He has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from University of California-Riverside as a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, was recently selected as a New River Gorge Winter Writer-in-Residence in West Virginia, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone. Above All Men was chosen as a Midwest Connections 2014 Pick by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and was included as a Best Book of 2014 selection on multiple lists, including The Next Best Book Club, Bent Country, and Chicago Book Review. His second novel, 8th Street Power & Light, a loose sequel to Above All Men, was released by MG Press in October 2016. Eric has taught college-level English and Creative Writing, and has formerly served as Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, a reader for [PANK], and Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor for Crate Magazine: The Journal of UCR (now called Santa Ana River Review). You can find his books and publications at

Katharine Coldiron
Submissions Director
Katharine Coldiron is Submissions Director at Alternating Current Press. She is in charge of handling the flow of submissions between the readers and editors, and keeping the submissions queue on track. She is the only one with access to author information outside of our blind reading process, so if you have any questions about submissions or about the status of your work, please contact Katharine, and not the individual readers who read blind and will not be able to answer your questions.

Katharine has had work appear in Ms., The Guardian, VIDA, The Rumpus, BUST, The Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in California and at her website.

Brendan Hamilton
History Editor
Brendan Hamilton is History Editor at Alternating Current Press. He is in charge of handling all history-themed submissions, including the monthly DaguerreoTyped Ekphrastic Photo Prompt Writing Challenge on The Coil and selecting and editing all work for our annual print journal, Footnote: A Literary Journal of History.

He is a history-obsessed writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His work includes a book of poems, Jerusalem Plank Road (Durga Press, 2010), a historical fiction novel, a satirical tome he might hurl off a cliff some day, and occasional guest articles on the Irish in the American Civil War blog. Brendan lives in Longmont, Colorado, with his wife and son and dog and probably a few spiders. He also has a nifty website and a Tumblr page.

Jen Corrigan
Nonfiction Editor
Book Reviewer

Jen Corrigan is a Nonfiction Editor for Alternating Current Press and a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil.

A nominee for the 2017 Pushcart Prize, she is a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, and Fiction Editor for 3Elements Review. Formerly she worked as an editorial intern at the North American Review and served as a jury member for Mash Stories. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Heather, Apocrypha and Abstractions, The Gambler, Change Seven Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, The Tishman Review, Pithead Chapel, Cease, Cows, and elsewhere.

Steph Post
Fiction Editor
Steph Post is a Fiction Editor for Alternating Current Press.

She is the author of the novels, Miraculum, Walk in the Fire, Lightwood, and A Tree Born Crooked. She graduated from Davidson College as a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship for creative writing and a winner of the Vereen Bell writing award for fiction. She holds a Master’s degree in Graduate Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her short fiction and poetry have most recently appeared in Haunted Waters: From the Depths, Foliate Oak, Kentucky Review, Vending Machine Press, Nonbinary Review, and the anthology Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics. She is a regular contributor to LitReactor and has published numerous book reviews and author interviews. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award and was a semifinalist for The Big Moose Prize. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Find her at her website.

Summer Kurtz
Poetry Editor
Summer Kurtz is a Poetry Editor at Alternating Current Press.

She was raised in Georgia but is slowly losing her southern accent in her new home of Boulder, Colorado. When she’s not reading or writing poetry, Summer spends her daylight hours working in closed captioning. At the end of the day, though, all she wants to do is skate. When not editing or captioning, Summer plays roller derby for the Boulder County Bombers, and is known by some as Shark Wahlberg. She plans one day to be either a full-time editor or a professional derby girl. But until that day comes, her main focus is on improving her craft and writing poetry about mental illness, personal growth, and the mysteries of the universe. Her poetry has appeared in New Thoreau Quarterly and Exit 271, and she has a chapbook forthcoming with The Poet’s Haven.

Ed Tato
Poetry Editor
Book Reviewer

Ed Tato is a Poetry Editor at Alternating Current Press and a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil.

He currently lives in Coburg, Australia. He edited poetry manuscripts and one chapbook series for Spartan Press in Kansas City before earning graduate degrees from the University of Auckland and Syracuse University. His two poetry collections are available online. Some of his poems abide there, as well, or in various print journals.


Lisa Favicchia
Managing Editor
Lisa Favicchia is Managing Editor for The Coil. Contact series editors for inquiries about individual columns, but contact Lisa for general questions that are not answered elsewhere or for columns that do not have a specific editor listed.

She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University and has worked on several literary journals, including Mid-American Review and The Adroit Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern Gothic, Rubbertop Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine.

Julia Dixon Evans
Senior Columns Editor
Julia Dixon Evans is Senior Columns Editor for The Coil and handles editing for all general nonfiction, personal nonfiction, and memoir in The Spark: Columns. If you are trying to reach an editor regarding this department, please contact the associate editors for each column, instead.

Julia is the author of the novel How to Set Yourself on Fire (Dzanc Books, 2018) and Nonfiction Editor for Noble / Gas Qtrly. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Barrelhouse, Pithead Chapel, Fanzine, and elsewhere. She was a PEN in the Community resident instructor and is the former program director for So Say We All, a literary nonprofit. She lives in San Diego, where she writes, teaches creative writing in the community, and is building a reading series. More at her website.

Amanda Jean
LGBT+ Diversity Editor
Amanda Jean is LGBT+ Diversity Editor for The Coil. She handles LGBT+ material for The Coil and Pride Month, and she is the editor of our LGBT+ anthologies on Alternating Current Press. Contact her if you are an LGBT+ author interested in featuring work on the magazine.

She is also an editor (and writer) of LGBT+ romance, and when not wrangling manuscripts, writing about the video game industry, or co-hosting the queer romance podcast The Hopeless Romantic with Austin Chant, you can find her watching documentaries, reading too many books on true crime, and caring too much about fictional characters. Find her at her website.

Andrew H. Dincher
Fiction Editor
Andrew H. Dincher is Fiction Editor at The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Neon: Fiction column. Do not send Andrew your fiction submissions; submit here instead. Contact him only if you are an author whose fiction has already been accepted and is already forthcoming at The Coil.

When not playing the guitar or mandolin, you can usually find Andrew either reading a book or staring at trees. He is an ISA-certified arborist who has worked with and admired trees since he was about 13. He is a graduate of Lycoming College, a small liberal arts school in Central Pennsylvania, where he double-majored in English Literature and American History. His nonfiction can be found at Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk, Eco-Speculation, and Obsolete Press. Andrew is also an avid writer and reader of science fiction and fantasy. He is currently living in the high desert of Northern Nevada with his two cats and his wonderful wife, Phoebe.

Lewis Phillips
Poetry Editor
Lewis Phillips is Poetry Editor at The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Neon: Poetry column. Do not send Lewis your fiction submissions; submit here instead. Contact him only if you are an author whose poetry has already been accepted and is already forthcoming at The Coil.

Lewis first worked as a screenwriter for four years, with work adapted for web-output and the Brighton Fringe Festival. Now, after graduating from the NWS Creative Writing Programme, and studying with the PTC and SFEP, he is an active freelancer specializing in line / developmental edits and wildlife-inspired poetry and prose. You can find him online at his website.

Genevieve Mills
History Editor
Genevieve Mills is History Editor at The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Neon: History column. Do not send Genevieve your history submissions; submit here instead. Contact her only if you are an author whose historical work has already been accepted and is already forthcoming at The Coil.

Genevieve writes short stories and flash fiction. She’s from Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Matchbook, Jellyfish Review, Psychopomp Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and Drunk Monkeys, among other magazines.

Lyndsey Ellis
Excerpt Editor
Lyndsey Ellis is Excerpt Editor at The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Neon: Excerpts column. Contact her if you are an author of a traditionally published and / or forthcoming book and are interested in featuring an excerpt of the book at The Coil.

Lyndsey earned her BA in English from University of Missouri-Columbia and MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She was a 2016 recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award for her fiction, which explores intergenerational struggle and resiliency in the Midwest. A VONA / Voices of Our Nation alumna and Kimbilio Fellow, her writing appears in Joyland, The Jamaica Observer, Shondaland, Entropy, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. You can find her online at her website.

Katie Gezi
Last Thing Series Editor
Katie Gezi is Last Thing Series Editor for The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Spark: The Last Thing I Loved column. Contact her if you are interested in submitting essays on things you absolutely love, are passionate about, and simply must share with the world.

California-raised, Katie is now a publishing professional in NYC. She is an active fiction writer, and edited the 1569 facsimile, The Trauailed Pilgrime. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and — above all — reading.

Tanner McClelland
Shelfies Series Editor
Tanner McClelland is Shelfies Series Editor for The Coil and handles editing, layout, and communication for The Signal: Shelfies column. Contact him if you are an author with a traditionally published or forthcoming book and are interested in sharing snapshots and essays of your bookshelf.

He enjoys poetry at all times and life occasionally. He is currently an English major at Randolph-Macon College and would love to read or to be read for as long as possible. Most of Tanner’s time in college is spent balancing his dedications to lacrosse and literature; he understands fully the two-sided nature of college life. On campus, he works as a writing tutor and has contributed heavily to the school’s creative writing journal. Off campus, his work has been published by The Coil and The Poeming Pigeon.

All queries, pitches, and questions should be sent to our Book Reviews Editor at Do not send attachments or press releases, just send a query and links. Do not query a specific reviewer; queries are sent to all reviewers internally.

Erin Britton
Book Reviewer
Erin Britton is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is a freelance editor who also reviews books for nb magazine and Nudge.

Jaclyn Brown
Book Reviewer
Jaclyn Brown is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil, and a high school English teacher in the Midwest, energizing 14- & 15-year-olds to find and express their voices responsibly and with conviction. She believes wholeheartedly that reading and discussing quality literature bridges cultural divides and breaks down prejudice, going so far as to proclaim that “Reading is capable of creating world peace.” In addition to teaching, she is a book reviewer with the #DiverseBookBloggers initiative dedicated to reading, supporting, and promoting underrepresented and marginalized voices in literature and publishing. Her blog and book reviews focus on #ownvoices narratives and small, independent presses. When she is not gabbing on endlessly about books, she can be found debating local and global politics with friends, chilling with her cats, interpreting dreams, and planning world travel with her wife. Find her at

Leland Cheuk
Book Reviewer
Leland Cheuk is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil, and the author of the novel, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP Publishing, 2015), and the collection of stories, Letters from Dinosaurs (Thought Catalog Books). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies, including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn. Find him at

Romhy Alexandra Cubas
Book Reviewer
Romhy Alexandra Cubas is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil, and a Venezuelan journalist and writer based in Berlin. She graduated from the Catholic University Andres Bello of Caracas and is pursuing her M.A. in Literature with a spot at The New York University Program of Arts and Humanities. She writes and reads in English, Spanish, and German; believes more in books than in people; and usually thinks about that paradise of Borges in which the sky is some sort of library. At present, she writes for The Objective Media in Spain and for The Coil. Find her online at

Celia Daniels
Book Reviewer
Celia Daniels is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil and a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Literature at the University of Toledo. When she isn’t preoccupied with all the stress therein, she enjoys traveling back to her alma mater, Indiana University Bloomington, drinking copious amounts of tea, and reading environmentally-oriented science fiction.

Nicole Davenport
Book Reviewer
Nicole Davenport is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil.

Margaryta Golovchenko
Book Reviewer
Margaryta Golovchenko is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil and an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she serves as an editor for the campus’ only speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial. Her work has appeared in publications such as Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Contemporary Verse 2, Dear Damsels, Half Mystic, and Luna Luna Magazine, and she is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Miso Mermaid (words(on)pages press, 2016) and Pastries and Other Things History Has Tried to Kill Us With (dancing girl press, forthcoming 2017). She is the recipient of the Vic One Chamberlin-Goodison Prize in Poetry and the Northrop Frye Undergraduate Research Award and Fellowship, both from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. When not maneuvering around her mountain of to-be-read books, she can be most often found sharing her (mis)adventures on Twitter.

Melissa Grunow
Book Reviewer
Melissa Grunow is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016), which won Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed in the Best American Essays 2016 notables. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University. Find her at

Surmayi Khatana
Book Reviewer
Surmayi Khatana is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil, and a writer trying to pen down words made out of ink from sunset colors. She has a short story collection called Cadence and a blog, and she is a former Star Student Reporter for the Times of India. Previously a Member, she is presently President of her school Editorial Board. Her work has been published in Pilcrow and Dagger Magazine, and she has been awarded Best Poet in the Chandigarh Literature Festival. Find her online at

Al Kratz
Book Reviewer
Al Kratz is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. He is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa, a former reader for Wyvern Lit and Pithead Chapel, and is currently working on a novel and a short story collection. He has had work featured in Red Savina Review, Wyvern Lit, Third Point Press, Daily Palette, Apeiron Review, Corvus Review, 1000words, Gravel, Literary Orphans, and elsewhere, and he is the winner of the 2013 British Fantasy Society Flash Fiction Competition and second place winner of the 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Award. Find him at

L. A. Lanier
Book Reviewer
L. A. Lanier is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is an emerging writer focusing on the mastery of micro/flash fiction and dabbling in poetry. While a bachelor’s in Sociology didn’t quite lend itself to creative writing, she incorporates elements of her studies into her work, one piece of which can be found on Paragraph Planet. If you enjoy her reviews or wish to know more, feel free to visit her site and follow her on Twitter. (She assures both are more interesting than this bio.) Find her at

James Prenatt
Book Reviewer
James Prenatt is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil.

Jennifer Schneider
Book Reviewer
Jennifer Schneider is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil.

Haley Searcy
Book Reviewer
Haley Searcy is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is currently working toward a B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities, as well as a minor in English. Her work has appeared in The Peel Literature & Arts Review, Body Parts Magazine, and Portraits in Ink.

Cetoria Tomberlin
Book Reviewer
Cetoria Tomberlin is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil, and joined our team after Alternating Current Press published her story, “The Chicken and the Train,” on our fiction series, Go Read Your Lunch. She is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Northwest Georgia and received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Berry College. Her work has previously appeared in Fairy Tale Review, NonBinary Review, Southern Women’s Review, The Battered Suitcase, Spires, and online at LADYGUNN and HelloGiggles. She is also currently a book reviewer for Mixed Diversity Reads. Find her at

Nicole Tone
Book Reviewer
Nicole Tone is a Staff Book Reviewer and content contributor for The Coil. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and is working toward her MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is Publishing Director for REUTS Publications and the Industry News Coordinator for the Women Fiction Writers Association, and her work has been published in HelloGiggles and xoJane. Find her at