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Press Masthead: Publicists: The Coil  Editors: The Coil  Interviewers: The Coil  Book Reviewers:
Leah Angstman  [Editor-in-Chief] Hillary Umland Moira McCord Crooks Lori Hettler Nicole Tone
Eric Shonkwiler  [Acquisitions] Kevin Catalano Al Kratz
Julia Hy  [Relations] Edmund Sandoval Margaryta Golovchenko
Amanda Jean  [LGBTQ+] Cetoria Tomberlin
Leland Cheuk
L. A. Lanier
Edmund Sandoval
Laura Citino
Do Nguyen Mai
Melissa Grunow
Brandon Flammang
Tim Wasem
Jen Corrigan

Eric Shonkwiler is Director of Critique Services & Acquisitions Editor at Alternating Current, as well as an occasional Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. He 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 that led to a contract for Alternating Current 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, is forthcoming from MG Press in fall 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.

Amanda Jean is our LGBT+ Director. She handles all LGBT+ material for The Coil and Pride Month, and she is the editor of our LGBT+ anthologies on Alternating Current Press. 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.

Moira McCord Crooks is an Editor for The Coil, handling journal submissions, monthly guest editors, interviews, book reviews, and all columns published on Alternating Current’s daily journal. When she is not busy studying for her Master’s in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, she writes novels under the pen name Olivia R. Keane. She also holds undergraduate degrees in English and Computer Information Systems. Her poetry and short fiction have been featured in The Penmen Review and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Heartbreak Ranch, was published in October 2013 by Swoon Romance, an imprint of The Georgia McBride Media Group, and has been featured in USA Today and Fresh Fiction. Push, her second romance, released in November 2015. Living in Western New York with her husband and children, she refers to herself as a word nerd, web geek, single-malt appreciator, music addict, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, Moira can be found on Not So Vanilla where she blogs as her alter-ego about overcoming her irrational fear of escalators, lust for custom Kitchen Aid mixers, and her search for the perfect cup of coffee.


Kevin Catalano is a Staff Interviewer for The Coil, and joined our team after having his short stories accepted for Go Read Your Lunch and Poiesis Review #7 and becoming a finalist for The Luminaire Award for Best Prose. Kevin was born and raised in Chittenango, New York, a small village that celebrates the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. He later moved to North Carolina, and proudly attended University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he earned his B.A. in English, then followed that with an M.A. and MFA in Fiction from Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey. He is the author of The Word Made Flesh, a collection of dark flash fiction and short stories from firthFORTH Books, and the forthcoming Where the Sun Shines Out, a novel from Arcade Publishing about families, trauma, and the terrible things people do to each other when they’re doing their best. Other stories have appeared in [PANK], Booth, Pear Noir!, Atticus Review, Gargoyle Magazine, FRiGG, and many other journals. His stories have also been anthologized in Press 53’s Surreal South ’13, Fiddleblack Annuals #1 and #2, and Dark House Press’ Exigencies. He teaches composition and literature at Rutgers-Newark University and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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.

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 short-story 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.

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.).

Laura Citino is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. She is a fiction writer and essayist from southeastern Michigan, and received her MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University in 2013. Her work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online, including Passages North, Sou’wester, Gigantic Sequins, and cream city review. She is Fiction Editor for Sundog Lit and currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Melissa Grunow is a 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.

Tim Wasem is a Staff Book Reviewer for The Coil. He is a middle school English teacher and writer who lives with his wife, son, and dog in the mountains of East Tennessee, although he was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. In his spare time, he reads widely and works on his first novel, tentatively titled A Part of Us Remains. Tim also blogs at The Writing Arsenal and is a host of The Erasable Podcast, a show made for and by people who love writing and wooden pencils. Approaching his 30th year, he’s still working toward being considered a master storyteller and the next Greg Maddux. He’d be cool with just one of those, though.