The Bellingham Review Office
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
Editorial Advisory Board
Rita Dove, Tess Gallagher, Simon Ortiz, Alan Shapiro, Henry Taylor, and Tobias Wolff
Brenda Miller – Editor-in-Chief
Brenda Miller is the author of Listening Against the Stone (Skinner House Books, 2011), Blessing of the Animals (EWU Press, 2009), Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002), and co-author of Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes and has been published in numerous journals. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review. Her book The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, co-authored with Holly Hughes, is forthcoming in 2012 from Skinner House Books.
Visit her website at brendamillerwriter.com.
Tyler Koshakow – Managing Editor
Tyler Koshakow was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has had more jobs than anyone you know. Once, while living in Key West, he served Mariel Hemingway a plate of tacos. Recently, his flash fiction has appeared in DOGZPLOT and he was named runner-up for Hobart’s Bison Prize—an award given for best cover letter.
Robert Hitt – Poetry Editor
Rob Hitt is a real piece of work. He’s currently in his second year of graduate study, toiling towards an M.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry (like that’s even a thing). A resident of Washington for almost three decades, he desires nothing more than to travel to locales far and unknown as fast as his degrees will carry him, whereupon he will undoubtedly (and ironically) pine with nostalgia for home. To finance his voyages, Rob has come up with an exciting and lucrative business model; feel free to contact him if you would like to make a sound investment (warning: do not Google what a Ponzi scheme is).
Matt Blair – Poetry Editor
Serena Stapish – Fiction Editor
Serena Stapish is a second-year grad student and Bellingham native. She focuses on writing, reading, and raising two amazing kids. Leisure times include baking, especially cupcakes and brownies, and watching Dr. Who with her son.
Emily Gordon – Fiction Editor
Emily Gordon is studying creative writing as a second year graduate student at Western Washington University. A local to the Pacific Northwest, she loves the rain and grey, but maybe the red hair and pale skin have something to do with that. She loves spending her time reading young adult and children’s fiction and classic Marvel comics, especially Spider-Man. This coming up year she will be working on her thesis in fiction focusing on fractured fairy tales—are there trolls behind me?
Rachel Wood – Nonfiction / Fiction Editor
Rachel Wood has been a Bellingham resident for the past six years, enjoying the Subdued Excitement the town has to offer from a thriving literary community and music scene, to the hiking and natural landscape of the area. Rachel writes within the creative non-fiction genre, and is a past contributor to an independent music magazine based out of Bellingham. She will be a panelist on a panel titled, “Truth in Nonfiction: Bringing Students into the Conversation,” at AWP in March of 2013.
LeAnne Laux-Bachand – Nonfiction Editor
LeAnne Laux-Bachand is a second-year graduate student in creative writing at Western Washington University. She writes nonfiction, poetry, and actual letters; this is the one thing she looks forward to about friends moving away.
Heidi Aijala – Nonfiction Editor
Heidi is a second year graduate student at Western Washington University studying Victorian literature. Over the summer, she cultivated an intimacy with Thomas Hardy and hopes for a future that includes spending long hours in the library pouring over his works. When she’s not engrossed in a nineteenth century novel, you can find her experimenting with a new raw vegan recipe (she also loves raw juicing) or flying stunt kites. She can think of no better place to spend a lifetime than on the Oregon coast.
Abbe Miller – Mascot
Abbe Miller divides her time between the bed, the couch, and Brenda Miller’s office, where she serves as co-director of the MA in English program at Western Washington University. Her literary tastes range from epic adventure to domestic comedy, and she welcomes the arrival of any kind of meat-flavored product in the vicinity.