Rae BryantRae Bryant, Founding Editor, Fiction Editor and Eckleburg Reading Series Director, Maryland

Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals. Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM, StoryQuarterly, Huffington Post, New World Writing, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other publications. Her intermedia has exhibited in New York, DC, Baltimore and Florence, Italy. She has won prizes and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA and Whidbey Writers and has been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, The &NOW Award, Lorian Hemingway, and multiple times for the Pushcart award. Rae earned a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins where she continues to teach creative writing and is founding editor of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. She also teaches and lectures in the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa and The Eckleburg Workshops. She is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Vipra Ghimire

Vipra Ghimire, Nonfiction Editor & Eckleburg Reading Series Co-Director, Maryland

Vipra Ghimire is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing Program. She is an editor at Jhpiego. She has an MPH, and her interests in writing and health care range from public health to human rights. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, she’s lived in the US since 1980. Her passion is literature, feminism, animal rights, politics, music, and art. The vast world sometimes frightens her. However, she laughs easily and has been known to say and do many nonsensical things. Her essays have been published in the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Dime Show Review, and Waccamaw Journal. She has a piece forthcoming in Hyphen Magazine.  

Jim Warner, Poetry Editor, Pennsylvania

Jim Warner’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including The North American Review[PANK] MagazineFive QuarterlyThe Minnesota Review, and is the author of two collections Too Bad It’s Poetry and Social Studies(PaperKite Press). Currently, Jim is the Managing Editor of Quiddity housed at Benedictine University in Springfield, IL and writes the weekly column “Best Worst Year” for Sundog Lit.

joseph-diponioJoe Di PonioMusic Editor, New York

Based in New York City, Joseph Diponio, has composed pieces or Timetable Percussion, Yarn/Wire, Benjamin Robison/ Ardesco, the violinist Jubal Fulks, Iktus Percussion, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, and the 2009 Armory Show (NYC). His music has been performed as part of the North River Music Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, concerts presented by Alia Musica (Pittsburgh) as well as at institutional venues including Luther College, Davidson College, Goucher College, Yale University and the Juilliard School.  His work has been honored by ASCAP, and New York Performing Arts Spaces (ConEd Composer’s Residency). He has recently been named Composer in Residence for the 2015 Accidental Music Festival in Orlando. Joseph holds degrees from Western Michigan University (B.Mus.), the Hartt School – University of Hartford (MM), and completed his Ph.D. in music composition at SUNY Stony Brook where he studied with Dan Weymouth, Daria Semegen and Sheila Silver. While at Stony Brook, he studied philosophy and aesthetics with Hugh Silverman and Donald Kuspit earning an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Philosophy and the Arts. Increasingly active as an art theorist, he has presented papers on the aesthetic relationship between music and the other arts.

Natalie Homer MeeksNatalie Homer, Poetry Reader, West Virginia

Currently, Natalie Homer is a poetry MFA candidate at West Virginia University. She is the poetry editor for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in RuminateSalamanderBellevue Literary Review, and others. She enjoys cats, rain, and catching up to the person who cut her off in traffic.

Johnathon Williams Johnathan WilliamsTech, Arizona

Johnathon Williams: poet, programmer, editor, parent, and author of The Road to Happiness. With poems such as “Mossing” and essays on the hungry undead of Wal-Mart, Williams offers a quaint-but-slanted perspective to flyover-state life. He is the head creative at

caitlin-hamilton-summieCaitlin Hamilton SummieMarketing & Publicity, Tennessee

Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned her MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University. Her short stories have been published in Puerto del Sol, Wisconsin Review, and Beloit Fiction Journal. In 2017, Fomite will publish her first book, a short story collection. She is the former Marketing Director of MacMurray & Beck and also of BlueHen Books/Penguin Putnam. At each company she also managed imprint profile and directed all publicity, hardcover & paperback. In addition, for nearly two years she simultaneously directed and handled sales nationwide for MacMurray & Beck. In 2003, she founded Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC, an independent book publicity and marketing firm.


Daniel Abbott Armstrong, Eckleburg Reading Series Assistant, Maryland

Daniel Abbott Armstrong’s work has been published in The Delaware Poetry Review, Poet’s Ink, Men In The Company of Women, The Frederick News Post, and more. He is also a musician, actor, one time host of the Dreamer’s Poetry Series, a California native and now Frederick, MD local.

Current and Past Guest Editors and Judges: Cris Mazza, Rick Moody, David Wagoner, Molly Gaudry, Ben Loory, Vallie Lynn Watson, Luke Wallin, Laura Ellen Scott, Roxane Gay