Luke Hankins

Fiction Editors

Christine Hale
Kevin McIlvoy

Nonfiction Editor

Jeannine Ouellette

Associate Editors

Morgan Bambey
Rebekah Hewitt

Mackenzie Kozak
Nathan Poole
Calvin Umeozor


Elizabeth Chapman
Matthew Leeallen Gilbert

Sophie Ouellette-Howitz


Alyssa Barnes

Advisory Editors

Claire Bateman
Bruce Beasley
Nickole Brown
Richard Chess
Tarfia Faizullah
Keith Flynn
Jennifer Grotz
Amit Majmudar
Philip Metres
Sofia M. Starnes
Karen Tucker
Rolf Yngve

Advisory Editor Emeritus

Brett Foster (b. 1973, d. 2015)

Board of Directors

Luke Hankins
Sara Levine
Eric Nelson
Karen Tucker

Board Members Emeriti

Rachel Shopper
Katherine Soniat


Luke Hankins is the founder and Editor of Orison Books. He is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). His latest book, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose, was released by Wipf & Stock in 2016. A collection of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, is forthcoming in an international edition from Seagull Books. Hankins is a graduate of the Indiana University MFA program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications, including 32 PoemsAmerican Literary Review, The Collagist, Image, Linebreak, New England Review, New Poetry in Translation, Pleiades, Poetry International, Verse, West Branch, World Literature Today, and The Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media radio program “On Being.” He serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review and as a staff book reviewer at Southern Humanities Review.

Christine Hale is a Fiction Editor at Orison Books. She is the author of A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations (Apprentice House, 2016) and a novel, Basil’s Dream (Livingston Press, 2009), which received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Arts & Letters, Hippocampus, Still, Citron Review, Prime Number, Spry, Saw Palm, Mandala, The Sun, and PMS, among other journals. Hale has been awarded fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, Hedgebrook, Hambidge, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She earned an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She currently teaches in the Antioch University – Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program.

Kevin McIlvoy is a Fiction Editor at Orison Books. He has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years, and recently served as Interim Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College. He  was Editor in Chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol at New Mexico State University, and has served on the Board of Directors of two national writing organizations, Council for Literary Magazines & Presses and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His published works include 57 Octaves Below Middle C, A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop, and The Complete History of New Mexico.

jeannineJeannine Ouellette is the Nonfiction Editor at Orison Books. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Proximity, december, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Nowhere, Utne, and Up the Staircase Quarterly, where she also serves as a staff book reviewer. She is a recent Curt Johnson Prose Award winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and finalist or honorable mention in the Fairy Tale Review Contest, Cutthroat‘s Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Contest, Tiferet Writing Contest, New South Prose Contest, and Glimmer Train ‘s Fiction Open. Her narrative journalism has received awards from Medill and the American Society of Professional Journalists and her essays have been included in the anthologies Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives and Feminist Parenting. She is currently completing her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Karen Tucker is a board member and Advisory Editor at Orison Books. She also served for three years as Fiction Editor. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in EPOCH, The Missouri Review, Tin House: The Open Bar, Carve Magazine, American Literary ReviewSalamander, and elsewhere. Her short film “Purple Velvet Tube Top Truck Stop Madonna” screened as an Official Selection at Silver Lake Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest. Born and raised in North Carolina, she holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and has received an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers. Currently, she lives in Tallahassee, where she is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.

nathanNathan Poole is an Associate Editor at Orison Books. He is the recipient of the 2012 Narrative Prize; the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize for his debut story collection, Father, Brother, Keeper, which was published by Sarabande Books in 2015; and the 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest for Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost. He is a former Milton Fellow at Seattle Pacific University and Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.

UmeozorCalvin Umeozor is an Associate Editor at Orison Books. He is from Anambra in Eastern Nigeria and earned his B.A. in English from the University of Port Harcourt, where he graduated top of his class and won the C. E. Nnolim Prize. He moved to the United States in June, 2015 when Florida State University offered him a place in their Creative Writing MFA Program. He is currently working on his first novel.

FullSizeRender (6)Rebekah Hewitt is an Associate Editor at Orison Books. She is attending the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sou’Wester, Literary Mama, and The Laurel Review


Mackenzie Kozak is an Associate Editor at Orison Books. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, where she served as Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Boston Review, jubilat, Prelude, Sixth Finch, THRUSH, and elsewhere.


Morgan Bambey is an Associate Editor at Orison Books. She earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Elmira College and is a graduate of the University of Freiburg, Germany’s M.A. program in English Literatures and Literary Theory. Fluent in Spanish and German, Morgan has a fascination with world literature and the art of literary translation. She is currently in the process of relocating to Germany, where she will complete an editorial traineeship at an international publishing house.

Sophie Ouellette-Howitz is a Reader at Orison Books. She earned her B.A. at Smith College, where she concentrated in the formation of identity through literature. She has since studied creative writing at Tin House, Catapult, Literary Arts, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. She has also served as editor of Call Sign KJEH, a blog sourced from archival material related to an historic ocean liner, the SS United States. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in SELF, Pigeon Pages, HoneyColony, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Chapman is a Reader at Orison Books. A graduate candidate at East Tennessee State University in the department of Literature and Language, Chapman is the editor of the ETSU Women’s Studies Program’s News Update.


Matthew Leeallen Gilbert is a Reader at Orison Books. A graduate student in English literature at East Tennessee State University, his poems have been published in Echoes and Images and The Mockingbird.