Staff / Board


Briana McGuckin ~

Copy Editor

Mary Ann Campbell

Blog Editor

Sharmila Munver

Associate Editors

Joshua Fox

Gabrielle Frulla

Past Editors

Rebecca Shaw

Melissa Johnson

Carolyn Bernier

Camellia Mukherjee

Melissa Gordon

Erik Ofgang ~ Founding Editor

Research Advisory Board

Melissa Gordon

Erik Ofgang

Cara Petitti 

Advisory Board

Brian Clements is professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University and was the founding coordinator of WCSU’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. Professor Clements is the author of numerous collections of poetry and is editor of the anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem. He is co-editor of Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, due in December 2017 from Beacon Press.

Anthony D’Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press, 2012). His essays have appeared in Solstice, The Good Men Project, Shelf Awareness, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. In fall of 2017, he took over as coordinator of WCSU’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program. In 2011, Anthony was selected as Randolph College’s Emerging Writer-in-Residence. For the past six years, he has taught literacy and creative writing in correctional facilities. As assistant professor of English and director of the writing program at Regis College, he taught courses in creative nonfiction, writing as community service, and copy editing as well as freshman composition. Recently, Anthony was appointed to the board of PEN/New England as a member of the Freedom-to-Write Committee. He is currently the nonfiction fellow at The Writers’ Room of Boston.

Melissa Gordon received her MFA from Western Connecticut State University. She is a former editor-in-chief of Poor Yorick. Her poetry, which focuses on human connection and the synergy of science, nature, and the environment, has been published in DMQ ReviewMom Egg Review, and Gyroscope Review. She conducts substance use research at Yale University and is a contributing author on several articles in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Education and certification in Secondary Schools for English at Sacred Heart University.

Leslie Lindenauer is an associate professor in the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University, where she also teaches courses in Museum Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is the author of Piety and Power: Gender and Religious Culture in the American Colonies, 1630-1700 published by Routledge in 2002 and I Could Not Call Her Mother: The Stepmother in American Popular Culture, 1750-1960 to be published by Lexington Books in the fall of 2013. Dr. Lindenauer was an editor with The Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University, and she has directed departments of education and interpretation at several history museums, including the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City and Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown, New York. She also was the executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Marilyn Nelson is a current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, the 2012 recipient of the Robert Frost Medal, was poet laureate of Connecticut for five years, and a three-time National Book Award finalist. Her books include The Homeplace, The Fields of Praise, Carver, Fortune’s Bones, The Freedom Business, A Wreath for Emmett Till, and Faster than Light. She is the founder of Soul Mountain Retreat in East Haddam, Connecticut; a retreat that encourages and supports poets, especially those belonging to traditionally underrepresented racial or cultural groups. She served as the director of Soul Mountain Retreat for 10 years.

Erik Ofgang is the senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, where he writes about topics ranging from history and food to science and health. He is the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze and Coffee Brews (2016, Islandport Press) and he has written for the Associated Press, Hartford Courant, Tablet Magazine and Thrillist. His second book, Gillette Castle: A History, was published in June 2017 by History Press and examines the history of one of Connecticut’s best-known landmarks. His next book is under contract with Penguin Random House. Erik is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative and Professional Writing. He is also a founding member of the Celtic fusion group MacTalla Mor, a group he continues to write songs and play bass for. He had the honor of serving as Poor Yorick’s inaugural editor and is excited to join the journal’s advisory staff.

Cara Petitti is a writer and adjunct professor from Shelton, Connecticut. She earned her MFA in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University and her BA in English from the University of New Haven. Her recent short fiction has appeared in Akashic Books’ online noir series, Mondays are Murder.  She served as the journal’s web editor during Poor Yorick’s inaugural launch and worked as an administrative assistant in the MFA office while studying in the program at WCSU. She currently teaches first-year writing at the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Gateway Community College. 


Jeffrey Shpunt