Staff / Board



Melissa Johnson ~


Web Editor 

Victoria Carvalho


Copy Editor

Mary Ann Campbell


Blog Editors

Sharmila Munver

Stephanie Myers


Poetry Editor

Emily Carney


Associate Editors

Kevin Hudson

Christina Kinsella

Beth D. Man


Past Editors

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 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. Professor Clements founded the small press Firewheel Editions and Firewheel’s journal Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics.

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 ten years.

Erik Ofgang is a writer and editor 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 has written for the Associated Press, Hartford Courant and Tablet Magazine. 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. Erik is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Master of Fine Arts 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