Issue 5 Volume 1 Editors
Arron Lawhon is a 3rd year MFA Student at Old Dominion University and Fiction Editor for Barely South Review. He hails from Texas.
Robert Mateo Keegan Burbano
Tyler Becket is a 3rd year MFA Fiction student at Old Dominion University. He is originally from Georgia.
Chrystal Trapani is a voracious reader and writer. With her M.A. in English, she works as an adjunct at Old Dominion University. Her closest minions refer to her as a brilliant anti-hero who wields sarcasm as her sword. When her head is not buried in manuscripts or texts, you can find her snuggling her dogs (giant breeds) or immersed in a world of digital fantasy via video games.
Leslie Entsminger graduated from Purdue University in 1979 in Interdisciplinary Engineering. She worked for Mobil Oil as a geophysicist before retiring in 1986 to raise three children. While in Houston from 2000 to 2011, she worked as an artist in oil painting and printmaking. She graduated this May from Old Dominion University’s MFA program in Creative Writing/Fiction. Her recent work can be found in The Cincinnati Review, Shark Reef Journal, and the Barely South Review.
Lin Kaatz Chary is a Perry Morgan Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at ODU in Creative Non-Fiction and she also writes poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 ODU College Ruhi Dayanim Poetry Prize. A Yankee from the shores of Lake Michigan, and old enough to be everyone’s grandma, she is loving it in Norfolk, although hating the heat and living without air conditioning. She enjoys hanging out with her Lassie-look-alike Sheltie, Flirt, the other writers in the program, Fellini’s thin-crust gourmet goat-cheese pizza, Borjo’s brownies, and reading murder mysteries by women. She is trying to acclimate to the jets that fly really low over her duplex on a regular basis from the near-by military base.
Molly St. Clair is a Composition and Literature instructor in Flagstaff, AZ. She has taught at the college level for five years, and she enjoys editing during the summer. She’s fond of theater and binge-watching detective shows and reading anything in sight.
Ellie White holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University, and an MFA from Old Dominion University. Her poems and creative nonfiction have been published or are forthcoming in Antiphon Poetry Magazine, Harpur Palate,Tincture, and several other journals. Her chapbook, Requiem for a Doll, was released by ELJ Publications in June 2015. She currently lives near some trees and big rocks outside Charlottesville, VA.
Ben McClendon is a PhD student at the University of Tennessee and a graduate of the creative writing program at Northern Arizona University. His work has appeared in Indiana Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Yemassee, Toad Suck Review, Cæsura, The Chariton Review, Redivider, and Rattle. Once, while walking near the forest, he saw a dog.
Tom Kelly is a poetry editor for Barely South Review and a Swiftie without reservation. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southeast Review (2015 Gearheart Prize Finalist judged by David Kirby), FreezeRay among others. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Pringle received her M.F.A. from Old Dominion University in 2014 where she worked as the coordinator of the Writers in Community project. She has also served as a poetry editor for Barely South Review and Green Briar Review. She’s a citizen of the USA and Canada; and goal her in life is to travel as much as possible!
Abby Brunt is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her favorite poetry often incorporates lyrical and formal stylistic elements, but she can also appreciate zany thought provoking experimentalism. She has a deep love of art and ekphrasis. She works as a certified massage therapist and has been practicing for seven years. When not writing and reading, Abby enjoys cooking, spending time at the ocean and traveling to places she’s never been before. In everything, she is motivated by her desire to experience the world broadly and to question it deeply.
Zoe Phoenix Hitzel grew up in the plains, met her gender in the desert, and found her heart on the west coast. She earned her MA in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University, and nabbed her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. When not writing, she hikes, builds computers, tinkers with her bicycles, and plays online video games. She keeps a blog of her transgender experience, zenoted.wordpress.com, and her work has appeared in entropy, pacificREVIEW, The Chariton Review, and elsewhere. Zii is a citizen of the wind and currently lives/moves between Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, California, and Oregon.
Amanda Gomez is an MFA candidate in poetry at Old Dominion University. Some of her works have been published or are forthcoming in the Eunoia Review, the Ekphrastic Review, the Manchester Review, Expound Magazine, the San Pedro River Review, and Avalon Literary Review.
Jude Larrimore is married to the Editor of Four Ties Lit Review and is blessed with 2 four-legged fur-babies and 1 finned friend. She studied art, art history, and education at Goucher College. Following her heart in all things, she earned three Associates Degrees in Early Childhood Education, math, and the environmental sciences. She worked in a photography lab and was owner / artist of her own mural and specialty painting company. Life’s “Plan B” has taken her to Colorado, Arizona, and Virginia. Her current full-time job is for a research and publishing company in the change management field. She is happy to be a part of Four Ties as Art Editor, as art has been one thing that ties all life’s pieces together.
Editor / Founder
Matthew Larrimore was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent six years in the west, first finishing his BA at Northern Colorado University then earning his MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing in May 2012 from Northern Arizona University. Since then he relocated to Virginia to earn an MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University. He’s an annual journal veteran, and served as the managing editor of Thin Air Magazine. He teaches composition and literature as an Adjunct Professor at ODU. His own work has appeared in The Princess Anne Independent, The Noise, Poetry Pacific, and Aproposthearts.