Issue VI Volume I – Editor Biographies

About the Editors Art

Worker 1 by Catherine Roberts Leach


Nishat Ahmed is a 2nd Year Poetry MFA Student at Old Dominion University who borrows his friend’s dog just to go to dog parks and see cute puppies. Otherwise, he can be found holed up in his room indulging in the sweet, sultry musical stylings of Fall Out Boy. Nishat is the author of “Ghosts In Bloom,” was a poetry editor for Barely South Review, and his work has been published by Words Dance, Sobotka, and the Mochila Review.

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.

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.

Joshua McGarry

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,, 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 in the Eunoia Review, the Ekphrastic Review, the Manchester Review, Expound Magazine, the San Pedro River Review, and Avalon Literary 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.

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 MagazineHarpur 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.

Molly St. Clair is a California native with a Master’s degree in Literature from Northern Arizona University who teaches community college in (her spare) (all of her) time


Tyler Beckett is a guy from Georgia who is trying to unpack what all that means. He earned his MFA in Fiction from Old Dominion University and his BA in English at Lee University. He writes and jokes and occasionally self-edits.

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 

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.

Matthew Hillary


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 (2016).  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.