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The Longleaf Family

Stephanie Lachapelle

Stephanie Lachapelle

Publisher and Prose Editor

Stephanie is a writer, grad student, mother of butterflies, and warden of two feral children. Her academic research has appeared in the Journal of Florida Literature, and her fiction in various publications, online and in print. Some of her favorite authors are Z.Z. Packer, Alice Munro, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, and Nikki Giovanni.

Kristin Trujillo

Kristin Trujillo

Poetry Editor

Kristin is a Miami-based Jersey girl and poet with a BA in English & Creative Writing from UCF. Her favorite authors are David Sedaris, Rupi Kaur, Kate Chopin and Maya Angelou. When she’s not living in the pages of a book or spending time with her niece, you can find her reviewing TV shows, movies, and music on her blog, According to Kristin.

Rosa Ortiz

Rosa Ortiz

Reader

Rosa was born in Bani, Dominican Republic. A few years later she took a plane to NYC. On that plane she had her first peanut butter sandwich and knew then that life would never be the same. She spent the rest of her childhood in the city, running through fire hydrants in the summer and thinking twice about picking up yellow snow in the winter. She battled her hair for four years in high school and then later earned a BA in History and English Literature from Pine Manor College. Now Rosa teaches Language Arts in Florida, kills house plants, botches sewing projects, and makes everyone fat with her baking.

Tara Linn-Pickens

Tara Linn-Pickens

Reader

Tara is a writer who graduated from UCF with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She has a particular interest in Creative Nonfiction, and she prides herself on winning 2nd place in her 4th grade spelling bee. She's a self-confessed cat lady, and if you leave her alone with yours, she'll definitely steal them. When she's not stealing cats or working, you can find Tara curled up with a good book, writing in her favorite chair, or painting near her favorite window.

Judith Roney

Judith Roney

Reader

Judith's work has appeared in numerous publications. Her chapbook Waiting for Rain received an honorable mention from Two Sylvias Press and Field Guide for a Human was a 2015 finalist in the Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Her poetry collection According to the Gospel of Haunted Women won the 2015 Pioneer Prize. She teaches at the UCF, where she’s a poetry reader for The Florida Review. Roney is also a teaching artist for The Poetry Barn in West Hurley, NY.

Constance Owens

Constance Owens

Reader

Constance loves everything Southern and thinks heaven's a picnic and a good book. She's pursuing her MFA from UCF, and she recently completed her chapbook Other Shiny Things, while her fiction is forthcoming in The Write Stuff Anthology. Constance hangs her hat in Florida with her three Volpino Italiani, the loves of her life, and though she prefers writing fiction and creative nonfiction, she occasionally writes poetry too.

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