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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.

Tara Linn-Pickens

Tara Linn-Pickens

Assistant Prose Editor

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.

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.

Antoinette Scully

Antoinette Scully

Reader

Antoinette is a Los Angeles-based writer from Eatonville, FL. When she isn't ranting about how much she misses the South, she's living it up as the mother of two rambunctious girls and wife of a local filmmaker. She is the creator of Black & Bookish, lover of parallel construction, and on a quest to fill everyone's bookshelves with writers of the African Diaspora.

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 the University of Central Florida, and she recently completed her chapbook Other Shiny Things, while her fiction is forthcoming in The Write Stuff Anthology. Constance hangs her hat somewhere in Florida with her three Volpino Italiani, the loves of her life, and though she prefers writing fiction and creative nonfiction, she occasionally loves writing a good poem too.

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