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We’re pleased to introduce our current team members:

Managing & Administrative Staff

These staff members handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes and day-to-day operations.

Donna Talarico, Founder & Publisher

Donna Talarico is the founder of Hippocampus Magazine and its books division and annual conference, HippoCamp. While Hippocampus is a full-time effort in itself, her *actual* job is as an independent writer and marketing consultant; in 2015 she took a leap of faith and left the daily grind for a more flexible (and frugal) life in order to nurture and grow these passion projects, while still making ends meet.

Donna has more than two decades of experience in marketing, communications, writing and media, and about half of that time has been in higher education, most recently as director of integrated communications at Elizabethtown College (2010-2015) in Pennsylvania. She speaks at higher education and publishing conferences, writes an adult learner recruiting column for Wiley, and has contributed to Currents (a higher education trade publication), Guardian Higher Education Network, The Writer, mental_floss, Games World of Puzzles, and others. Her creative nonfiction appears in The Los Angeles Review and The Los Angeles Times. She authored a chapter in mStoner's Social Works. (See portfolio.)

Donna teaches or has taught about branding and digital identity in several graduate creative writing programs, including Wilkes University and Rosemont College, as well as at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (2010), and, later, she returned to Wilkes to pursue a master's in literary publishing (2016). She also has an MBA from Elizabethtown College and a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Wilkes.

She lives Lancaster, Pa. with her husband, Kevin Beerman and their cat. She loves road trips, national parks, board games, greasy-spoon diner breakfasts and museums. Her favorite memoirs are The Glass Castle, Stop-Time, This Boy’s Life and Running with Scissors.

On staff since 2010

Justice Fisher, Submissions Coordinator

Justice Fisher is a frazzled writer and mother living in central Pennsylvania who spends too much of her spare time trying to convince her two-year-old son and 5-year-old Chihuahua mix to stop irritating one another. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University in 2010; her book, restaurant, television, and film reviews have appeared in multiple online publications. She likes to skip around genres and is currently chipping away at several projects in nonfiction, fiction, and television.

On staff since 2011

Justice also served as a reader and reviewer, and is part of the conference committee.

Kevin Beerman, Editorial and Operations Assistant

As a songwriter, Kevin has an intimate understanding of what it takes to translate real events into an artistic telling of a story. He serves on the Hippocampus reading panel, researches photography and artwork for stories, and handles several administrative aspects of the magazine and its conference, HippoCamp.

Kevin is seasoned music professional with nearly two decades of experience in performing, teaching, writing and producing. He was a staff songwriter for a major label, and, as a multi-instrumentalist, Kevin backed up several recognizable names in country, bluegrass, rock, and indie. In 2013, after relocating to central Pennsylvania, Kevin joined Mark DeRose and the Dreadnaught Brigade; as part of this band for several years, he performed at various festivals and venues in the region. Today, he's a solo performer.

On staff since 2013

Section & Special Editors

This team works with contributors to create compelling content for our articles section, as well as handles writerly social media content creation.

Angela L. Eckhart, Reviews Editor

Angela earned her master of arts in creative writing from Wilkes University under the tutelage of Kaylie Jones and John Bowers. She lives below Blue Mountain in a log home with her husband and numerous pets, and she works for the Pennsylvania State Police under the Bureau of Forensics. In her spare time, she indulges in books, films, and making art. She and her retired husband enjoy annual trips to Aruba and four-wheeling through the mountains of Ohio. Maybe someday she'll get the courage to submit her stories.

On staff since 2011

Angela previously served as a reviewer for Hippocampus for a number of years before moving into the editor role. She's also on the conference operations committee.

Hillary Moses Mohaupt, Social Media Editor

Hillary Moses Mohaupt lives outside of Philadelphia and holds an MFA from Pacific University in Oregon, but she's a midwesterner at heart. Her work has been published in The Writer's Chronicle and Distillations magazine, and in her fiction and essays she frequently writes about the presence of the past, intergenerational relationships, and lying. Follow her on Twitter: @_greyseasky_.

On staff since 2016

Hillary is also on the reading panel.

Rae Pagliarulo, Articles Editor for The Writing Life

Rae Pagliarulo holds her MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College. Her work has been featured in Full Grown People, Ghost Town, bedfellows, New South, Hippocampus, The Manifest-Station, Quail Bell, and Philadelphia Stories, and is anthologized in The Best of Philadelphia Stories: 10th Anniversary Edition. She is the 2014 recipient of the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize and a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Rae works as development director for a Philadelphia arts nonprofit. Find her at

On staff since 2017

Carina Sitkus, Articles Editor for Craft

Carina Sitkus is a writer based in Adams County, Pa. Her work has appeared in places such as Inside Higher Ed, Business Insider, PANK, and ThoughtCatalog, which published her first book in 2015. Prior to her current work in communications and marketing at Gettysburg College, Carina was a science teacher in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Teach For America corps member. Personal website: Twitter: @CarinaSitkus.

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On staff since 2015

Copy Team

This teams works to polish accepted stories for upcoming issues.

Susan Davis Abello

Susan enjoys writing, painting, and taking her three dogs for walks in the woods. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book called, Pumpkin and Buster and The Right Thing To Do About A Bully (2011), and later earned her MFA from Bay Path University in creative nonfiction. Essays are her favorite form of expression, focusing on the issues of family, New England life, and life in the South American city where she worked after college and met the father of her four children. She is currently enrolled in the on-line Certificate in Novel Writing program at Stanford University.

On staff since 2016

Whitney Archer

Whitney Archer is a writer, copyeditor, and librarian who lives in the Virginia exurbs of DC. She lives with her husband and son in a townhome that she is always working to rid of builder grade beige. She works as a school and public librarian in her community and also as a copyeditor and editorial assistant for Literary Mama. Her food memoir, Butter and Pecans: A Four Generation Love Story was self-published in 2014. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post,, Patrol Magazine, and Salvo Magazine. She can be found online at @whitneyarcher and

On staff since 2016

Whitney also serves on the reading panel.

jodi sh. doff

A New York-based writer, Jodi Sh. Doff’s work frequently includes autobiographical elements of addiction, alcoholism, and Times Square. She’s been a featured guest of the Sex Worker Literati Reading Series, the KGB Radio Hour, and In Bed with Susie Bright and has studied with Spalding Gray, Louise DeSalvo, Gretchen Cryer, and Stephen Elliott. Her work appears in O, Bust, The Fix, and several anthologies. She advises the Art of Memoir at Lesley University’s MFA program. Visit her online at:

On staff since 2016

Jodi is also on the reading panel.

Mary Donaldson-Evans

Once a professor of French literature, Mary Donaldson-Evans came down out of the ivory tower in 2011 and hasn't looked back.  Her creative work has been published by The New York Times ("Metropolitan Diary"), The Stir@CafeMom, TheLowestoft Chronicle, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Corner Club Quarterly, BoomerLitMag and Faith, Hope and Fiction.

V.E. Duncan, Senior Copy Editor

V.E. Duncan is an emerging writer hailing from the Los Angeles area. She holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and has published her poetry and prose in several small literary journals. V.E. writes movie, book, and anime reviews and personal thoughts at Duncan Heights. She’s been involved in LGBT rights and women’s rights activism since high school. Her passions include anime and Japanese culture, psychology, and etymology, and she is currently working on her first memoir. She has a cantankerous cat named Cleopatra.

On staff since 2011

V.E. has also served as a conference volunteer.

Emily Gavigan

Emily Gavigan is a freelance editor and full-time technical writer residing in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. She received an MA in publishing from Rosemont College, where she was also fortunate enough to workshop creative nonfiction with some very talented writers in the MFA program. A bookseller at heart, Emily loves recommending the perfect read to anyone. She enjoys reading, podcasts, yoga, and a good front porch.

On staff since 2017

Campbell C. Hoffman

Campbell C. Hoffman lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Inspired often by family life, she writes about the joy and ache of love and the struggle of holding tight while letting go – that is to say, she writes about life. Her essays have appeared in Brain, Child Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, and Mamalode. Nothing makes her happier than a walk in the woods, and she is drawn to a campfire exactly like a moth to a flame. She can be found on Twitter @tumbledweeds.

On staff since 2015

Campbell is also a reader.

Pamela Ramos Langley, Copy Editor and Senior Reader

Pamela Ramos Langley lives in an exurb of So Cal where she periodically pecks out stories on her laptop. Her work has been published in The Santa Fe Literary Review, Literary Orphans, The Writing Disorder, MARY: A Journal of New Writing, The Story Shack, Hippocampus Magazine, Elohi Gaduji, The River Poets Journal, Drunk Monkeys and elsewhere. She’s been twice nominated for Best of the Net, had a most memorable essay at Hippocampus, won the 2014 MARY’s editor’s prize for non-fiction, and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She suffers from impostor syndrome, and has no current work in progress.

On staff since 2014

Pamela is also a reader and conference programming committee volunteer.

Denise Weaver

Denise Weaver is a freelance writer, proofreader, copyeditor, and a former library director. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in business psychology. With more than 175 articles published in regional magazines, she particularly enjoys writing personality profiles. She loves serving as a copy editor and a reader for Hippocampus Magazine. Denise has placed as a finalist/honorable mention in several memoir contests, and eagerly awaits her first, first-prize award. She lives with her husband and their golden retriever, Murphy O’Malley, in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania.

On staff since 2016

Denise is also a reader and conference volunteer.

Reading Panel

This dedicated team reads submissions and helps shape future issue, as well as often provides valuable feedback for writers.

Steph Auteri

Steph Auteri has written about women’s health, sexuality, and sex education for the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, VICE, the Establishment, and other publications. She is the author of the forthcoming memoir A Dirty Word. She also nerds out on the regular at Book Riot, teaches vinyasa yoga, and manages to somehow squeeze in the whole motherhood thing...among other things.

On staff since 2017


Wendy Bilen

Wendy Bilen is the author of Finding Josie, a biography-memoir that received multiple honors, including a Next Generation Indie Book Award. A graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program, her essays have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, the Laurel Review, storySouth, and Relief. Although originally from the Chicago area, she now lives just outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches at the women’s college of Trinity Washington University.

On staff since 2016

Amy Braziller

Amy Braziller is a former punk rocker, sometimes banjo twanging foodie, and current Professor of English at Red Rocks Community College, located just outside Denver, CO. It is the odd and the particular that catches her mind and falls into words. Her prose and poetry have been published in Entropy, Split Rock Review, Crack the Spine, Hippocampus, and Punchnels. She randomly blogs about food, film, music, GLBT issues, writing, and social media distractions at

On staff since 2017

Jess Chuckalovcak

Jess Chuckalovcak graduated from Penn State University with a degree in English and a Creative Writing Emphasis. She has two published credits so far (under her maiden name Jessica Moyer). Her essay titled, "My Circle of Friends" is published in the textbook, Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader, by Cheryl Glenn, and her short story, "Love and Persimmons" appears in Bittersweet, an anthology of stories, edited by Catherine Jordan. She lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa and enjoys, in no particular order: laughing, drinking copious amounts of decaf coffee, reading in all genres and writing in all genres.

On staff since 2017

Leta Rebecca Cunningham

Leta is a creative writing student at the University of North Texas. She has worked for American Literary Review, North Texas Review, and currently runs marketing and social media for American Microreviews and Interviews. She loves a good essay and also her dog, Sammi. You can find her @letarebecca on twitter.

Patricia Florio

Patricia Florio is a nonfiction writing having published two memoirs: My Two Mothers and Cucina Amelia. July 2017, she published her first children's picture book: Puppy in My Pocket. Receiving an MFA in 2011, the desire to undo a memoir into a work of fiction, she completed a Master's program in Fiction at Wilkes University in 2017.

On staff since 2011

Sarah Kilch Gaffney

Sarah Kilch Gaffney lives in central Maine where she writes, works as a brain injury educator and advocate, and makes killer homemade caramels. Her essays and other work has been published extensively and can be found at

On staff since 2014

Terry Heyman

Terry Heyman is a writer and storyteller living in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Belladonna Comedy, and The Higgs Weldon, among other places. You can follow Terry on Twitter @TerryHeyman and her blog

On staff since 2017


Christopher A. Kess

Christopher A. Kess is a writer and tech guru from Baltimore, Maryland. He, as well as his most recent plays have appeared on stages in central New Jersey, where he also writes from.

On staff since 2017

Cheryl Diane Kidder

Cheryl Diane Kidder's work, nominated eight times for the Pushcart Prize, has appeared in numerous journals, including Potomac Review, Weber—The Contemporary West, Brevity, The Manifest Station, Boaat Press, Front Porch, CutThroat Journal of the Arts, Pembroke Magazine, Brain,Child, In Posse Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Tucson.

On staff since 2017

Lara Lillibridge

Lara Lillibridge is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s MFA program in Creative Nonfiction.  In 2016 she won Slippery Elm Literary Journal’s Prose Contest, and The American Literary Review's Contest in Nonfiction. She also was a finalist in both Black Warrior Review’s Nonfiction Contest and DisQuiet’s Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

She has had essays published in Polychrome Ink, Hippocampus Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, Luna Luna, The Feminist Wire, ROAR, Airplane Reading, Thirteen Ways to Tell a Story, and Weirderary Magazine. Her memoir, Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home will debut April 3, 2018 with Skyhorse Publishing.

On staff since 2017

Lois McAffrey Lopez

Lois McAffrey Lopez holds a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and a master's in creative writing from Wilkes University. A classically trained musician and accomplished business woman, the experience she brings from a lifetime of learning is evidenced in her reading, writing and editing work.

On staff since 2014

Natasha Lvovich, Senior Reader

Natasha Lvovich is writer and scholar of multilingualism and of literature written in non-native language. Originally from Moscow, Russia, she teaches at City University of New York and divides her loyalties between academic and creative writing. She is author of a collection of autobiographical narratives, The Multilingual Self, and of a number of articles and essays. Her creative nonfiction appeared in academic journals (Life Writing, New Writing), anthologies (Lifewriting Annual, Anthology of Imagination & Place) and literary magazines (Post Road, Nashville Review, Two Bridges, bioStories, NDQ, Epiphany, New England Review, and Hippocampus Magazine). One of her essays has been nominated for Pushcart Prize.

On staff since 2012

Anthony J. Mohr, Senior Reader

Anthony J. Mohr was born in Los Angeles, where he continues to live and write. His work has appeared in, among other places, California Prose Directory, The Christian Science Monitor, Common Ground Review, Compose Journal, DIAGRAM, Eclectica, Front Porch Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, The MacGuffin, Prick of the Spindle, War, Literature & the Arts, Word Riot, ZYZZYVA, and two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is an assistant editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, travel, and improv theater. He has lived and studied in Europe and South America.

On staff since 2014

Anthony has also served as a conference volunteer. 


Risa Nye

Risa Nye is a San Francisco Bay Area native. Her essays, stories, and articles have appeared in a variety of publications. She continues to mine her vast experience for more things to write about. She has an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College in California. She co-edited the anthology Writin' on Empty.She writes about food, drink and films at Her memoir, There Was a Fire Here, was published by She Writes Press in 2016. Find her writing, including her forays into the world of mixology as Ms.Barstool (published on, and her blog at

On staff since 2011

Risa has also written for our craft column.


Emilie Rohrbach

Emilie Rohrbach is a music teacher, musician, and freelance writer based in Sausalito, Ca. She holds an MFA in creative writing, nonfiction from Pacific University and her work has appeared in Hippocampus, Narratively, Common Ground, Travelers’ Tales, and Divine Caroline, among others.

On staff since 2016


Saoirse is primarily a student and a writer. She is a double major in English and sociology and a double minor in creative writing and gender studies at Washington College. She splits her time between academics, writing and the pursuit of stories.

On staff since 2017


Eli Tomaszewski

Elijah Tomaszewski earned his B.A. from Susquehanna University and his M.F.A. from Rosemont College, where he edited nonfiction for literary magazine Rathalla Review. His work has been featured in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Jet Fuel Review, [apt], RiverCraft, and Tacenda Press, and was presented at the 2017 Radical Writes Conference at Arkansas State University. He lives in Philadelphia.

On staff since 2016

Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker, a writer, coach, historian, and recovering academic, lives and writes in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Regina Wilson

Regina Wilson is a writer, reader, potter, and music and film lover. Regina grew up outside of Philadelphia and was raised on jazz, blues, and Irish folk, influences that still hold strong with her today. Regina writes short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry and teleplays. She holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Tufts University and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa and Europe. Regina lives with her husband Jay in Washington, D.C.

On staff since 2014

Cheryl Wright-Watkins, Reader

Cheryl Wright-Watkins retired in 2007 after a twenty-five-year career in air traffic control. In 2013, she received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She, her husband Jim, and their Labradoodle Jobie recently moved into their Prevost Liberty Classic Lady motor coach, and she blogs about their travels at

On staff since 2011

Guest Columnists & Reviewers

We have a rotating group of recurring and one-time guest columnists who contribute to our CRAFT, WRITING LIFE and REVIEWS sections. Their bios can be found beneath their stories.

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Spring 2018 interns starting soon!


Former Staff Members & Contributing Writers

These fine folks spent time on our staff and/or are on hiatus; we’re still listing them here as a thank-you for their service:

Angela Ackerman, Lorie Adair, Lisa Ahn, Amye Archer, Alex Barbolish, Tyler Barton, Jules Barrueco (reviews), Cathy A.E. Bell, Ally Bishop (copy editor), Joan Lambert Bailey, Pauline Campos, Angie Chatman, Anne Cledening, Mel Corrigan, MT Cozzola, Danielle E. Curtis, Austin DeMarco, Thomas DeMary, Mary Dudich, Shiv Dutta, Nathan Evans, Shannon Fandler, Robert Long Foreman, Misty Gersley, Jim Gray, Nikki Hardin, William Henderson, Anne Henry, Mary-Colleen Jenkins, Elane Johnson (copy editor), Jessie Keary, Arina Kharmalova, Kevin Kern, Courtney Leigh, Tara Loder, Rachael Marks (interviewer), Ann Mayhew (reader, reviews editor), Hilary Meyerson (columnist), Kacy Muir (reviews), Lori M. Myers (senior interviews editor), Amber Peckham (reviews), Sarah Pugh (reviews), Jonathan Rocks (columnist), Donna Steiner (columnist), Robb Steinpres, Aleithia Stephens, Michael Suppa, P. Casey Telesk, Siona van Djik, Fran Young.

Past Editorial Interns

  • L’Tanya Durante, BayPath University MFA – Summer 2017
  • Nicole Hager, BayPath University MFA – Spring 2017
  • Nickia Miller, BayPath University MFA – Spring 2017
  • Susan Abello, BayPath University MFA – Spring 2016
  • Ragina Lashley, Elizabethtown College (undergrad) – Spring 2015
  • Brighid Flynn, Elizabethtown College (undergrad) – Summer 2014


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