Alisson Wood Founder/Editor-In-Chief Ashley Lopez Co-Founder/Managing Editor

Aubrey Nolan, Art Editor

Madeleine Mori, Poetry Editor

Amanda Claire Buckley, Contributing Editor

Natassja Schiel, Contributing Editor

Hannah Silverman, Editorial Assistant

Emily Brout, Promotions Assistant

Sarah Jane Cody, Reader

Karinya Ghiara, Reader

Mona Kirschner, Reader

Lucy Meilus, Reader

Kelly Tanner, Reader

Claire Werkiser, Reader

Emma Gordon, Intern

Lindsay Comstock, Founding Art Editor

Alyssa Matesic Co-Founding Editor


Friends of the Nest: Debra Gerstner and Nancy DiNardo

Alisson Wood is a writer and professor of Creative Writing for undergraduates at her alma mater, NYU. Her memoir, Being Lolita, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books/MacMillan. You can find her online @literaryTSwift and She has always appreciated pigeons, and thinks they are a very underrated bird.

Ashley Lopez is an agent at Waxman Literary Agency and the rights manager for Diversion Books. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and you can find her on relevant social media @a_la_ash. She has little practical experience with pigeons or birds of any persuasion but considers Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to be life-changing.

Aubrey Nolan is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, The Huffington PostThe NibSpiralbound, and The Rumpus, and she is one of the hosts of Panels to the People, a reading series for cartoonists featured in Time Out. You can find her on Instagram at @itsaubreynotaudrey. Regarding pigeons: admits that she can be a little impatient with them when they are just kind of strolling across the sidewalk with no regard for her busy schedule, but vows to be more respectful of them going forward, and frankly, she could take a page out of their book and be a bit more chill.   

Madeleine Mori is a Japanese-American poet originally from San Francisco. She has a bachelor’s degree in winemaking from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MFA from NYU, where she served as a poetry editor of Washington Square Review. She also currently serves as the Guest Poetry Editor at Apercus. You can find her on Instagram at @sincerelyellecohen and on her website Her favorite winged line of poetry comes from Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s poem “Of Royal Issue:” “the bird of the blood brightening / as it calls and calls for its mate.”

Amanda Claire Buckley is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a known troubadour and has presented work at festivals across the United States and internationally. She received the National Storytelling Network's Next Generation Scholarship in 2015. You can find her online @aclairebuckley. She once owned a cockatiel named Carrie. Carrie fell in love with a parakeet who lived in a cage next to hers. Spurred by nothing but passion, Carrie started laying defunct eggs. Isn't that amazing?

Natassja Schiel is a writer and professor. She is writing a memoir about working as an exotic dancer on the island of Guam. You can find her at online @natassja_audra and She recently graduated from the University of California, Riverside with an MFA, then immediately left California for New York — not realizing how much she'd miss the humming birds.

Emily Brout is a writer living in NYC. She likes taking photos of people for fun, especially writers, Trader Joe's cinnamon spice oatmeal, and hugs. She once found a robins egg on the playground under the monkey bars, hid It in her parents closet, and waited for it to hatch for several months until it smelled weird.

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