The Editors

sadcharliebrown1Jason Teal, Publisher & Editor

Jason Teal is a specter now living in the Little Apple of Kansas. He earned his MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University in 2017, and was coordinating host of the 2016-17 Bards & Brews Creative Reading Series at Ore Dock Brewing Company. His fiction appears in Knee-JerkVestal ReviewSmokeLong QuarterlyMatter PressHobart, and Quarterly West, among other publications. He currently hosts Driptorch Community Performance Series with Arrow Coffee Co.


10835054_10152784645391158_7940530065466030110_odezireé a. brown, Poetry & Nonfiction Editor

dezireé a. brown is a black queer woman poet, scholar, activist, and self-proclaimed “social justice warrior” from Flint, Michigan. They are currently an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and often claim to have been born with a poem written across their chest. Their work has been recently published in the anthology Best “New” African Poets 2015, Duende, Crab Fat Magazine, Razor, Public Pool, and Luna Luna Magazine. They tweet at @deziree_a_brown.


Hayli M. Cox, Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Hayli M. Cox earned her MA in writing and literature from Northern Michigan University. She has most recently published in The Gateway Review (3rd Place Summer Writing Contest), Open Palm Print, Moonsick Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, HOOT, Paper Darts, and DIAGRAM. In her free time, she plays with Legos, walks her cat, builds forts, and indulges in Lake Superior night swims. You can find her at @haylimayli.


Hillary Leftwich, Prose & Poetry Editor

Hillary Leftwich earned her MFA in fiction and poetry from the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver. She is co-host for At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series. In her day jobs she has worked as a private investigator, maid, repo agent, and pinup model. Her writing can be found in print and online in such journals as The Missouri Review, Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, Matter Press, Literary Orphans, Sundog Lit, NANO Fiction, and others. Her first book, Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in spring of 2019. Find her online at


Kailey Alyssa, Poetry & Hybrid Editor

Kailey Alyssa is currently residing in Longmont, Colorado. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Colorado Boulder as well as the former Poetry Editor of Timber. You can find her work in places like Dreginald, Hobart, Juked, Pacifica Literary Review, Salò Press’ Milk: An Anthology of Eroticism, and The Thought Erotic.


William Lessard, Poetry & Hybrid Editor

William Lessard has writing that has appeared in McSweeney’s, Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Prelude, and FANZINE. His work has also been featured at MoMA PS1. He co-curates the Cool as F*** series in Brooklyn.


Contributing Editors

Alumni Nathan Floom, Ally Harris, Colette Arrand, Chas Hoppe, Kyle Bialko, Jason Carnahan; Judges Joanna Ruocco, Dorothea Lasky, Jac Jemc, Kristina Marie Darling, Lucy Corin, Noah Eli Gordon, Amber Sparks; Interns Vivian Wells, Dominique Woods, Ashby Daugherty.



About Us

Heavy Feather Review publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, and hybrid work. Based out of Kansas, we nominate for national anthologies and writing awards. Fiction from HFR has appeared in The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing 3, edited by Megan Milks. Our homepage sees updates on a rolling basis. These updates may include, but are not limited to, essays, guest posts, and book reviews. Please review our guidelines before submitting. Support HFR and small presses: We link to Amazon, Small Press Distribution, and many more. Questions? Contact us at heavyfeatherreview[AT]gmail[DOT]com. “Baby” logo art courtesy of John Dermot Woods.