The Editors

sadcharliebrown1Jason Teal, Publisher & Editor

Jason Teal is a specter now living in the Little Apple of Kansas. His first book, We Were Called Specimens: An Oral Archive of Deity Marjorie, is forthcoming from KERNPUNKT Press in July 2020. He currently hosts Driptorch Open Mic + Featured Readings at Arrow Coffee Co.


Hayli M. Cox, Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Hayli M. Cox is a PhD candidate in nonfiction at University of Missouri. She 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, DIAGRAM, and has work forthcoming in Sundog Lit. 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. 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’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming at McSweeney’sAmerican Poetry ReviewBest American Experimental WritingPrelude, and Hyperallergic. His visual work has been showcased at MoMA PS1 and is part of the special collection at Poets House.


Ryan Bollenbach, Poetry & Prose Editor

Ryan Bollenbach is a writer with an MFA from University of Alabama’s creative writing program where he formerly served as the poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Timber, Colorado Review, smoking glue gun, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. Find his tweets @SilentAsIAm, more writing at


Rayanna Pinnock, Editorial Assistant

Rayanna Pinnock is currently finishing her last year of undergrad at Wright State University. She is obtaining her BA in English with a concentration on creative writing, as well a minor in ASL. She enjoys novel and short story writing, and hopes to complete and publish her own novel one day. She is particularly interested in novel editing for her career path in the future.



Contributing Editors

Alumni Nathan Floom, dezireé a. brown, Ally Harris, Colette Arrand, Chas Hoppe, Kyle Bialko, and Jason Carnahan. “Haunted Passages” Series Editor Gabino Iglesias. Judges Joanna Ruocco, Dorothea Lasky, Jac Jemc, Kristina Marie Darling, Lucy Corin, Noah Eli Gordon, and Amber Sparks. Interns Trey Brown, Vivian Wells, Dominique Woods, and 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.