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Nina Lohman

Publisher || she/her

Nina Lohman is the author of the book The Body Alone (University of Iowa Press, 2024), a lyrical nonfiction inquiry into the experience, meaning, and articulation of pain. Originally from California, she lives in Iowa City and is the founder and publisher of Brink. Lohman serves as the Literary Programming Director for the Mission Creek Festival, an annual immersive music and literature festival honoring independent expression.  A 2023 Iowa Artist Fellow, she is currently working on a collection of micro-essays on the subject of release. Nina is always on the brink of wanting to cut off all of her hair.


Hannah Bonner

Poetry Editor || she/her

Hannah is a 2023-2024 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow, and her poetry has appeared in Bear Review, Pigeon Pages, Rattle, The Hopkins Review, TriQuarterly, and Two Peach, among others. Her film criticism and book reviews have been published in, or are forthcoming from, The Brooklyn Rail, Cleveland Review of Books, Literary Hub, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Reverse Shot, The Rumpus, Senses of Cinema, and The Sewanee Review. She has an MA in Film Studies as well as an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa. Her first book of poetry, Another Woman, is forthcoming from EastOver Press in 2024. She is in the process of writing her thesis, a novella told in the voice of Bree Daniels from the 1971 film Klute. She is always on the brink of wanting to do without language altogether and take a modern dance class.


Alisha Jeddeloh

Fiction Editor || she/her

Alisha Jeddeloh is a writer and editor based in Iowa City. As a writer, she explores community, belonging, and the fault lines in the stories we tell each other and ourselves. As an editor, she enjoys being surprised by characters and prose. She is always on the brink of starting a new book when she's already reading several others.


Jamila Osman

Nonfiction Editor || she/her

Jamila is a cultural worker, educator, and community organizer from  Portland, Oregon. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Nonfiction  Writing Program at the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts  Fellow. She was the winner of the 2019 Brunel International African  Poetry Prize, and her debut chapbook, A Girl is a Sovereign State was published by Akashic Books. Her work can be found in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Catapult, and elsewhere. She is always on the brink of buying a one-way ticket to anywhere.


Stephanie DeMer

Art Editor || she/her

Stephanie Dowda DeMer is a lens-based and expanding media artist born in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, she is the Iowa Idea Visiting Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at The University of Iowa. DeMer received her MFA in Photography + Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University. She is the author of the textbook, Material Encounters. Her first book, Oblivion Seekers, was published with DeMer is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Golden Dome Fellow, Hambidge Fellow, and Cabin Time Alumni. Her work and writing have been featured in Dialogue, Numbers Inc., Oxford American, Bad at Sports, ArtsATL, and BurnAway. Her solo exhibition, Sandbagging, premiered at WhiteSpace Gallery and at Eve Drewelowe Gallery. She is co-founder and organizer of The Letters Festival, a contemporary literary arts event. DeMer was the Artist in Resident for Biomimicry Project with ASU’s Electrical Engineer and Fungal Topography research collaboration. In 2020, Practice x Practice launched as a nimble curatorial initiative collaboration with Rachel Cox seeking to elevate womxn’s artistic research. Stephanie is always on the brink of creating a farm sanctuary and artist residency.


Mariah Eppes

Managing Editor || she/her

Mariah Eppes is a writer based in New York City. By day, she is a managing editor on books for psychotherapists. She likes to spend her time reading, writing, walking, and practicing various ways of making her work exist. She is always on the brink of signing up for a too-expensive indoor pool membership.


Stacia Rain Stonework

Designer || she/her

Stacia Rain is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator living in Iowa City. Stacia attended the University of Iowa where she earned a degree in Psychology while also serving up pancakes for Iowa City's finest breakfast diners. In addition to freelancing, Stacia has spent several years in the nonprofits arts community. In that time, she has served as the Graphic Designer at both The Englert Theatre and Riverside Theatre. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for FilmScene, a nonprofit arthouse cinema. As an illustrator, Stacia creates hand-drawn work that is abstract, colorful, and organic. Find more of her work at Stacia is always on the brink of adopting a pile of ferrets.

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Em Gray

Digital Media Editor || they/them

Em Gray (they/them) is a writer and designer based in Portland, OR, originally from Iowa. Em’s designs have been published in Little Village, and they illustrated the cover artwork for TRANZ, forthcoming from Four Way Books, as well as Curses & Prayers by co-Editor Philip Runia. They are currently crocheting a lot and writing a queer horror essay / short story collection, trying to make sense of Midwest ghosts and their film degree. They can be found on Instagram @em____gray. Em is always on the brink of eating frozen Junior Mints at their many favorite local arthouse movie theaters.


Philip Runia

Associate Fiction Editor || they/them

Philip is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. They are the author of the poetry collection Curses & Prayers. At the University of Iowa, they earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, English and Creative Writing, and a minor degree in Cinema. While engaging with the arts community in Iowa City, their work has been published in The Daily Iowan, Little Village Magazine, and Fools Magazine. Additionally, they have served as a Fiction Editor for Earthwords, a literary review. As an editor, they find purpose in facilitating the shine of underrepresented and innovative writers, all while growing in their own writing. Philip’s writing focuses on ideas of generational trauma and belonging, affectation, and the awkward balance between planes of existence. They are always on the brink of laughing, screaming, or singing at the top of their lungs.


Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

Associate Poetry Editor || she/her

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss is a poet whose work has appeared in Timber, Slice, Zone 3, Josephine Quarterly, Crazyhorse (for the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize), the Missouri Review online, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa and has taught in both academic and community settings. Originally from Arkansas, she currently lives in Iowa City, where she has participated in the Writers Workshop at Oakdale Prison, reads poetry for The Adroit Journal, and serves on the Advisory Council for Iowa City Poetry, a nonprofit group that works to make poetry events widely accessible to the local community. A collaborative chapbook of her poems and the visual art of Giselle Simón was published in 2022 as part of the PromptPress Gallery Series. On the elevator or down the aisles or in the kitchen, Cory is always on the brink of dancing.


Sarah Haas

Associate Nonfiction Editor || they/them

Sarah Haas is a writer living off-grid in the woods of northern New Mexico. Her recent work has been published in Literary Hub, Adroit Journal, and Tupelo, among others. She is represented by Mina Hamedi at Janklow & Nesbit and is always on the brink of asking to pet your dog.


Mason Hamberlin

Outreach and Engagement Director || they/them

Mason Andrew Hamberlin is a writer, designer, educator, and cursed earring-maker from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They’re currently at work on an essay collection about amateurism and queerness—from subreddit labels to Punisher memes to Bionicles to gym culture. Their writing can be found in The Cleveland Review of Books, Ninth Letter, Entropy, The Rumpus, Adroit, Shenandoah, and more. They live in Iowa City, Iowa. Whether road-tripping or picking up furniture from FaceBook Marketplace, Mason is always on the brink of crying to Kate Bush in someone's car.


Alana Rodrigues

Marketing and Media Editor || she/her

Alana Rodrigues is a bilingual (English-Portuguese) journalist and writer based in California. Her work has mostly been published in the Brazilian magazine Revista Imprensa. Her contributions to the student-run publications Etc Magazine and Forum Literary Magazine highlight Rodrigues' passion for literature, art, and poetry. Her creative pieces were recognized by the Academy of American Poets and the Sam F. Ewing Memorial Prize. She also wrote a book about the lives of women in prison and their children. She worked as a social media manager for multiple non-profit organizations in a marketing agency. Alana is always on the brink of clicking a film camera shutter.

Readers ||



Alisha Jeddeloh

Philip Runia

Mackenzie Pitcairn

Kenna Prottsman

Carly Reynolds

Meredith Siemsen

Isabella Bonner

Jumi Bello

Alyssa Villasenor

Grace Davidson



Jamila Osman

Sarah Haas

Haley Johannesen

Lauren Sanyal

Reneé Bibby

Sarah Rogers

Catherine McCourt



Hannah Bonner

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

Lisa Summe

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