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Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider | Poetry Editor

By day, Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider is a project manager and editor in the field of children’s educational publishing. She earned her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and she also completed a one-year poetry fellowship with Commons Magazine. Her poetry has been published in Commons Magazine, DOG EAR, The Saint Paul Almanac, Studio One, and rock, paper, scissors. It has also been chosen for the What Light Poetry Contest and subsequently published by

Josh Hegarty | Poetry Editor

Originally from Massachusetts, Josh Hegarty wound up in St. Paul after a four year detour in Vermont, resulting in an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy, an intimate knowledge of the going-ons of a fried chicken restaurant, and a tiredness of overly hopped beer. Currently in law school and Hamline’s MFA program, he intends to use all of his skills to advocate for kindness and bravery.

Nicola Koh | Fiction Editor

Nicola Koh is halfway through their MFA at Hamline University. They have been an editor, in fiction and nonfiction, for rock. paper. scissors since May 2015; a reader for Ruminate Magazine’s Fiction Prize since 2014; a reader for the Water~Stone Review fiction contest this January; and will serve on the Water~Stone fiction editorial board Spring 2016. They have had two reviews published in the Rain Taxi Review of Books, a fiction and nonfiction piece published in rock. paper.

Nancy Yoder-Bidwell | Poetry Editor

Nancy Yoder-Bidwell, a recovering CPA, spends her days analyzing loan portfolio performance for a large bank.  To stay sane, she writes poetry, makes collages and works with Red Bird as a poetry editor, cheerleader and board member.  She is learning how to take better pictures, loves sitting on the shore of Lake Superior watching the waves, and enjoys visiting places close and far away.

Dana Hoeschen | Founder

Dana Hoeschen - a curious and clever goat, known for leaping before looking, with an insatiable obsession for paper, including reading from it, writing on it, and at one time, long ago, eating it. She is also known for scrambling around rocks, collecting small ones in her pockets, and admiring trees, leaves, water, clouds, Henry David Thoreau, Brian Doyle, Edward Abbey, Lisel Mueller, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rachel Carson, Barbara Hurd and all the fine folks who see creativity as a necessity of life.

Tami Mohamed Brown | Non Fiction Editor

Tami Mohamed Brown holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. She was a recent writer/artist in residence at Devil's Tower National Monument and has been the recipient of a MN Emerging Writer's Grant, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and a Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Mizna, Sweet and elsewhere. Tami lives in Bloomington and finds inspiration on her daily bus commute to her office job in downtown Minneapolis. She writes about all of these things.

Beth Mayer | Fiction Editor

Beth Mayer’s fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Sun Magazine, New Writing from the Midwest (Ohio University-Swallow Press), and American Fiction 13 (New Rivers Press).  Beth is a Loft Mentor Series Winner in Fiction for 2015-16 and received Honorable Mention distinction in 2014-15. Her short story collection was named a 2015 finalist for the Many Voices Project with New Rivers Press. Beth holds an MFA from Hamline University and coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate at Century College.

Norita Dittberner-Jax | Poetry Editor

Norita Dittberner-Jax is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program. Her thesis collection of poetry, Stopping for Breath, will be published by Nodin Press in the autumn of 2014.  Her poetry collections include What They Always Were (New Rivers Press),The Watch (Whistling Shade Press), and Longing for Home (Pudding House Press). Her poetry has won a number of awards and fellowships and has been nominated for the Pushcart and Minnesota Book Awards.  She is one of the poetry editors for Redbird Chapbooks  and lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.