Editorial Board, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

AlyseAlyse Bensel, Co-Editor

Alyse Bensel is the author of Not of Their Own Making (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and Shift (Plan B Press, 2012). She serves as the Book Review Editor at The Los Angeles Review. Her poetry has recently appeared in Mid-American Review, Heavy Feather Review, Sugar Mule, and Ruminate, among others. She is a second-year PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas. She loves cats, coffee, craft beer, and alliteration.



SaraSara Leavens, Co-Editor

Scarf and sweater enthusiast Sara Leavens is entering her final year in the MFA program at the University of Kansas. Her multi-genre work has appeared in The North American Review, Blood Lotus, Midwestern Gothic, and Blue Earth Review. Forthcoming work will appear in Quaint Magazine. Sara dreams of the day that she will find a blueberry pie porter.


DannyCaineDanny Caine
, Managing Editor

Danny Caine is pursuing his MFA at the University of Kansas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio ReviewAtticus ReviewOff the Coast, and The Cafe Review. Holder of an MA in English from John Carroll University, he is former editor of The John Carroll Review. He is assistant managing editor of Beecher’s In 2014, he was the masters-level recipient of the 2014 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award. For more info and samples of his work, see


HarmonyHarmony Hanson, Design Editor

Harmony Hanson is pleased to serve as Beecher’s Design Editor for a second year, excited about the possibilities for the celebratory Issue 5. Entering her second year in the MFA program at KU, her work focuses on nonfiction with a dash of fiction on the side. As a mother of three, wife of one, and full time Publications Assistant, her writing time often feels like a luxury. For Harmony, writing is about discovery and making connections. She is in search of good homes for her work. 


Meredith_WigginsMeredith Wiggins, Assistant Design Editor

Meredith Wiggins is a second-year Ph.D. student in Literature at the University of Kansas. She is happy to return for a second year as Assistant Design Editor for Beecher’s. She is bad at writing bio statements, but she could probably edit other people’s.





AdamAdam MillsFiction Editor

Adam Mills is the author of nothing.
Just kidding. His fiction has been published in Ideomancer and Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities. He has also served as managing editor for Weird Fiction Review Online and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for his editorial duties. He is a second-year PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas.



Divya_Radhika_BhallaDivya Radhika Bhalla, Assistant Fiction Editor

Divya Radhika Bhalla is a first year PhD in creative writing student at the University of Kansas. She has an MPhil in English from the University of Delhi and has taught there as well. Her passions are music and speculative fiction and this reflects in her writing.


TimTim LantzPoetry Editor

Tim Lantz is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Kansas. His writing has appeared in alice blueDIAGRAMPrick of the Spindle, and other publications and has been translated into Chinese, German, and Korean.





Candice_Wuehle Candice Wuehle, Assistant Poetry Editor

Candice Wuehle is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa, holds a Masters in Literature from the University of Minnesota and is a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas. Some of her poems can be or will be found in The Volta, Inter|rupture, NOO, Boaat, Fairy Tale Review, BlazeVOX, SOFTBLOW, Similar:Peaks::, and The Atlas Review. Candice’s chapbook, cursewords, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.




Jennifer PacioianuNonfiction Editor

Jennifer Pacioianu has loved working on the past two issues of Beecher’s and is excited to move into the position of Nonfiction Editor. Jennifer is a former social worker and a current third year MFA student focusing on nonfiction. She is especially interested in reading and writing work that plays with boundaries and form in nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, seveneightfive magazine, and Inscape Magazine. 


Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetRebekah Taussig, Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Rebekah is in the third year of her PhD in creative writing at the University of Kansas.  She is the assistant nonfiction editor for Beecher’s and writes creative essays about disability, family, and cake.






Joseph HarringtonFaculty Adviser

Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother’s cancer; it was a Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection. His creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bombay Gin, Hotel Amerika, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, 1913: a journal of formsTupelo Quarterly and Fact-Simile, among others. He is also the author of a critical study, Poetry and the Public.


Readers: Rachel Brown, Ellen Diotte, Garrett Fiddler, Melissa Gilstrap, Jason Goodvin, Amanda Hemmingsen, Robert Knapp, Adam Miller, Kate Nygren, Tyler David Sherman, Nathan Smith, Stefanie Torres


Masthead archive (2010-2014)