Matthew Limpede is the Publisher at Carve Magazine, LLC, which produces a quarterly literary magazine and offers online writing classes, short story critiques, and a robust blog of tips for writers. Over the past decade, Matthew has worked with hundreds of writers through classrooms, workshops, and online communities to help them find inspiration, become their own ruthless editor, and establish their esteem and careers as writers. Matthew attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He has been publisher of Carve since 2007.
Anna Zumbahlen, Editor-in-chief
Anna holds an MFA from the University of Montana and lives in Missoula, where she teaches poetry in the schools. She joined Carve as a reader in 2014, took on the role of managing editor in 2015, and became editor-in-chief in 2018. Her favorite Raymond Carver story is "Viewfinder."
Rita Juster, Fiction Editor
Rita received an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte in January 2010. Her short stories have appeared in her friends’ mailboxes and can be found in desk drawers and file cabinets throughout her home in Dallas. She also has an MBA from the University of Dallas. She has been a reader for Carve since 2010.
Cameron Maynard, Nonfiction Editor
Cameron holds a MLitt from the University of Glasgow and has been teaching at Richland College since the beginning of 2013. He enjoys finding essays that explore new ideas in old terrains, and on occasion his own work can be found circling small outposts of the internet.
Ana Cottle, Poetry Editor
Ana studied Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley with a concentration in Yiddish. She has lived in Uruguay and Argentina and speaks both Spanish and Yiddish fluently. She has edited and written for a number of publications, including books, newspapers, and online journals.
Zack Rybak, Associate Editor
Zack Rybak was born and brought up in Reno, Nevada. He earned his MFA from the University of Montana, Missoula, where he also worked as a poetry editor for Cutbank. His poems have appeared in Mid-American Review and New England Review. His dog is named Wes.
Bridget Apfeld, Associate Editor
Bridget Apfeld was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her previous and forthcoming work can be found in various literary journals, including Brevity, So to Speak, Able Muse, Midwestern Gothic, and the Alaska Quarterly Review. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she writes and works as a production associate and editor.
Ariel Courage, Blog Editor
Ariel Courage lives in Brooklyn, where she works as an editor and fact checker. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her fiction can be read in Guernica Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and reading Wikipedia articles about serial killers until she can't sleep.
Amanda Conner, Classroom Ambassador
Amanda Conner is a Missouri native and received her MA in Creative Writing from Missouri State University in 2015. She is currently pursuing her second master's degree in Writing with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. Her work is forthcoming in Crab Fat Magazine. In her free time, she likes to binge watch the Great British Baking Show while cuddling with her German Shepherd, Ollie.
Melvin Sterne, Founding Editor
Melvin Sterne founded Carve in 2000 with the aid of a grant from the Mary Gates Foundation. Though he is no longer involved with operations of the magazine, we wanted to include him as a tribute to his work as Editor from 2000-2006. He served as guest judge for the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for the magazine’s 10-year anniversary in 2009. He is the author of Zara, a novel that tells the story of an Indian prostitute who enlists the help of a stranger to earn her freedom. Available for purchase on Amazon or your local bookstore.