Beatriz is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who has worked in North Texas for more years than she cares to count. Though she still occasionally writes and photographs for blogs, newspapers and magazines, and publishes a couple of personal narratives a year, she’s currently indulging her passion for fiction by writing a novel. She loves fiction that challenges her beliefs and stretches her imagination, and believes wholeheartedly in literature’s power to change hearts and lives. She has been a reader for Carve since 2012.
An MFA graduate of Queens, Jack King has worked in the IT industry for nearly twenty years and still remembers when floppy drives were new. When not fixing his wife's laptop, he enjoys fiction where characters shape the story and dialogue informs the plot. He also believes the battle between literary and genre fiction is a war of attrition which will likely leave children's picture books as the only victor.
Leah Pearl Saffian
Leah lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she inspires environmental stewardship within the schools of Washington and Madison counties. Leah enjoys stories that permeate the senses and blur the limits of perception. She has been a reader for Carve since 2007.
Martha Miller is a Midwestern writer who is widely published. Her 6th book, Widow, published by Bold Strokes Books, was released in late 2014. She’s won several awards for her writing and has written and published uncounted articles, stories and reviews. She publishes a monthly column for the local GLAD Newsletter titled “Martha [Lesbian] Living,” which is a send up of that other, more domestic, Martha. She teaches writing at a community college. For more about her see www.marthamiller.net. She has been a reader for Carve since 2012 after winning 2nd in the 2009 Raymond Carver Contest.
Michele Burford is a 2014 Mayborn finalist and product of the Writer's Garrett in Dallas. She loves to read the works of writers who can be brave and elegant in their use of words. She knows she is in the company of a good story when she becomes jealous and nervous and wishes she would have written it. She really misses the International Imitation Hemingway Competition. She has been a reader for Carve since 2010.
Sheena Moore lives in Austin, Texas. She holds a BA in English from The University of Texas at Austin. Sheena has been social media manager and booking agent for Austin children’s writer Shana Burg. Her favorite books are The Alchemist, On Beauty, and The Little Prince. When she’s not traveling she loves reading and making her own pickles and jam. She has been a reader for Carve since 2013.
John Henry Fleming
John Henry Fleming is the author of Songs for the Deaf, a story collection; The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel; Fearsome Creatures of Florida, a bestiary; and The Book I Will Write, a novel-in-emails. His short stories have appeared in Carve, McSweeney’s, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, Fourteen Hills, and New World Writing, among others. Awards include two Literature Fellowships from the State of Florida and an International Book Award for Songs for the Deaf. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. In addition to his work on Carve, he’s the founder and advisory editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. His website is johnhenryfleming.com.
Jennifer Harvey lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her writing has appeared in Carve, Litro Online, The Guardian and various anthologies. She has been shortlisted twice for The Bridport Prize. In her free time she is a contributing editor for Mash Stories. She has been reading for Carve since 2013. You can find her at www.jenharvey.net
Suzanne is a freelance writer living in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and is at work on a collection of short stories and a novel. She joined Carve in 2013 as an extern and became Associate Editor in early 2014.
Lori Feathers is a judge for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, an Assistant Managing Editor at Asymptote, a freelance book critic, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her recent reviews can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today, Full Stop, Three Percent, Rain Taxi, and on Twitter @LoriFeathers.