The Petigru Review Judges


The Judges



Patricia Powell

Patricia PowellPatricia Powell is the author of the novels, Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, The Fullness of Everything and is currently at work on a short story collection entitled, Come Closer. She is the recipient of a PEN Award, a Ferro-Grumly Award for LGBTQ fiction, A Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Writers’ Award and a YWCA Outstanding Women Award among others. Powell teaches in and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mills College, Oakland, California.

Emily Lavin Leverett

profile photoEmily Lavin Leverett writes and edits speculative fiction. She has been creating stories since she was a small girl in Bakersfield California, but did not pursue publishing until much later. She received her BA in Literature from Claremont McKenna College and her masters and PhD at the Ohio State University where she specialized in medieval English Literature—specifically medieval romance. It is from the academic side that she came to creative writing and editing, and her academic work heavily influences her fiction.

She began her editing career working for a small erotica press, where she learned the importance of clear action scenes. Since then, she has co-edited multiple speculative fiction anthologies: The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and the Big Bad II, as well as two weird westerns, Tales from the Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. She has published several short stories in various anthologies and online journals including Athena’s Daughters II, Drafthorse: a Journal of Work and No Work, and Flash Fiction Online.

Changeling’s Fall, the first novel in the Eisteddfod Chronicles, is co-authored with Sarah Joy Adams. They developed the idea for their series as graduate students at Ohio State, and they draw heavily from medieval and Anglo-Saxon English literature in the creation of their faerie world. Her current scholarship is a study of Terry Pratchett’s us of medieval romance in his Discworld novels. She currently teaches at Methodist University, a small liberal arts college in Fayetteville, NC.




James McKean

James McKeanJames McKean (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., The University of Iowa) writes nonfiction and poetry. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest among others, and have been featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. His nonfiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Gettysburg Review, and The Iowa Review, and his essays have been reprinted in The Best American Sports Writing 2003 and the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology. He has published three books of poems, Headlong (1987), Tree of Heaven (1995) and We Are the Bus (2011), and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports (2005). A new collection of essays, Bound, is forthcoming this year from Truman State University Press. A Professor Emeritus at Mount Mercy University, he still teaches for the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program, the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop and, most recently, as a visiting professor in The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.



David Gaffney

David GaffneyDavid Gaffney comes from the UK by way of Cleator Moor in West Cumbria and now lives in Manchester, England. He is the author of Sawn-off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-life of Songs (2010) and his latest collection of short stories, More Sawn-Off Tales ( 2013). He has also written Buildings Crying Out, a story using lost cat posters (Lancaster LitFest 2009); 23 Stops To Hull, a set of stories about every junction on the M62 (Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2009); Sawn-off Opera, a set of operas with composer Ailís Ní Ríain (BBC Radio 3, RNCM, Liverpool Philharmonic and Tête a Tête festival London 2010); Destroy PowerPoint, stories in PowerPoint format for Edinburgh Festival 2009; The Poole Confessions, stories told in a mobile confessional box (Poole Literature Festival 2010); Station Stories, in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station (Manchester Literature Festival 2011); Boy You Turn Me, a sound installation (Birmingham Book Festival 2011); guerrilla writing project Errata Slips (Cornerhouse Manchester 2011), Preston 3twenty (2012-2032), a twenty-year arts and literature project, Men Who Like Women Who Smell of Their Jobs,  (Manchester Literature Festival 2014) a visual art exhibition with painter Alison Erika Forde, and The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head, (Lakes Comic Art Festival 2015)  a live graphic novel with artist Dan Berry and composer Sara Lowes. He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine and was a judge for the 2015 Bridport prize.His story The Staring Man is featured in the 2016 collection Best British Short Stories, his new Novel, All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, is out in February 2017 on Urbane, and his graphic novel with Dan Berry, The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head, is out in March 2017 on Top Shelf.

Check out David’s piece for The Guardian on how to write flash fiction here.

Check out this piece in Cumbria Life with some great pictures of David in Cleator Moor

David’s work has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines, from Aesthetica to Stand, and he has written articles for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect.

“David Gaffney writes truly 21st century stories for a fragmented and fragmenting world; they’re short, snappy and utterly addictive”—Ian McMillan

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Timothy Green

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Timothy Green has worked as editor of the poetry magazine Rattle since 2004. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Mid-American Review, and Nimrod International. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award, and his first book,American Fractal (Red Hen Press, 2009), won the Phi Kappa Phi award from the University of Southern California. He is a contributing columnist for the (Riverside) Press Enterprise newspaper and founding director of the Wrightwood Literary Festival. Green earned his B.A. at the University of Rochester and graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009. He lives near Los Angeles with his wife and two children.