Nicola Mason


Nicola Mason worked for many years at The Southern Review and Louisiana State University Press before moving to Cincinnati and founding The Cincinnati Review in 2003. A fiction writer and NEA Fellow whose work has appeared in many journals as well as in the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, Love Stories for Turbulent Times, and Million Writers Award: Best New Online Voices, she is also a visual artist.

Barbara Bourgoyne


Barbara Neely Bourgoyne, longtime designer and typesetter for Louisiana State University Press and The Southern Review, counts The Cincinnati ReviewThe John Updike Review, Cimarron Review, and Crazyhorse among her many freelance projects. Her work has been recognized in Print’s Regional Design Annual and the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Lisa Ampleman

Poetry Series Editor

Lisa Ampleman is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Romances (LSU Press, 2020) and Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), as well as a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State University Press, 2012). She is the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review.

Maggie Su

Assistant Editor

Maggie Su is a fiction Ph.D. at University of Cincinnati and an Indiana University MFA graduate. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Juked, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, Joyland, The Offing, The Journal, Green Mountains Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She serves as a staff reader for Ploughshares.

TJ Jarrett

Assistant Poetry Editor

A writer and software developer, Jarrett lives in Copenhagen. Her debut collection, Ain’t No Grave, was published by New Issues Press (2012), and her second, Zion (winner of Crab Orchard’s 2013 Open Competition for poetry), by Southern Illinois University Press. In addition to earning fellowships from the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Jarrett has won VQRs Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry and was named a runner-up for the New Issues Poetry Prize. In 2017, she was awarded the George Garrett New Writing Award by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her work has been anthologized in Language Lessons (Third Man Books) and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2015), and some of her recent writings can be found in Poetry, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Callaloo.

Shara Lessley

Consulting Editor

Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale (New Issues, 2012) and The Explosive Expert’s Wife. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her awards include the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Lessley was also the inaugural Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. With the poet Bruce Snider, she co-edited The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, an anthology of essays. She lives in Oxford, England.

Kelcey Parker Ervick

Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová (Rose Metal Press, 2016), a hybrid work of biography, literary collage, and visual art. Her previous books include Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal, 2013), a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and the story collection For Sale By Owner (Kore Press, 2011). She teaches fiction, nonfiction, comics, and collage at Indiana University South Bend.

Benjamin Dudley


Ben Dudley shoots and edits most of the book trailers and promotional videos for Acre Books and The Cincinnati Review. He is also a playwright and actor. In 2012, he received an MA in fiction writing from the University of Cincinnati.

Jack Davidson

Editorial Assistant

Jack Davidson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. He is the sole editor and writer for the barebones avant-garde music review site Noise Not Music. An avid reader, he is interested in a career in publishing. He also operates Eminent Observer, an independent cassette label focused on subversive music and sound art.


Created in 2016 with the aid of the Robert and Adele Schiff Foundation, Acre relies upon the support and good will of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of English, its base of operations, and the University of Cincinnati Press.

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