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.

Sarah Haak

Assistant Editor

Sarah Haak is an essayist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a literary nonfiction PhD at University of Cincinnati, and she holds a master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing from Ohio University. Her work has appeared in Fourth GenreSonora Review, Essay Daily, The PinchAtticus Review, and is upcoming in Diagram and elsewhere. Before taking up writing, she was a chef, a small business owner, and a natural therapeutic specialist with a focus in herbal medicine making. She currently serves as an assistant editor for Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.

Sean Cho A.

Assistant Poetry Editor

Sean Cho A. is the author of American Home (Autumn House, 2021) winner of the Autumn House Press chapbook contest. His work can be future found or ignored in Copper Nickel, Prairie SchoonerMassachusetts Review, Nashville Review, among others. Sean is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California Irvine and a PhD Student at the University of Cincinnati. Find him @phlat_soda  

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.

Mars Robinson

Editorial Assistant

Mars Robinson is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati. She writes fantasy novels in the company of her dog, Shia LaBeouf, and enjoys writing poetry about her chihuahua, Peter Parker.

David Schwartz

 Editorial Assistant

David Lerner Schwartz teaches writing and literature at the University of Cincinnati where he is a doctoral student. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Ecotone, New Ohio Review, Los Angeles Review, Witness, Literary Hub, New York magazine, The Rumpus, SmokeLong Quarterly, and more. His writing has been supported by grants and fellowships from UC’s Office of Research, Department of English, and Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies; Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; St. Albans School, where he served as the 38th writer in residence; and the Bennington Writing Seminars, from which he holds an MFA. He works as the fiction editor of Four Way

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.


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 Seagull Books.

Acre’s titles are distributed by the CDC (Chicago Distribution Center).