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 Ph.D. at the 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 Pinch, Atticus Review, and DIAGRAM and is upcoming elsewhere. Before taking up writing, she was a chef, a small business owner, and a natural therapeutic specialist with a focus on herbal medicine. She currently serves as an assistant editor for Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.

Michael Alessi

Assistant Editor

A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Michael Alessi (he/him) is the author of the short fiction chapbooks Call a Body Home (Mason Jar Press) and The Horribles (Greying Ghost). His work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Passages North, The Pinch, The Cincinnati Review, New Delta Review, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. He holds an MFA from Old Dominion University and is a doctoral student in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Shara Lessley

Consulting Editor

Shara Lessley is the author of The Explosive Expert’s Wife, winner of the Sheila Margaret Motton prize, Two-Headed Nightingale, and co-editor of The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, a book of essays. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize. Shara’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Threepenny, New England Review, 32 Poems, IMAGE, and the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her creative nonfiction has twice been listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays and appeared in Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus, and Southern Review, among others. Shara is Creative Nonfiction Editor and Editor-at-Large for West Branch.

Lisa Low

Editorial Assistant

Lisa Low is the author of the chapbook Crown for the Girl Inside (YesYes Books, 2023), winner of a Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, Ecotone, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and elsewhere, and her prose was awarded the 2020 Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize. She is the recipient of a 2023 Pushcart Prize and has an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Maryland, she lives in Chicago.

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).