Masters of many genres, readers of many, many pages, the editors and readers at Exposition Review are all volunteers who dedicate their time, energy, and resources to bring this journal to life.

At the beginning of each reading period, new Editors-in-Chief and Section Editors are selected from our editorial board and associate editors to lend their voices and visions to the next issue.


Vol. IX Masthead

Annlee Ellingson & Laura Rensing

Section Editors:
Fiction Co-Editors: Sam Burt & Dave Gregory
Flash Fiction Editor: Jessica June Rowe
Nonfiction Editor: Ramona Pilar
Poetry Editor: Anya Maria Johnson
Stage & Screen Editor: Kes Nave
Experimental Editor: Rebecca Luxton
Visual Art Editor: Brianna J.L. Smyk
Comics & Film Editor: Lauren Gorski
Editorial Board: CD Eskilson & Mellinda Hensley


Sam Burt

Sam Burt is a freelance editor and proofreader living in London. Since completing a master’s in creative writing, he has been a bookseller for Phlox Books and Waterstones, freelanced with industry-leading publishers, and set up the East London Indie Book Club to champion innovative writing from small presses. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publications including F(r)iction, An Inkling, Bandit Fiction, and Beyond Words. His own fiction has appeared in Popshot Quarterly; Ink, Sweat and Tears; and Here Comes Everyone (forthcoming), and his essays/reviews in The London Magazine, 3:AM, and Book Riot. Off the page, he can usually be found baking, volunteering at a local LGBTQ+ charity, and missing shuttlecocks.

Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson is co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review. She is editor, digital cities, for American City Business Journals and writes a column about films directed by women. She’s a mentor and managing editor for WriteGirl, as well as treasurer of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and a BA in film studies from the University of Minnesota. She tweets and instagrams about books, movies, hiking, food, travel, and nephews at @annleee.

CD Eskilson

CD Eskilson is a trans poet, editor, and translator living in Arkansas. Their work appears in The Offing, Pleiades, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Ninth Letter, among others. They are a recipient of the C.D. Wright/Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as a Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Pushcart Prize nominee. Their debut poetry collection, Scream / Queen, is forthcoming from Acre Books.

Lauren Gorski

Lauren Gorski is on the Editorial Board of Exposition Review, and has served as Stage & Screen Editor, Co-Editor-in-Chief, and Comics & Film Editor for the annual issue. She has a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, with emphasis in Stage & Screen. Her fiction and poetry have been featured in apt, Badlands, Jersey Devil Press, Underground Voices, and elsewhere. Her plays have been performed for The Hollywood Fringe Festival, PlayGround (including Best of Festival), PianoFight’s ShortLived series, NYC’s Spark, and more. She is a two-time playwright-in-residence with PlayGround, a writing incubator for new playwrights. She was also a finalist for Red Bull Theater’s 2023 Short Play Festival in New York City. Her full-length play The Bramford received a premiere presentation May–June 2023 in San Francisco, and was nominated for the Rella Lossy Award. Lauren serves on the National Board of Directors for Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), a mentorship program that pairs college women with at-risk middle school girls.

Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory is a Canadian writer, a retired sailor, and an active gardener. His short fiction has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association (Niagara) Short Story Contest, and won at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Read at the Fringe Literary Contest. He has been an Associate Editor at Exposition Review since 2018. In June of 2020, he judged the Flash 405 multi-genre literary competition. He’d love for you to watch this video of the piece he read at Eden Mills. He can be reached on X (formerly Twitter) at @CourtlandAvenue.

Mellinda Hensley

Mellinda Hensley is a screenwriter and director who has served as Exposition Review‘s co-Editor-in-Chief. She previously worked as a writer on CBS’ The Young and the Restless and still tells people at cocktail parties that she switched babies for a living. In 2020, she received a WGA Award, Emmy nomination, and several angry tweets for her work in daytime (follow along for yourself @MellindaK). In case of emergency, she can be used as a flotation device. 

Anya Maria Johnson

Anya Maria Johnson is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Currently, she is the Poetry Editor at Exposition Review and an Associate Editor for Fonograf Editions. Her published works can be found in Hobart, Counterclock Journal, Forecast Journal, Stone Canoe, and on 

RebeccaLuxtonRebecca Luxton

Rebecca Luxton is the Experimental Editor of Exposition Review and worked on the Southern California Review while completing her Master of Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Now she’s a marketing professional with a love for all things experimental. Favorite authors: a rotating cast that currently includes Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, and the late Joe Frank for his exceptional radio storytelling work. Follow her on Instagram at @what_even.jpg.

KesKristaNave Nave

Kes Nave (any pronouns) is a screenwriter living in Encino, California. They graduated with a degree in creative writing from the University of La Verne. Her short film Sane Men has played at the Hollywood Reel Independent, New York City Independent, Dark Comedy, and Night of Comedy Shorts film festivals and continues its run this year. To pay the bills, Kes works in assisted living and is a big hit with the 70-plus crowd. In his spare time he watches horror movies and D&D actual play.

RamonaPilarRamona Pilar

Ramona Pilar is a story diviner. California-born and L.A.-raised, she produces prose, poetry, songs, plays, and amalgamations. She is the current Creative Nonfiction Editor at Exposition Review and a reader for Drunk Monkeys, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her favorite word is, “why?”

Laura Rensing

Laura Rensing is a writer and performer who occasionally has difficulty distinguishing fact from her pet fire-breathing dragon. She is Treasurer of Exposition Review and host of Expo’s podcast, Transposition. She is passionate about the value of the arts and works with independent artists to find sustainable ways of getting paid through 1099 Creative. In her free time, she performs around Los Angeles and competes (and occasionally wins) aerial competitions.

Jessica June Rowe

Jessica June Rowe is an author, playwright, editor, and perpetual daydreamer. She is on the Editorial Board of Exposition Review and has served as both Editor-in-Chief, Fiction Editor, and now Flash Fiction Editor! A Best of the Net nominee, her own fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Okay Donkey Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, Atlas and Alice, Pidgeonholes, and Timber Journal, among others, while her short plays have been featured on multiple stages in Los Angeles. One of her poems is stamped into a sidewalk in Valencia, California. She lives with her two Yorkies and also really loves chai lattes. Find her on X (formerly Twitter) at @willwrite4chai.

BriannaJLSmykBrianna J.L. Smyk

Brianna J.L. Smyk is on the editorial board of Exposition Review, and has served multiple roles within the journal including founding co-Editor-in-Chief, social media manager, and Visual Art, Comics, and Experimental Narratives Editor. She is an art and communication consultant who holds a Master of Professional Writing (MPW/MFA) degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Art History from San Diego State University. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Human Touch Journal, Drunk Monkeys, The Same and FORTH. Find out more about Brianna on X (formerly Twitter): @briannasmyk.

Associate Editors