Editor-in-Chief & Poetry Editor

Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in AGNIThe Kenyon ReviewThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. A recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Santa Fe Arts Institute, and the Vermont Studio Center, Candito is a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (


Contest Co-Editor & Fiction Editor

William Yazbec holds a Ph.D in English and an MFA in creative writing. He has served as editor in various capacities at The Southeast ReviewRiver City, and Cybersoleil. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.


Contest Co-Editor & Fiction Editor

Colin Lessig earned his MFA in fiction from Florida State University.  He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Prose Editor

Terry Burns received a Ph.D. in fiction writing from the University of Houston and his currently chair of the Humanities Department at UW-Platteville.  Her fiction, non-fiction, translations and various musings have appeared in publications ranging from Gulf Coast to The Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition; she’s the co-author and commentator on the first English translation of John Dee’s Tuba Veneris and like many fiction writers, perpetually has a novel in progress. 


Editor at Large

Russell Brickey is originally from Oregon and has never gotten over the lack of mountains and an ocean in the Midwest. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has chapbooks from Kelsay Books and Spuyten Duyvil Press, and his poetry and articles can be seen in a number of journals, online and in print. He believes that Pluto is a planet.


Non-Fiction Editor

Angela Jones, the newest member of the Driftless Review team, is the Creative Nonfiction editor and a multi-genre reader. She holds an MA in British literature from Marquette University, and is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing (ABT) from Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition to writing and editing, she also teaches, does the bidding of her 5-year-old daughter, and goes on road trips (aka, visits family all over the upper Midwest and California). One day she’ll get a real vacation; until then, she’ll be reading creative works as a quality alternative.



Antonio Bouxa is a Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction writer studying Philosophy and Professional Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He hopes these degrees will make his future career as a homeless man and curbside prophet infinitely more rewarding.



Issue 2.0 and 3.0 Designer

Diana Bolander is an artist, graphic designer, museum educator, and arts administrator living in Madison, Wisconsin.  



Victor Castro is a visual artist working with a focus on social sculpture projects. His work combines issues of sustainability and community engagement, education and participation. His work has been exhibited in Spain, Peru, Mexico and the United States, He currently lives and works in Madison WI. His hobbies include gardening and web design.