Editor & Founder [EJ Prize Judge; Subscriptions; Poets Q&A; DC, MD, NC, NY & VA Events]
Stephen Reichert founded Smartish Pace in 1998. He paints, plays in the band Mr. Moccasin with SPer Jared Fischer and in a guitar/synth duo with SPer Danny Todd, and has a solo law practice: Law Office of Stephen J. Reichert, LLC. He studied philosophy and baseball at Trinity College (IL) and law at the University of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore.
Senior Editor [.5 Issue, Cinci Events]
Daniel Todd teaches English at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children, and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 1998.
Associate Editor [Grants, Funding]
Dan Cryer lives in Albuquerque and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 1999. He's a grad student in UNM's Rhetoric and Writing program, where he teaches composition and technical writing, and coordinates events for the Writing Across Communities initiative.
Associate Editor [Public Relations; BR Prize Judge; DC, MD, NC, NY & VA Events]
Clare Banks has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2000. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. An editor and poet, she lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children, and 1 to 10 fish.
Associate Editor [BR Prize Judge, Subscriptions, Virigin Islands Events]
Traci O'Dea lives in the Virgin Islands and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2003. Highlights of her career as an associate editor include publishing new poems by Medbh McGuckian, procuring new translations by John Hollander, co-founding and judging the Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, organizing the issue release parties, and, of course, co-hosting the AWP event at the TravelLodge Atlanta.
Associate Editor [Poetry News, Blog, .5 Issue, Virgin Islands Events]
Freeman Rogers lives in the Virgin Islands and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2004.
Associate Editor [Book Reviews, Books Received, Interviews]
Jake Ricafrente resides in Atlanta, GA, and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2006. He holds an MFA from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. Each summer, he serves on the staff at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
Kristin Lindholm is an Associate Professor of Communication at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. She regularly directs plays, oversees Trinity’s annual Fine Arts Festival, and provides consultation for The Trillium, Trinity’s fine arts journal. Kristin’s current research projects focus on how people communicate in the context of illness and death, particularly in hospice programs. She has been a member of Smartish Pace since 1999.
Clifford Williams teaches philosophy at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He is the faculty advisor for the college's arts journal and has published articles in professional philosophy journals plus a number of books, including Free Will and Determinism: A Dialogue (Hackett, 1980), Singleness of Heart: Restoring the Divided Soul (Eerdmans, 2004), and One More Train to Ride: The Underground World of Modern American Hoboes (Indiana University Press, 2003). He has been a member of Smartish Pace since 1999.
Jared T. Fischer lives in Baltimore and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2005. He is a journalist who frequently contributes to the Baltimore City Paper, b the paper, and Metromix. He also writes fiction and poetry—much of which he posts on rainbowkolor.blogspot.com—and composes music for the punk/folk band Mr. Moccasin. Additionally, his vocal and musical talents were embodied by the spaced-out mule in the TV series Creature Comforts US created by Aardman Animations, of Wallace and Gromit fame.
Jocelyn Heath earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. She writes poetry, which has appeared most recently in Poet Lore and Sinister Wisdom, and contributes book reviews to Lambda Literary. She became a member of Smartish Pace in 2011.
Paul Armstrong lives in Cincinnati and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 1999. He designed all three Smartish Pace websites (versions: 1998, 2002, 2008).
Director of Development
Diane Banks lives in Nashville and has been a member of Smartish Pace since 2005. She holds a Ph.D in religion from Vanderbilt and her book Writing the History of Israel was published in 2006. Diane has secured grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for the support of Smartish Pace poetry readings held at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Baltimore and The Walters Art Museum.
P.S. Dean is a third year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi. His work has appeared in Mary, Palooka Journal, and The Country Dog Review. Dean lives in New Orleans, LA.
Born in Louisville, Tracy Gnadinger received a BS in psychology from Xavier University in 2009 and is working on her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. She has recently been published in The Athenaeum and Word Catalyst Literary Magazine. She lives in Baltimore.
Kari Hawkey is an MFA candidate at University of California Riverside's low residency program where she has studied poetry with Matthew Zapruder and Jill Alexander Essbaum. She was Poetry Editor at The Coachella Review. Her work has appeared in the Burningword and Straightforward; and she was a finalist for the 2013 Pocataligo Poetry Prize. Hawkey is a middle school English teacher and resides in Huntington Beach, California.
Andrew Sargus Klein
Andrew Sargus Klein graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with degrees in History of Art and Poetry. He lives in Baltimore and is a financial editor, essayist, poet, and the caretaker of a very cranky cat.
Andrew Mayton is an English major at Harford Community College, MD. His poetry appears at andrewmayton.wordpress.com. He composes music for the ambient sound project Pallid.
Born in Honolulu, Elena Osawa studies painting, illustration, and creative writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently based in Baltimore and Tokyo.
Intern & Music Director
Austin Tally is a recent graduate of the Writing Seminars department at Johns Hopkins University where he won the Chaffee Writing Prize. He has taught poetry classes and workshops at several Baltimore schools including Baltimore School for the Arts and the Barclay School. He also plays in the band Silent Whys.
Sam Woodworth is a writer and musician. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, he currently lives in Baltimore and is the Baltimore/D.C. Editor for Coldfront Magazine.
FORMER Assistant Editor
John Martin lives in New York City and was a member of Smartish Pace from 2006 to 2012.
Sam R. McColl
FORMER Assistant Editor
Sam R. McColl holds a Master's Degree in English from the University of Maryland. He is a maitre'd/headwaiter in Nashville. He was a member of Smartish Pace from 1999 to 2012.
FORMER Assistant Editor
Kimberly McColl lives in Nashville and was a member of Smartish Pace from 2001 to 2004.
FORMER Assistant Editor
Corliss Skicki lives in Raleigh and was a member of Smartish Pace from 1999 to 2008.