Our Mission

Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We publish gutsy narratives online every month and a couple of printed chapbooks every year.

Editorial Statement

At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging stories told in honest voices. Most of all, we want to feel something. We want to reach the last word and immediately crave more. We want your work to leave a brilliant bruise. Send us your gutsiest work and we’ll do our best to make your voice heard.

About the Editors

Editor-in-ChiefKeith Rebec earned an MA in English from Northern Michigan University. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ShenandoahThe Portland Review, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Necessary Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, and Devil’s Lake, among others. He’s currently living in Utah and working on a novel.

Fiction Editor: Kristen Arnett is a fiction and essay writer who has held fellowships at Kenyon Review, Tin House, and Lambda Literary Foundation. She was awarded Ninth Letter‘s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction and was runner-up for the 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize at The Greensboro Review. Her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, The Greensboro Review, OSU’s The Journal, Portland Review, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Ninth Letter, and Superstition Review, among others. Her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, will be published by Split Lip Press in Fall 2017.

Nonfiction Editor: Katherine Gehan is a graduate from Emerson College’s MFA program. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Sundog Lit, and Split Lip Magazine and has, along with her fiction, been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net Anthology. Find her on twitter @StateofKate.

Contributing Editor: Ashley Strosnider holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina. Her work appears in Fifth WednesdayNashville Review, Paper Darts, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among others, with reviews in Publishers Weekly and The Review Review. She grew up in the bluegrass of Kentucky but currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she recently learned to peel her own shrimp.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Pam Michel Bruce earned her BA in Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in Writing, Literature, and Religious Studies. She is a self-proclaimed geek whose fandoms run from books to sports to music to movies. She is hard at work on her short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Connect with Pam on Twitter @pammichelbruce.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Josh Jones graduated from The University of Alabama’s New College. His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes and The Golden Key. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife and daughters. He’s sporadically on Twitter @jnjoneswriter.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber has stories recent or forthcoming in New South, Tahoma Literary Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Vignette Review, and Revolution John. When she is not teaching, she’s working on a novel that spans five generations or spying on her goats, Snapdragon and Socrates. Follow her@AEWeisgerber.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Lori Barrett has worked as a freelance writer, contributing to the Wall Street Journal on hard-hitting topics like custom-stuffed pillows, dog-food delivery services, and luxury horse ranches for sale. She has an MFA from the low-residency fiction program at Chatham University. Her fiction has appeared in New Horizons, a journal from The British Fantasy Society; her nonfiction has appeared in Entropy and the book Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting. When not reading or writing, she spends her time advocating for fair funding for Chicago Public Schools.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Geoffrey Miller’s most recent fiction can be found in Crack the Spine XII Anthology, Thrice Fiction 17, Flash Fiction in the Attic 2 and PANK. Non-fiction should be up on the Superstition Review site by now as well. Visually check out Paper Tape Magazine, Weave Magazine or Spittoon.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Madison Strake Bernath is a literary writer of both creative nonfiction and fiction. She will complete her MFA at the University of Central Florida in May of 2014. She has worked on various literary journals such as Pithead Chapel, The Florida Review, and Cypress Dome. You can find her work in such places as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Drunken Odyssey.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Erin Calabria studied writing at Marlboro College and radio documentary at the Salt Institute. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Atlas and Alice, 100 Word Story, Luna Luna Magazine, and other places. She grew up in Western Massachusetts, spent a number of years in New York City, and now lives in Magdeburg, Germany. Follow her on Twitter @Erin_Calabria.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Shaunacy Ferro is a New York-based journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Fast Company, Popular Science,Architect magazine, and more. She’s currently a staff writer at mental_floss and is living the Brooklyn dream of brewing her own kombucha. You can follow here on Twitter @shaunacysays.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Kristine Langley Mahler is a nonfictioneer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She received the 2016 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award from Crab Orchard Review and her work has recently appeared/is forthcoming in Sweet, Tahoma Literary Review, Rock & Sling, and the Brevity blog. After a childhood in Oregon, adolescence in North Carolina, and high school in Indiana, Kristine has dug in her heels on the suburban prairie.


Our Award and Anthology Nominations (storySouth Million Writers Award; Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology; and the Pushcart Prize):








Pithead Chapel is financially supported by the editors. We started this magazine to promote literature from around the world. Please consider giving back and donating to us. Any donation helps keep submissions free of charge. Thank you for your continued support.