Our Mission

Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in 2012 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We publish art, fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month by emerging and established artists.

Editorial Statement

At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging art, fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. Most of all, we want your work to make us 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 polished work and we’ll do our best to help your voice get heard.

Diversity & Inclusion

Since our inception, Pithead Chapel has been committed to fostering diversity in the literary community by providing a safe outlet for artists to share their literary works and visual art. We stand firmly against all forms of racism, discrimination, and inequality and will continue to support those who are marginalized. We are committed to publishing, promoting, and working with underrepresented artists.

About the Editors

Editor-in-Chief & Fiction Editor: Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her short story collection Undoing (2018) won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her novel The Light Source (2019) was published by 7.13 Books. Her fiction has been published in Atticus Review, Cleaver, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her stories have been selected for Best Small Fictions and Wigleaf’s Top 50. Find her on Twitter @kimmagowan.

Managing Editor: Brittany Terwilliger graduated from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York. Her short fiction has appeared in Ghost Parachute, Five:2:One, Ponder Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and selected for Longform‘s Fiction Pick of the Week. Her novel, The Insatiables (Chicago Review Press) was published in 2018. Find her on Twitter at @Brttnyblm.

Nonfiction Editor: Katherine Gehan is a graduate from Emerson College’s MFA program. Her short story collection, The Girl and the Fox Pirate, was published by Mojave River Press in 2018. 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.

Prose Poetry Editor: Matthew Smart lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he works as an information technology analyst. His writing has appeared in Vestal Review, Dead King Magazine, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Unbroken Journal, Smokelong Quarterly and elsewhere. You can follow him on twitter @_MatthewSmart.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Vanessa Chan is a Malaysian writer who writes about race, colonization, and women who don’t toe the line. Her work has been published in X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Porter House Review, Atticus Review, Jezebel, and more. Her story,Coronation was a finalist for the Porter House Review Editor’s Prize. She is based in New York where she is an MFA candidate at The New School. This follows a 12-year career in public relations, including most recently as director of communications for Facebook. Her writing has received support from Tin House, Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Aspen Words, and Disquiet International. Find her on Twitter at @vanjchan.

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: 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: Elise Glassman lives and writes in Seattle. She studied fiction with Laura Kalpakian and others at the University of Washington Extension, and with Marilynne Robinson at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Colorado Review, Main Street Rag, The Portland Review, Tawdry Bawdry, Referential Magazine, Per Contra and Opossum. Her essay, “Touch,” appeared in the 2013 anthology, “Beyond Belief” and most recently, “Fast Food and Box Wine” appeared in Sliver of Stone, Fall 2017. 

Assistant Fiction Editor: Yasmina Din Madden lives in Iowa and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in PANK, The Idaho Review, Word Riot, The Masters Review: New Voices, Hobart, Fiction Southeast, Carve, and other journals. She teaches creative writing, literature, and women’s and gender studies at Drake University.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Anne Rasmussen lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Sundog Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Blood Orange Review, Little Fiction, Barren Magazine, and The Southeast Review. From 2014-2017 she served as editor of Late Night Library’s Late Night Interview column. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Find her on Twitter at @whatll_i_do.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Mason Binkley’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Jellyfish Review, Necessary Fiction, and other places. His flash fiction collection, Familial Disturbances, is forthcoming from Ellipsis Zine. He lives in Tampa, Florida, and works as an attorney. You can find him on Twitter at @Mason_Binkley.  

Assistant Fiction Editor: Aaron Kreuter is the author of the short story collection You and Me, Belonging (Tightrope books 2018) and the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs (Guernica Editions 2016). His work has appeared in places such as The PuritanGrain MagazinePoetry is DeadARC PoetryThe Temz ReviewThe Rusty Toque, and Carte Blanche. His poems have also appeared in a number of anthologies. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Assistant Fiction/Prose Poetry Editor: Cate McGowan is the author of the short story collection, True Places Never Are (2015), which won the 2014 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for The Lascaux Book Prize. Her debut novel, These Lowly Objects, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press, and her award-winning fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Norton’s Flash Fiction InternationalGlimmer TrainCrab Orchard ReviewTahoma Literary ReviewPhoebeShenandoah, and numerous other publications. A Georgia native and current Florida resident, you can find McGowan on Twitter at @mcgowan_cate.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Amanda Marbais’s fiction has appeared in Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, Joyland, Electric Literature and elsewhere. She’s written reviews and cultural essays for Your Impossible Voice and Paste Magazine. She’s the author of the short story collection Claiming a Body (Moon City Press 2019). 

Assistant Fiction Editor: Amelia Morand‘s writing has been published with Hobart, Moon City Review, Pithead Chapel, and Sou’Wester, among others. She is the winner of the Pidgeonholes 2019 BODY contest in microprose, was nominated by Pithead Chapel for Best Small Fiction (2019), and featured in Wigleaf’s Very Short Fictions longlist (2020). She also serves as Senior Fiction Editor for Cutbank Literary Magazine. After completing her MFA at the University of Montana in 2019, Amelia returned to her hometown of Santa Fe. You can find her on Twitter @AmeliaMorand.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Lucy Zhang is an anime lover, writer, and software engineer. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal, Gone Lawn, Jellyfish ReviewOkay Donkey, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net. A New Jersey native and Duke alumnus, she currently writes (and procrastinates) from a small, cozy apartment in California. Find her on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Cindy Bradley received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fresno State University, where she also served as an editorial assistant on The Normal School. Her work has appeared in 45th Parallel, Brevity Blog, Front Porch Journal, and Under the Sun, among others, and a recent essay was cited as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. Cindy grew up in southern California, now resides in California’s Central Valley, and misses the beach every day. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on her first memoir, a collection of essays about growing up in southern California during the 1970s and beyond. She can be found on Twitter @cindysea429.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Matthew Zanoni Müller has an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. He is an Associate Professor of English at Berkshire Community College and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. He has co-written a memoir with his father entitled Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a father and Son published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House press. He also has work in The Southeast Review, NANO FictionDecomP MagazinEThe Boiler JournalHippocampus, and Halfway Down the Stairs. You can find him on Twitter @matthewzmuller.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Marilyn Duarte received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Tampa’s low-residency program. Her work has appeared in Barren Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and elsewhere. Originally from Toronto, she now divides her time between Canada and Portugal. Visit her on Twitter @MareDuarte28.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Sue Hann is a psychologist and writer. She is a Spread the Word London Writers Awards recipient 2019-20. She is the winner of the Diana Woods Memorial Award 2020. Her work has been published in journals such as Popshot Quarterly, One Hand Clapping, LunchTicket, and in anthologies such as Palm Sized Press Vol. 3. You can find her on Twitter @SYwrites.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Alex Juarez graduated from Pratt Institute’s BFA writing program. She worked for GLAAD, Abrams Books, and Lambda Literary. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her spare time making lesbian memes on @sapphichardcider. Find her on Twitter @alexbethjuarez.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Caroljean Gavin started her MFA at The New School and finished it up at Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has appeared in places such as: X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Pithead Chapel, Moon City Review, Barrelhouse, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. She is the editor of What I Thought of Ain’t Funny, a short fiction anthology based on the jokes of Mitch Hedberg. Currently she lives in North Carolina where she’s working on a novel, earning her yoga teacher certification, and raising two rambunctious sons who never ever ever leave the house. Twitter: @caroljeangavin.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: D’mani Thomas (he/him/they) is a writer, horror film enthusiast, and dance lover. A graduate of UC Berkeley, D’mani is a two-time member of CAL Slam (2017 & 2018), representing UC Berkeley at CUPSI, (an international poetry festival & competition) earning the “Best Writing As a Team” accolade in 2018. He was a 2019 Pink Plastic House Resident, a 2019 WUS GOOD Black Hogwarts workshop participant, and a 2020 “SHOW US YOUR SPINES” resident. Their work can be found in The Auburn Avenue, Foglifter,  MARY: A Journal of New Writing, and elsewhere.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Jennifer Met lives in a small town in North Idaho. She is a nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthology, a finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and winner of the Jovanovich Award. Recent work is published or forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Gone Lawn, Gravel, Gulf Stream, Juked, Midway Journal, The Museum of Americana, Nimrod, Ninth Letter, Sleet Magazine, and Zone 3, among other journals. She is the author of the chapbook Gallery Withheld (Glass Poetry Press).

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Kandace James is a graduate student attending Kennesaw State University working towards her Masters of Arts in Professional Writing. She is a poet, screenwriter, and painter who desires to reimagine and redefine how blackness is currently depicted. Her poems have been published in or forthcoming in Silk HollowsJosephine Quarterly, the Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal and Aunt Chloe. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. James is currently a Web Designer and Social Media Manager for Josephine Quarterly. She works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our Award and Anthology Nominations (storySouth Million Writers Award; Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology; Best Microfiction; Best Small Fictions; and the Pushcart Prize):
Donations: Pithead Chapel is financially supported by the editors. We started this magazine to promote diverse 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.