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Statement of
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The climate of literary journals has long been dominated by the white male gaze, and Belmont Story Review is committed to publishing stories, poetry, and essays that are inclusive of a diversity of opinions and represent typically underrepresented populations.

Through our editorial discernment, we seek to accept work from typically under-represented groups, whether this is BIPOC, LGTBQIA, ELL or other writers, dreamers, and thinkers.



Joel Kabot

Joel Kabot has an M.F.A in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth university. After graduation, he was a Fulbright fellow in Ukraine. Originally from Upstate New York, he lives in Baltimore with his wife and sons. His fiction has also appeared in the Notre Dame Review.

Robert McGuill

Robert McGuill's work has appeared in Narrative, the Southwest Review, the Saturday Evening PostLouisiana LiteratureAmerican Fiction and other publications. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and short-listed for awards by, among others, Glimmer Train, the New GuardSequestrum Art & Literature. The author lives and writes in Colorado.

Marc Morgenstern

Marc Morgenstern is a former journalist and TV news producer,
and a recent graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for
Writers. He was recently named a finalist in the University of Arizona’s
Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. His short stories have been
published in Still Points Arts Quarterly, Valiant Scribe, Corners of the World:
Of the Book Anthology
, Soundings Review, JMWW, Blue Lyra Review and
Passager Journal, among others. His work has been featured multiple

times at Los Angeles’ prestigious New Short Fiction Series. Marc’s non-
fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor,

The Huffington Post, and on the MOTH stage.

Sean Winn

Sean Winn came to writing only late in life, but his poetry, fiction and
essays have begun to appear in a number of literary journals over the past
year, most recently in San Antonio Review, Blue House Journal, and Halfway
Down the Stairs
, among others. After living in Hong Kong, Singapore
and Indonesia, he now calls Austin, Texas home. Find him on Twitter at

Jennifer Furner

Jennifer Furner has essays in the anthologies of Art in the Time of
and A Teenager’s Guide to Feminism. She has been published in
HuffPost Personal, Motherwell, Folks, Sammiches and Psych Meds, among
others. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband and daughter. For
more of her writing, visit her website

Claudia Buckholts

Claudia Buckholts received Creative Writing Fellowships from the
National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation,
and the Grolier Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review,
Minnesota Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, The Southern
Review, Tar River Poetry
, and others; and in two books, Bitterwater and
Traveling Through the Body.

Mary Alice Dixon

Mary Alice Dixon lives and writes in Charlotte, North Carolina
where she is a long-time hospice volunteer. She has been a professor of
architectural history, teaching in China, Minnesota, and North Carolina.
She has also been an attorney who often represented parents and children
in juvenile court and tenants in housing disputes. She has a BA from Vassar
and an MA from Yale. Her recent work is in, or forthcoming from, Kakalak,
Stonecoast Review, Capsule Stories, County Lines, That Southern Thing, Mythic
Circle, Main Street Rag, North Dakota Quarterly, The Fourth River, Passager’s
Pandemic Diaries, NC Poetry Society Pinesong: Awards 2021
, and elsewhere.

Batnadiv HaKarmi

Jade Hidle

Jade Hidle (she/her/hers) is the proud Vietnamese-Irish-Norwegian
duaghter of a refugee. Her travel memoir, The Return to Viet Nam, was
published by Transcurrent Press in 2016, and her work has also been featured in Southern Humanities Review, Poetry Northwest, Witness
Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, The West Trade Review, Bangalore Review,
Columbia Journal, New Delta Review,
and the Diasporic Vietnamese
Artists Network’s You can follow her at @jadethidle.

Adina Kopinsky

Adina Kopinsky is an emerging poet living in Israel with her husband
and three sons. She has work published or forthcoming in PANK, Crannog,
SWWIM Every Day
, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among other publications.

Jayne Marek

Jayne Marek’s poetry books include In and Out of Rough Water (2017)

and The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (2018); her newest will be Dusk-
(2021). Winner of the Bill Holm Witness poetry contest, she

has received nominations for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes.
Her writings and art photos appear in Calyx, Notre Dame Review, One,
Spillway, The Lake,
and elsewhere.

Ana Reisens

Ana Reisens is an emerging poet and writer. She was the recipient of
the 2020 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award and you can find
her poetry in Subterranean Blue and forthcoming in the Sunlight Press and
Inkwell Journal. She lives in Spain, where she enjoys spending time in
nature and is perpetually in search of a good meal.

Cai Rodrigues-Sherley

Cai Rodrigues-Sherley (he/they) is a Black queer poet, teaching
artist, and lover of 1970s youth poetry. He cares about trans childhoods,
queer bodies, mortality, heritage, and love. He is a Sagittarius Sun,
Gemini Rising, and Cancer Moon, which means nothing and absolutely
everything. He was the 2019 recipient of the Smith College Emily
Babcock Poetry Prize and is a 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Their work
can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue, Brooklyn Poets, and Volume Poetry. They
currently live in Queens with their partner and are an MFA candidate
at New York University in their Creative Writing Program. You can find
him on Twitter at @caifieri and on Instagram as @crsed_poet.

Adriana Varga

Adriana Varga teaches in the Department of English, Core Writing, at
University of Nevada, Reno. When she isn’t teaching, studying Paiute, or
writing poetry and fiction, she likes to explore the high-desert landscape
of Northern Nevada.

Batnadiv HaKarmi is an American-born poet and painter living
in Jerusalem. A graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in
Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University, her work has been published
in Poet Lore, Ilanot Review, Poetry International, Mom Egg Review and is
forthcoming in Radar. She is the recipient of the Andrea Moria Prize
for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction.