Jessica Faust is coeditor and poetry editor of The Southern Review. Born and raised in southeast Louisiana, she studied in Wales and London before receiving her BS in English Education, MFA in Creative Writing (poetry), and PhD in English (literature) from LSU. After teaching for many years at the University of New Orleans and LSU, she joined The Southern Review as assistant editor in 2004 but continued to teach. In 2011 she became the journal's poetry editor.
Her poems have been published in Paragraph, B City, and Exquisite Corpse. More recently she has built and operated puppets; contributed her nonfiction to festivals in New Orleans; edited poetry books for a diverse range of writers; and composed lyrics for Theresa Andersson's award-winning and critically acclaimed records I the River (2008), Hummingbird, Go! (2009), and Street Parade (2012).
She lives in New Orleans with her daughter, Saoirse.
Emily Nemens is coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and then studied art history and studio art at Brown University. Before moving to Louisiana, she lived in Brooklyn and worked in editorial capacities at the Metropolitan Museum and the Center for Architecture. She began as the editorial assistant of The Southern Review in 2011, when she also started at LSU's MFA program in creative writing, and has been coeditor of the journal since 2013.
Her fiction, essays, and poetry have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, and the chapbook Butcher Papers, and she was selected as the inaugural Barry Hannah Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her editorial work has been profiled in Writer’s Digest, draft: a journal of process, and on LeanIn.org. As an illustrator she's collaborated with Harvey Pekar and painted miniature portraits of all the women in congress, a project that garnered national media attention. She is working on her first book, a linked collection about spring training baseball.
Mary B. Sellers is an editorial assistant at The Southern Review. She is a born and bred southerner, hailing from Jackson, Mississippi. She received a BA in English with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Mississippi, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as an Honors College Scholar, in May 2013
She worked for the Oxford-based record label Fat Possum Records, and later interned and took on the role of Associate Publisher at indie publishing company, Blooming Twig Books, which also published her collection of short stories, Shoulder Bones, in 2014. Her writing has appeared in Deep South Magazine, Permafrost, and Sonic Boom. She is now a first year MFA student at LSU, with an emphasis in fiction.
Kathleen Boland is the editorial assistant at The Southern Review. Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, she received a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Environmental Science from Tufts University. Before moving to Louisiana, she worked as a commodities analyst, and split her time between Denver and London.
A fiction candidate in LSU’s MFA program, she has served as the fiction editor of New Delta Review and the codirector of the 2016 Delta Mouth Literary Festival. Along with The Southern Review, she works as a professional writing mentor for both the Baton Rouge Youth Poet Laureate program and the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. Her fiction most recently appeared in Tin House’s Flash Fridays, and she is currently at work on a novel.
Leslie Green, the business manager of The Southern Review, was raised in south Louisiana by her parents, two biochemists who worked in the petrochemical industry. She was a precociously early reader, reportedly starting at age two, and has always enjoyed reading across a range of styles and genres, though an early hero was Flannery O'Connor. She studied English literature, classics, journalism, and ceramics at LSU; and photography at San Francisco State University, ultimately graduating from LSU with a BA in General Studies with an emphasis in the arts and humanities. She has continued to have broad interests and has worked for LSU Press and The Southern Review since 2003.