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. At LSU she won prizes for poetry and nonfiction, ran a reading series, and worked with the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.
Her first book of stories, Scrub, was published in 2007, and her writing has more recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Alimentum, and on Esquire.com. As an illustrator she has collaborated with Harvey Pekar and painted all of the women in the 112th and 113th Congresses, a project that was featured on MSNBC and across the web.
Hayley Lynch is the editorial assistant of The Southern Review. Born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, she earned a BA in English & Creative Writing from Hollins University in Virginia. She taught English in Seoul, South Korea, and was a writer for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and writer and associate editor for Kentucky Afield. She also worked as a feature writer and photographer for Kentucky Monthly magazine and later served in public relations and marketing positions at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Currently, she is composing her first novel in LSU's MFA program in creative writing.
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.