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 fiction, essays, and poetry have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review (Pushcart nomination), Eleven Eleven, and the chapbook Butcher Papers (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), and she was selected as the inaugural Barry Hannah Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. 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 collection of stories.
Andrew Zolot is an editorial assistant at The Southern Review. He grew up in sunny Hollywood, Florida, before moving to Western Massachusetts to earn his bachelor's degree in English at Amherst College. He spent the next three years working various jobs, including summer-camp counselor, hedge-fund analyst, private tutor, and real-estate agent. He has written fiction and nonfiction for the online journal American Circus.
Andrew is currently pursuing his MFA degree in fiction at LSU.
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.