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, she joined The Southern Review as assistant editor in 2004. In 2011 she became the journal's poetry editor.
She has published her writing, built and operated puppets, edited poetry books for a diverse range of writers, and composed song lyrics.
Emily Nemens is coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review, a literary quarterly published at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her editorial work has been featured in Writer&’s Digest, draft: a journal of process, and on LeanIn.org, and prose selections from The Southern Review have recently appeared or are forthcoming in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017, Best Mystery Writing 2016, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She studied art history and studio art at Brown University, and before moving to Louisiana to pursue an MFA in creative writing at LSU, she lived in Brooklyn and worked in editorial capacities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Center for Architecture. Alongside her editorial work, Emily maintains active writing and illustration practices. Her fiction and essays have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and n+1, and she is working on a book about spring training baseball. As an illustrator she’s collaborated with Harvey Pekar on a Studs Terkel anthology, painted miniature portraits of all the women in Congress, and recently published her first New Yorker cartoon.
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.
Jenny Keegan is the subscriptions manager for The Southern Review. She has a BA in English from LSU and has been with LSU Press and The Southern Review since 2013. Before coming to LSU Press/TSR, she worked in publishing in New York City and New Haven.