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MISSION / HISTORY

Gasher Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publisher. We are interested in fresh voices and innovative forms. Make everything useful. 

Who we are:

  • Gasher is made up of a volunteer staff so that we can focus our resources on writers. 

  • All profits from book sales and submission fees are reinvested in opportunities and prizes.

  • We champion our authors with gracious royalties, no preorder minimums, collaborative book design, and meaningful editing.

  • We work to create opportunities in editing, publishing, and awards for underrepresented writers and editors. We welcome feedback on how we are doing and how we can improve.

  • Our Bennett Nieberg Transpoetic Prize and First Book Scholarship are always free to submit to. 

  • We are micro. Meaning we are small but mighty. We can't offer tour stipends and we don't have a hired marketing person, but we work diligently to submit our books for prizes, attend book fairs, organize reading tours, and find review platforms. 

  • Our books are never sold on Amazon. We have recently begun a partnership with SPD, and we can be found in several independent bookstores. 

Contact us: Press@gasherjournal.com

As a nonprofit, we rely on generous folks to help us keep our mission thriving. Donations are deeply appreciated and tax-deductible. Please donate today using the link below, or contact whitney@gasherjournal.com for direct contributions. 

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TEAM

Publisher / Design / Marketing

Whitney Koo

Whitney Koo is a poet from Arizona currently working as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. She holds a PhD in English-Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her poetry and nonfiction works have appeared in journals such as The Los Angeles ReviewColorado Review, American Literary Review, Bayou Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Breakwater Review, and others. Find her at www.WhitneyKoo.com

Contact: whitney@gasherjournal.com

Book Editor

Remi Recchia

Remi Recchia is a poet and essayist from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a Ph.D. candidate in English-Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Cimarron Review. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Remi’s work has appeared or will soon appear in Best New Poets 2021, Columbia Online Journal, Harpur Palate, and Juked, among others. Two of his poems have been published on Poets.org as winning pieces for a 2019 and 2021 University & College Academy of American Poets Prize.  He holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. Remi is the author of Quicksand/Stargazing (Cooper Dillon Books, 2021).

Two Languages Prize Editor

Melanie Hyo-In Han

Born in Korea and raised in East Africa, Melanie Hyo-In Han recently moved from the U.S. to the U.K., where she is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Flora Fiction. She is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection My Dear Yeast (Milk & Cake Press, 2023) and chapbook Sandpaper Tongue, Parchment Lips (Finishing Line Press, 2021), as well as the translator of several collections of Spanish poetry (Hebel Ediciones). Nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Han has received awards from "Boston in 100 Words," Valiant Scribe, The Lyric Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry and Translation, an M.Ed. in English and Spanish, and a B.A. in English, Spanish, and Linguistics. Learn more about her at melaniehan.com.

Assistant Book Editor

William Brown

William Brown is a PhD student in poetry at Texas Tech University and he holds an MFA from the University of Florida. His poems have appeared in journals such as Copper Nickel, Crab Creek Review, The Hopkins Review, Minnesota Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere, and he has been nominated for awards such as a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. 

Poetry Editor - Gasher Journal

Julieanne Larick

Julieanne Larick is a poet from Ohio and student at The College of Wooster. She serves as prose editor for jmww Journal and social media manager for The Dodge. She read prose for GASHER Journal since 2021. Her work has been recognized by the University & College Academy of American Poets Prize, Hollins University, and The Young Writers’ Initiative. She has poems in perhappened mag, Eunoia Review, Kissing Dynamite, and more. She tweets @crookyshanks. Find her work at http://www.julielarickwriting.com

Poetry Editor - Gasher Journal

Chloe Tsolakoglou

Chloe Tsolakoglou is a Greek-American author who grew up in Athens, Greece. In addition to being nominated for Best of the Net, Chloe's poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, PANK, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly's FIVES, and elsewhere. She completed her MFA in Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School, where she served as the Anselm Hollo Fellow. Currently, Chloe is the Marjorie Nicolson Fellow at Columbia University's PhD program in English and Comparative Literature. You can find more of her work at fridaycowgirl.com

Prose Editor - Gasher Journal

Stella Lei

Stella Lei's work appears or is forthcoming in CRAFT, Frontier Poetry, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. Her debut prose chapbook, Inheritances of Hunger, is currently out with River Glass Books. You can find more of her work at stellaleiwrites.weebly.com.

Prose Editor - Gasher Journal

Kaya Dierks 

Kaya Dierks is a Korean-American writer and an incoming freshman at Yale University. Her work has been recognized by The National YoungArts Foundation, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Columbia College Chicago, and The New York Times, among others. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in The Adroit Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gasher Journal, and elsewhere. A finalist for the 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose, she reads for Pidgeonholes and EX/POST and edits for The Bitter Fruit Review.

Art Editor 

Genevieve Hartman

Genevieve Hartman is a Korean American writer based in upstate New York. She is the Social Media & Outreach Coordinator for Adi. Her poems and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, Stone Canoe, EcoTheo, Singapore Unbound, River Mouth Review, and others; connect with her at genahartman.com, or follow her on Instagram at @gena_hartman and Twitter at @gena_hartman1.

Art Editor 

Sydney Ewerth

Originally from Atlanta, Sydney Ewerth received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics from Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia and graduated with her MFA from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduation she remained at The University of Alabama as a Part-Time Instructor until moving to Indiana to start her residency at New Harmony Clay Project. She then spent 3 years teaching and making art at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN as the Artist in Residence in Ceramics, Studio Technician, and Visiting Professor. She currently resides in Iowa City, IA, teaching at The University of Iowa as the Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics. Sydney has shown in various exhibitions through the US and internationally, including locations such as Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel and juried exhibitions in Sofia, Bulgaria. See more at www.sydneyewerth.com.

Marketing Intern

Plum Champlin

Plum E. Champlin is an emerging fiction writer whose work interrogates the peculiar anxieties of intersectionality. They currently reside in their home state of Tennessee, serving as a caregiver for kittens, elders, and kiddos, and as the Post-Bacc Fellow for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Readers

Aldwin Li, Haleigh Yaspan, Kanchi Sharma,
Maya Levy, Robyn Groth, Sage Short

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