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THAT Literary Review is affiliated with the Department of English and Philosophy and the College of Arts and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. Published annually, THAT is free online and print copies may be ordered at minimal cost.

W. B. Gerard, General Editor

W. B. Gerard teaches the Fiction Workshop and directs graduate creative theses at Auburn University at Montgomery. A battered survivor of workshops with John Gardner and Frank McCourt, he publishes short fiction and scholarship, the latter primarily on the eighteenth-century and the writer Laurence Sterne. In his spare time, he teaches, edits the semi-annual review journal The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, and sings sea chanteys with his gourami, Chum.
Email: editor@thatliteraryreview.com


Jim Hilgartner, Fiction Editor

James M. Hilgartner is a Professor of English at Huntingdon College. In a previous existence he taught ESL in New York State and New England, in Paris, and in Lisbon. His affinity for foreign languages and cultures inspired a move to Alabama. He has published in a number of literary journals, and has twice been awarded the Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Since 2015 he has served as Fiction Editor of THAT Literary Review.
Email: jimhilgartner@thatliteraryreview.com


Joyce Kelley, Poetry Editor

Joyce Kelley is an associate professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery. She has recently published a book with Ashgate on the women modernists and travel called Excursions into Modernism. She lives in Montgomery where she balances her time teaching, playing cello, and acting out scenes from movies with stuffed animals as directed by a preschooler. She was previously the poetry editor of THIS Literary Review, but left for a more lucrative position with THAT.
Email: joycekelley@thatliteraryreview.com


Seth Reno, Associate Editor

Seth Reno has been a lover of literature since the Goosebumps series premiered in 1992. He won several notable awards, including the coveted Power of the Pen, in middle school before becoming a local musician in a small, rural Ohio town, and then went on to study poetry and literature at Ohio State, where he earned his PhD in 2011. He is now faculty at Auburn University at Montgomery, specializing in British Romanticism, poetry and poetics, ecocriticism, affect theory, and Anthropocene studies.
Email: sethreno@thatliteraryreview.com


Barbara Wiedemann, Editor-at-Large

Barbara Wiedemann, professor emerita at Auburn University at Montgomery, has published three chapbooks—Half-Life of Love (2008), Sometime in October (2010), and Death of a Pope and Other Poems (2013)—all with Finishing Line Press. In addition, over sixty of her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies. However, most of her time is devoted to entertaining and outwitting her willful and energetic dog.


Michelle Aitken Assistant Editor

Michelle Aitken is an undergrad student studying English at Auburn University at Montgomery. When she is not sweating over her computer typing essays, she delves into the video game world, where she derives inspiration for an ever-growing collection of poetry that she one day hopes to compile into a beautiful book. She spends much of her free time drinking coffee and talking to her three cats, while denying the fact that she is turning into a crazy cat lady.


Evy Barrett, Assistant Editor

Evy Barrett is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in creative writing. She hopes to become a published author one day, but would settle for finally graduating. Evy enjoys anything from Joss Whedon, Jane Austen, and staying home with her eight dogs.




Abbie Bellman, Assistant Editor

Abigail "Abbie" Bellman is a graduate of Huntingdon College, where was Editor-in-Chief for Huntingdon College's literary magazine, The Prelude. She has been published in various literary magazines and has received multiple recognition for her short fiction pieces. Currently she lives in Birmingham with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Thor, where she works as a Technical Writer. She aspires to one day publish her own full length book.
Email: abigailbellman@thatliteraryreview.com


Abby McGinn Assistant Editor

Abby McGinn is a graduate of Huntingdon College, where she majored in Music and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She served as the general editor for Huntingdon College's literary magazine, The Prelude, three times and was the recipient of the Frank T. Thompson Creativity Award twice. Abby likes to spend her free time drinking hot tea and reading eighteenth- and nineteeth-century British literature or a Poirot mystery while being pestered by her cat (you know, the stereotypical book nerd stuff). She dreams of one day publishing a novel and traveling extensively.
Email: abbymcginn@thatliteraryreview.com


Deric Sallas, Assistant Editor

Deric Sallas has served as an editorial assistant for The Mark Twain Journal and NewSouth Books, and has been an Assistant Fiction Editor for THAT since 2015. In addition to being an avid collector of vintage hand tools, he also is an enthusiastic traveler who revels in places with an excessive number of bookstores and miniature trash cans.
Email: deric.sallas@gmail.com


Matthew S. Shoemaker, Assistant Editor

Matthew Shoemaker is an adjunct instructor who teaches composition and a masters student at Auburn University at Montgomery. His ultimate focus of study will be determined by how well his thesis goes over, but he’s generally interested in how we know that things are things and not not-things. He is both an Air Force and Starbucks veteran, and spends his spare time drinking coffee while maintaining a constant, razor-sharp sense of existential dread.
Email: matthewshoemaker@thatliteraryreview.com


LyAnne Peacock Web/Layout Artist

LyAnne Peacock currently studies graphic design, specializing in editorials and web design, with a minor in photography, at AUM. When not pursuing her studies or freelancing assignments, she works with media/fields using different experimental techniques. Sports and martial arts (Tang Soo Do, Ki-Ninjitsu, and Ninjitsu) are favorite hobbies. She hopes to work as an art director or in a related field after graduation.
Email: jlpeacock@thatliteraryreview.com


Shaquille Harris, Journal Design

Nikembe Pierce, Web Design