Editorial Mission

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Cutleaf publishes a new issue online every other week, as well as The Cutleaf Reader, our annual print anthology. A project of EastOver PressCutleaf seek work that responds to our common experience and reflects our differences. We are interested in work by all writers, especially those historically underrepresented in literary publishing. We welcome unsolicited original prose (both creative nonfiction and fiction) and poetry from established and emerging writers during our open submission windows.


Keith Pilapil Lesmeister, Editor

Keith Pilapil Lesmeister is the author of the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here (MG Press). His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Slice Magazine, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Sycamore Review, The Good Men Project, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Northeast Iowa Community College. You can visit his website at keithlesmeister.com.

Denton Loving, Editor

Denton Loving lives on a farm near the historic Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia come together. He is the author of two books of poetry, Crimes Against Birds (Main Street Rag) and most recently Tamp (Mercer University Press)He is also the editor of Seeking Its Own Level: an anthology of writings about water (MotesBooks). His fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications including River Styx, CutBank, Iron Horse Literary ReviewThe Threepenny Review, and Ecotone. You can follow Denton on Twitter @DentonLoving and visit his website at dentonloving.com.

Kelly March, Editor

Kelly March is a writer in North Carolina. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she is currently working on her first collection of essays.

Walter Robinson, Editor

Walter Robinson is a writer and physician in Massachusetts. His essay collection, What Cannot Be Undone, won the 2020 River Teeth Book Prize and was published by University of New Mexico Press in 2022. His recent or forthcoming essays appear in wildness, Months To Years, The Sun, The Literary Review, and Harvard Review. You can follow him on Twitter @WRobinsonWriter or visit his website at wmrobinson.com.

Fiction Readers

Amber Wheeler Bacon
Tiffany Chang
Kathryn Chiariello
Ruben Cota
Colson Cruicini
Summer Knight
Nathalie Kramer
Lenore Maybaum
Sidney Mitchell
B. Nathaniel Steelman

Advisory Board

  • Christopher Castellani
  • Jasmin Darznik
  • Libby Flores
  • Jill McCorkle
  • Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  • Joan Wickersham
  • Paul Yoon

Contact Us

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