A safe space for creative writing about mental health
David Welper, Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Raised in the Detroit area, where he earned an MA from Wayne State University. He is a Pushcart nominated poet and psychiatric nurse (BSN, University of Colorado). He’s worked with Arts non-profits, has been an editor and event organizer. He’s lived in NYC, the Bay Area, Raleigh and Albuquerque. He now lives in Denver. www.DavidWelper.com
Elizabeth Burnam, Assistant Non-fiction Editor. Liz grew up in a trailer park in Syracuse, NY, where she walked around barefoot in the summer and never locked her door. In May of 2018, she graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Professional Writing and now works as a copywriter for a marketing agency. A poet at heart, Elizabeth believes in the transformative effect of creative expression.
Adam Crittenden, Assistant Poetry Editor. Adam holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has appeared in decomP, Bayou Magazine, Barn Owl Review, Whiskey Island, and other journals. Blood Eagle is his first full-length book of poetry and is available now from Gold Wake Press. Currently, he teaches writing in Albuquerque at Central New Mexico Community College. Twitter: @AdamACrittenden
Sierra Crumbaker, Assistant Fiction Editor. Sierra recently graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in English. She was a fiction editor for Greyrock Review and has self-published a children’s book. She is currently trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life, but in the meantime she loves reading the creative work of her fellow writers.
J de Salvo, Production and Distribution. J de Salvo’s stories, poems, essays, and articles have been published extensively in print and online. In addition to his work on Buddy, he is the publisher and an editor at the Pedestrian Press, and its annual journal of the Oakland literary and arts community, Oakland Review.
Taylor Gianfrancisco, Assistant Poetry Editor. Taylor Gianfrancisco is a poet whose work focuses on spirituality and mental health. She also writes for Odyssey and interns at JuxtaProse Literary Magazine as a poetry editor. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English. When she is not working, she likes to read the poetry of Aracelis Girmay and go for long walks in her neighborhood. She lives in Orlando, Florida with her dog, Kylo Ren.
Maura Monaghan, Assistant Poetry Editor. Maura is a New Yorker studying English in Boston, and she has loved poetry since being old enough to read it. She is excited about Buddy and its mission. Her work has appeared in the book New York City Haiku, and she can be found on Twitter @maura_monaghan.
Hanna Redigan, Assistant Non-fiction Editor.
Selina Scheumann, Assistant Fiction Editor. Selina graduated from MSU, Mankato’s MFA program in 2017 where she served as the art editor for Blue Earth Review, and her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Weekly Reader Radio Show, and So It Goes! She lives with her husband and her cat, Goblin, near Chicago. https://scheumuseum.wordpress.com
Ashley Steineger, Assistant Poetry Editor. Ashley is a poet and former psychotherapist residing in Raleigh, NC. She is currently working on her MFA in Poetry at Queen’s University in Charlotte. Her poetry and creative non-fiction works have appeared in The Mighty and Life in 10 Minutes, and she volunteers with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) writing brochures and newsletter articles. Poetry, fishing, and nature are her main enjoyments. She has a special interest in Literary/Poetry Therapy, and is a passionate mental health awareness advocate.
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Jesse Scott Owen. Jesse, poet, essayist, and loving ex-boyfriend, is from Orlando, FL. After six years in NYC he returned to Florida, where he lives in a camper in the woods. There he reads, writes, and drinks cold-brewed Bustelo. His first poetry chapbook, Dead Girlfriend Songs, is available to read along with his blog and other published writings at www.JesseScottOwen.com. He tweets at @JesseScottOwen
Autumn Slaughter. Autumn is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and she holds a masters in counseling psychology from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. She serves as a mental health ambassador for Mused, a poetry non-profit in Tulsa, where she leads poetry workshops designed for individuals with mental health concerns. Autumn’s poetry was featured at the 2017 and 2018 University of Tulsa TEDx events. It has also been published in the Paragon Journal, The Pointed Circle, and Write Launch.
Laurel Shimasaki. Laurel lives in New Orleans. She works as a tutor, mixologist, adult literacy instructor, and crisis hotline advocate in the movement to end sexual trauma. Her writing appears in Salon, Hellogiggles, and elsewhere.