Vestal Review’s Editor-in-chief, David Galef, has published over a dozen books, including Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook (Columbia University Press), the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle by Random House and Tracks by William Morrow Junior; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40 (University Press of Mississippi); and the poetry collections Flaws and Kanji Poems (David Roberts Books). His website is, his Twitter handle @dgalef. He’s a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University.

Contributing Editor Srijani Ganguly is currently based in the Himalayas. She is a contributing editor at Vestal Review and a nonfiction editor at Talking Writing. She also has her own literary journal, Riverbed Review. Her published work can be found at Her debut novella, One Arm Shorter Than the Other, from Atthis Arts, will be out in April, 2022. You can follow her on Twitter @gigiganguly.

Contributing Editor Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, artist, and storyteller who mostly prefers things you can do indoors. She identifies as Black, biracial, or person of color. Her writing has appeared in Longreads, VICE, Electric Literature’s The Nervous Breakdown, Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas, Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic., and elsewhere. She teaches memoir and personal essay writing workshops, and is also the creator, producer, and host of the long-running How I Learned, a live storytelling / comedy / reading series. Find out how to pronounce all her names at:

Contributing Editor Jasmine Ledesma is a writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in or is set to appear in CrazyhorseRattle, and PANK, among others. Her work was nominated for both Best of The Net and the Pushcart Prize in 2020. She was named a Brooklyn Poets fellow in 2021. Her novella Shrine was a finalist for the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize.

Contributing Editor Christopher Notarnicola served with the United States Marine Corps before receiving his MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. His work has been published in Best American Essays, Bellevue Literary Review, Consequence Magazine, Hobart, Hotel Amerika, Image, North American Review, The Southampton Review, and elsewhere. Find him in Pompano Beach, Florida, and at


Contributing Editor Phil Olsen is a short story writer from Liverpool, UK, who enjoys finding the absurd in the everyday. He has a Creative Writing MA from the University of Manchester and has won three flash fiction competitions: Northern Short Story Festival 2017; Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016; and Book Week Scotland 2014. His writing has appeared in Bath Flash Fiction and Flash Fiction Festival and is forthcoming with Comma Press. You can find him online at

Art Editor Angie Kang is an artist, writer, and designer living in San Francisco. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Narrative, The Believer, The Rumpus, Lunch Ticket, The Offing, Porter House Review, and others. Find more of her work at or on Instagram @anqiekanq.

Mark Budman, Vestal Review’s Co-Founder, has had fiction and nonfiction in Five PointsMississippi ReviewVirginia Quarterly, the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, and many other places. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press. He has co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton.

Co-Founder Susan O’Neill is the author of Don’t Mean Nothing, a collection of short stories based on her hitch as an army nurse in Vietnam; as well as Calling New Delhi for Free: And Other Ephemeral Truths of the 21st Century. Her many stories and essays have appeared online and in print.