Masthead – River River – Spring 2019

Founders and Managing Editors

A. Anupama is an Indian-American poet, graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and instructor at Ramapo College and Writopia Lab.Her poetry has appeared in Waxwing, Drunken Boat, CutBank, Juked, Numéro Cinq and other publications. More about her here.


Donna Lee Miele lives and writes in New York’s Hudson Valley. She received her MFA in 2014 from Manhattanville College, edits for Manhattanville’s Inkwell Journal, and coordinates publications for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association. Donna’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in |tap| litmag, Atticus Review, Lady Blue Publishing, and elsewhere. Visit her here


Editors and Readers

10649098_10203828091056165_5835053622400992885_oJulie M. Goldberg is a writer, librarian, and teacher. She completed her first novel in 2013 and is working on a second. Julie lives in the Lower Hudson Valley with her husband and their two children. She is an obsessive reader, an occasional jazz singer, and an enthusiastic baker. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Establishment, WomenArts Quarterly, Dual Coast Magazine, The Manhattanville Review, and Mothers Always Write.


Rosemary Farrell writes short fiction and has been published in Fiction and Promethean. She was the Managing Editor of Fiction while completing her Masters in Creative Writing at City College, CUNY. She has lived in a number of places but was born in New York City and has resided in Nyack, New York, since 2003 with her family and animal menagerie.

Ghada Khalil was born in Lebanon. Her poems have appeared in Pif Magazine, Juked, Electric Cereal, Tagvverk and other journals. She has an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.


Rebecca Watkins earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from the City College of New York and has been teaching writing and English as a Second Language at the college level for eight years in the Greater New York area. She has created and led poetry workshops in the public schools as well as smaller writing workshops for adults. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency in Honduras and taught poetry at an orphanage and bilingual school. Rebecca has been published in The Promethean, The Red Mesa Review, Poetry and Performance, Anderbo and the SNReview among other literary journals. Currently, she is earning a Master’s of Science degree in English Education from Lehman College. Besides her background in education and writing, she has also lived and worked on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, became a certified yoga instructor in Colorado, and worked on organic farms in Ohio and Georgia. Rebecca’s first full-length poetry book Sometimes, in These Places was released by Unsolicited Press in September 2017.

Karen Clark (B.A., Barnard; M.F.A, CUNY CCNY) is an Upper West Side expat who is happy and grateful to have been welcomed into the Rockland writing community by the River River Writer’s Circle. She has published a few things here and there and is presently completing a novel she began writing at River River Writing Group meetups. She is a freelance editor and proofreader who has had the privilege and pleasure of working with, among others, novelist John Wirenius (Phineas at Bay), poet & novelist Pamela L. Laskin (My Life on the Moon; Visitation Rites; It’s All About Shoes!; Why No Goodbye?) and memoirist Carla Porch (Union Lake.) A former NYC bookstore owner (The Last Word, Morningside Heights, 1992-2005) she has spent her life getting drunk on words.


Rhea Mathews grew up in Rockland County, New York, loving words, poems, and stories. She graduated from Ramapo High School and now attends Brown University. In the fall, she will start her third year towards earning a Bachelors of Arts in Literary Arts aka Creative Writing. She loves helping people find new and exciting ways to express themselves; she hopes to take this passion with her everywhere! Special thanks to Rhea for curating photography on prose for this issue. 

Dylan Manning attends Kenyon College. She interned for River River while still in high school, and we are pleased to welcome her back. A student at the nexus of creative writing, screenwriting, and biological anthropology, she balances academics with stand-up comedy, violin (orchestra and jazz ensemble), and film making. She is reasonably conversational in Spanish, very fluent in English. Triathlon training currently on hold.