about us

• Pleiades: Literature in Context is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Past contributors include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle, and National Book Awards, and many writers seeing their work in print for the first time. The current issue is here. Submission guidelines are here. Subscribe here.

• The Pleiades Book Review is an online supplement to the magazine that features both long-form reviews and shorter reviews of books released primarily by independent publishers.

• Each year, Pleiadesin partnership with Copper Nickel and Gulf Coastdistributes the featured book in the Unsung Masters Series. Each volume focuses on an important writer whose work has been unjustly neglected and features both a generous sample of creative work and numerous essays. Unsung Masters Series volumes are distributed free to subscribers with the Spring issue of Pleiades and are also available through Small Press Distribution.


 Jenny Molberg (Co-Editor, Poetry Editor) is the author of three poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017), Refusal (LSU Press, 2020), and The Court of No Record (forthcoming from LSU Press, 2023). She edited the Unsung Masters book, Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, VIDA, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Oprah Quarterly, and other publications. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and co-edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com or on Twitter at @jennymolberg.
Caitlin Cowan (Poetry Editor) Born and raised outside Detroit, Caitlin earned a PhD in English from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York City before returning to the Midwest. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Cornerstone Press in 2024. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best New Poets, The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Missouri Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and the Rappahannock Review, among other outlets. Her work has received support from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere. She serves as the Chair of Creative Writing at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and writes about the intersection of poetry and popular culture at PopPoetry.
Jennifer Maritza McCauley (Fiction Editor) is the author of the cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press) and the short story collection When Trying to Return Home (Counterpoint Press). She is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio, and CantoMundo, as well as awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She received her MFA from Florida International University and her PhD in creative writing & literature from the University of Missouri. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. 
Clint PhotoClinton Crockett Peters (Nonfiction Editor) teaches creative writing at Berry College. He is the author of Pandora’s Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology (2018) and The Divine Coming of the Light: Essays (forthcoming), both from the University of Georgia Press. He has been awarded literary prizes from The Iowa ReviewShenandoah, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Columbia Journal, and the Society for Professional Journalists. He has been noted four times in The Best American series. He holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas. His work also appears in Orion, Southern Review, Utne Reader, Catapult, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.
David Wojciechowski (Production Editor) is the author of Dreams I Never Told & Letters I Never Sent (Gold Wake Press). His poems have appeared in BateauJellyfish Magazine, The Laurel ReviewMeridianFigure 1, and other journals as well as in the collaborative writing anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press). He is a freelance designer and teaches writing and literature in Syracuse, NY. David can be found online at davidwojo.com and on Twitter @MrWojoRising.
Taneum Bambrick (Reviews Editor) is the author of Vantage, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 American Poetry Review/Honickman first book award (Copper Canyon Press). Her chapbook, Reservoir, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Prize. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, PEN Poetry Series, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She was a 2018-20 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and currently teaches online for Central Washington University.
 Dorothy Chan (Reviews Editor) is the author of Chinese Girl Strikes Back (Spork Press, forthcoming 2021), Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). She is a two-time Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship finalist, a 2020 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry for Revenge of the Asian Woman, and a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry ReviewAcademy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Chan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Poetry Editor of Hobart. Visit her website at dorothypoetry.com
 Kennedy Horton (Associate Fiction Editor) studied creative writing at The University of Missouri-Columbia and screenwriting at the University of California-Los Angeles. Her freelance work has been published in Variable West, Popdust, and Well+Good. Her poetry has been published in Hooligan Magazine. Kennedy was the editor of the poetry book The Anxiety Diaries (2020).
  Alli Cruz (Associate Reviews Editor) is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she studied English and Theater & Performance Studies and was a Levinthal scholar. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Hobart, and The Boiler. Alli is currently a Script Reader at Sundance Institute.
Olivia Ellisor (Assistant Fiction Editor) is a storyteller and lifelong student. She has been published in the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s The Signal, First Flight , and Stephen F. Austin State University’s HUMID. She works at UHCL’s Writing Center. In her spare time, Olivia loves to cheer on the Houston Astros.
Morgan Graham (Managing Editor) is an English PhD student at the University of Minnesota. She has published work in Chicago Review of BooksColorado ReviewSalt Hill Journal, and The Evansville Review. Find her at morgandianegraham.wordpress.com and @morgraha on Twitter.
Jennifer Popa (Special Folios Editor) is a short story writer, essayist, and occasional poet. She has studied writing from Alaska’s interior to the plains of West Texas and now works as an Assistant Professor at Gannon University. She’s currently at work on a collection of short stories and a novel. Some of Jennifer’s most recent writing can be found at The Florida ReviewBellingham ReviewMoon City ReviewWest Branch, Ninth Letter, and Sundog Lit. She can be found at www.jenniferpopa.com.


Spencer Young

Savannah Bradley

Kylie Gellatly

You Li

Dani Herrera

Anna Ehli

Ciara Alfaro

Kimberly Ravold

Gail Crump

AnnElise Hatjakes

Tyler Corbridge

Morgan Graham

Zachariah Gandin 

Madalyn Weaver 

Colby Mims

Lyn Michael

Rachel Layton

Daeshawn Jackson

Liana Martin

Joshua Konecke

Brooke Spalding

Havilah Barnett

E D I T O R S – A T – L A R G E

pruferKevin Prufer (Editor-at-Large) is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In a Beautiful Country (2011), National Anthem (2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005). He is also coeditor, with Wayne Miller, of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and, with Joy Katz, of Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007), as well as editor of The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). He teaches at the University of Houston.


nguyenPhong Nguyen (Editor-at-Large) is the author of the novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016) & two short-story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness (Elixir Press, 2011), which won the Elixir Fiction Award in 2010. He also co-edited Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters, 2012; with Dan Chaon and Norah H. Lind) and has published numerous short stories in journals including Agni, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Chattahoochee Review, Boulevard, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. He teaches at the University of Missouri. Phong’s personal website.


 Abdul Ali (Editor-at-Large) is an arts administrator and literary activist. He is the winner of the 2014 New Issues Poetry Book Prize for his collection, Trouble Sleeping and has taught writing most recently at Howard University. He has received fellowships from the Zoral Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, and most recently the Robert Deutsch Foundation for his next poetry book project. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper NickelThe Journal, and Transitions. His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and The Washington Post magazine. Ali’s website is www.abdulali.net 


kinder2-100x100RM Kinder (Editor Emerita and Founder of Pleiades) is the author of Common Person and Other Stories (winner of the 2020 Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction, Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2021), as well as  the novels The Universe Playing Strings (University of New Mexico Press, 2016) and An Absolute Gentleman (Counterpoint, 2007), and the story collections A Near-Perfect Gift (University of Michigan, 2006) and Sweet Angel Band (Helicon Nine, 1991). RM’s personal website.


crumpGail Crump (Editor Emeritus) is a literary scholar and retired faculty member from the University of Central Missouri, where he taught from 1968-2011.


Pleiades was founded in 1981 by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Central Missouri under the faculty advisement of Bob Jones.

• In 1991, Rose Marie Kinder turned the staple-bound student publication into a 120-page nationally distributed literary journal with an emphasis on cultural diversity. By spreading the journal to libraries across the state and across the country, Kinder drew the support of community and state arts organizations.

• Starting in 1998, under the co-editorship of Kevin Prufer and Rose Marie Kinder, Pleiades became a full-color glossy journal of national renown, publishing the work of American literary luminaries such as Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, and D. A. Powell.

• In 2006, under the co-editorship of Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer, Pleiades became an international journal, bringing both editors’ focus on literary translation to the magazine, while publishing poetry and fiction in translation from all over the world, from Germany to the Czech Republic, from Japan to the Middle East.

• Phong Nguyen joined Pleiades as fiction editor in 2007, and became co-editor in 2010. As editor of Pleiades, Phong has emphasized the web presence of the journal and raised the profile of magazine as a venue for contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction.

• Over the years, Pleiades has made a point of publishing well-established writers alongside unknown writers. Among the journal’s literary “discoveries” (poets and writers who published work in its pages before their first books were released) are Amina Gautier, Zachary Mason, Alexander Weinstein, Tiphanie Yanique, Adrian Matejka, Ken Chen, Joy Katz, Arielle Greenberg, Christine Sneed, Mark Bibbins, Randall Mann, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Michael Snediker.

• Jenny Molberg became poetry editor in 2015, joined as co-editor in 2016, and was named Editor-in-Chief in 2018.

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