Our Staff


jbowdanJanet Bowdan

Janet Bowdan teaches English at Western New England University. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Tinfish and other journals, as well as in the anthologies Poetry Daily and Best American Poetry 2000. She likes poems that sneak intelligence into the imagery. She likes poems that make her see things in a new light. She likes poems. She likes writing in general. She lives in Northampton with her husband, son and occasionally one or two stepdaughters.


Megan GrangerMegan
Managing Editor

Megan Granger briefly majored in Classical Languages, Art, and Graphic Design before settling for a degree in Political Science. This was before taking one English class nearing the end of her undergraduate career and wishing for a do-over. She is now in the midst of a rich MFA Program at Western New England University, working as a tutor in the Writing Center and a poetry editor for Common Ground. Megan is currently unpublished, but has her fingers crossed as she works on her first novel. Her favorite pastimes include throwing the ball to her dog Matilda over and over again, avoiding writing, and boosting her karma by accepting fine poetry.

Baylea Jones, Poetry Editor


Baylea Jones is a fiction writer from southwest Louisiana. Her work has been featured in Dig Magazine and Cactus Heart. At WNEU, she assists the MFA program, manages the social media, and edits for Common Ground Review. Her hobbies include bourbon, brunch, and biking. Currently she lives in Northampton with her wife.

Marilyn Marquez

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction Editor

mmarquezMarilyn Márquez obtained her MFA at the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing in Pine Manor College. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, surrounded by the city’s multiculturalism and Spanish influences, which shaped her view of the world and her writing. Her work has appeared in Poets of the Pioneer ValleyPoetry Matters 20124starstories.comBest New Writing 2014, Common Ground Review, Calling Back the Sun, Cantilever, Label Me Latina, and is upcoming in Basta! A Bilingual Flash Fiction Anthology about Violence Against Women. She teaches English at Western New England University.


Lorna Ritz
Art Editor

Exhibitions include the Art-in-Embassies Program in D.C. sending my paintings to Cape Verde, Guatemala, Malta, and Caracus; others include the Divinity Center at Yale University, the Bowery Gallery in NYC, Hillyer Gallery at Smith College, the Contemporary Arts Museum at University of Massachusetts; the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, “The Painting Center” (Chelsea), NYC, The Provincetown Art Museum, The Julian Scott Memorial Gallery of Johnson State College, Vermont. Teaching positions have included RI School of Design, U of Minnesota, Brown University, Dartmouth College and U of Honduras. Grants include the Pollock-Krasner Award three times, a Kittredge Fund Grant from Harvard University, a George Sugarman Foundation Grant Award, two Artists’ Fellowships, NYC, and The Haven Foundation Award, Maine. I taught painting through the American University (D.C.) in Umbria, Italy; also, @ The New York Studio School, and at The Vermont Studio Center 1991-present; I was “cultural ambassador” through the International Residency Program from the Augusta Savage Gallery at U.Mass, to work with artists in South Africa. www.lornaritz.com

crhodesChip Rhodes
English Department Liaison

Chip Rhodes is the Chair of the English Department at Western New England University. He is the author of Structures of the Jazz Age (2000) and Politics and Desire in the Hollywood Novel (2008).