Midwestern Gothic, LLC is an independent book publisher in Chicago committed to publishing diverse, outstanding writing inspired by the Midwestern United States by writers who live or have lived here. Our company is built around two distinct efforts, the literary journal Midwestern Gothic (ISSN 2159-8827), and book publisher MG Press.


Jeff Pfaller’sshort fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Jupiter, North Chicago Review, and Fiction on the Web. His short story, “The Cellar Door,” earned an honorable mention from L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. He can be found online at http://jeffpfaller.com

Robert James Russell is the author of the novellas Mesilla (2015, Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (2012, Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press, 2015). Find him online at http://robertjamesrussell.com.


Christina Olson is the author of Terminal Human Velocity, Before I Came Home Naked, and Rook & The M.E.: A Law & Order-Inspired Narrative. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in journals including The Southern Review, RHINO, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, The Normal School, Anti-, Gastronomica, Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Brevity, Black Warrior Review, and Quarterly West. Born in Ohio and raised in Western New York, she lives in Georgia and online at http://www.thedrevlow-olsonshow.com.


Allison Reck is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in English and French & Francophone studies. In her free time, she can be found in museums or opera houses, following her passion for art history and opera. She was born and raised in Michigan.


Sydney Cohen is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a dual-degree in English and Communications. She is passionate about literature and can always be seen devouring a generational saga, historical fiction novel, or crime thriller. She loves to engage in conversations about pop culture and can throw a movie reference into almost any conversation. Originally from Austin, Texas, she thrives in an environment of people passionate about culture in all forms. Sydney is eager to continue learning about and experiencing literature through a career in book publishing.


Lauren Crawford is an Ann Arbor-based writer and editor with a penchant for telling jokes poorly and a passion for writing in the margins. Her first published poem was about a unicorn, and it was written exclusively in rhyming couplets (she was ten at the time). She loves science fiction novels, Suprematism, and survival horror video games, and has begun to run out of places to properly store her books. She still writes about unicorns. Find her at www.lauren-crawford.com.

Giuliana Eggleston is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Creative Writing and Literature through the Residential College. She is also pursuing a Minor in Business through the Ross School of Business. Grand Rapids born and raised, she loves the Midwest, but tragically hates the cold.

Rachel Hurwitz is overjoyed to be back with Midwestern Gothic after being an intern and reader last year. She is a junior in the Residential College at the University of Michigan and is jointly from Kalamazoo, Michigan and Buffalo, New York. When not doing school work, Rachel can normally be found drinking coffee or going on late night strolls in Ann Arbor taking photos. Her two true loves are studying human development and anatomy, as well as writing poetry. She hopes to publish a chapbook in the coming year.


Mackenzie Meter is a born-and-raised Michigander with a love for running, hammocking, and homemade soups. She currently works as the marketing manager for an Ann Arbor brewery, where she gets to write about (and enjoy) excellent beer. A lifelong reader, writer, and lover of words, she couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of Midwestern Gothic.

Sara Moore Wagner is a poet, a mother, and a part-time instructor at various universities in the Cincinnati area. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in many journals, including Reservoir, The Wide Shore, The Pittsburgh Review, The San Pedro River Review, Illuminations, Vine Leaves, and The Yellow Medicine Review. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has a deep love for folklore, cheap antiques, and Tori Amos. She’s so excited to join Midwestern Gothic!


Jo Chang is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan. Hailing from New Jersey, Jo plans on majoring in Creative Writing and Literature, and minoring in Art & Design. She cannot enter a public library without leaving with a staggering amount of books, has a weakness for banana bread and for rescuing stranded worms from the sidewalk after rainstorms, and loves to boast about one of her few special talents: parallel parking. While not writing, she can most likely be found sitting on a park bench, or complaining about the cold.

Ariel Everitt hails from a one-stoplight town in Northern Michigan and is a junior studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. This self-proclaimed writer’s particular fiction interests–all tinged literary–include sci-fi, fantasy, the Weird, the REALLY Weird, and the really slow (but anything goes). Ariel wears a T-shirt with a different cartoon character on it every day, is eagerly awaiting Kelly Link’s novel-in-progress, avoids pronouns, and plans to get an MFA in Creative Writing at some point in the near future.

Henry Milek is a senior studying English at the University of Michigan. He has been the editing chair for the publication Xylem since his junior year, publishing student works in poetry, prose, and visual arts. Henry has called Michigan home for most of his life. When he is not at school in Ann Arbor, he can usually be found enjoying the beach in Muskegon, skiing in Boyne, or writing in Grand Rapids.


Carla Barger
Jon Michael Darga
Graham Dethmers
Taylor Grandinetti
Rachel Horn
Rachel Hurwitz
Randy Magnuson
Rebecca McKanna
Stina Perkins
Brian Rocha
Ben Rosenstock
Marilyn Schotland
Nellie Stansbury