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Founding Editor/ Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Editor

Founder John M. Gist is Red Savina Review’s editor-in-chief and publisher. He has nonfiction and fiction appearing or forthcoming in publications such as Academic Questions, Concho River Review, Dark Matter: A Journal of Speculative Writing, EDGE Literary JournalGravel,  Heavy Feather Review, Johns Hopkins’ The Doctor T.J. Eckelburg Review, Left Curve, New Oxford ReviewPithead ChapelPrick of the Spindle, Poetry Pacific, RiverSedge, Sand Hill Review, Stoneboat, South Loop Review, Spilt Infinitive,  Spittoon, Superstition ReviewThe Agonist,  The Fiddleback. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee, 2012. Gist is the author of three novels and co-author of the philosophical nonfiction work Angst and Evolution. His novel Lizard Dreaming of Birds (2004) was short listed for Otterbein University’s Common Book Program (2005). Gist was the runner-up in South Loop Review’s national essay contest judged by New York Times best selling author David Shields (2014). He was named finalist in the Tucson Book Festival Literary Awards competition for his creative nonfiction piece “Hawk and Diver” (2015). He earned an M.F.A from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gist has over a decade of teaching experience at the university level. He’s currently working on a number of book projects.


This editor/writer is listed in P & W’s Directory of Creative Nonfiction Writers



Consulting Poetry Editor /Richard Stansberger M.F.A. was born into a working-class family so ordinary that no-one really cared what they said, and so they could say pretty much anything.  Armed with this excellent training (coupled with a genetic predisposition toward mindless tenacity), he encountered Denise Levertov, William Stafford, and Wendell Berry as teachers through the Elliston Poetry Foundation at the University of Cincinnati. Throughout the next 40 years he squandered their good instruction on poems published in books, in literary journals, on billbards, busses, the radio, and of course online.  He has been anthologized four times (once in a pirated form). He was nominated for a Corbett Award in 1981. Stansberger is the author of the poetry collections  Expelling Trelnitz (TJMF Publishing) and Glass Hat (Louisiana State University Press). His latest book, Gizmo, was published by PigeonBike Press, London, Ontario. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico adjacent to the Gila Wilderness.

This editor/writer is listed in P & W’s Directory of Poetspw_database_litmag


Co-Founder /Managing Editor / Content Editor /  Poetry Editor 

Wendy Gist (photo above: June, 2019) is a copywriter, freelance writer/editor, journal/magazine editor, Nana among other things. Gist has worked as a professional contributing writer for many leading publications including Better Nutrition, Caribbean Travel and Life, eDietsNew Mexico MagazinePilates Style, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, and numerous others (national and international).  Her most recent poems and fiction have appeared or are pending in various print and online literary journals including:  Amsterdam Quarterly, ASU Canyon Voices Crack the Spine, Foliate Oak, Glint Literary Journal, Gravel, Grey Sparrow Journal, Illya’s Honey, Juked,  Lines + Stars, Menacing Hedge, New Plains ReviewOyez ReviewPif MagazinePoetry Pacific, Red Booth ReviewRed River ReviewRio Grande Review, Saint Austin Review, Soundings ReviewSundog LitThe Fourth River, The Galway Review (Ireland), The Lake (UK), Toad Suck Review and Yellow Medicine Review: A journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought Gist is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the chapbook Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She was named semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions, 2017. Gist plans to write more books in the future.


This editor/writer is listed in P & W’s Directory of Poets


 Royce Grubic/  Review Editor/ Art Editor for Issue 3.2 

rsrpc bwRoyce Grubic, PhD, is an author, freelance editor, artist, and songwriter.  In addition to interdisciplinary non-fiction works on the history of ideas, he is the author of two novels, The Violinist and sNOweYES, and is currently in the final stages of completing a third, Amortal, along with a collection of “poetic” dialogues and short stories entitled Conversations.   He has taught Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, English Composition, and Literature at the University of Southern California (1994-2005), Whittier College (2005), Washington State University (2005-2009), the University of Idaho (2007), and, since 2009, at Western New Mexico University.  Evidently he’s a ramblin’ man.


Matt Staley/ Assistant Editor / Interviews Editor

matt staley rsrMatt Staley used to spin vinyl at a local radio station as a disc-jockey long before CDs were cool, and he eventually crawled his way up as an on-air radio reporter covering the scoops at blue ribbon events and county fairs.  Then after a tour around the world in the Navy, Matt settled down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and with the grim reaper slapping at his heels, he finally finished a Masters degree at Western New Mexico University.  When he’s not working for the man or learning fancy words, he’s probably lost on some part of the Appalachian Trail or slinging snakes out of his kayak on some rancid river.  He has poems tucked away in obscure anthologies that nobody will likely read, but don’t hold that against him.  He’s a pretty swell guy.  Matt’s most recent poems and flash fiction have appeared in Black Wire Literary MagazineCrack the Spine  and The Bitchin’ Kitsch.  

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Khanh Ha/ Guest Editor – RSR’s Judge for The Albert Camus Prize for Short Fiction 

unnamedKhanh Ha is the author of Flesh (Black Heron Press , 2012) and The Demon Who Peddled Longing (Underground Voices , 2014). He is a five-time Pushcart nominee, a Best Indie Lit New England nominee, and the recipient of Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Literary Prize in Fiction (2014). His work, The Demon Who Peddled Longing, was honored by Shelf Unbound as a Notable Indie Book.

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 Extern (Past)/ Assistant Editor April Brown is a wife, mother, student, teacher, and lover of the written word who resides in the Pecos River town of Carlsbad, New Mexico. She earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature from University of the Southwest and is nearing completion of a graduate degree via the MAIS program at Western New Mexico University. She aspires to be a college professor and published writer sharing the true stories of horror crimes and the people they intimately impact. In the meantime, her days are filled with reading and writing for her degree when she’s not cooking, cleaning, and carpooling.

Extern (Past)/ Film Nate Turner is an engineering physics student, graphic designer and lifelong artist.


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Extern (Current ’14)/ Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Copy Editor RSR 2.1

Anthony Martin (@pen_tight) is a reader and a writer but mostly a mutt. His work appears, or is forthcoming, in Red Savina Review, Treehouse, WhiskeyPaper, Mojave River Review and Cheap Pop.

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