Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is a biannual, online publication that features work by both established and emerging writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
Contributors to Compose have included William Logan, Sonja Livingston, Ian Duhig, Katrina Kenison, Ada Limón, Josh Hanagarne, Marion Roach Smith, Rebecca Hazelton, Randall Mann, Lisa Cron, Rebecca Rosenblum, and others.
For information on how to submit, please visit our submission guidelines.
You can also find out more about us at the following links:
- The Review Review: Hefty Online Journal Features Many Genres and Some Advice for Writers
- NewPages.com: Screen Reading Review of Compose Journal
- The Review Review: Interview with Suzannah Windsor: “So Inexplicably Beautiful or True”
- Submittable Blog: Want to Know How Lit Journal Editors Think? by Lisa Romeo
- Duotrope Digest: Listing for Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing
- Lisa Romeo Writes: “Editor Q&A: Suzannah Windsor, of Compose, on Starting the Journal, Submissions, and Full Plates”
Suzannah Windsor, Managing Editor
Suzannah Windsor is a Canadian writer whose work has appeared in Geist, The Writer, Sou’wester, Grist, Saw Palm, Best of the Sand Hill Review, and others. She is the founding editor of Writeitsideways.com and a former associate editor for Anderbo. Suzannah is currently working on a collection of short stories, for which she has received a Writers’ Works in Progress grant and three Writers’ Reserve grants from the Ontario Arts Council. You can connect with Suzannah on Twitter and Facebook.
Lisa Romeo, Creative Nonfiction Editor
Lisa Romeo lives in New Jersey, where she teaches memoir and creative nonfiction in the Rutgers University Writing Program and at The Writers Circle. She also teaches privately online, works as a freelance journalist, independent manuscript editor and writing coach, and edits for a regional website and for Brain, Child magazine. Her essays and other nonfiction work appears in mainstream and literary venues—including the New York Times, O—The Oprah Magazine, Babble, Under the Sun, SMITH magazine, Skirt, Sweet, Barnstorm, Under the Gum Tree, Sport Literate, Lunch Ticket—and in several anthologies. Lisa holds a BS in journalism, an MFA in creative writing, and has received awards and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the American Society of Journalists & Authors. She lives in Cedar Grove, NJ, with her husband and two sons, and is finishing a memoir of linked essays about her relationship with her father after his death. Her blog offers a wealth of resources for writers. Connect with Lisa on Twitter @LisaRomeo or Facebook.
Andres Rojas, Poetry Editor
Andres Rojas was born in Cuba and came to the United States at age 13. He holds an M.F.A. in poetry and a J.D. from the University of Florida and currently works for the United States Department of the Treasury. He is the author of the audio chapbook Season of the Dead (EAT Poems, 2016), and his poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in, among others, AGNI, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, New American Writing, New England Review, Notre Dame Review, and Poetry Northwest. He blogs about poetry at http://teoppoet.wordpress.
Eva Langston, Features Editor
Eva Langston received her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2009, the same year she won 3rd place in the annual Playboy Fiction Contest. Her work has since been published in many literary journals, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. Recently Eva obtained representation from Conville & Walsh for a middle-grade novel, but she enjoys writing adult fiction as well. She is a regular contributor to Carve Magazine’s blog and the Burlesque Press Variety Show, and she blogs (sometimes quite personally!) about writing at inthegardenofeva.com. In addition to writing, she is also a math curriculum consultant and an ESL Skype tutor for Ukranians. Follow her on Twitter as @eva_langston.
Reem Al-Omari, Fiction Editor
Reem Al-Omari is an American freelance writer and editor living in Denver, Colorado. She holds a BA in Journalism. She has worked as a reporter, a columnist and editor-in-chief of a newspaper, and more importantly, a Literary Director at Progenitor, an annual award-winning art and literary print magazine. She is always working on perfecting her fiction. She is also a member of the awesome online community of feisty writers at Intrepid Media. You can find her on Twitter under @Reemawi, where her bio simply reads, “Tweeter of soliloquies.”
Dina Paulson, Assistant Managing Editor
Dina Paulson is a poetry, flash fiction and nonfiction writer based in Detroit, Michigan. She manages the office of an early education center and freelances as a writer and editor on technical, academic and creative projects. Her work appears or is forthcoming in, among others, Flash Fiction Magazine, FlashFlood, Dying Dahlia Review, Channillo and Minola Review, and she is a reader for Flash Fiction Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric from William Smith College and an M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University. Dina is thrilled to be a part of the Compose team. You can connect with her on Twitter @DinaPaulson.
Vincent Fitzgerald, Assistant Editor
Vincent J. Fitzgerald is a writer and therapist born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Some of his published pieces, like those in Dads Behaving Dadly 2, focus on the importance of breaking poor familial patterns. “I am convinced writing is therapy, and often encourage my clients to explore their personal narratives.” Vincent earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and English from New Jersey City University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University. He is in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Follow him on Twitter at @scribetherapist.
Amber Hart, Assistant Editor
Amber Colleen Hart was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She spent several years in social work in some of the toughest cities in Michigan until relocating to Columbia, Tennessee. She is a 2014 graduate of WRITE, Middle Tennessee State University’s creative writing program. Amber’s short stories have been published in Neon, Cheat River Review, Gravel, The Danforth Review and other journals. Her short story collection, No Landscape Lasts Forever, is due out August 2016 through Excalibur Press. You can contact Amber at Facebook.
Pedro Ramirez, Assistant Editor
Pedro Ramirez is a native New Yorker and holds a BA in English concentrating in Creative Writing. He has worked as an assistant and associate editor at Dogwood: a Journal of Poetry & Prose, Fairfield University’s national literary journal. He blogs about the literary world and his short story reading endeavors at http://pedropablo1231.wordpress.com/ and you can find him on Twitter under @pedritpab1231.
We are grateful to the following editors for their contributions to past issues: