About Compose Journal

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, Devin Murphy, and others.

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Suzannah Windsor, Managing Editor

headshotnew_MG_0069Suzannah 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 nov 2013 - CLisa 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_HeadshotAndres 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.com and you can connect with him on Twitter as @OkAporia.

Reem Al-Omari, Fiction Editor

Reem Al-Omari HeadshotReem 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-McEwen, Assistant Managing Editor


Dina Paulson-McEwen (née Dina Paulson) is a poet, essayist, and flash fiction writer. Her chapbook manuscript was a 2017 finalist in the Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming in their New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series. Her work appears or is forthcoming in journals including: Flash Fiction Magazine, FlashFlood, Minola Review, Dying Dahlia Review, The Ham Free Press, The Hungry Chimera and elsewhere, and has been exhibited at Hudson Guild Gallery in New York City. (Some work appears under her maiden name, Dina Paulson). She is an editor at Flash Fiction Magazine and the co-editor of the magazine’s first two print anthologies.

Dina holds a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric from William Smith College and an M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University. She is thrilled to be a part of the Compose team! You can connect with her on Twitter @writeandsea.

Vincent Fitzgerald, Assistant Editor

V_Fitzgerald_HeadshotVincent 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

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Amber Colleen Hart’s short stories have appeared in Neon, Cheat River Review, Gravel, Ponder Review, The Danforth Review, LUMINA, and other journals. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s creative writing certificate program, WRITE, and serves as assistant editor at Compose Journal.

Amber Colleen Hart’s debut collection of short stories, No Landscape Lasts Forever, published August 2016 through Excalibur Press, earned a silver medal in the 2017 Independent Book Publisher’s Awards.

Pedro Ramirez, Assistant Editor

PRamirez_HeadshotPedro 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.

Past Editors

We are grateful to the following editors for their contributions to past issues: