Vivian Dorsel, Founding Editor/Publisher

“I like to see work that deals with an unusual topic, or with a familiar topic in an unusual way. Structure and style are also significant considerations. However, I think it’s more a matter of voice than of subject matter. I like to hear an interesting, distinctive narrative voice, one that will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end.  There are no restrictions on language, or on explicit descriptions of sex or violence, so long as it is not gratuitous and plays a role in enhancing the overall effect of the story, essay, or poem. Any work that is obviously grinding some political axe is not welcome in upstreet

“I send every issue of upstreet to the Best American anthologies; many pieces have been listed in the back of these books as “Other Notable” work, and two upstreet poems have been chosen for Best American Poetry. I also submit two poets’ work to the annual Best New Poets anthology, and two upstreet nominees have been selected for Best New Poets. Each year, I submit two pieces from each genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) to the Pushcart Prize anthology. A couple of pieces have been listed in the back of the book, but there have been no winners yet. I am very proud of upstreet number four’s Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal.

“My goal is to publish a high-quality literary journal that is a mixture of established and emerging authors. I am delighted when we discover a new writer, and are able to publish his/her work for the first time. I enjoy doing author interviews that I hope will enlighten serious readers and writers of literature. I am especially pleased that, beginning with the tenth-anniversary issue, we began paying an honorarium to the writers we publish. upstreet values its contributors’ work, and we want them to know that.”

Vivian, former managing editor of The Berkshire Review, holds a BA from Williams College, an MS in psychology from UMass/Amherst, and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied with Lydia Davis at the New York State Writers’ Institute, with Jim Shepard at the Sirenland Writers’ Conference, and with Michael Martone and David Jauss at VCFA’s Postgraduate Writers’ Conference. She divides her time between Richmond, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and has taught writing workshops in many venues, including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Pittsfield READS, and the public libraries in Pittsfield, MA; New Lebanon, NY; Atkinson, NH; and Charlotte, NC. She has also taught after-school writing workshops at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, where she was a consultant to the student literary magazine, The Double Edged Sword, for seven years. In 2017 she was given a Purple with Purpose Award by the Williams College Berkshire Regional Alumni Association.

Joyce A. Griffin, Fiction Editor

“I love to read, and when I do, I read anything and everything: essays, histories, picture books with my daughter, snarky fashion blogs, the yogurt container, and of course, my favorite—stories, of any shape, flavor, or description. I think it’s counterproductive to try to enumerate the elements that equal a good story because they are usually unique to a particular piece, and because there are always exceptions to a rule. But I do think that what all good stories share is the excellent execution of those elements. What I want to read is a story whose author has spent enough time with it to make it work on every level so that its seams are invisible and what is uniquely wonderful about it can shine through as clearly as possible. I want upstreet to publish the kind of story that envelops me—the kind that makes me forget on its first page that I am reading for upstreet, and instead, just lets me read.”

Joyce, former managing editor of The Hastings Center Report and IRB: Ethics & Human Research, is a senior production manager for John Wiley & Sons. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has studied with Lydia Davis at the New York State Writers’ Institute. Her fiction has appeared in The Berkshire Review and upstreet, and she has a novel in progress titled How High the Moon. She lives in Suffern, New York, with her husband and their daughter and son.

CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman, Creative Nonfiction Editor

“I seek voice and depth first. A compelling voice that can pull me into a narrative is going to keep me reading. I like substance. I like writing that is not afraid to go deep into the story, and the greater story that lies within. Though I am not as interested in experimental forms, I do appreciate stories that bend genre. Writing that pays close attention to place, that seeks to show the reader a different way of seeing, or of re-seeing. I love writing that shows the writer’s careful attention to craft. I am a champion of Indigenous writing, as well as those writing from countercultures. Emerging and established writers are given equal consideration.”

CMarie is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate, 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo, 2019). She has forthcoming or published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals, including Emergence Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat: a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Platform Review, Poetry Northwest, as well as several anthologies. She is a regular columnist for the Inlander, the Translations Editor for Broadsided Press, Non-Fiction Editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Workshop. She teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Western Colorado University and is the 2021-2023 Idaho Writer in Residence. CMarie resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho. Learn more about her at cmariefuhrman.com.

Frances Richey, Poetry Editor

“When reading submissions, I listen for a distinctive, authentic voice. I love a poem that surprises me, and/or feels like the poet wrote into a discovery, something unexpected that showed up on the page. As long as the poem is well made and about something that matters, I’m interested.”

Frances is the author of two poetry collections, The Warrior (Viking Penguin, 2008) and The Burning Point (White Pine Press, 2004), and the chapbook Voices of the Guard (Clackamas Community College, 2010). She teaches an ongoing poetry writing class for the Himan Brown Senior Program at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In addition to serving as Poetry Editor for upstreet, she is also Editor of Illuminations, the biennial anthology of poems and prose by Himan Brown Poets and Writers at the 92nd Street Y. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, O—The Oprah Magazine, Plume, Gulf Coast, Salamander, Blackbird, Cortland Review, Nimrod, and The Common, among others. Her poems have been featured on NPR, PBS NewsHour and Verse Daily. Her manuscript, “On the Way Here,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series in 2019. She lives in New York City.

Meghan Dunn, Associate Poetry Editor

“I read widely and appreciate many styles of poetry, but I especially love poems that conjure a specific voice, place, or experience in the mind of the reader. I’m moved by poems that move toward deeper understanding and that seem to surprise themselves and their speakers. I’m excited by poems that call out to be read aloud.”

In addition to her work with upstreet, Meghan is the author of Who Also Will Not Yield, a collaborative art and poetry chapbook, with artist Ben Pinder. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches high school English. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review, and The Collagist, among others. She is a four-time recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a 2019 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2020, her first collection of poems, Curriculum, was selected by Jessica Jacobs as the winner of the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, and was published by Gunpowder Press in 2021.