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Cady Vishniac

Blogger, Editor-in-Chief

Fictionaut Cady Vishniac earned her MFA in creative writing at The Ohio State University. She blogged for The MFA Years in 2015–2018 and relaunched the site as The Workshop in 2020. She’s also been an editor at Reservoir, The Journal, and Raleigh Review. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, New Stories from the Midwest, New England Review, Joyland, etc.

Cady started a PhD in 2018, but academia is dying and hostile to caretakers, so she left to work a series of editorial and social media gigs. It’s going well. So well, in fact, that she conceived The Grind, our alternative careers column for writers.

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Elana Lev Friedland

Managing Editor

Elana Lev Friedland received their MFA (and a graduate certificate in Jewish Studies) from the University of Colorado Boulder, where they were admitted as a poet, left with a fiction/hybrid collection of speculative lyric writing, and created some performance art along the way. Previously, they have served as the visual poetry editor of TIMBER and cofounder/co-editor of Window Cat Press. They are the winner of Redivider‘s 2019 Blurred Genre Contest. Find more of their writing in Cartridge LitBlack Warrior ReviewThe RumpusSalt HillAnomaly, and others.

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Jackie Hymes

Digital Content Coordinator

Jackie (she/they) is a hard-of-hearing queer disabled poet and aspiring creative nonfiction writer. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of California, Riverside, where she received a scholarship to attend the Community of Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in Winter Tangerine, NAILED Magazine, The Legendary, and Chapparal. When not engaged in the writing life, Jackie builds SEO campaigns for a tech startup and studies to be a sex educator.

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Official Mascot

Marshmallow is a Turkish Angora with heterochromia (this means his eyes are two different colors). He announces site changes, events, and new columns for The Workshop. This will be his first publication.

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