Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor, Anne Kaylor finds herself an eclectic conundrum of conservative and liberal thinking. Her greatest passion in life—beyond her husband, James—is the release of words from mind onto that white expanse of the page. Her sanity is dependent on writing, on continually deconstructing the world into a personally meaningful place.
Though born in Maine, Anne has spent much of her life in the South—growing up in Rogers, Arkansas—and now lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina. She resonates with her favorite author, Flannery O’Connor, on the dichotomy of being Catholic and Southern and writes from this perspective. Like Flannery, she believes in the importance of grace—that moment in life or story when we realize epiphany.
Between editing and designing other writers’ books for a living, publishing moonShine, judging for Main Street Rag Publishing Company’s annual poetry book contest, and acting as co-editor for Kakalak, Anne still manages to write some poetry and prose. Her own works have appeared in several creative journals, including Pearl, Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, and Kakalak. She has two published collection of poetry: Unwilling to Laugh Alone and Floating a Full Boat, both available through Main Street Rag Publishing Company (http://www.maintstreetrag.com).
James continues to be her biggest fan and absolute support in writing and otherwise—a rarity, she’s been told, among spouses. Beyond editing and writing, Anne’s most fulfilling passion is rescuing those in need, mostly dogs and cats but humans, too.
Anne has an MA in English from UNC-Charlotte and a BA in English and Journalism from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana, where she acquired her first job as Director of External Communications for the Sisters of Providence after graduation. “That was the best job of my life until now,” she says, “Even if I only cleared eight thousand a year.” She still considers her then-boss, Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, her greatest mentor—on writing and life.
Raised in a small farming community, North Carolina native Beth Ann Cagle comes from a true mountain backwoods, moonshinin’ heritage, and even serves as Senior Editor of moonShine review, though that’s a totally different kind of “Shine.” Her family swore off Shine runnin’ generations back then went legal with her brother’s WoodMill Winery in Vale, NC, in 2006. Beth writes about many topics, but growing up Southern is one of her favorite inspirations. Even after twenty-plus years living in big-city Charlotte, she reckons she’ll always be a country girl at heart.
In her “spare” time, Beth enjoys being a poet, photographer, and educator. She has served as a college instructor, having taught creative writing, literature, and other English courses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Concord and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.
After serving as a newspaper reporter with the Lincoln Times-News in Lincolnton, Beth returned to academia, earning a BA in English and Psychology (1993 and 1994 respectively) and a MA degree in the English Writing Track (2000) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 1999, she entered the MFA Program in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her dream is to complete that mission. But life doesn’t stop when goals get waylaid, and neither has Beth.
In the summer of 2003, Beth’s poetry chapbook, The Fearless Tattoo, won Shadow Poetry’s 2003 Chapbook Competition. Her full-length collection, First Comes Love, was published in 2015 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Currently, she is writing two additional poetry collections with the working titles The Family Portrait and Sylvia Plath in First Person.
Her poem “Sacrament to the Artistry of Geisha Gaia” won first place in Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue’s Simian Contest while her poem “Father’s Waning” won first place in Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Contest. She has received several additional awards and honors for her writing and photography, including two awards from the North Carolina Poetry Society for her sestinas “Ted and Sylvia Sestina” and “Raised on Music” as well as an honorable mention from the Asheville Writers’ Workshop for “Bottled Moons and Speckled Eggs.”
Beth’s poems and photographs are published in literary journals in the US, UK, and Australia, appearing in Slipstream, Tulane Review, Blue Collar Review, New York Quarterly, The Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, among others.
Beth was featured photographer in moonShine review’s fall 2006 issue prior to joining the staff. In fall 2003, she was also honored as featured artist for her photography in the GSU Review. Her photographs have appeared in Palo Alto Review, Maelstrom, The Main Street Rag, Monas Hieroglyphica, Thrift Poetic Arts Journal, and more. She has been featured in photography exhibitions at a Hart Witzen Gallery, Barnes & Noble-Arboretum, and Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Charlotte, NC.
Julie Ann Cook, Marketing and Web Editor of moonShine, is a happily married, joyfully outnumbered mom of boys. Between assisting in living room railroad construction and addressing concerns of stars exploding and who would win in a fight between Megatron and Iron Man, Julie is an author, artist, photographer, and webmaster.
Having lost two sons to stillbirth, Julie is an advocate of pregnancy and infant loss awareness and outreach, often writing on the subject. She is the webmaster for LilAngelsHankies.com, a ministry that provides custom embroidered handkerchiefs for grieving parents.
A graduate of Winthrop University, Julie’s photography has been included in Kakalak and moonShine review, and her writing has appeared in various publications, including the previously mentioned plus Iodine Poetry Journal, MaMaZina.com, and The Wolf.
She is the author of two poetry collections: Lemonade & Rumors (THRIFT Press, 2006) and Love Like Weeds (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2013). Check out http://www.julieanncook.com.