Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor, Anne M. Kaylor rejoices in her greatest passions in life: her husband, James, her greyhounds and cat, and filling that white expanse of a page with creative words. Her sanity is dependent on continually deconstructing the world into a personally meaningful place.
Now more than ever, she finds herself a conservatively liberal thinker, believing we should all take our cues on living and acceptance from Jesus, Muhammad, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddha, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, John Lennon, and Fred Rogers.
Born in Maine, Anne spent her childhood in Arkansas, college years in Indiana, and the rest in North Carolina. She resonates with author Flannery O’Connor on the dichotomy of being Catholic and Southern and believes in the importance of grace—that moment in life or story when we realize epiphany.
When she’s not editing and designing others’ books, publishing moonShine, judging poetry and prose contests, and acting as co‐editor for Kakalak, Anne writes a little poetry and prose. Her writing appears in Pearl, The Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal, and the original issue of Kakalak, among others. She has two poetry collections: Unwilling to Laugh Alone and Floating a Full Boat, both published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.
James continues to be her biggest fan and absolute support in writing and otherwise—a rarity, she’s told, among spouses. Beyond editing and writing, Anne’s most fulfilling passion is rescuing those in need, mostly dogs and cats but humans, too.
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 different kind of shine.
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 for Lincolnton’s Lincoln Times-News, Beth returned to academia, earning a BA in English and Psychology, then MA degree in the English Writing Track from UNC Charlotte. Her dream is to complete the MFA Program in Poetry at UNC Wilmington. But life doesn’t stop when goals get waylaid, and neither has Beth. Beth’s poetry chapbook, The Fearless Tattoo, won Shadow Poetry’s 2003 Chapbook Competition, and 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.
She has received several awards and honors for her writing and photography, including first place in Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue’s Simian Contest for her poem “Sacrament to the Artistry of Geisha Gaia” and first place in Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Contest for her poem “Father’s Waning,” as well as two awards from the North Carolina Poetry Society for her sestinas “Ted and Sylvia Sestina” and “Raised on Music” and 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.
Prior to joining moonShine’s staff, Beth was featured photographer in the fall 2006 issue. She was also honored as featured artist for her photography in the GSU Review. Her published photography appearances include the Palo Alto Review, Maelstrom, The Main Street Rag, Monas Hieroglyphica, and Thrift Poetic Arts Journal, and she’s had photo exhibitions at Hart Witzen Gallery, Barnes & Noble-Arboretum, and Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Charlotte, NC.
A lifelong fan of creative fiction, Associate Editor James Kaylor is the most recent addition to the moonShine staff. Professionally, his career in business consulting and large program management has provided ample opportunity to leverage his natural talent for reviewing and editing a spectrum of written work. After “providing another set of eyes” on several issues of the journal’s submissions, Anne asked him to formally join the staff and become fully involved in the review and selection process for the stories and photography.
James grew up in a small North Carolina town and could not wait to get to college to experience new people and new environments. Though a BS in Economics and Masters in Management from NCSU gave him a tendency to “overthink” his own creative writing, he has honed his ability to both appreciate and assess that of others—and meaningfully contribute to developing the best possible issues of moonShine review.
James shares his love of travel, cats, greyhounds, and the written word with his wife, Anne, and revels in being her biggest supporter. She insists his retirement—in the not-too-distant future—might finally give him time to put some of his own words on the page.