Staff

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Elizabeth Varel

Elizabeth Varel
Fiction & Nonfiction Editor

Elizabeth Varel holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University where she loved teaching composition and research writing. She now works for a Richmond, Virginia marketing agency as a creative director where she oversees traditional and digital marketing campaigns. Elizabeth is currently editing her own full-length fiction manuscript for publication. Her favorite writers are: Edith Wharton, Ellen Gilchrist, and Flannery O’Connor.

Darren Morris

Darren Morris
Poetry Editor

Darren Morris’s poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, New England Review, North American Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Raritan, The Southern Review, and others. He earned his BA from the University of Missouri and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Darren’s newest work can be found at Juked, The National Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, New Orleans Review, Permafrost and Rattle where his poem “To the Insurance Agent Who..” was shortlisted for the annual poetry prize. Work is forthcoming at Blackbird.

Leeta Harding

Leeta Harding
Art Director

Leeta Harding is a professional photographer in New York City. Born in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, she moved to New York to study photography at 22 and began working for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and New York. Known for her iconic portraits of Scarlett Johansson and Patricia Arquette and her fashion-forward Missoni campaigns, Leeta’s passion is photographing the hidden and little known places in the South where time stands still. Her work is widely published, most recently in Gun & Garden, The Bitter Southerner, and Nativen.

Rebecca Moon Ruark

Rebecca Moon Ruark
Features Editor

Rebecca Moon Ruark’s short fiction has appeared in journals and literary magazines including Sou’westerCarveLittle Patuxent ReviewFlock, Barren Magazine, and here in Parhelion, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. You can hear her read her story, “Recruit,” on Flock‘s site. An Ohio native, Rebecca is a graduate of the VCU MFA program. She’s currently at work on a novel and a collection of stories set in the Rust Belt. She blogs as Rust Belt Girl.