About

Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, is published twice yearly, May and December, and uses a unique editor/guest editor system. The editor is novelist and short story writer, Mary Troy. Guest editors are novelist John Dalton, poet Steven Schreiner, poet Shane Seely, and poet Drucilla Wall. The guest editors and the editor take turns in a loose rotation, guiding a group of highly accomplished and advanced MFA students in selecting work for a specific issue.  Occasionally the editor, working with one of the guest editors, will send out a call for a themed issue.

The MFA students who assist with the selection process are the assistant editors. These change with each issue.  The poet Jennifer Goldring is the managing editor, and in that position, does the bulk of the work.

On this website, you will find news, calls for submissions, subscription information, as well as samples of our past issues.

Natural Bridge is a non-profit literary journal supported by the English Department at UM-St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Council, Natural Bridge sincerely appreciates your support.

The Production Editor is Pierre Davis, a professor of business and technical writing. He does the final proofreading.

Joseph Grailer, a former managing editor, is a consultant.

Current Masthead

EDITOR Mary Troy
GUEST EDITOR Steven Schreiner
MANAGING EDITOR Mark Shaw
ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Chip Houser
Jennifer Goldring
ASSISTANT EDITORS Christopher Alex Chable
Don Counts
Nathan Doyle
Matthew Freeman
Catherine Howl
Megan McCormack
Kasey Perkins
Tina Shen
Jeff Sjerven
Jason Vasser
Stacey Walker
PRODUCTION EDITOR Pierre Davis
EDITORIAL BOARD John Dalton
Steven Schreiner
Mary Troy
Eamonn Wall
ADVISORY BOARD Jeff Friedman
Ross Gay
Ruth Ellen Kocher
C.M. Mayo
Katherine Min
Naomi Shihab Nye
Tyrone Williams