About

  • Editor: Donna J. Long
  • Donna J. Long has served as Editor-in-Chief of Kestrel since 2008. Her own poems have been published in many journals, including The Southern Review, Clockhouse, Appalachian Heritage, and Fourth River, which nominated “Eleventh Grade English Oral” for a Pushcart Prize. She is Professor of English at Fairmont State University
  • Poetry Editor: Elizabeth Savage
  • Elizabeth Savage is the author of three poetry collections, Idylliad (2015), Grammar (2012), and Daylight Scoured (2019) from Furniture Press, as well as several chapbooks, including Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers (2017) and the forthcoming Detail (2019) from Dancing Girl Press. Recent reviews and essays appear in Quo Anima: Innovation and Spirituality in Contemporary Women’s Poetry (Elizabeth Robinson & Jennifer Phelps, eds.), Journal of Modern Literature, and Jacket2. She is the recipient of the Denise Levertov Memorial Prize for Poetry and, with Ethel Rackin, the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred.
  • Fiction Editor: Suzanne Heagy
  • Suzanne Heagy’s first novel Love Lets Us Down (All Nations Press) was released is November 2015 and recognized as a finalist in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Her short stories have appeared most recently in The Anthology of Appalachian Literature, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and in Your Impossible Voice, Pleiades, and Untamed Ink, among others. Suzanne has served as fiction editor of Kestrel, the art and literary journal at Fairmont State University, since 2008.
  • Non-Fiction Editor: Donna J. Long 
  • Reviews Editor: Nathan Myers 
  • Nathan Myers is Assistant Professor of English. He joined Fairmont States faculty in 2015. He has a masters degree in fiction and earned his PhD at Ball State University. He is a committed recycler. 
  • Art Editor: Zachary Curry 
  • Media Editor: Velicia Jerus Darquenne
  • Velicia Jerus Darquenne is from Clarksburg, WV. Her work has been published in Crack the Spine, Pretty Owl Poetry, Saw Palm, and she won the 2016 Best Prose Award from Whetstone, Fairmont State University's undergraduate literary journal. She earned her BA in English from FSU in 2015 and recently graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA program.