Senior Editors

Cody Hosek

Born and raised in SC, Cody Donovan is a MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina. He is the winner of the 2013 Clemson Literary Contest in Poetry and has been published in the Chronicle, a small yet well-loved publication, and the Equalizer. In addition to poetry, he has played music for over a decade, and enjoys talking up his ability to play pool in ways that he, routinely, cannot live up to. Cody is the current Managing Editor of Finances.

Dylan NutterDylan Nutter

Dylan is a third-year poet in the M.F.A program at the University of South Carolina. He holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Salisbury University. His poetry gravitates towards the manipulation of sound and the exploration of the relationships between family, location, and identity. Dylan is the former Poetry Editor of Yemassee and the current Artistic Director and Managing Editor of Print Design.

Victoria Romero
Victoria Romero

Victoria is a fiction writer from Brooklyn, New York, currently enrolled in her 3rd year at the University of South Carolina. Her literary interests include the interconnectedness of societally separated peoples and alternatively-voiced marginalia. Victoria is the former Fiction Editor of Yemassee and the current Managing Editor of Yemassee’s Digital Platforms, Communications and Outreach.


Emily Davis

Emily Davis is a third-year fiction MFA candidate at USC Columbia and current fiction co-editor. She is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is interested in innovative format for narrative arcs, magical realism, and reading about how  things haunt and change us, whether that is ghosts, memories, or a mark that continues to persist and alter through time.

Bob Kopfensteiner

Bob is third-year fiction writer at the University of South Carolina. He is a current Fiction co-editor, and enjoys reading work in which the boundaries of genre are blurred and seeks prose fiction that demonstrates why it cannot exist outside of the form.


Destiny Hemphill

Destiny Hemphill is a poet and healer based in Durham, NC. She has also found homes in Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee. A 2017 Callaloo Fellow and 2016 Amiri Baraka Scholar at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, she is the author of the chapbook Oracle: a Cosmology (Honeysuckle Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Winter Tangerine, Scalawag, Frontier Poetry, Obsidian, and elsewhere.

Katarina Merlini

Katarina Merlini is a Samminarinese-American poet born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has earned distinction from both the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina, where she is a completing a MFA in poetry.


Marcus Jamison

Marcus Jamison is a poet and writer who hails from the backwoods of Hamlet, North Carolina. While his passion lies with poetry, he also dabbles in fiction, nonfiction, and drama. A reader who gravitates towards emotional energy, Marcus seeks writing that is well-crafted, surprising in unconventional ways and aspires to capture both the heart and mind.  

Melanie Walker

Melanie is a second-year fiction writer at the University of South Carolina and a current non-fiction co-editor. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She is interested in writing that explores the influences of politics and history on our individual lives.