Jacob Griffin Hall is the poetry editor of the Missouri Review. He holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, where he worked as assistant poetry editor for the Mid-American Review, and he is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Missouri. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New South, DIAGRAM, The Carolina Quarterly, New Ohio Review Online, The Indianapolis Review, and other journals.
Speer Morgan (Ph.D, Stanford University) has been associated with the Missouri Review from its inception, and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Review since 1979. A professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1972, Morgan is among the most respected editors in literary publishing. As the editor of the Missouri Review, he has been responsible for co-administrating grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Missouri Arts Council, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. In 1985, he created the Missouri Review Trust, the journal’s endowment, which is currently the focus of a major fundraising effort. The author of five novels and a collection of short stories and the editor of three other books, he’s a past recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Fiction and the recipient of an American Book Award for The Freshour Cylinders, a novel published in 1998.
Dedra Earl (B. Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia) is the Assistant Managing Editor. Earl has worked for the Missouri Review since 1990 and manages the daily administrative and fiscal operations of the magazine office.
Kris Somerville (M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia) is the Marketing Coordinator for the Missouri Review, a position she has held since 2000. Her short stories, nonfiction, and prose poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, including the North American Review, Passages North, Quarterly West, and New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. She oversees the Missouri Review’s various promotional efforts, including direct mail, national advertising, fundraising dinners, and charity events. Somerville also oversees the Missouri Review’s cover design and artwork, and edits the Features section.
Marc McKee (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) worked at the Missouri Review from 2007 to 2010 and returned in 2018 as Managing Editor, after stints as a visiting assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, and then as an assistant teaching professor and later associate teaching professor at the University of Missouri. He holds an MFA from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of five collections of poetry: What Apocalypse?, winner of the 2008 New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest, Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), Bewilderness (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), Consolationeer (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), and Meta Meta Make-Belief, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2019. His poetry appears widely in online and print journals such as American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, Inter|rupture, The Laurel Review, Los Angeles Review, Memorious, Sixth Finch, and in the Academy of American Poetry’s Poem-a-Day series and Verse Daily. He lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife Camellia Cosgray and their son, Harold.
Evelyn Somers (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) joined the Missouri Review as an intern and has been associate editor of the magazine since 1990. Work she has edited for TMR has appeared in virtually every major prize anthology. Highly respected for her one-on-one work with authors, both established authors and those publishing for the first time, Somers is also a prose writer whose work has appeared widely in literary journals. In addition to her editorial work, she teaches Women and Gender studies at the University of Missouri and literature and writing at Columbia College. She is a former contributing editor for Bloom, where she has published essays and interviews with late-blooming writers. As a freelance prose editor, her editing credentials include over 30 edited books in many genres. Books she has edited have won the John Simmons award, the Drue Heinz and the Peter Taylor prize for the novel. She is a recipient of a Barbara Deming Foundation grant for her writing about women’s issues.