MadHat Lit Masthead

Carol Novack (1948-2011)

Carol’s bio is can be found here.

Marc Vincenz, Publisher and Executive Editor

Publisher and Executive Editor
Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz was born in Hong Kong to Swiss-British parents during the height of the Cultural Revolution. He divides his time between Reykjavik, Zurich and Boston where he works as a journalist, poet, writer, translator, editor and book designer. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington Square Review, Fourteen Hills, Canary, Manhattan Review, Plume, Saint Petersburg Review, Crab Creek Review, The Bitter Oleander, Exquisite Corpse, Guernica, The Potomac, Spillway Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, MiPOesias and Inertia. Recent books include: The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees; Pull of the Gravitons; Gods of a Ransacked Century; Mao’s Mole; Behind the Wall at the Sugar Works; Additional Breathing Exercises; Beautiful Rush and forthcoming, This Wasted Land (with Tom Bradley) and Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015). His recent translations include, Kissing Nests by Werner Lutz , Nightshift / An Area of Shadows by Erika Burkart and Ernst Halter, Out of the Dust by Klaus Merz Grass Grows Inward by Andreas Neeser and forthcoming A Late Recognition of the Signs by Erika Burkart. A music and spoken word CD, This Left Hand, is soon to be released by NeuroShell, New York.


Joani Reese

Joani Reese (JP) is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Final Notes from Naked Mannekin Press and Dead Letters from Cervena Barva Press. Her poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and featured in over seventy print and online venues. Reese was senior poetry editor for Connotation Press—An Online Artifact from 2012-2014 and has been annual fiction guest editor for Scissors and Spackle. Reese won The 15th Glass Woman Prize for her short fiction,  the first Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize for her flash fiction, and The Graduate School Creative Writing Award from The University of Memphis for her poetry. In 2001, Reese earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Reese lives and teaches in Texas where she was named Associate Professor of the Year in 2009.


Fiction Editor
Carol Reid

Carol Reid lives on the west coast of British Columbia. Her stories have appeared in many print and online journals over the past thirty years. In spring 2013 she participated in the Writers’ Studio at the Banff Centre, in Alberta, Canada. She served as an associate fiction editor for Sotto Voce and was a contributing editor to Emprise Review.



Translations Editor
Alex Cigale

Alex Cigale’s poems have appeared in Colorado, Green Mountains, North American, Tampa, and The Literary Reviews, and online in Asymptote, Drunken Boat, and McSweeney’s. His translations from the Russian are in Cimarron Review, Inventory, Literary Imagination, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review, PEN America, Two Lines, and World Literature Today. He is on the editorial boards of CŒUR journal, MadHat Annual, St. Petersburg Review, and Verse Junkies. From 2011 until 2013, he was an Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.



Associate Poetry Editor
Cynthia Atkins

Cynthia Atkins is the author of two collections, Psyche’s Weathers (CW Books, 2007) and In The Event of Full Disclosure (CW Books, 2013), recently featured  on the Huffington Post and the Bill and Dave Cocktail Hour, dealing with the subjects of mental illness/health and family. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Letters & Commentary, BOMB, Caketrain, Clementine, Cultural Weekly, Del Sol Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Le Zaporogue, North American Review, Tampa Review, Valparaiso Review, and Verse Daily, among many others.  Atkins earned her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was poetry editor for Columbia: A Journal of Poetry and Art.  She holds residencies from the VCCA and Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. Her work has been anthologized, and most recently, a video/poem collaboration has appeared at Moving Poems, also slated to be in an exhibition called  “17 Days” exhibiting at two colleges this fall.  Formerly, Atkins worked as the assistant director for the Poetry Society of America and was founder and artistic director for the Writers@Jordan House.  Atkins’ poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Western Community College, and lives in Rockbridge County, VA on the Maury River with her husband, artist, Phillip Welch and their family.  More info can be found on her website: or her author page.

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  1. […] Formerly, Atkins worked as assistant director for the Poetry Society of America. She has taught English and Creative Writing at various colleges including, Sweet Briar College, Hollins University, James Madison University and Roanoke College. For eight years, she was founder and artistic director of Writers @ Jordan House/FAIR (reading series and workshops). She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Western Community College and the newly minted Associate Poetry Editor for MadHat Lit ( […]

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