About The Coop



Laura Lee Washburn

Assistant Editors

Katelyn Roth

Morgan O.H. McCune

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Staff Biographies

Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, the author of The Book of Stolen Images (forthcoming from Meadowlark), This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street), Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Harbor Review’s chapbook prize is named in her honor. She’s the President of Small Harbor Publishing’s Board of Directors. Her degrees are from Old Dominion University, where she interned for the Associated Writing Programs Newsletter, and from Arizona State University. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri. From her home in Pittsburg, Kansas, she edits The Coop and works with the Jefferson Street Writing team to offer workshops and editing services.

Katelyn Roth graduated from Pittsburg State University with her Master’s in poetry. Her work has previously appeared online at Silver Birch Press and at Heartland: Poems of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity. Currently, she lives in Columbus, Ohio where she is an MFA candidate at Ohio State University.

Morgan O.H. McCune, retired from Pittsburg State University in southeast Kansas. She is a native Kansan, and holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis (1991) and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University (2002). Her poems have been published previously in River Styx and Flint Hills Review.  She is an Assistant Editor at The Midwest Quarterly.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Kansas.  She is the 2009 –2013 Kansas Poet Laureate and author of 24 books, including How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Mirriam’s Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body.  She is the founder of this site and also of Transformative Language Arts, leads writing workshops widely, coaches people on writing and right livelihood, and consults on creativity.

Current Theme: We’re Speaking: Renewal and Change (through March 2023)

March 2023 and Into the Future: Tangible Action: Giving Name to the Nameless

Monthly editors 2023 tba

“We’re Speaking: Renewal and Change” was edited by guest editors and staff:

Monthly editors 2022 include Joan Kwon Glass, Millicent Borges Accardi, Denise Low, Lisa Chavez, Allison Blevins, Latorial Faison, Jose Faus, Hyejung Kook, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Katelyn Roth, and Laura Lee Washburn

Monthly editors 2021 included Laura Lee Washburn, Denise Low-Weso, Morgan O.H. McCune, Lori Martin, Annette Billings, Julie Ramon, Dennis Etzel Jr., James Benger, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ronda Miller, and Katelyn Roth.