This week we want to introduce our new fiction editors, Joe Truscello and Emily Woodworth. Joe understands Ruminate’s aesthetic intuitively: he was a contributor, and has been a contest reader as well as a queue reader, and has already found stories for the magazine. Emily brings an energetic and playful spirit, a deep knowledge of the literary journal landscape, and a desire to promote our writers. Welcome!
Joe Truscello teaches writing at Virginia Tech. His fiction has appeared at Ruminate, Sonora Review, Saranac Review, BULL Men's Fiction, and elsewhere. He's spent the last two years writing a novel about an anxious, people-pleasing alcoholic. In his spare time, Joe keeps chickens, plays with his dog, and watches terrible TV with his wife. He also co-hosts Booyah, a podcast about 90s media.
writes fiction that explores the boundaries between the sane and the insane, invasive and indigenous, belief and disbelief. She grew up in Sisters, Oregon, where she developed a love for nature and the psychological pathologies that permeate small towns. As a descendent of the Karuk Tribe, Emily enjoys deconstructing the Western Canon, exploring hybrid identities, and remaking old myths. Her work has appeared in Under the Sun
, Broad Street
, Crannóg Magazine
, Inkwell Journal
, and others, and she has received an honorable mention in the New Flash Fiction Review
's Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction 2020, a notable mention in Best American Essays 2018
, and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in writing from CalArts, where she attended on a Lillian Disney Scholarship.
Welcome to Ruminate
! We can't wait to work with you.
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