Julie Wakeman-Linn


Julie Wakeman-Linn is a professor of English at Montgomery College and has been editor-in-chief of Potomac Review for nine years. Her first novel, Chasing the Leopard, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize and was published by Mkuki Na Nyota, an award winning Tanzania publisher. Her short story collection, “Challenges of Non-Native Species,” was a finalist for the Washington Writers Publishing House prize. Her seventeen short stories have appeared in literary journals, including Gargoyle, JMWW and The MacGuffin. She was born and raised in South Dakota and has lived in Africa in both Tanzania and Zambia.

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John W. Wang

fiction editor

John W. Wang is founding editor of Juked and an Associate Professor in the English and Reading Department at Montgomery College. His writing has appeared in such places as Cimarron Review, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. He lives with a growing collection of board games, rescue animals, and instruments he wishes would play themselves.

Check out John’s lit mag: JUKED


Katherine Smith

poetry editor

Katherine Smith’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, among them The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, Mezzo Cammin, Unsplendid, Measure, Gargoyle, The Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Atlanta Review, and Appalachian Heritage. Her first book, Argument by Design (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), appeared in 2003. Her second book of poetry Woman Alone on the Mountain appeared with Iris Press in Fall 2014. She teaches at Montgomery College.


J. Howard

technology editor

J. Howard’s poetry and fiction have been published in various local publications. She’s now developing the “Grandmother Project,” combining her interests in writing, family history, and digital humanities, while also coordinating A Splendid Wake, a DC-based poetry archival project. She attended the 2015 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Summer Institute that focused on community digital innovations. Howard is a member of Blackjack Poets, the AWP, The Writer’s Center, and Computers and Writing and is an alumna of Montgomery College, University of Maryland, and Georgetown.

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Om B. Rusten

administrative aide

Om B. Rusten has worked as an administrative aide at Montgomery College since 2003, providing support to Potomac Review, the Collegewide Women’s and Gender Studies program director, and the Rockville Honors Program.

To improve the efficiency of her work and enhance the performance of the Campus Commons, Om developed an Access database for Potomac Review subscribers’ records, including online subscription payment system. She also developed advanced Excel spreadsheets to monitor budget expenses and prepare financial reports.


Albert Kapikian

associate editor

In the late 1980s, Albert Kapikian’s poems were published in journals alongside Nobel, Pulitzer, Kafka, and Lenin Prize winning writers such as Derek Walcott, W.D. Snodgrass, Yves Bonnefoy, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. In 1990, he began writing under a pseudonym. He has been posted to the White House for the National Archives and holds graduate degrees in theology and law. He is also an adjunct professor of English at Montgomery College.


Marianne Szlyk

associate editor

Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English at Montgomery College and a member of the DC Poetry Project. She also edits The Song Is…, a blog-zine for poetry and flash fiction inspired by music, especially jazz.  Her previous chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking up at Trees of Heaven, is available online through Kind of a Hurricane Press.  She is working on a second chapbook (I Dream of Empathy). Her poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Taj Mahal Review, Snapping Twig, Long Exposure, the print anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter, Flutter Poetry Journal, Black Poppy Review, The Literary Nest, and even an anthology about driving (Objects in the Rear View Mirror) although she does not drive.

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Robert Giron

associate editor

Robert L. Giron is the author of five collections of poetry and the editor of several award-winning collections, including “Poetic Voices Without Borders” and “The Sligo Journal.” He co-edited the award-winning anthology “An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies” with his colleague Brianne Friel. He’s an associate editor of the Potomac Review and is the editor of the online journal “ArLiJo” which features art, fiction, and poetry. He teaches composition, creative writing-poetry, and ESL on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. He also runs Gival Press.


Other associate editors include:

Diane Bosser, Courtney Fisher, Lisa Friedman, Alisha Horowitz, Michael Landweber, Michael LeBlanc, Kateema Lee, Lisa Lister, Mike Maggio, Sean Moran, Ian Sydney March, Julie Platt, Michael Ryan, David Saitzeff, Jessie Siegel, Karolina Wilk, Edythe Wise, Sherri Woosley, and Hananah Zaheer