Founded in June 2012, Linden Avenue Literary Journal is a monthly publication that highlights the best work submitted regardless of any prior affiliations or publication.

Linden Avenue strives to tell simple stories in stunning ways. We aren't interested in the opaque. We thrive on publishing creative works of a clear, concise, and character driven manner.

Our goal is to create a space in which writers feel comfortable in sharing their words and in turn themselves.

Meet the Team

Linden Avenue Literary Journal is staffed by six women of color. It is our aim to increase diversity in publishing by encouraging work from writers traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

These categories include, but are not limited to, race, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, disabilities, and age.

Additionally, we strive to include writers of all publication history or career stage.



Athena Dixon is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared both online and in print at Narriatively, The Grief Diaries, The Rising Phoenix Review, Blackberry: A Magazine, THIS Magazine, Pluck!, Compose Journal, and OVS Magazine among others. Athena has been a presenter at both AWP and HippoCamp, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and is a Callaloo fellow. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and bachelors degrees in English and Sociology from Kent State University and Youngstown State University. Her chapbook, No God in This Room, is forthcoming from Winged City Press. She writes, edits, and resides in Philadelphia.

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Managing Editor

Angie Chatman writes fiction and nonfiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in Blood Orange Review, Hippocampus Magazine, fwriction: review and elsewhere. In addition to her LALJ responsibilities, she is the Book Reviews Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and a reader for Hippocampus Magazine. Angie is a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the Kimbilio Center for African American fiction. She holds an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT, and earned an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte. She lives in a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.

Associate Editor

Gabrielle Lawrence is a poet and writer.  She holds a BA in English and is pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Central Arkansas. Her writing can be found in Gravel Magazine, Words Apart Magazine, and West Wind Literary Journal among others.


Reviews Editor

Ev Petgrave is a poet and writer specializing in long form and short form journalism. Being a mom, minority, and techie, she enjoys writing about social issues affecting these groups. She currently writes for mater mea and Seattle's Child and is always working on her next great pitch. To follow Ev’s work, visit


Prose Reader

Evelyn N. Alfred is a librarian, poet, and social media content curator for the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Her writing can be found at The OffingLiterary Orphans, and New Flash Fiction Review. She lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with her wife.

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Prose Reader

Kymberli Morrell, a Philadelphia native, holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Boston University, and a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College. She taught Developmental English and English Composition at Montgomery County Community College until 2014. She is an avid reader, crediting her love of reading and overall fascination with the use of the English language to her mother and high school English teacher.  Kymberli also loves writing, and is currently working on a collection of essays. She still resides in the Philadelphia area with her son.