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 eight 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.

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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 both a VONA and 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 available from Winged City Press. Her work is also forthcoming in The Breakbeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic. She writes, edits, and resides in Philadelphia.

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Gabrielle Lawrence is a writer and editor from Los Angeles, CA. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Central Arkansas and former graduate fellow at the Oxford American Magazine. Her writing can be found in The Squawk Back, Rising Phoenix Review, Gravel Magazine, A Gathering Together Journal, Sundog Lit, and others. Follow her @gabrielle__l on Twitter or Instagram.


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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.


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Associate Editor

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.



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.



Poetry Reader

Constance S. Collier-Mercado is an experimental writer/artist, founder of The CultSTATUS Arts Haven, and self-proclaimed ‘Anthropologist of the Arts’ in search of all the culture she can get. Born in Chicago and raised in the Bronx, she is in constant search of new ways to embody her ideals of woman/ish activism and all things afro-diasporic. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming from FIYAH Literary Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Kweli Journal, and elsewhere. She is currently writing a first volume of poetry and two novels. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WriterChicLady.


Poetry Reader

Daschielle Louis is a poet, graphic artist, and podcaster with a forthcoming project As Told By Dasch. Her literature and graphic design is a spicy mixture of her identity and her experiences, and she writes at the intersections of blackness, womanhood, and migration. Daschielle’s written work can be found in Rise Up Review, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Pan Ku Literary and Arts Magazine, Token Magazine, and The Kudzu Review. All of her projects are housed on her website,