about us

• Pleiades: Literature in Context is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Past contributors include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Awards, and many writers seeing their work in print for the first time. The current issue is here. Submission guidelines are here. Subscribe here.

• The Pleiades Book Review (PBR) is a literary supplement to the magazine that features both essay reviews and shorter reviews of books released primarily by independent publishers.

• Each year, Pleiades distributes the featured book in the Unsung Masters Series, published by Pleiades Press. Each volume focuses on an important writer whose work has been unjustly neglected and features both a generous sample of creative work and numerous essays. Unsung Masters Series volumes are distributed free to subscribers with the June issue of Pleiades and are also available through Small Press Distribution.






Molberg-for-web Jenny Molberg (Editor of Pleiades) is the author of the poetry collections Marvels of the Invisible, winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016), and Refusal (forthcoming, LSU Press). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Best New Poets, and other publications. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri. Jenny’s personal website.
Erin Adair-Hodges (Poetry Editor) is the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize winner for Let’s All Die Happy, published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in October 2017. She has been named as a Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Poetry, Sewanee-Claudia Emerson scholar, and winner of the 2014 Loraine Williams Prize from The Georgia Review. A native New Mexican, Erin is now a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri. Erin’s personal website.
Jennifer Maritza McCauley (Fiction Editor) is the author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press.) She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio, CantoMundo and the Knight Foundation, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the Academy of American Poets. She is also staff at The Missouri Review (Contest Editor, Poetry Editor in Fall 2018), and is pursuing her PhD in creative writing and English at the University of Missouri. Jennifer’s personal website.
Clint Photo Clinton Crockett Peters (Nonfiction Editor) is the author of Pandora’s Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Misfits of Ecology,forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. He has been awarded literary prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and the Society for Professional Journalists. He holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and is pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing. His work also appears in Orion, Southwest Review, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Clint’s personal website.
Brandi George (Reviews Editor) is the author of Gog (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), which won the gold medal in the Florida Book Awards, and the play in verse, Faun (Play Inverse, forthcoming 2019). Her poems have recently appeared in Fence, Gulf Coast, and Columbia Poetry Review, also winning first place in the Dana Awards and the Zone 3 Poetry Awards. Brandi has been awarded residencies at Hambidge Center for the Arts, the Hill House, and the Time & Place Award in France. She teaches writing at FSW in Fort Myers.
BJ Love (Production Editor) teaches English and Creative Writing at the Emery/Weiner School in Houston, TX. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his poetry and prose can be found in numerous journals and anthologies including Gulf Coast, The North American Review, and Heavy Feather Review.
Salesses-photo Matthew Salesses (Website Editor) is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; and a season’s best selection at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A, 2020), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2021). Matthew’s personal website.
  Taneum Bambrick (Associate Poetry Editor) is the author of Vantage, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 American Poetry Review/Honickman first book award (Copper Canyon Press). Her chapbook, Reservoir, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Prize. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program, she is the winner of an Academy of American Poets University Prize, a Susanna Colloredo Environmental Writing Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Arts Center, and the 2018 BOOTH Nonfiction Contest. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Passages North, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Sherell Barbee (Associate Fiction Editor) is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she worked at the Missouri Review.
prufer Kevin Prufer (Editor-at-Large) is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Churches (Four Way Books, 2014), In a Beautiful Country (2011), National Anthem (2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005). He is also coeditor, with Wayne Miller, of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and, with Joy Katz, of Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007), as well as editor of The New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois, 2000). He teaches at the University of Houston.
nguyen Phong Nguyen (Editor-at-large) is the author of the novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016) & two short-story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness (Elixir Press, 2011), which won the Elixir Fiction Award in 2010. He also co-edited Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters, 2012; with Dan Chaon and Norah H. Lind) and has published numerous short stories in journals including Agni, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Chattahoochee Review, Boulevard, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. He teaches at the University of Missouri. Phong’s personal website.
kinder2-100x100 RM Kinder (Editor Emerita and Founder of Pleiades) is the author of the novels The Universe Playing Strings (forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press, 2016), and An Absolute Gentleman (Counterpoint, 2007) and the story collections A Near-Perfect Gift (University of Michigan, 2006) and Sweet Angel Band (Helicon Nine, 1991). RM’s personal website.
crump Gail Crump (Editor Emeritus) is a literary scholar and retired faculty member from the University of Central Missouri, where he taught from 1968-2011.
Mario Alejandro Ariza (Poetry Reader) is a Dominican immigrant to the United States. He holds an an MFA in poetry from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Columbia University. His poetry can be found in places like BOAAT, The Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, and The Raleigh Review. His journalism appears in places like The Atlantic and The Miami New Times. His current project is a book-length nonfiction work on sea level rise and Miami titled Disposable City: Miami’s doom and how to avoid it.
Bonnie Arning (Poetry Reader) is a poet from Albuquerque, NM. The Mountain West Poetry Series published her first book, Escape Velocity, in 2017. Her work has appeared in Narrative,The Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. She currently lives and teaches in Corvallis, Oregon.
Micah Ruelle (Poetry Reader) is a queer Midwestern poet whose work has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Cutthroat, About Place, and others. She is the author of the forthcoming Finishing Line Press chapbook, Failure to Merge.
Ruth Williams (Poetry Reader) is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College and an Editor for Bear Review.
You Li (Poetry Reader) is a law student and poet who was born in Beijing and grew up outside of Philadelphia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, mojo, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, THE BOILER, and elsewhere. She has received a scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.



Pleiades was founded in 1981 by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Central Missouri under the faculty advisement of Bob Jones.

• In 1991, Rose Marie Kinder turned the staple-bound student publication into a 120-page nationally distributed literary journal with an emphasis on cultural diversity. By spreading the journal to libraries across the state and across the country, Kinder drew the support of community and state arts organizations.

• Starting in 1998, under the co-editorship of Kevin Prufer and Rose Marie Kinder, Pleiades became a full-color glossy journal of national renown, publishing the work of American literary luminaries such as Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, and D. A. Powell.

• In 2006, under the co-editorship of Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer, Pleiades became an international journal, bringing both editors’ focus on literary translation to the magazine, while publishing poetry and fiction in translation from all over the world, from Germany to the Czech Republic, from Japan to the Middle East.

• Phong Nguyen joined Pleiades as fiction editor in 2007, and became co-editor in 2010. As editor of Pleiades, Phong has emphasized the web presence of the journal and raised the profile of magazine as a venue for contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction.

• Over the years, Pleiades has made a point of publishing well-established writers alongside unknown writers. Among the journal’s literary “discoveries” (poets and writers who published work in its pages before their first books were released) are Amina Gautier, Zachary Mason, Alexander Weinstein, Tiphanie Yanique, Adrian Matejka, Ken Chen, Joy Katz, Arielle Greenberg, Christine Sneed, Mark Bibbins, Randall Mann, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Michael Snediker.

• Jenny Molberg became poetry editor in 2015, joined as co-editor in 2016, and was named Editor-in-Chief in 2018.


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