The Fourth River


About Us

Executive Editor: Sheryl St. Germain
Editor-in-Chief: Sheila Squillante

Editorial Staff: Fall, 2017

Fiction Editor: Marc Nieson
Poetry Editor: Heather McNaugher
Nonfiction Editor: Sheila Squillante

Tributaries Editor: Ira Sukrungruang

Managing Editor: Samantha Smith

Associate Editors: Jeffrey Bolden, Melanie DeStefano, Rhea Dunn

Assistant Editors: Rachel Roupp, Trevor Dawson, Rachel Geffrey, Ian Rawson, Samantha Smith

Folio Contest Editor: Ira Sukrungruang

Folio Contest Readers: Maria-Luiza Brisbane, Laura Roberts, Chelsea Kindred

Layout/Design: Kinsley Stocum


The Fourth River is produced by the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Chatham’s groundbreaking MFA focusing on nature, travel writing, and social outreach is the premier graduate program for nurturing students interested in place-based writing and innovative community programs.

Our program stands out with opportunities that can be found nowhere else. No other MFA program in the United States offers the possibility of concentrations in travel writing, teaching, publishing, or nature writing in addition to a primary genre focus (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or children’s writing), and no other MFA program offers the ability to have a dual-genre focus (in poetry and nonfiction, or children’s writing and fiction, for example). We are also the only MFA program in the country to offer both an on-the-ground full-residency program and a low-residency program as well as the ability to easily move between the two programs.

For more information, please visit our website.