Sheila Squillante

Poetry Editor
Leia Penina Wilson

Fiction Editor
Marc Nieson

Nonfiction Editor
Heather McNaugher

Managing Editor
Anna Butler

Editor Emeritus
Sheryl St. Germain

About US

The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Program. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.

Assistant Editors, Fall 2019
Elizabeth Benson, Kasi Bitter, Scott Bonnette, Anna Butler, Renée Drummond-Brown, Daniel Lloyd, Zera Miller, Gina Moriarty

Administrative Support
Joe Bisciotti

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The Fourth River takes its name from a subterranean river beneath Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city famously sited at the confluence of three rivers: Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio. This fourth river, unseen yet indispensable to the city’s riverine ecosystem, is actually an aquifer geologists call the “Wisconsin Glacial Flow”. The Fourth River literary journal grew up from the idea that between and beneath the visible framework of the human world and the built environment, there exist deeper currents of force and meaning supporting the very structure of that world.
— The Fourth River Issue No. 1