The Editors



Kevin Morgan Watson: Publisher and Editor in Chief

Kevin Morgan Watson founded Press 53 in October 2005, and in 2010, with award-winning author Clifford Garstang, Kevin co-founded Prime Number Magazine. As a publisher, he has worked with writers ranging from first-time published authors to winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Kevin has earned awards for his own writing in both short fiction and poetry, but he no longer writes for publication. He also serves as an advisor for student adaptation of short fiction to screenplays with the screenwriting faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, NC. Contact Kevin directly by email.

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Christopher Forrest, Poetry Editor

Christopher Forrest graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in economics and worked in the financial sector for nearly a decade before returning to his hometown of Winston-Salem and shifting his career path toward his passion: the arts. He received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in 2017 and his poetry has appeared in a wide range of publications. When not at Press 53, you’ll find him with his lovely, supportive wife and two young boys, playing blocks and trains, or hovering over a puzzle, a pen never very far away.

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Claire V. Foxx, Assistant Short Fiction Editor

Claire Foxx is an emerging short fiction writer and recent graduate from Anderson University with a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Claire is passionate about good grammar, excellent storytelling, bad jokes, and the Oxford comma; that is to say, she aspires to a career in literary academia. She is working at Press 53 until she heads off for grad school in the Fall of 2019. When she isn’t reading or writing—well, Claire probably is reading or writing, preferably on the couch within arm’s reach of a hot cup of coffee and at least one of her four dogs.


Tom Lombardo: Poetry Series Editor

Tom Lombardo, of Atlanta, Georgia, is editor of Tom Lombardo Poetry Selections, a Press 53 imprint. Tom actively reads journals, magazines, ezines, and anthologies in search of poets to bring to Press 53 by way of his poetry series. Tom is a widely published and respected poet, and is a graduate of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. His mission is to bring 4-6 poetry collections to Press 53 each year. He has published two collections of his own poetry: What Bends Us Blue (WordTech, 2013) and The Name of This Game (Kattywompus Press, 2014). In 2008, Tom edited and published After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (Sante Lucia Books), which features 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 countries.


Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root: Poetry Series Editors

The Silver Concho Poetry Series is edited by wife/husband team Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root. Pamela's literary prizes include the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the American League of PEN Women, Simi Valley, the King's English Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Prize, the Iris Poetry Prize, The Ronald H. Bayes Poetry Prize, the Tucson/Pima Literature Prize, and Struga Poetry Prize for a theme poem. She has also won awards and honors from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Wildwood Journal, and Amnesty International. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and it appears over 300 journals and anthologies worldwide. She won the 2010 American Book Award, for Crazy Love: New Poems. Pamela is also the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.

William Pitt Root served as Tucson Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2002, and taught at Hunter College in New York City. He was a US/UK Exchange Artist, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and an NEA Fellow. He is the author of numerous books and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications.

He is co-founder and poetry editor of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.