Founding Editors

Ira Sukrungruang

Founding Editor Ira Sukrungruang is the author of Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and Southside Buddhist (memoirs), In Thailand It is Night (poetry), The Melting Season (stories), and co-editor of the fat books What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. His favorite candy is anything that has sour-sucking power and unhinges his jaw because of extreme gumminess.

Katherine Riegel

Founding Editor Katherine Riegel–who goes by Katie–is the author of Letters to Colin FirthWhat the Mouth Was Made For, and Castaway. She writes for The Gloria Sirens , and tries to take her vitamin Ch (chocolate, of course) every day.

K.C. Wolfe

Founding editor K.C. Wolfe earned his MFA at an institution in the Midwest, after considerable layovers in the Western parts of these United States. His essays and short stories have been seen in Gulf Coast, The Sun, Swink, Harvard Review, Redivider, Prime Number, Under the Sun, Cleaver Magazine and other publications. He lives, on average, in St. Petersburg, FL.


Robert Annis – Poetry Editor

Robert Annis received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He was nominated for the 2013 and 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project, and won the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2014, and the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize in 2015. His poetry has appeared in Exit 7American Tanka, Foothill, Oracle Fine Arts Review, and the Noctua Review.

Ryan Cheng – Poetry Editor

Ryan Cheng received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. He was awarded the 2013 AWP Intro Journal Entry Award for poetry and the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2013. His poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he teaches professional writing at the University of South Florida and serves as a board member of YellowJacket Press, an independent small poetry press and the only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts in Florida. When he’s not teaching, he is probably somewhere eating phở, the cure-all.

Haley Morton – Fan Mail & Book Review Editor

Haley Morton writes poetry and lives in Tampa, Florida where she is completing her MFA at the University of South Florida. She has a B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare and sees Creative Writing and Mental Health as two things crucial to understanding what it is to be human. Her obsessions are swamps, sea grapes, the body, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Leslie Salas – Graphic Editor

Leslie Salas holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a graduate of a Publishing Institute. By day, she helps students in higher education master the art of effective communication and storytelling at an entertainment, media, and arts university. On nights and weekends, she writes in multiple genres, including poetry, prose, screenwriting, and comics. She’s presented on comics and pedagogy at several local and national conferences, including the Association for Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, and her work has appeared in The Southeast ReviewSmokeLong Quarterly, Burrow Press’ 15 Views, Volume II: Corridor, and more. Her favorite confections are covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Keep up with her on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and whatever else the cool kids are using these days.

Alysia Sawchyn – Nonfiction Editor

Alysia Sawchyn currently lives in Northern Virginia and teaches professional writing at a nearby university. Her writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. You can usually find her hiking, in a yoga studio, or on Twitter. She is working on a collection of micro memoirs and is a great admirer of all sorts of pastries. More butter, more better.

Assistant Editors

Casey Clague

Casey Clague writes poetry and creative nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. They live in Tampa where they serve on the editorial board of Yellow Jacket Press and read poetry for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Action, Spectacle; Gravel; and Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

Lauren Cross

Lauren Cross lives Tampa, Florida, where she teaches composition and creative writing. You can usually find her on Twitter, admiring pastries, or consuming too much caffeine at one of her favorite writing haunts.


Benjamin Kinney

Benjamin Kinney

Benjamin Kinney has an MA in English from Northern Michigan University and is currently an MFA candidate studying creative nonfiction at the University of South Florida. His work has been published in Walloon Writer’s Review, Cartridge Lit, the Blue Fifth Notebook, and f(r)iction. His obsessions include David Lynch, Survivor, distance running, and Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Zachary Lundgren

Zachary Lundgren received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida and his BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and grew up in northern Virginia. He has had poetry published in several literary journals and magazines including The Louisville Review, The Portland Review, Barnstorm Journal, The Adirondack Review, and the University of Colorado Honors Journal.

Andrew Miles

Andrew Miles hails from Northwest Indiana. He received a BA in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While there, he served as a prose editor for The Broken Plate. At present, he writes nonfiction and poetry while pursuing an MFA at the University of South Florida. Drew loves classic cinema and deep dish pizza. During the summer of 2018, he did an 11,000-mile cross-country road trip with friends.


Deedra Wollert

Although a Colorado native, Deedra graduated from the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a BS in Business Administration and from the University of South Florida with a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. Her 15 year administrative tenure at USF in the English department keeps her busy wrangling cats (faculty) and occasionally teaching engineers. She has joined Sweet as a jack of all trades, including finances, typesetting, chapbook making, and cat wrangling (editors). Her claim to fame is being mommy to Bodhi, the unofficial Sweet mascot.

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Andy Braithwaite

Andy graduated The University of Salford with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering when programs were written on punch cards. Andy is a Flight Simulator Engineer during the day working on Sweet in his fun time. The second best Sweet going is frozen McVities HobNobs dunked in a good cup of tea. Taylor’s of HarrogateYorkshire Tea of course, not as though there is any other.

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Nicholas Brown

Nicholas Brown graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in English. Since graduating, he has worked as a door-to-door salesman and middle school teacher before pursuing his MFA in fiction at The University of South Florida. He enjoys coffee, Tiramisu, assorted deli meats, and creating hand-made furniture with the help of drills and large saws, which he’s found makes the process infinitely easier.


Anabel Barnett

Anabel Barnett is a student at Kenyon College majoring in English and Spanish. She loves reading, listening to music from the latter half of the 20th century, and talking. She really loves talking.

Lily Beeson-Norwitz

Lily Beeson-Norwitz is a freshman at Kenyon College from Portland, Oregon. She is also a student associate at the Kenyon Review and plans to major in English. Outside of school she likes to take photos, write, and hike.

Molly Fording

Molly Fording is a first year student at Kenyon College from Westport, Connecticut. She plans on majoring in English, and the three loves of her life are reading, knitting, and the Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. All her favorite candy is sour.


Zoe Lennox

Zoe Lennox graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in History. She currently works as a substitute teacher, and is preparing to travel Europe while working on her first poetry chapbook.