Five on the Fifth's editorial team currently consists of two volunteer (unpaid) editors and three volunteer (unpaid) readers:
Mahdis is Editor-in-Chief of Five on the Fifth. She has a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University. She hopes to go on for a PhD in Writing someday. Mahdis currently works as a PRWeb editor at a PR and marketing company, Cision. Her essay, "Going Back," was recently published in Heartwood Literary Magazine's October 2016 issue. Her most recent non-fiction essay, "A Persian Brew" will be forthcoming in Feminine Inquiry (Fem Inq) Literary Magazine. Her essay, "Lingua Nova", was published in the literary magazine, Ambiguity last year. She also had a short essay published in the series anthology, Miso for Life: A Melting Pot of Thoughts in 2012. She writes as much as she can during her spare time and hopes to get a novel published in the near future. Mahdis is also fluent in Farsi and French. She loves to travel.
Mary-Anne is Managing Editor of Five on the Fifth. She has a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University. Currently, she teaches at two community colleges, CCBC and AACC. Her most recent work can be found in Gone Lawn, Crack the Spine, and Duende. “The Creek’s Daughter” is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Magazine.
Sarah K. Stephens
Sarah K. Stephens is a Prose Reader for Five on the Fifth. She earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology and teaches a variety of human development courses as a lecturer at Penn State University. Her courses examine a variety of topics, including the processes of risk and resilience in childhood, the influence of online media on social and behavioral development, and evidence-based interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Although fall and spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her short stories have appeared in Five on the Fifth, The Voices Project, The Indianola Review, (parenthetical), eFiction, and the Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. She is also a regular contributor to the Mindsoak Project. Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, was released in December 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.
Cheryl Wollner is a Prose Reader for Five on the Fifth. Her work has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine's Books section, Gone Lawn, Unbuild Walls, Polychrome Ink, The Best of Loose Change Anthology and others. She is a literary magazine reviewer for New Pages, the blog managing editor for Luna Station Quarterly, and a sections editor for Polychrome Ink--a journal dedicated to diverse voices. Follow her asexual feminist blog here.
Simon Easton is a Prose Reader for Five on the Fifth. After ending a fifteen year career in teaching, Simon turned to writing, with works published in the 99 Pine Street, Allegory, Amarillo Bay, Bewildering Stories, and Corvus Review literary journals, as well as Bewildering Stories Quarterly Review and Annual Review. He has also published in the cc&d magazine “Lost in the Past” December 2016 edition and in its Scars Publications collection book entitled, The Chamber. He recently edited and contributed to an anthology of stories centered around a ruined home called, The Seven Story House. His work, “Dream of the Taino Chief Dreaming” will be coming out in Five 2 One Magazine in February of 2017.
Chris Gaarde is a Prose Reader for Five on the Fifth. He has a bachelor's degree in writing from Towson University and is a proofreader and occasional ghost writer for a newsletter publisher in Baltimore, Maryland. His work has been published in Grub Street, Towson University's literary magazine, and in 2014, he received a 1st place award in Non-Fiction from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. When he's not regaling his friends and coworkers with tales of his time as a funeral home assistant, land surveyor, and one-time amateur comedian, he can be found hidden away in the wilds of northern Maryland where he lives with his cat, Scout.