Christian Sammartino is the co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Rising Phoenix Review. He is currently studying Philosophy at West Chester University. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in Words Dance Publishing, Voicemail Poems, Sea Foam Mag, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, and Yellow Chair Review. Sammartino was a Resident Poet for Lehigh Valley Vanguard during the summer of 2015. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014.


Kelsey Walck is co-founder, photographer, and Associate Editor for The Rising Phoenix Review. She studied Psychology and Religious Studies at Elizabethtown College and is currently a candidate for a Masters in Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology. She occasionally dabbles in poetry but finds photography to be a better vehicle for her artistic vision. She runs Rising Phoenix Review’s Instagram @risingphoenixpoetry and likes fall, old books, and most small animals.



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