About the Editors
Eclectica was founded in 1996 by Tom Dooley and Chris Lott, with Chris providing most of the inspiration and even more of the perspiration. Chris left the magazine in 1998, and after muddling along on his own for a while, Tom found valuable assistance in Julie King. Julie, one of the first Eclectica authors, signed on to help with poetry but soon became a full co-editor. Then Tom and Julie got married! Always a labor of love, Eclectica had become even more so. However, after six years of serving as the Poetry Editor and generally keeping Tom from making too much of a fool of himself, Julie needed time to meet other obligations and devote to her own writing. Fortunately in the meantime, a host of other volunteer editors had joined the Eclectica team, and with their help, the adventure continues.


Tom Dooley taught middle and high school English for 12 years in Alaska, Arizona, and Wisconsin. A former wrestling coach, gas station attendant, forklift driver, bank teller, and many other things that added up to a total absence of career planning, he finally went and got a Masters in Public Administration, which he used to execute a decade of managing budgets for the government. He has now moved on to the private sector, working for the man by day, serving as Eclectica's Managing Editor and Fiction Editor by night.


Evan Martin Richards is Eclectica's Poetry Editor. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Chicago. He received his MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University, where he worked as a writing tutor and facilitated creative writing and EdD candidate writing groups. His poetry has appeared in Poetry East and Eclectica. He has read fiction for Another Chicago Magazine and served as a poetry judge for the Golden Shovel Anthology Competition hosted by Roosevelt University. He works as an editor, both freelance and in the nonprofit management field.


Stuart Ross is Eclectica's Review Editor and a former Spotlight Author. A writer from Queens living in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame's MFA program, he is the author of the novel Jenny in Corona (Tortoise Books, 2019). His work has appeared in Diagram, Expat Press, HTML Giant, Necessary Fiction, New World Writing, The Awl, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and many others.


Marko Fong is Eclectica's Nonfiction Co-Editor. A former Spotlight Author, he lives in North Carolina with his wife, dog, and two cats. He's written fiction and non-fiction for many years and publications include Solstice, Prick of the Spindle, RKVRY, and Volleyball Magazine.


Past assistant and guest editors include Kevin McGowin, Tara Gilbert-Brever, Mitchell Metz, John Reinhard, Thom Ingram, Linera Lucas, Jessica Handler, Jodi L. Laughlin, Michael Spice, Pamela Gemin, Paul Sampson, Colleen Mondor, Elizabeth P. Glixman, Pamela Mackey, Tamara M. Brenno-Uribarri, Anne Leigh Parrish, Jennifer Finstrom, Gilbert Wesley Purdy, David Ewald and the aforementioned Julie King.


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