Board & Staff

[The Front Porch Commons project has concluded — thanks to all who participated!]
Front Porch Commons Editor
Emma Komlos-HrobskyIn addition to her work for CLMP, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky serves as associate editor at Tin House magazine and teaches writing at The New School. Her stories and essays have appeared in BookforumTin House, Web Conjunctions, and Hunger Mountain, among other places.
Front Porch Commons Editorial Advisory Board
Our Editorial Advisory Board members embody the spirit of community that guides Front Porch Commons. In their work in independent literary publishing and related fields of interest, they set a tone for conversation about our field that is as rigorous as it is generous and inclusive. We are honored to be advised by:
Alexander CheeAlexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a recipient of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He was the Visiting Writer at Amherst College from 2006-2010 and the Picador Professor at The University of Leipzig in 2012.  He lives in New York City.
fershleiserRachel Fershleiser heads publisher outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was Community Manager at Bookish and Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books. You may also know her from her soup zine Stock Tips or her TEDx talk Why I <3 the Bookternet.
filgateMichele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in SliceThe Paris Review DailyTin HouseThe RumpusSalonBuzzfeedThe Barnes & Noble ReviewPoets & WritersThe Boston GlobeFine Books & Collections MagazineDAME MagazineBiographileThe Brooklyn QuarterlyTime Out New YorkThe Daily BeastO, The Oprah MagazineVultureVol. 1 BrooklynCapital New YorkThe Star TribuneBookslutThe Quarterly ConversationThe Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.
Luis JaramilloLuis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. His work has also appeared in Open City, Gamers (Soft Skull Press), Tin House Magazine, H.O.W. Journal, and the Chattahoochee Review, among other publications. He is a New York Institute for the Humanities fellow. He directs the Creative Writing Program at The New School, where he teaches fiction and is the co-editor of The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.
Rebecca MakkaiRebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and StoryStudio Chicago; in the fall of 2015, she will be visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her website is www.rebeccamakkai.com.
Rob SpillmanRob Spillman is the editor of Tin House.
René SteinkeRené Steinke’s most recent novel, Friendswood (Riverhead), was named one of National Public Radio’s Great Reads of 2014. Her previous novel, Holy Skirts, an imaginative retelling of the life of the artist and provocateur, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel is The Fires. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, Bookforum, and in anthologies. She is the former Editor of The Literary Review, where she remains Editor-at-Large. She has taught at the New School and at Columbia University, and she is currently the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn.
Emma StraubEmma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationersand Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married.Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin HouseThe New York TimesGood Housekeeping, and the The Paris Review Daily. She is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. A more illustrated version of this appears at M+E.
Hannah TintiHannah Tinti is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Her new novel, The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Hawley, is forthcoming from Dial Press. Hannah has worked at bookstores, magazines, publishing houses, and literary agencies. In 2002 she co-founded the award-winning magazine One Story and for the past 12 years has been its Editor in Chief. In 2009 she received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing and in 2014 One Story won the AWP Prize for Best Small Press.
Joe WoodsJoe Woods is lead developer and associate editor at Blackbird:  an online journal of literature and the arts.  In addition to working as a freelance web developer and designer, Joe is currently a master’s student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he focuses in digital publishing.  His multimedia work has been featured in failbetter, Bandcamp’s Staff Picks, and other locations.