Natalie Solmer
Founder and Editor In Chief

Natalie Solmer was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and now lives in Indianapolis, where she is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Ivy Tech Community College. She is also the founder and editor in chief of The Indianapolis Review. Her poetry has appeared in Rustbelt’s Indianapolis Anthology, The Little Eagle Creek Anthology, and in journals such as Ecotheo Review, Notre Dame Review, Colorado Review, The Literary Review, Pleiades, and Puerto Del Sol. Her art and visual poetry have been published in places such as Ethel, Yes Poetry, and Babel Tower Notice Board. Find her at

Jen Bingham
Assistant Editor

Jen Bingham writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She’s had pieces published in McSweeney’s,  The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, Punchnel’s, and The Indianapolis Star, among others. She has a B.A. in English Literature with a Creative Writing minor from Indiana University. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas
Assistant Editor

Poet and visual artist Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms\blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. He is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, and Associate Professor of English at Indiana University- Indianapolis. His visual art has been published in The Adroit Journal and is forthcoming in The Offing.

Abby Johnson
Assistant Editor

Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She received her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. During her time there, she served as Poetry Co-Editor for Booth: A Journal. Her micro-chapbook “No Line Except” is published through Ghost City Press. Her chapbook “Opportunity Cost” was published through Frontier Poetry. She has individual pieces published in Turnpike Magazine, Josephine Quarterly, The Indianapolis Review, and Sycamore Review.

Lydia Johnson
Assistant Editor

Lydia Johnson is a poet and writer from Gary, Indiana. Her writing has been published in BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Glamour Magazine, Kiwanis Magazine and the books Women in Clothes, Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite, and Belt Magazine’s The Gary Anthology. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Butler University and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has taught poetry workshops and led book discussions for the Indiana Writers Center, Indiana Humanities, and other local nonprofits. She volunteers as an Editorial Assistant for The Indianapolis Review and serves as a judge for various writing contests geared toward young writers.

Nasreen Khan
Art Editor

Nasreen Khan (she/her) is a writer, visual artist, teacher, and mother. She grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and has made a home in Indianapolis. Her teaching and artistic practices, rooted in questions of equity and earth-based spirituality, grapple with questions of belonging; celebrate cultural margins; and confront colonization, racism, and misogyny.She works primarily in wood, burning the images into the surface first, and then overlaying with oil paints.

Khan’s paintings and the stories she shares about immigrant experiences can be found here:
IG: @heyitsnasreen

Ashley Mack-Jackson
Assistant Editor

Ashley is a native Hoosier, and received a B.A. in English Creative Writing from IUPUI, and an M.A. in English Creative Writing from Ball State University.  Her main joys in life are teaching, reading, and writing. She teaches English Composition to college students, and her poetry has appeared in literary journals like ReverieDrumvoices Revue, and Callaloo.

Brianna Pike
Assistant Editor

Brianna Pike is an Associate Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. She received her MA from the University of North Texas and her MFA from Murray State University. Her poems have appeared in So to SpeakConnotation Press, Heron Tree, Memoirs & Mixtapes & Whale Road Review among others and she recently received her first Pushcart nomination for her essay Small Betrayals. She currently serves as an Editorial Assistant for the Indianapolis Review​ and lives in Indy with her husband & son.   She blogs at Find her on Twitter @BriPike.

Rachel Sahaidachny
Assistant Editor

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards. She is co-editor of Not Like The Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Red Paint Hill, NUVO, Indiana Humanities and others. She lives in Indianapolis and is former Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, a non-profit dedicated to fostering a vibrant writing community in Indiana. She now serves as Executive Director of The Big Silence Foundation, opening up the conversation on mental health.
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