:: Mission ::
The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought originated late one night. We were interested in the conversations that could arise when an account was paired with creative work. We imagined a journal where writers could offer such accounts beside their poems and prose, and where artists could offer the same pairing of work and aesthetic statement.
account = history, sketch, marker, repository of influences
An account of a specific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giving voice to the artist’s approach. The literary/art market’s tidal wave can tend to engulf the maker’s account of the work. We believe that an account can restore the relationship between artist and aesthetic.
The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought encourages writers to submit work of any aesthetic. All work must be submitted with an account.
Our writers have won the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
Interested in submitting work? Check out our guidelines.
:: Masthead ::
Sean Cho A., Editor-in-Chief
Sean Cho A. is the author of American Home (Autumn House 2021) winner of the Autumn House Press chapbook contest. His work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, among others. Sean is a graduate of the MFA program at The University of California Irvine and a PhD Student at the University of Cincinnati. Find him @phlat_soda
Lyndsey Ellis, Fiction Editor
Lyndsey Ellis is the author of Bone Broth (Hidden Timber Books). She’s a fiction writer and essayist who’s passionate about intergenerational resilience in the Midwest. Her work has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, Joyland, Entropy, The Offing, Shondaland, Santa Monica Review, and Stockholm Review of Literature. Lyndsey was a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award and 2018 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her fiction. She’s also a prose editor for great weather for MEDIA and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lauren Brazeal Garza, Interviews and Reviews Editor
Lauren Brazeal Garza received her M.F.A in poetry from Bennington College, and is completing her Ph.D. in literature from UT Dallas, where she is also a creative writing instructor. She is the author of the full length collection Gutter (Yes Yes Books, 2018), a memoir-in-verse about her homelessness as a teenager. She has also published three chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Santa Muerte, Santa Muerte: I Was Here, Release Me (Tram Editions, 2023), a series of fictional interviews with ghosts. Her poetry, lyric essays, and fiction has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, and Verse Daily among many other journals. She can be found haunting her website at www.lbrazealgarza.com
Rachele Salvini, Nonfiction Editor
Rachele Salvini is an Italian writer based in the United States, where she is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. She is a bilingual writer and translator, and her stories, essays, and translations in English have been published in Lunch Ticket, Necessary Fiction, Modern Poetry in Translation, and others. One of her essays won the 2020 edition of the Stirling Spoon contest “Identity in America.” At the moment she is translating and editing a collection of work by British and American authors, forthcoming in Italy by Digressioni Editore.
Christina Stoddard is the author of Hive, which won the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press). Her work has appeared in storySouth, Tupelo Quarterly, Iron Horse Literary Review, DIAGRAM, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Christina lives in Nashville, TN where she is the managing editor of an economics and decision theory journal. Visit her online at www.christinastoddard.com and on Twitter at @belles_lettres
Camille U. Adams, Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Camille U. Adams is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her MFA from CUNY and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Creative Nonfiction. Camille’s memoir writing isfeatured in Passages North, Citron Review, XRAY Literary Magazine, Variant Literature, TheForge Literary Magazine, Kweli Magazine, and elsewhere. She is querying her full-length memoir while working on another. Camille is a Tin House alum and summer workshop reader. She has received scholarships from Roots Wounds Words, Community of Writers, Kweli Literary Festival, Grubstreet, VONA, etc. Camille can be found on Twitter at @Camille_U_Adams where she spends way too much time.
L. A. Johnson is from California. She is the author of the chapbook Little Climates (Bull City Press, 2017). She is currently pursuing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Middleton Fellow. The winner of the 2022 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the 2022 Greensboro Review Poetry Prize, and the 2021 Rumi Prize in Poetry from Arts & Letters, her poems have recently appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She’s received support from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere. Find her online at www.la-johnson.com.
Megha Nayar, Assistant Fiction Editor
Megha Nayar teaches English and French for a living, and writes short stories to deconstruct her experience of womanhood in modern-day India. Her work has appeared in various lit mags. She has a chapbook coming out with Fahmidan Publishing in April 2023.
Megha was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020, and was a mentee-in-training on the British Council’s Write Beyond Borders programme of 2021. In May 2022, she was a Writer-in-Residence at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Colorado. Megha is on Twitter @meghasnatter. She is currently studying Spanish and hopes to teach three languages by 2024.
Tyler Mills, Founding/Consulting Editor
Tyler Mills is the author of City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). Her nonfiction manuscript-in-progress, The Bomb Cloud, recently received a Literature Grant from the Café Royal Foundation NYC. A poet and essayist, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, River Teeth, and The Rumpus. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, is a Founding/Consulting Editor of The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.
Brianna Noll, Founding/Consulting Editor