little leo is drawn to the peculiar, yet craves the exquisite. little leo doesn’t care where you are from or where you think you might be going. little leo is fresh and clean like purell, and broken-down like nana’s fractured hip. little leo can smell pretention from a billion miles away. little leo appreciates humor, but don’t overdo it. little leo hates long-winded. little leo thrives on textured language, tales that surprise, and palpable emotion. little leo yearns for staggering poems and flash fiction from the coolest writers on the planet. little leo is fussy as hell, but when he falls in love, boy, you just better watch out.

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*little leo features guest editors for most issues.

Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief: Christine Tierney is a poet, disco lover, closeted comedian, and an MFA in creative writing recipient. Her debut collection of poetry, chicken+lowercase=fleur was recently published by Lily Poetry Review Books, and her work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Poet Lore, PMS, Sugar House Review and other fab places. Check out her photoart on Instagram at christinetierneyphotoart. Check out her poetryart and poetry updates at christinetierneypoetisa.

Guest Editor: Frannie Lindsay’s fifth volume of poetry, If Mercy, was released by The Word Works in the spring of 2016. She received prizes in well-known national and international competitions for all of her previous volumes, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Field, Crazyhorse, The Harvard Review, Salamander, and many others. She was awarded the 2008 Missouri Review prize in poetry, and one of her poems appears in Best American Poetry 2014. Her work has been featured in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and on Poetry Daily. She is also a classical pianist, and has been active in greyhound rescue for 23 years.

Cover Art & Artist For First Issue: The name of the piece is SCHNENKY, Queen of some Good Cat Parts, and the artist is Elizabeth Victoria (Vicky) Knowles. Vicky Knowles is the creator of Wibbley World, a chimerical place where big-eyed babies, aberrant animals, and other curious creatures from all walks of whimsy reside. Primarily an online artist specializing in small format and miniature paintings and drawings, Vicky’s eclectic creations have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. To both view and buy Vicky’s art go to: http://www.wibbleyworld.etsy.com or  http://amazon.com/handmade/WibbleyWorld