Staff

Our staff is an all volunteer crew. We are currently seeking additional members of our volunteer staff including poetry editors and an art editor. Preference will be given to those from Maine who will be able to get together with us to participate in person as we make selections for our print edition. Inquire by emailing westernwaldoreview@gmail.com

Founding Editor: Alexander M. Koch

Alexander M. Koch lives in Unity, Maine. He has lived in a number of places including Klamath, California and Seattle, Washington. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Avocet, District Lit, the Kerf, little somethings press, Red River Review, and Dovecote Magazine. His photography has been published in Unity Commons, a student publication at Unity College. He is former Editor-in-Chief of The New City Collegian, an independent newspaper run by college students in Seattle, WA.
He won first prize in the 2017 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. He collects books having to do with the Maine woods, poetry, and science and natural history, amongst other topics. He spends as much time outdoors as possible, restores antique tools, and enjoys the study of dendrology.
At various times in his life he has worked for the National Park Service doing trail work and as a stable hand, industrial sandblaster, writing tutor, web designer, squash pollinator, high school ecology teacher, and farm store manager.
He is finishing a long-overdue Bachelor of Science in Parks & Forest Resources at Unity College.
He serves on the Board of Directors at Unity Barn Raisers, on the Advisory Council for the Farwell Project, and recently served on the Maine Conservation Task Force.

Poetry Editor: Faith Diaz

Faith Diaz, originally born in Bronx, N.Y., is from a military family and has spent most of her childhood moving from place to place. Currently, she is a senior transfer student at University of Maine at Farmington. She is majoring in creative writing and upon graduation, intends to go to graduate school in hopes of becoming an editor and author. Her journey from bibliophile to writer all started with a seventh grade poetry assignment she hated and eventually grew into poetry slams, spoken word, and switching from a wildlife biology major to where she finds herself today. Her hopes is to take the stories of “everyday people” and share them through poetry; to find the sublime in the everyday. When she is not petting her puppy, Sunny, she is probably writing, reading about chameleons, or eating ice cream.