Our Story

Mason Jar Press has been publishing handmade, limited-run chapbooks and full-length books since 2014. The Press is dedicated to finding new and exciting work by writers that push the bounds of literary norms. While the work Mason Jar seeks to publish is meant to challenge status quos, both literary and culturally, it must also have significant merit in both those realms.

Mason Jar Press is:

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Ian Anderson [Founder|Editor-In-Chief] is a writer and designer living in Baltimore, MD. He earned  an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing arts from the University of Baltimore in 2014.

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Michael B. Tager [Managing Editor] is a writer and editor. His work has appeared places and can be found through his website. He is a part-time narwhal.

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Ashley Miller [Content Editor] lives in the suburbs of Chicago where she is sometimes writing and sometimes editing, but is almost always reading. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts.

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Briana Wingate [Web Manager] is a graduate of University of Baltimore’s MFA program. In her free time, she can be found reading, journaling, or listening to podcasts on her kitchen counter.

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Anthony Moll [Lit!Pop!Bang! Co-Host] is a Queer writer and educator. Their debut memoir, OUT OF STEP, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for bisexual nonfiction and the Non/Fiction Prize from the Ohio State University Press. Their poetry has appeared in Hobart, Little Patuxent Review, Assaracus, jubilat and more. Anthony holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts and teaches creative writing, literature and journalism in Baltimore.

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celeste doaks [Lit!Pop!Bang! Co-Host]  is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK, 2015), and most recently the editor of, and contributor in, Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press, 2017). Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her poems have appeared in numerous on-line and print journals such as Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and The Rumpus. Doaks is the recipient of a 2017 Rubys Grant in Literary Arts and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. For more visit www.doaksgirl.com

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Rachel Wooley [Senior Reader] is a watercolor artist and library assistant living in Central Illinois. She has degrees in writing/publishing and theatre. Her numerous hobbies include ballet classes, traveling, and eating dessert. 

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Heather Rounds [PR Manager] is the author of the novel THERE (Emergency Press, 2013), the novella SHE NAMED HIM MICHAEL (Ink Press, 2017) and the novel LIGHT THERE IS TO FIND (Adelaide Books, 2018). Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including PANK,Big Lucks, Smokelong Quarterly andAtticus Review. Visit her at http://www.heatherrounds.com/

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Taylor Lynn [Reader] never goes anywhere without a book or a camera. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Baltimore.