Pudding Magazine's Editors

Connie Willett Everett

Connie Willett Everett received degrees from Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, including a MFA in creative writing. For fifteen years she was fiction editor for Heartlands Magazine (Bottom Dog Press), and she was a senior editor for Pudding House Publications. Everett co-coordinates the Poetry Forum at Rumba Café (formerly at Larry’s) in Columbus, Ohio, and co-emceed The Rattlebox, a poetry venue in Powell, Ohio.

She is a member of the National League of American PEN Women and of Columbus Poetry Salon. A former teacher of English, writing, and Women’s Studies, Everett has presented workshops for public schools, women’s retreats, juvenile detention centers, writers’ workshops, and other groups.

Everett’s poems and fiction have been published in numerous journals and several have won national and regional awards. Her first chapbook, Mothers, Daughter and Dreams (Bottom Dog Press), was published in 1995; her second, As Good As It Gets Sometimes Poets (Pudding House Publications), was released in 2008. Everett edited fiction for The Heartlands Today, Heartlands, and Heartlands Journal (Bottom Dog Press) for 15 years. She has also edited several books, including Ohio Women: Poems (Bottom Dog Press); Cap City Poets (Pudding House Publications); Love Poems & Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen (Pudding House Publications). Her reviews have appeared regularly in Ohioana Quarterly. She is frequently invited to read her work at schools and universities, arts centers, coffee houses, and other poetry venues.

Everett helps run a family business, loves to travel, garden and cook, read, listen to all kinds of good music (and dance!), and go to movies. A community, political, and arts activist, she has two grown children and lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband, a cat and a dog.

Kathleen S. Burgess
Senior Editor

Kathleen S. Burgess has lived a life informed by direct experience as a factory solderer, line worker, server, clothes designer, administrator for developmentally disabled men, university statistical typist, musician, composer, teacher, union officer, traveler throughout North, Central, and South America, and president of a video collective producing film for Ohio State University Libraries and Ohio Endowment for the Humanities.

She graduated from The Ohio State University in music education and earned a master’s of education with a concentration in fine arts/multiple intelligences from Rio Grande University. As a teacher in the OSU Creative Arts Program, Columbus, Ross County, and Chillicothe public schools, she taught thousands of students pre-school through adult, in general and instrumental music. She played professionally in several musical ensembles.

Ms. Burgess has served as senior editor for Pudding since 2004, associate editor for a number of anthologies, and judge for numerous poetry contests around the nation. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she won the Confluence national poetry contest, and placed or won other national and regional contests.

She currently tours as a poet with Women of Appalachia Women Speak, gives solo readings around Ohio, and teaches poetry workshops. She works with Poetry Salon Columbus as a co-chair, and is a member of Bistro Poets and Southern Ohio Writers and Readers Collaborative.

Burgess’s poems appear in North American Review, Main Street Rag, Sou’wester, The ExaminedLife, Evening Street Review, Mudfish, Central American Literary Review, Atticus Review, other journals and anthologies. Pudding House Publications published her first chapbook, Shaping
What Was Left
and the anthology she conceived and edited, Reeds and Rushes—Pitch, Buzz, and Hum. She has since released two chapbooks, Gardening with Wallace Stevens (Locofo Chaps, a division of Moria Books) and The Wonder Cupboard (NightBallet Press). The full-length poetry memoir What Burden Do Those Trains Bear Away is available from Harmony Poetry.

Kathleen is a member of the Ross County Democratic Party, Arc of Appalachia, Rails to Trails, and Midwestern Epigraphic Society. She loves to read, walk, hike, watch plays and movies with educator/writer husband Jack D. Burgess, and visit with three sons and a daughter.

Rose M. Smith
Senior Editor

Rose is an odd mix of left and right-brain talent. She is a former software engineer and is currently an IT requirements analyst in the financial industry. After finding her love for poetry and other writing early in life, she ended up a Computer Science major whose creative writing instructors wondered repeatedly what the heck she was doing in programming. We at the magazine wonder, too.

Rose was an associate editor with Pudding House Publications for ten years prior to its demise after the extended illness and death of owner Jennifer Bosveld. She was hand picked by Bosveld in 2001 to facilitate Salon monthly poetry workshop in central Ohio, which was originally an extension of the publishing house. She has a keen sense of where lies the heart of a poem in progress and has helped dozens of publish-shy poets find and hone their voices and confidence, as well as their publication success. After a three-year hiatus from the editorial role, she was recruited by Everett to join the editorial staff here at Pudding Magazine.

Rose is an alumnus of the highly-competitive three-year fellowship with the Cave Canem Foundation, which accepts fewer than 10% of poet applicants in any given year. Her work has appeared in The Examined Life, Mom Egg Review, pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Poetry, Snapdragon, Boston Literary Magazine, Halfway Down the Stairs, Main Street Rag, The Pedestal Magazine, Minola Review, A Narrow Fellow and other journals and anthologies. She co-edited Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio's Most Read and Requested Poets (Pudding House Publications) and was a finalist for the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Prize in 2015.

A gifted reader and performer of poetry, Rose (often to her own embarrasment) has been called a legend in the central Ohio poetry community, although she is known throughout the country in some poetry circles. She has competed as a member of five Columbus, Ohio national poetry slam teams, at one time placing 13th in the nation among competing poets at this long-running performance event. She has served in multiple capacities with Ohio Arts Council's Poetry Out Loud program for several years.

Rose is author of four chapbook collections, most recently Holes in My Teeth (Kattywompus Press, 2016). Her recent collection, Unearthing Ida won the 2018 Lyrebird Prize presented by Glass Lyre Press. She reads on request at museums, schools, universities, and poetry venues throughout the Midwest. She has served since 2001 as co-coordinator of The Poetry Forum, Central Ohio's longest running weekly poetry reading event.

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