Scoundrel Time

Staff Bios

Editor in Chief

Paula Whyman’s new book, Mad Land: Rediscovering the Wild, One Field at a Time, a memoir that combines natural history and conservation science, is forthcoming from Timber Press. She is the author of You May See a Stranger, a linked short story collection. Her nonfiction is forthcoming in The American Scholar, and her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, VQRThe Hudson ReviewThe Gettysburg Review, and The Washington Post. She has taught in writers-in-schools programs through the Pen/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, DC and The Hudson Review in Harlem and the Bronx, New York. She is a fellow of MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, and The Studios of Key West. She was awarded a Creativity Grant by the Maryland State Arts Council and a grant and residency by Oak Spring Garden Foundation to support work on Mad Land. Before earning her MFA, Whyman edited books for the American Psychological Association on topics ranging from the study of personality to PTSD among refugees.


Fiction Editor

Karen E. Bender

is the author of the story collection Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction in 2015 and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Story prize. Her collection The New Order was Longlisted for the Story prize. She is also the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People, and a new collection will be published in 2025. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review and others and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South; she has also won two Pushcart prizes. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She is currently Core Faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing at Alma College.


Poetry Editor

Daisy Fried is the author of four books of poetry: The Year the City Emptied (2022), Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (2013), named by Library Journal as one of the five best poetry books of the year, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Ploughshares Cohen Award for best poem of the year, as well as Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Prize for a feature article, for Sing, God-Awful Muse! about reading Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the London Review of Books, Poetry, the Nation, the New Republic, American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere. Her writing about poetry has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, Poetry (London), Poetry Ireland, Partisan Magazine and elsewhere. She is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


Assistant Editor, Fiction

Meghana Mysore,

from Portland, Oregon, is an Indian American writer whose work has been published in The Yale ReviewBoston ReviewApogee, PleiadesPassages North, Roxane Gay’s The Audacity, and more. A 2022-2023 Steinbeck Fellow and a Tin House Scholar, she has also received recognition from The Carolyn Moore Writers’ Residency, Bread Loaf, The de Groot Foundation, The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. She received a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and she’s working on a novel-in-stories about memory, loss, and joy in three generations of a South Indian American family. You can find more about her at

Assistant Editor, Poetry

Glorious Piner is a poet, podcaster, professor, and assistant editor for the Scoundrel Time literary magazine from West Philadelphia. She is the current Fall 2023 Phillip Roth Resident. In 2022, she received her MFA from the University of Maryland in Poetry and teaches literary studies and practice at the University of the Arts, where she received her BFA.

Her works can be read in The American Poetry Review, The Florida Review, Conduit Magazine, in other journals, and in two anthologies: Plume Poetry 10 and Giovanni’s Room Bookstore’s Queerbook. For updates on events, publications, podcasts, and other projects, visit her website:

Contributing Editor at Large

Robert Anthony Siegel is the author of two novels, All the Money in the World and All Will Be Revealed. A collection of autobiographical essays, Criminals, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in the summer of 2018. His short stories, essays, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, and Tin House, among other venues. His web site is:


Contributing Editor, Nonfiction

Dave Singleton is a writer, editor and author of three books, including CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush (Harper Collins 2016). He covers pop culture, relationships, health, and LGBT life, and is a regular columnist for His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, PBS’s Next Avenue, AARP Media, Yahoo, MSN, the BBC, Washingtonian, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, OUT magazine, and Scoundrel Time.

His honors include the 2010 Media Industry Award for Outstanding Writing, the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Multimedia Journalism, and two National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association “Excellence in Online Journalism” awards.

He lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches creative nonfiction and memoir at The Writer’s Center.

Website Editor

Francesca Phillippy received her MA in English with a concentration in Fiction writing in 2015 from Seton Hall University. She is the current Associate Director of Project Acceleration.


Publisher Emeritus

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos (1997), The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (2008), and Another Insane Devotion (2012), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, BOMB, TriQuarterly, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Travel Magazine, A Public Space, the L.A. Review of Books, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and StoryQuarterly. His commentaries have been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered. Trachtenberg is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and part of the core faculty at the Bennington Writers Seminars. His awards include Guggenheim and Whiting Fellowships and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. The Book of Calamities was given the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”