The Who, the What, the Why

Founded in 2012, The Bookends Review is an independent creative arts journal dedicated to bringing you the best original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, essays, book reviews, and visual/musical works from around the world. General inquiries can be sent to

Jordan Blum (Founder & Editor-in-Chief)

Jordan Blum holds an MFA in fiction and teaches composition and creative writing at several colleges/universities. He’s published creative and/or scholarly pieces in several places, including Connotation Press, The Prague Review, FictionBrigade, Eunoia Review, and Burningword Literary Journal; likewise, his work can be found in the following anthologies: Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2012, Strangers of Different Ink, and Scar Publication’s Need to Know Basis (redacted edition), among others. He also serves as an Associate Editor at PopMatters and a contributor to PasteMetal InjectionPROGThe Big Takeover, Rebel Noise, Rock Society, The Prog Report, Progression, and PopWrapped. Feel free to follow him on Facebook and/or Twitter, as well as email him at

Madison Parrotta (Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Editor)

Madison Parrotta is currently studying Theatre and English at Rider University. She is also a copy editor for The Daily Geekette. You can email her at

Steve Bellin-Oka (Poetry Editor)

Steve Bellin-Oka earned his MFA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He is the author of a chapbook—Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017)—and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Worcester Review, and Cream City Review, among others. He’s received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is also a translator and essayist. He teaches creative writing and film at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter, as well as email him at

Alexis Shanley (Book Recommendations Editor)

Alexis Shanley is a writer based in New York. She earned her B.A. in English from NYU and has worked in publishing as a literary events coordinator for powerHouse Arena and as an assistant publicist at HarperCollins. You can email her at