Hello, and welcome to the neighborhood. We are thinkers, writers, and artists who believe that publishing exists to promote thinkers, writers, and artists—not the other way around. Operating under the assumption that art is vital to life, we are privileged to showcase the work of our talented contributors in a beautifully bound volume. HOT STREET is both an artifact and a place for conversation, a postmodern recreation of the urban barber shop, the town general store, and the country holler: where friends gather and experiences are shared through the making of art and narrative.


Nice to meet you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

     Emily Amodeo is HOT STREET’s founder and co-editor. She has held numerous editorial and writing gigs at Random House, the Dallas Observer and others, and currently teaches in the writing program at Saint Peter’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading the slush pile, collecting interesting notebooks, and filling them with words. Her short fiction was listed in the Top 25 of Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, received a Jim Lee Award from the University of North Texas where she earned an MA and was a Teaching Fellow, and has appeared in All-Night Bookstore, The Nirvana Project, and Cellar Door. She lives in New York and is currently at work on a time machine so she can meet Virginia Woolf and Jorge Luis Borges. Emily also has an MFA from The New School.


Elisha Wagman is co-editor of HOT STREET.  She is an MFA candidate at The New School and possesses a graduate diploma in Fiction from the Humber School for Writers.  She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. Her story “Salvation” appeared in the February 2012 edition of Bartleby Snopes, and her story “Mix Tape” will appear in an upcoming edition of Fiction Fix. When she isn’t working on Hot Street, she serves as contributing editor of Gargoyle magazine and as associate editor of Anderbo. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog and hundreds of books.

     Sarah Nicole Smetana is the managing editor and graphic designer for HOT STREET. She received her BFA in creative writing with a minor in art and design from Chapman University, and her MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has  appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Golden Triangle, The Writer’s Bloq Quarterly, and All Night Bookstore, and she is the winner of The New School’s 2013 alumni chapbook contest in fiction, as judged by Teddy Wayne. She also runs an Etsy store, bakes a mean cookie, and is deep in the throes of a super awesome novel. Originally from Southern California, she now lives in Brooklyn.
     Ian Brown is a Detroit poet and contributing editor. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he is an MFA candidate at The New School.  His poems have appeared in such places as PANK, Eunoia, and The Best American Poetry Blog.  He can be visited at ianbrownpoetry.


Jacob Severn is contributing editor for HOT STREET. His poetry, prose, and criticism have appeared in IRL and places online. He is the author of several chapbooks and curates the reading series Poets Eat Garbage. With Rebecca Severn, he directs Snacks Press, a small scale innovation in print and community.


Rebecca Severn is contributing editor for HOT STREET. She writes sometimes, reads a lot, and makes little books with Jacob Severn. Rebecca tutors college writing in the Academic Center for Excellence at Lehman College where she studies literacy and writes children’s literature criticism. But what Rebecca would really like to be doing is just staying in, dividing her attention between her weirdly large fish tank, her adorably tiny husband, and maybe hopefully a rerun of Murder She Wrote.




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