House Band

Founding Editor

On Arrow G-style mandolin:

Rogan Kelly is the founding editor of The Night Heron Barks. His work has appeared in Bending Genres, Diode, Heavy Feather Review, New Orleans Review, The Penn Review, Pidgeonholes, and elsewhere. He is the author of Demolition in the Tropics (Seven Kitchens Press 2019). Follow Rogan on Instagram and Twitter: @JerzyPoet. He can also be found at


On Phaeton trumpet:

T. Nicole Cirone is the author of Nine Nails: A Novel in Essays (Serving House Books, 2019). Essayist, poet, novelist. Plays well with all genres. Cat lover. Can be found in Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, Serving House Journal, Gateways, Philadelphia Stories, and Hippocampus; and also around Philly at readings, vintage clothing stores and generally, anywhere 80s alternative music is playing. Poetry editor at The Night Heron Barks. Follow her on Instagram @catmumu123 and tnicolecironewriter.

On classical violin:

Ayesha F. Hamid is a poet and creative nonfiction writer, published in Big Easy ReviewPhilly Flash Inferno, and Rathalla Review. Her full-length memoir, The Borderland Between Worlds, is available at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and other book distributors. She is an editor for Ran Off With The Star Bassoon and is an assistant poetry editor for The Night Heron Barks. She is the editor in chief at The City Key. Ayesha holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Publishing from Rosemont College. She also holds an MA in Sociology from Brooklyn College.

On drums:

Angelique Zobitz (she/her/hers) is the author of the chapbook Love Letters to The Revolution from The American Poetry Journal and the forthcoming chapbook Burn Down Your House from Milk & Cake Press. She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, 2021 and 2020 Best New Poets nominee, Spring 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition Finalist, and a five-time Best of the Net nominee. Her work appears in The Journal, Sugar House Review, Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora, Yemassee, The Adirondack Review and many others. Luna Luna Magazine named her one of ‘5 Poets of Color to watch in 2021’ alongside Chen Chen and Amanda Gorman. She can be found at and on Twitter and Instagram: @angeliquezobitz.

On cello:

Vismai Rao’s poems appear in Salamander, RHINO, Rust + Moth, Pithead Chapel, Psaltery & Lyre, Jet Fuel Review, Barren Magazine, & elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Orison Anthology. She serves as poetry editor for The Night Heron Barks. You can find her on Twitter @vismairao.

On viola da gamba:

Dina L. Relles’ work has appeared in The Atlantic, DIAGRAM, Wigleaf, Passages North, and elsewhere. She’s the nonfiction editor at Pidgeonholes. More at and @DinaLRelles.

On Moog synthesizer:

Jon Riccio’s AGOREOGRAPHY was recently published by 3: A Taos Press. He serves as the poetry editor at Fairy Tale Review.

Associate Editors

On sly clarinet:

Cathlin Noonan (she/her) is completing her MFA at Texas State University and is assistant poetry editor for The Night Heron Barks. Her poetry has been recently featured or is forthcoming in The Broadkill Review, Crazyhorse, Ruminate, Sweet Lit, and Small Orange Journal. She can be found at

On alto saxophone:

Cheryl Vargas is a poet from New Jersey. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Tiferet, Exit 13, Ponder Savant, The Raconteur Review, and Lion and Lilac Arts. She is also an assistant poetry editor at The Night Heron Barks.

On hurdy-gurdy:

Connie Millard is a working mom of three who once made it to final callbacks for the television show, Worst Cooks in America. After much perseverance, she now spends her time writing in between stirring risotto. She has an MFA from Lindenwood University and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Ruby, Ghost Parachute, and Bending Genres, among others. You can find her at

On piano:

Sheila Wellehan (she/her/hers) is a poet from southern Maine. Her work is featured in On the SeawallRust + MothThimble Literary MagazineTinderbox Poetry JournalWhale Road Review, and many other publications. She is also a poetry reader for The Night Heron Barks. You can read her work at

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