House Band

Founding Editor

On Arrow G-style mandolin:

Rogan Kelly is the founding editor of The Night Heron Barks and does the web design for RUBY literary magazine and press. 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

Associate Editors

On sly clarinet:

Cathlin Noonan (she/her) is an MFA candidate in poetry at Texas State University and an assistant poetry editor for The Night Heron Barks. She was recently longlisted for the 2020 Frontier Award for New Poets and was named a runner up in Sweet Lit’s 2021 Poetry Contest. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Banyan Review, Sweet Lit, and The Broadkill Review.

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.

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