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ABOUT

Formerly known as Decomposition Magazine, decomP (ISSN: 1947-0436) is an online, bimonthly, literary magazine that was founded in April 2004 by Mike Smith. That fall, Jason Jordan joined the magazine as a book reviewer, and he eventually began reading submissions. In December 2007, Smith stepped down from his position and handed the reins to Jordan, who has been the Editor-in-Chief since. decomP publishes art, prose, poetry, and book reviews, ranging from traditional realism to experimental irrealism, memoir to journalistic nonfiction, formal poetry to free verse, and anything and everything in between as long as it’s good writing. Work in decomP has been recognized by various award series such as The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, Micro Award, Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. To view the magazine in its intended format, use Google Chrome on a desktop or laptop. You can reach the editors via e-mail at decomp.magazine@gmail.com.


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Editor-in-Chief Jason Jordan holds a Ph.D. in Fiction from Ohio University. His debut novel, On the Merits of Fascism: A Manifesto Novel, is forthcoming from Keyhole Press. His other books are Pestilence (Keyhole Press, 2013), The Dying Horse (Main Street Rag, 2012), Cloud and Other Stories (Six Gallery Press, 2010) and Powering the Devil’s Circus: Redux (Six Gallery Press, 2010). Find out more at jasonleejordan.com.




Art Editor Jason Behrends ran the arts and culture site What to Wear During an Orange Alert from 2006 to 2014, which was home to Orange Alert Press and the Orange Alert Podcast. He is also the editor of the Chicago music site The Deli Chicago and curates music for the lit site This Zine Will Change Your Life. When not consuming virtual culture he is the father of four and the CFO at a local non-profit.




Prose Editor Kawika Guillermo hopes to churn his oil-and-fire mixture of Chinese, Filipino, aloha hapa-haole heritage into a succession of sparks that fly in all directions. He is the author of Stamped: an anti-travel novel (Westphalia Press, 2018), and his short stories can be found in The Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Tayo, SmokeLong Quarterly, and many others. Under his alter-ego he is an Assistant Professor in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia, and is the author of Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific (Rutgers University Press, 2018).



Poetry Editor Christopher Citro is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His recent and upcoming publications include poetry in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Subtropics, Third Coast, Salamander, The Pinch, Salt Hill, Witness, Barrow Street, and Verse Daily, and creative nonfiction in Boulevard and Colorado Review. He received his M.F.A. in poetry from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York. Find him at                                            christophercitro.com.



Assistant Poetry Editor Steve Castro’s debut poetry collection Blue Whale Phenomena is forthcoming from Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2019 (Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California). His work is forthcoming or has been published in DIAGRAM; At Length; Plume; Forklift, Ohio; Green Mountains Review; Verse Daily; The Florida Review; [PANK]; The Latinx Archive: Speculative Fiction for Dreamers (The Ohio State University Press); Paper Darts; Toad Suck Review; Spork; Hobart (print); The American Journal of Poetry and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The American University in Washington, D.C., where professors Kyle Dargan and David Keplinger served as his thesis advisers. Birthplace: Costa Rica. Please feel free to visit his Web site at thepoetryengineer.com.




Staff Book Reviewer Spencer Dew is the author of critical study The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali (University of Chicago Press, 2019), novel Here Is How It Happens (Ampersand Books, 2013), critical study Learning for Revolution: The Work of Kathy Acker (San Diego State University Press, 2011), chapbook Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Another New Calligraphy, 2010), and short story collection Songs of Insurgency (Vagabond Press, 2008).




Former Staff

Margaret Patton Chapman (prose editor), Brad Green (prose editor), Jac Jemc (poetry editor), Jessica Maybury (book reviewer), Nick Ostdick (book reviewer), Misti Rainwater-Lites (poetry editor), Mike Smith (founding editor), Jared Ward (prose editor)