Amy Riddell serves as managing editor for Blackwater Review. A professor of English at Northwest Florida State College, Ms. Riddell holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from The University of Alabama. Her poems have been widely published in literary magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Birmingham Poetry Review, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Fifth Review, Chickenpinata, Black Warrior Review, and Central Park. Her poetry chapbook Narcissistic Injury was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Bullets in the Jewelry Box, was published by FutureCycle Press in March 2012.
Dr. Deidre Price serves as poetry editor for Blackwater Review. A professor of English at Northwest Florida State College, Dr. Price holds a doctorate in literature from Florida State University. Dr. Price has won multiple awards and scholarships for her writing, including the Angelia and Steven Stokes and Shelley Memorial Scholarships for work in poetry. Her publications range from poetry and creative nonfiction to critical articles on popular culture. Most recently, she has been published by Bamboo Magazine and was awarded Grand Prize by Tyndale House Publisher for the Imaginary Jesus Essay Contest.
Dr. Jon Brooks serves as prose editor for Blackwater Review. Dr. Brooks holds a doctorate in English from The University of Alabama. He has been a professor of English at Northwest Florida State College since 1992.
Ben Gillham, art director, is responsible for creating the design of the printed magazine, and managing the production process. Ben Gillham is professor of Graphic Design and a graduate of Michigan State University's Master of Fine Arts program in Graphic Design. Most recently, he designed the Addy-Award-winning logo identity system for Northwest Florida State College and the college's new official seal used on diplomas and other official documents. He has art directed the last five issues of Blackwater Review, with the 2008 issue taking second place in a state-wide competition sponsored by the FACC Institutional Advancement Commission that included the large universities. He has also worked with Air Force Special Operations Command to design innovative training materials for flight safety, for which he was given AFSOC's Commando Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety.