The New Territory Welcomes Our Inaugural Editing Fellows

This week, The New Territory welcomed new members to its team. We’re excited to introduce five women who will serve in an inaugural, 12-week fellowship designed to invigorate the publication’s editing process and broaden our reach to new communities.

Emalie Cockrell

newterritory_emaliecockrell_thumbEmalie Cockrell is no stranger to The New Territory, having written and edited features for The New Territory (see “A World of Their Own” in Issue 05, for her story on Straight Outta Cotter), and even modeled for a forthcoming Midwest Made article in Issue 06. We’re excited to make the relationship official and work with Emalie as an inaugural Editing Fellow as she works on departments and reviews for Issues 07 and 08. Hailing from the green, green hills of Northwest Arkansas, she comes not only with experience in English and creative writing, but also a new, summer study of Old Irish. We couldn’t have a better lass assigned to the task of filling out the small but mighty pieces in the front and back of our books.

Follow her on Instagram @semi.wild and Twitter @emaliecockrell

Katie Young Foster

newterritory_katieyoungfoster_thumbWe’re honored to add Katie Young Foster to The New Territory literature team as our very first Literature Reader. Her surreal short story, “We Can Surely No Longer Pretend” (Issue 04) was a bold addition to our literature section, proving that literature by people from the Midwest need not be specifically set in the Midwest–or even in reality! Her hometown of Valentine in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and the wider geography of the region, remain the part of the country she cares about the most, though for this summer she’ll be residing in the Panhandle of Texas and Costa Rica. We’re hopeful that her experience founding Lit Mag League and working as a reader for Nashville Review will help The New Territory continue to find high-quality literature (submit your stories here).

Find her on Twitter: @kyoungfoster

Elena Mclaughlin

newterritory_elenamclaughlin_thumbThis summer, inaugural Editing Fellow Elena Mclaughlin brings much-needed experience as Managing Editor (she has been managing American Indian Quarterly for the past two years) to The New Territory. She hails from the Ukraine and calls Stillwater, Okla., her American home. Her PhD dissertation focuses on two Muscogee/Creek artists, poet Joy Harjo and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, and she recognizes in their work a sensitivity to communities and sense of place that will serve The New Territory well. Elena shares our passion for publishing high-quality work that represents diversity in the region, and we’re excited to learn from her and have her at the helm of communications for Issue 07.

Sara Maillacheruvu

newterritory_saramaillachevru_croppedthumbIf you want to see Sara Maillacheruvu lose her cool, suggest that Chicago is Illinois. “What  about Shawnee National  Forest, the Cahokia Mounds,  or those small towns that dot  the Illinois River?” she asks. While her hometown of Peoria, Ill., may be on the “other” side of the Mississippi River, Sara’s enthusiasm for working against the notion of “Flyover Country” is pure New Territory. We’d be fools not to accept her insight on “creating thoughtful stories that serve,  question, and ultimately respect the Lower Midwest,” as well as her experience in writing and cultural studies. As an Editing Fellow, she will oversee big ideas of the editing process, including fielding pitches, overseeing feature contributors and editors, and other executive tasks.

Sarah Spoon

newterritory_sarahspoon_thumbThe New Territory website is about to see an uptick in quality content, due to the help of our final Editing Fellow, Sarah Spoon. Her extensive experience in a diversity of journalism mediums will serve us well as we grow to reach new audiences. Once on campus at Emporia State University, Sarah quickly rose the ranks of The Bulletin, the campus newspaper. As she enters her senior year, she can look back on accomplishing several important stories as well as an initiative to add Spanish-language content to better serve the paper’s diverse audience. We’re excited to not only call upon Sarah’s technical skills, but also her geographic experience, which includes southeast Kansas as well as parts of Oklahoma and Missouri.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @aspiringspoon


Next week, we’ll introduce more new additions: outpost editors!

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