Our Staff

Michael Olin-Hitt

Publisher and Guiding Editor
Michael Olin-Hitt is Professor of English at the University of Mount Union, where he teaches creative writing, Native American Literature and American Literature. He has published four books: "The Homegoing, A Novel;" "Messiah Complex and Other Stories;" "Messenger of the Holy;" and "A Fish Made of Water."

Laura Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and a handbook of alternative education titled Free Range Learning, with a book of essays due out soon. She lives with vast optimism on a small farm where she'd get more done if she didn't spend so much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and singing to livestock. Connect with her at

Isabella Colalillo Kates

Poetry Editor
Isabella is a poet, writer, editor, translator, storyteller and mother based in Toronto, Canada. She works as professor and psychotherapist and leads workshops and classes in creativity and creative writing. Isabella also taught courses in Humanistic Psychology and Altered States of Consciousness at the Western University. She has taught Creative Writing and Creativity classes and workshops at the University of Toronto, Centennial College and internationally. Isabella is the author of 3 books of poetry and has published widely in anthologies and journals. She is a contributor and co-editor of 2 books of essays on holistic education, and the author of Awakening Creativity and Spiritual Intelligence (LAP, 2009). She is passionate about creativity, writing, protecting nature and spiritual ways of knowing.

Abbey Schlanz

Copy Editor/Intern
Abbey is an English literature and writing double major at the University of Mount Union. Along with being a Braided Way intern, she is a freelance copyeditor. In her spare time she does creative writing, and her work has been featured in undergraduate literary magazines ECHO and Calliope.

Kristen Werstler

Kristen Werstler is an English and Writing major at the University of Mount Union