Hobart was founded in 2001 by Aaron Burch. Initially, Hobart was a web journal, coedited by Mike McGowan. In 2002, Aaron expanded Hobart to include an annual print issue in addition to the website. In 2005, Elizabeth Ellen came on as a coeditor of the print journal. Web editors over the years have included Matt Bell, Jensen Beach, Elle Nash, Jac Jemc, Caleb Curtiss, Andrea Kneeland, Ben Gross, Brandi Wells, Matthew Simmons, and Elizabeth Ellen, among others.
Stories and essays from the website and print journal have frequently appeared in such compilations as O’Henry, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories, with Roxane Gay’s story “North Country” and Mike Meginnis’s story “Navigators” both from Hobart 12 featured in BASS in 2012.
Over the last fifteen years, Hobart has been a home for up and coming writers (and for some a first publication!) such as Stephany Aulenback, Lauren Groff, Blake Butler, Stephen Elliott, Mary Miller, Claire Vaye Watkins, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Tao Lin, Maile Chapman, Matt Bell, Jac Jemc, Jeff Parker, Brian Allen Carr, Tod Goldberg, Paul Crenshaw, Melinda Moutzakis, and Lydia Conklin.
In 2006, Elizabeth Ellen founded the book division, Short Flight / Long Drive Books, which has published books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by Michelle Orange, Mary Miller, Adam Novy, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Jess Stoner, Chelsea Martin, Mira Gonzalez, Tao Lin, Uzodinma Okehi, Elizabeth Ellen and Chloe Caldwell. In 2018, SF/LD will publish a poetry collection by Jason Phoebe Rusch.
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Founding Editor, HOBART
Editor, Short Flight/Long Drive Books
Elizabeth Ellen’s stories have appeared in numerous online and print journals over the last ten years, including elimae, Quick Fiction, Hobart, Lamination Colony, HTMLGIANT, Muumuu House, and many others. She is the author of the chapbook Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense) and her collection of flash fictions, Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix, was included in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: four chapbooks of short short fiction by four women (Rose Metal Press). Fast Machine is a collection of her best work from the last decade. Recently she was awarded a Pushcart Prize for her story, “Teen Culture,” which appeared in American Short Fiction< in 2012.
Editor, Web Fiction
Editor, Web Fiction
Elle Nash is the author of the forthcoming novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books, 2017), and the poetry chapbook i can remember the meaning of every tarot card but i can’t remember what i texted you last night (Nostrovia Press, 2016). She is a founding editor at Witch Craft Magazine and lives in the Ozarks with her husband.
Editor, Web Poetry
Paul Asta was born in South Korea and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. You can find him tweeting @impossipaul.
Editor, Web Poetry
Jessie Knoles grew up in the cornfields of Illinois. Now she writes poems and sells houseplants in Seattle. She tweets @jrkjrkjrkjrkjrk.
Editor, Web Nonfiction
Jac Jemc's first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is also the author of a collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time (Dzanc Books), due out in October 2014 and a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She'd Invited In (Greying Ghost Press). She is also the poetry editor at decomP.
Tara Wray is a photographer and filmmaker based in rural Vermont. She is the author of Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long, a photobook follow up to her 2006 documentary film Manhattan, Kansas. Born and raised in Kansas, she studied documentary filmmaking at NYU.
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Editorial Assistant, Web
Jordan Serviss lives in San Francisco. Twitter: @jordanserviss