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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 Dorothy Chan, Doug Paul Case, 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, Jason Phoebe Rusch, Chelsea Martin, Mira Gonzalez, Tao Lin, Uzodinma Okehi, Elizabeth Ellen and Chloe Caldwell.


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Aaron Burch
Founding Editor, HOBART 

Aaron Burch is the author of Stephen King's The Body (Ig Publishing) and Backswing (Queen's Ferry Press). Also: a novella, a chabook, and he's on Twitter and Tumblr.


Elizabeth Ellen
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.



Evan Fleischer
Editor, Web Fiction

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Massachusetts, Evan Fleischer is a writer who has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Lifted Brow, and numerous other publications. 


Joshua Hebburn
Editor, Web Fiction

Joshua Hebburn's fiction has appeared in Hobart, X-R-A-Y, and New World Writing.  He lives in Los Angeles and @joshuahebburn


Kimberly Bliss
Editor, Web Fiction

Kimberly Bliss is a Philippine-born, Buffalo-bred and Brooklyn-boroughed writer. Her work has appeared in HobartDime Show Review, etc. and she was a 2020 resident at the New Orleans Writers' Residency. She is a Writing Workshop Leader at New York Writers Coalition. She has also been a resident at both Hedgebrook and Denniston Hill. Find her online at https://www.kimberlybliss.com/ and Twitter @blisster




Emma Heldman
Editor, Web Poetry

Emma Heldman is the author of poetry chapbook Bubble (Sad Spell Press, 2018). Her work has also appeared in numerous places including Queen Mob's Tea House; Reality Beach; Forklift, Ohio; Prelude; and others. 



Laura Gill
Editor, Web Nonfiction

Laura Gill is a writer and photographer living in Washington, D.C. She received her MFA from Bennington College, and her essays and photographs have been published in Agni, The Carolina Quarterly, Apeiron Review, Electric LiteratureEntropyMemoir Mixtapes, Hobart, Swamp Ape Review, among othersShe is also the recipient of a Ragdale Residency, and is working on a book project about author's homes across the US. 


Frances Dinger
Editor, Web Nonfiction

Frances Dinger is a writer of fiction and essays. Their work has appeared in Hobart, Fanzine, Kill Screen, and Two Serious Ladies, among other places. Frances was previously a co-director of the APRIL Festival, an annual event celebrating independent and small presses held in Seattle during the last week of March for 6 years. They tweet @f_e_dinger



Micah Ling
Editor, Jukebox Happy Hour

Micah Ling is a writer for People For Bikes in Boulder, Colorado. Her most recent collection of poetry is, Flashes of Life



Tara Wray
Photography Editor

Tara Wray is a photographer and filmmaker based in rural Vermont. She is the author of Come Again When You Can't Stay So Longa photobook follow up to her 2006 documentary film Manhattan, Kansas. Born and raised in Kansas, she studied documentary filmmaking at NYU.

She curates interviews with photographers at Huffington Post and BUST Magazine.

Follow her on Instagram.



Shannon Sullivan
Editorial Assistant, Social Media

Shannon Sullivan is a poet from Lakeland, Florida. She is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She has been featured in Re-side magazine, Yuzu Press, and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review.  She has a cat named Percy who decorates the apartment with mice. 


Kasey Renee Shaw
Editorial Assistant, Social Media

Kasey Renee Shaw is a nonfiction writer and journalist from the midwest. Follow her on twitter @kaseyrshaw.




Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub


Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily


Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor