The arts have an exquisite capacity to engender moments of keen understanding—moments that can happen across time, culture, and distance, coalescing these into a distillate spark of acute discernment.  As such, Quiddity has deep regard for and is profoundly grateful to its audience and its contributors, without whom our charge would be without quiddity.

Joanna Beth Tweedy

Founding Editor

Host of Public Radio Program

A foreign-adventurist with chronic and gravitational home-soil leanings, Joanna Beth Tweedy’s publications include a novel (The Yonder Side of Sass & Texas), poems and short stories, as well as book chapters and articles related to leadership, publishing, and creative craft. Her work has received honors from Glimmer Train, the Ray Bradbury contest, and the Southern Women Writers Conference, among others. She prefers work that encompasses the quiddity of the human experience and stays with readers long after finishing it.

Heather E. Goodman


Heather E. Goodman’s fiction has been published in Witness, Shenandoah, Hunger Mountain, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and the Chicago Tribune, where her story won the Nelson Algren Award. She prefers narrative poetry and character driven prose with a strong sense of place.

Lisa Higgs


Lisa Higgs' third chapbook, Earthen Bound, will be published by Red Bird Chapbooks in 2018. Her reviews and interviews can be found at Kenyon Review Online, The Adroit Journal, and Poetry Foundation Online. She prefers poems where sound and form expand the content and where the content strives toward uncertainty. She looks for fiction that carries the weight of beauty in language, regardless of subject matter.

John McCarthy


John McCarthy is the author of Scared Violent like Horses (Milkweed Editions, 2019), which won the 2017 Jake Adam York Prize. He prefers lyric narrative poems that have a strong connection to region and place, and he enjoys gritty fiction that leaves him feeling like a time travel paradox stuck outside during a thunderstorm.