Eric Appleby is Forklift, Ohio‘s co-founder, Designer and Publisher. He earns a living as a computer whisperer, web designer and marketing hack for a regional wholesaler. His artwork is featured alongside poems by 2014 U.S Poet Laureate Charles Wright in the book  Outtakes  (Sarabande, 2010). For fun, he tap dances, collects vintage Waring Blendors, and plays in the bands 7 Speed Vortex and TRAVEL. E-mail:



Matt Hart  is co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poems,  Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006), Wolf Face  (H_NGM_N Books, 2010),  Light-Headed  (BlazeVOX, 2011),  Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless  (Typecast Publishing, 2012), and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013), as well as several chapbooks. Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including  Big Bell,  Cincinnati Review,  Coldfront,  Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review,  jubilat,  Lungfull!, and  Post Road, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and  fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.  E-mail:


Tricia Suit  carries on a number of family traditions in her role as Managing Editor/Test Kitchen Director of  Forklift, Ohio. In the 1930s-40s, her grandmother owned a westside Cincinnati diner; her father, a Marine, once had a job driving a forklift. She works as Director of Marketing for the non-profit Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., sings for indie rock band 7 Speed Vortex, and spends her free time spoiling her dog, Olive. She invites you to send recipes, cooking/home economics tips, and mash notes to her at


Merrill Feitell is using her post as contributing editor to smuggle fiction writers into Forklift, Ohio. They may or may not be dangerous. They may or may not be recognized. Merrill’s first book,  Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.  E-mail:




Amanda Smeltz  is the author of the poetry collection Imperial Bender (Typecast 2013). She lives and works in Brooklyn as a wine person. She will tell you all about the drinks you should pair with the recipes you send to Forklift.  E-mail:




Emily Meg Weinstein, Forklift‘s Non-Fiction Editor, also writes the web site, where she publishes essays about things she couldn’t make up if she tried. Her chapbooks are called "Lake Celeste, or the Joy of Sex" and "If You Think You’re the Best." She can cook egg sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, kale, lentil soup, pesto, pasta puttanesca, exotically-flavored fruit crumbles and martinis. Her understanding of light industrial safety is heavily focused on the devices required to safely ascend rocks. She spends some of her time in Oakland, California, and other times further afield living in “and out of “her car, SubyRuby the Devastation Wagon.



Brett Price  served as Poetry Editor of  Forklift, Ohio  for Issues #16 – #23.  He now resides in Brooklyn and holds an MFA from Bard College. The author of  Trouble With Mapping  (Flying Guillotine, 2008), he curates the  Friday Late Night Series  for  The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s.