The Mid-Atlantic Review is a literary magazine published by the non profit organization Day Eight. The Mid-Atlantic Review was published under the name Bourgeon from 2007-2023.

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The magazine Bourgeon became The Mid-Atlantic Review in October, 2023.

Read more about the history of the Mid-Atlantic Review and Bourgeon here.

The Mid-Atlantic Review is a project of the nonprofit Day Eight. If you like the publication, please visit the Day Eight website and make a donation. Past support has been provided by private and foundation donors including the National Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Humanities Council of Greater Washington.


Serena M. Agusto-Cox (editor) is a Suffolk University graduate, writes more vigorously than she did in her college poetry seminars. Her day job continues to feed the starving artist, and her poems can be read in Beginnings Magazine, LYNX, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Harrow, Poems Niederngasse, Avocet, Pedestal Magazine, and Mothers Always Write, among others. An essay also appears in H.L. Hix’s Made Priceless and at Modern Creative Life, as does a Q&A on book marketing through blogs in Midge Raymond’s Everyday Book Marketing. She also runs the book review blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, and is the founder of Poetic Book Tours.

Jeffrey Banks (editor), poetically known as “Big Homey”, received his Masters in Divinity at Howard University and currently serves as President of the Alumni Association. He has performed with major entertainment figures and is the recipient of artist grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. A finalist in the 2018 DC Poet Project, he is also a poet educator and a fundraising and events consultant to non-profits. He co-edited with Maritza Rivera the afro-latin poetry anthology, Diaspora Café, D.C, published in 2022 by Day Eight.

Anne Becker (editor) is the former poet laureate of Takoma Park, MD, and poet in residence at Pyramid Atlantic, a print-making and book arts studio and gallery in downtown Silver Spring, MD. She received an MA from the Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and offers tutorials for poets putting books together. Her books include The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin and The Good Body. Since 2001 she has led a special poetry workshop, Writing the Body, for those who have experienced life-threatening or chronic illness as patient, caregiver or family member.

Robert Bettmann (managing editor) has contributed essays and features to Huffington Post, OvationTV.com, Washington City Paper, The DC Line, and others, and is program manager of Day Eight, a non-profit producer and publisher dedicated to participating in the healing of the world through the arts. He is author of the book Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body (VDM, 2009) and editor of a number of books of poetry. He is founder and managing editor of the Mid-Atlantic Review.

Regie Cabico (editor) is a Filipino American poet and spoken word artist. He has been featured on two seasons of Def Poetry Jam on HBO (produced by Russell Simmons) and has been called the Lady Gaga of spoken word. He won top prizes in the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His poetry appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution and Slam. Regie is recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Multi-Disciplinary Performance and directs CapFire Spoken Word Arts in Washington, D.C. His first book, A Rabbit in Search of a Rolex, was published by Day Eight November 15, 2023.

Carolivia Herron (advisory editor) is an American writer of children’s and adult literature, and a scholar of African-American Judaica. She currently teaches literature at Howard University and prior taught at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, and others. She is the author of the children’s book, Nappy Hair, and The Selected works of Angelina Weld Grimke.

Christopher Jon Heuer (advisory editor) is the author of Bug: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution and All Your Parts Intact: Poems. He is a professor of English at Gallaudet University and has published short stories and poems in several magazines and anthologies. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Amy and son Jack.

Dwayne Lawson-Brown (editor), aka the Crochet Kingpin, is co-host of Spit Dat, the longest running open mic in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., they have performed and hosted at The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Keegan Theater, The Strathmore, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and others. In addition to varying poetic accomplishments, Dwayne is a Helen Hayes nominated playwright, competitive karaoke champion, and CEO of Crochet Kingpin Designs. He is co-author with Rebecca Bishophall of the book, Breaking the Blank, published by Day Eight in 2023.

Holly Karapetkova (editor) is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Arlington County and the recipient of a 2022 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. She is the author of two books of poetry, Words We Might One Day Say, winner of the 2010 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Award, and Towline, winner of the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Contest from Cloudbank Books. She is also the author of over 20 books for children. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature and teaches in the Department of Literature and Languages at Marymount University.

Gregory Luce (editor and editorial board chair) is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the National Geographic Society. He is the 2014 winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award, awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.