About

Our Mission

Trestle Ties' mission is to create a bridge to publication and access to readers for emerging writers. We seek to create a safe and respectful place for emerging voices and to foster new writers. We also want to cultivate diversity, in both voice and form.

We aim to make the process of submission and publication open to all at no cost to the writer. We respect that submitting one's work is an anxious and personal process and do our best to be transparent about our decisions and process.

We chose the name Trestle Ties to represent the role we hope to play in writers' lives and the lives of the community. Trestles are bridges that convey large amounts of people, goods and ideas. Ties help keep the track stable and moving for miles and miles. Building on this metaphor, we hope each writer whose work is showcased will be a tie in our ongoing adventure to keep poetry at the forefront of literary culture.

Literature is not just a tool to depict feelings, but also a way to access history, people and a vehicle to be political. Trestle Ties will help make tracks to lend strength and stability to the process of producing work. We hope to help create community by showcasing emerging works.


Thank you for reading and submitting to Trestle Ties.

Current Editors

Jake Vermaas (he/him/siya) is a Filipino American poet and engineer studying as a guest on the Kanaka Maoli Island of Oahu. Formerly of the Portland area, where he founded the Whitenoise Project, a BIPOC-centered reading series now entering its fifth year, as well as "on becoming          ", a generative workshop space around the state and process of becoming.


Laura S. Marshall (she/they) is a poet, educator, and former linguist who lives between Albany, NY, and Amherst, MA. Their work appears or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Bennington Review, juked, Lunch Ticket, 8 Poems, Trestle Ties, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate at UMass Amherst and previously served as a special features editor for jubilat.


Juleen Eun Sun Johnson (she/her) Juleen Eun Sun Johnson was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted and taken to Valdez, Alaska. Johnson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the recipient of the Isabella Gardner Fellowship. She earned an MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Johnson’s work has been published in: Cirque: A Literary Journal, Nervous Breakdown, The Rio Grande Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, The Dunes Review, Zone 3 Press, Poetry Northwest and other journals and anthologies.
Johnson was the Editor of Special Projects for Jubilat in Fall 2020-Spring 2021. She is the founder and editor of Trestle Ties: A Landscape of Emergence.
More at her website.


Aaron Schuman (he/him) is Trestle Ties' web worker.
Find more at his website.

Former Editors

Margaret K. Foley is a writer, editor, poet, educator, transcriber, violinist, and composer. She holds a MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2019 and a BA in English from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 2011. She was a host of the jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading Series from 2016 - 2018. She specializes in creative writing, classical music, folk music, and her topical specialties include grief, feminism, trauma, disability and chronic illness, and environmentalism.
She has five years of collegiate teaching experience and three years of ESL teaching experience. She has fifteen years of experience teaching violin lessons and twenty-six years of experience playing and performing violin. She has four years of office and administration work experience.
In the past, she has been an English teacher for Czech three-year-olds, a musical instrument store employee, and a digital marketing publisher and copywriter. She is from Illinois and lives in Connecticut, by way of Western Massachusetts and Prague, Czech Republic.
More at her website.


David Greenspan is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves as a Promotion Editor for Slope Editions. His poems have appeared, or will soon, in places like DIAGRAM, Laurel Review, New South, The Southeast Review, The Sonora Review, and others.