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 allĀ 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.

About Us

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.

Juleen Eun Sun Johnson was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted and taken to Valdez, Alaska. Johnson earned an MFA from PNCA in Visual Art. She's currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Johnson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She currently writes and creates art in Massachusetts.
More at her website.

Aaron Schuman is Trestle Ties' web weaver. His primary work is done in code, which expresses itself in a variety of media including sound, text and image. He is also a musician and host of Shadow Journal Radio. While he's a west coast boy at heart, he currently lives in the woods of Western Massachusetts.
Find more at his website.