Who’s Who

Founder of Route 7 Press

Maura Snell is also co-founder and poetry editor at The Tishman Review, and has worked as a freelance editor on several book-length projects including the nationally acclaimed Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017). Her chapbook, Eating Cake, was a finalist in the Five Oaks Press chapbook contest in 2016, and her poems have appeared in several literary publications like MomEgg Review, Inside the Dome, Brain, Child Magazine, and Red Paint Hill Quarterly to name a few. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and splits her time between Massachusetts and Vermont.

Inaugural Poet

Meaghan Quinn was selected as our inaugural poet at Route 7 Press because of the hauntingly honest tenor of her words and fearless approach to even the most challenging of circumstances. Her poems are rife with hunger for her truth and bear witness to the power of forgiveness and redemption. Quinn holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has studied at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She has been nominated for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize and is a recipient of the Nancy Penn Holsenbeck Prize. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Impossible Archetype, The Puritan, Off the Coast, Adrienne, Free State Review, and elsewhere. She resides on Cape Cod.

Inaugural Artist

Suzanne Merritt was selected as our inaugural artist at Route 7 Press because of the fluid vibrancy and grace of her paintings. Merritt works in encaustics, a medium used as far back as the 5th century B.C., fusing multiple layers of wax, resin, and pigment onto birch panels. Merritt’s painting Montana de Oro was selected as the cover art for Meaghan Quinn’s book because of the eloquent balance of light and dark so evident in this piece. In general, Merritt’s subjects are her own lively recollections of the world around her which speak to her deep and profound connection with nature and those she loves. Merritt’s studios are located in Encinitas, CA where she paints and hosts private workshops and annual art retreats. Her works have been included in numerous exhibitions, commercial projects, and collections throughout the U.S. For more, visit https://www.suzannemerrittart.com