What started as a seedling dream


in a university editorial staff meeting was watered with every “no,” every “I don’t get it,” every “where is the merit in this?” My contemporary literature classes were met with similar feedback, resulting in me asking the same question: what makes a piece of writing “good,” “profound,” “popular?” Out of these contemplations and continuous dissatisfaction with that which was widely distributed in recognizable literary journals, Blood Tree sprouted up with the goal of becoming a visually compelling and artistically innovative magazine for black-sheep literature and art.

Two years later, Blood Tree has proudly grown into a fully staffed magazine with accomplished editors ranging from every region across the United States. Meet your respective editors below and feel free to reach out to them at anytime regarding any and all things Blood Tree Literature.

—Brantlee Reid, Founding Editor


kylie Ayn yockey
Poetry editor

Kylie Ayn Yockey is a queer southern creative with a BA in Creative Writing & Literature. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Glyph Magazine, Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, Night Music Journal, Gravitas, The Stray Branch, and Ordinary Madness. She has edited for Glyph, The Louisville Review, and Ink & Voices.



madeleine sardina
Fiction editor

Madeleine Sardina is a writer of all things weird and magical. She’s been published in Psychopomp Magazine, Entropy, 45th Parallel, and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s literary magazine Glyph, assistant editor of Psychopomp Magazine, and fiction editor of Blood Tree Literature. She can be found in blurry photographs in the forests of northern Oregon or online as



Chantelle mitchell
Hybrid editor

Chantelle Mitchell is an MFA student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She likes ruminating, genre blending, liminal language, and values cross-cultural work that steps outside and inside of the self simultaneously. She lives in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she can crust over and then write about it again and again.


brantlee reid
founder & content curator

Brantlee Reid founded Blood Tree Literature in 2018 and was the editor for issues 01 through 04. Her work can be found in Hippocampus Magazine, The A3 Review, Glyph, and in her self-published chapbook, The Shade Our Bodies Make (2017).