About UQ

Unshod Quills was born on June 1, 2011.

Unshod Quills is a quarterly literary and arts journal born to showcase the efforts of writers and artists huddled together against the lonely effort of creation. All contributions to Unshod Quills are based on topics assigned by the editors, and the art and writing on the website are connected by those themes.

Praise for Unshod Quills

Unshod Quills is a dynamic powerhouse that is… one of the best poetry consortiums in the literary world. Hunter Thompson would have called (Editor Dena Rash Guzman) a snow leopard at the peak of the Himalayas, a distinction he graces those who can do at least one thing better than anyone else in the world… 

- James H. Duncan


Editorial Staff

Dena Rash Guzman

Unshod Quills was founded by editor Dena Rash Guzman, a Las Vegas born poet who now lives on a farm near Portland, Oregon.

Wendy Ellis

Wendy Ellis

Dena Rash Guzman has a coeditor.  She is Wendy Ellis, an artist & sometime writer living with her  family in south central PA.

Donald Rilea

Proofreading provided by Donald Rilea. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1964, Donald’s a high-functioning autistic short-story writer and photographer who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his cat Amigo.

Holly Hinkle

Arts Editor Holly Hinkle is an artist, poet, and book arts enthusiast. She lives in Portland, OR.

Brian Tibbetts

Consulting Editor Brian Tibbetts is a writer, musician, print-maker and painter currently living and working in Portland, Oregon.

Samuel Snoek-Brown

Samuel Snoek-Brown

Prose Editor Samuel Snoek-Brown writes and teaches in Portland, Oregon. He is a recipient of an Oregon Literary Award.