Lara Bernhardt

Lara Bernhardt (Editor-in-Chief) is a writer, editor, actress, and singer. Her impressive stage credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. She is also a professional audiobook producer and has read more than two dozen of them. Her first novel is titled Shadow of the Taj.


Kadey Bernhardt

Kadey Bernhardt (Managing Editor) is a writer and editor and a Professional Writing student at the University of Oklahoma. She handles the day to day operations at Conclave as well as supervising the layout and design.


William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt (Publisher) is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of novels, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently being adapted into a miniseries, a book of poetry (The White Bird), and a series of books on fiction writing. He has been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award fourteen times, and has received the Southern Writers Guild Gold Medal Award. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars across the nation. His monthly eBlast, The Red Sneaker Writers Newsletter, reaches over twenty thousand people.



Staff Emeritus:

Savannah Thorne received her B.A. from the University of Iowa where she studied in the Writers' Workshop under several of poetry's great voices. She also holds two cum laude Master's degrees. Her poetry has appeared in over thirty literary journals, including Potpourri, The Wisconsin Review, The Potomac Review, Border Crossing, Rhino, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Lyric, Parabola, Little Patuxent Review, The Atlanta Review, and Yemassee. She placed as runner-up for the Missouri Review's Editor's Prize and the Casey Shay Poet's Prize. She was delighted to be published in Conclave: A Journal of Character's inaugural issue, and was thrilled to serve for many years as Conclave's editor-in-chief. She now is a freelance editor.

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of The Silence of Trees (Wolfsword Press, 2010), and the founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress. She and her family currently divide their time between Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany.