GFT Press  A Philanthropic Literary And Art Press  

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GFT Press is a philanthropic literary and art press with a very clear-cut vision. Our focus here is not only to share remarkable work with the world but also to benefit charity through doing so. We publish new material online the first Thursday of the month bimonthly (Ground Fresh Thursday) and in print semiannually (GFT Presents: One in Four). GFT Press' altruistic efforts go to support the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.     
Ground Fresh Thursday and GFT Presents: One in Four are on a publication hiatus until 2019. Please see for additional details. 

Editor-in-chief - Jack Daniel Miles

Jack Daniel Miles is a Florida-based writer, volunteer educator, musician, and occasional artist. Jack's primary motivation for becoming involved in a project like GFT Press stems from his own success in triumphing over OCD and anxiety. Jack's creative work has been featured or is forthcoming in River Poets JournalIndiana Voice Journal, Down in the Dirt Mag, Corvus Review, on Danse Macabre's DM du Jour, in the anthology A Stormy Beginning, and elsewhere. 

Contributing Editor - Carl Wade Thompson

Carl Wade Thompson is a writer and the graduate programs writing tutor at Texas Wesleyan University. His poems and essays focus on personal memories, class, and his experiences living with mental illness. His work has appeared in The Enigmatist, The Mayo Review, The Concho River Review, Anak Sastra, Elegant Rage, Sheepshead Review, Cenizo, Crosstimbers, The Blue Collar Review, and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. He is also a contributing editor at GFT Press.

Interviewer-at-large - Ruth F. Hunt


Ruth F. Hunt is the author of The Single Feather and a columnist for the Morning Star (UK). Along with having a mood disorder, she has worked in the provision of mental health services in a formal and informal capacity. Ruth is fascinated by the links between creativity and mental health and truly enjoys conducting interviews for GFT Press and other publications. You can find out more about Ruth via her blog at and on Twitter as @RFHunt1.

Contributing Editor - Sara Whitestone

Sara Whitestone is a novelist-in-progress, an essayist-in-practice, and an un-tortured-poet-in-process. In exchange for coaching in creativity, Whitestone’s diverse students introduce her to the mysteries of the world. Whitestone has presented workshops at Chautauqua, Johns Hopkins, and other venues where external beauty and internal words merge. Whitestone is a contributing editor at GFT Press, and her works have appeared either in print or online in The Portland Review, Word Riot, The Piedmont VirginianLiterary Traveler, SLAB, and many others. Whitestone’s current project is a fictional autobiography titled Counting to 100. To learn more about Whitestone’s inner and outer adventures, visit

Visual Art Editor - Evan L. Wahlquist

Originally from Shelton, CT, Evan L. Wahlquist is a painter, photographer, and mixed-media artist whose work can be found in homes throughout the Northeastern and Southern U.S. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has recorded two full-length albums, 2005's Far From Finished with his band The Bittersweet Vine and 2014's Seven Years In Constructive Oblivion, which was a solo effort. Evan relishes utilizing his creativity to bring joy to others but also realizes it is his most powerful weapon in his life-long struggle with depression.[email protected]

Poetry Editor - David Anthony Sam

David Anthony Sam has written poetry for over 40 years. He lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda, and in 2017 retired as president of Germanna Community College. Sam has four collections, was the featured poet in the Spring 2016 issue of The Hurricane Review, and his poetry has appeared in over 70 journals and publications. His chapbook, Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, was the grand prize winner of 2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest and his collection All Night over Bones received an honorable mention for the 2016 Homebound Poetry Prize.

Flash Fiction Editor & Poetry Co-Editor - Nic White

Nicolas White is a writer, editor, and coffee professional residing in Brooklyn, NY, who worked for many years as a tutor in both the academic and private sectors. Nic believes that passion, exploration, and love are the driving factors of positive change and wants nothing more than to spread those sentiments to everyone he meets.

Regular Contributor, Visual Art - Victor Hayes (Deceased)

Victor Hayes was a 20-year veteran of the print industry and had a lifelong passion for photography. In pursuit of this passion, Victor built a darkroom in his Georgia home and later combined that with a plethora of digital equipment in order to merge the two worlds and take his love of photography to the next level. Victor was driven by the desire to capture the beauty of nature and everyday life that we all too often fail to notice. Victor, more often than not, freely shared his considerable talent. In addition, he performed photography and video production services for several professional organizations, including construction firms, churches, and Bell South. Victor was also the recipient of several awards for his beautiful work. Victor’s incredibly deep catalog of photography has been generously provided to GFT Press by his faithful and loving widow, Ollie.