Team Members

LitBridge would not be possible without a great team. Thanks to everyone who keeps working diligently to keep LitBridge going!

Melissa Burton – Co-founder of LitBridge and Production Designer

Picture of Melissa BurtonMelissa Burton, the co-founder and website developer for LitBridge lives in Sydney, Australia but is a California native. She has a M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University (ISU). She has obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Psychology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She has done research involving identifying and correcting perceptual distortions in immersive virtual environments and evaluating current educational tools used to teach sign language to deaf and hard of hearing . Melissa’s true passion involves creating and enhancing the learning environment of students with the use of technology. She loves hiking, dogs, reading and traveling. She currently works at Research Now as a Project Manager.


Christopher Beard – Content Manager

Picture of Christopher BeardChristopher Beard, the Content Manager for LitBridge, grew up in Dallas, where he currently lives with his wife. He has earned a BA in Poetry from the University of Kansas, and is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Poetry at the University of North Texas. He is co-contest coordinator for American Literary Review and has been published in a growing number of literary magazines, most recently Whiskey Island and burntdistrict. He is presently working towards his first book.




Erin Lynch – Fundraising Coordinator and Content Manager

Picture of Erin LynchErin Lynch grew up in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in English from Wheaton College, and is currently working toward an MA in poetry at the University of North Texas. Beyond literature and writing, she primarily enjoys hot beverages of all kinds.


Kyle McCord – Former Co-founder of LitBridge and Content Manager

Picture of Kyle McCord Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press 2009) winner of 2008 Orphic Prize, a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press 2011) and Sympathy from the Devil forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in 2013.  He has work featured in Boston ReviewColumbia Poetry JournalCatch-UpGulf Coast, Volt and elsewhere.  His critical work has appeared in Diode, Rattle, and Pleiades where he is a regular reviewer.  He’s received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Association.  He’s the 2012 recipient of the Baltic Writing Residency.  Along with Wendy Xu, he is a co-founder of the Younger American Poets Reading Series and co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry.  He is a teaching fellow in the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.