Natassja Schiel (Non-Fiction) is from Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in creative writing from The New School in New York City.


Monique Mansour (Social Media) is a second-year MFA candidate in UCR’s Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts program, with an emphasis in screenwriting. She enjoys writing diverse stories with strong and memorable themes. Monique is an avid coffee/tea drinker, and is known for her expansive giraffe collection. She is always planning her next trip to Disneyland, and delights in watching TV, films, and reading fiction and nonfiction works.


Rachel Charlene Lewis (Non-Fiction) is a first year MFA candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Other than writing, she spends her time learning how to cook, caring for her cactus, Tabitha, and tweeting her feelings about the lack of diversity in the mainstream literary community (@RachelCharleneL).


Javier Luis Hurtado (Dramatic Works) is a playwright and solo performer and whose work has been produced nationally. He is a long time member of El Teatro Campesino as well as a founding member of the performance art Collective NosJotros.


Emily Dorff (Poetry) is a second year MFA in poetry.


Miranda Tsang (Poetry) is a party animal.


Nicole Olweean (Poetry), originally from Michigan,  is a second year poet in the University of California Riverside MFA program.  Her work has appeared in Menacing Hedge and Bird’s Thumb.


Tikva Hecht (Poetry) is a second year MFA candidate at UC, Riverside with an emphasis in poetry. Her work has appeared in CV2, The Broken Plate and Canadian Literature.


Tatyana Kagamas (Fiction) is a second year MFA in fiction. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Whiskeypaper.


Emily Wells (Fiction, Art) is a second year MFA in fiction. Her work has appeared in Flaunt Magazine, Artillery Magazine, and others.


Katy Gurin (Poetry) earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University. She has worked as an engineer on projects throughout California, including the restoration of Wishon Quarry, the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, and the removal of San Clemente Dam. Several of Katy’s poems appear in Narrative Magazine, and her field guide to common birds of the Mojave Desert can be found at UC Riverside’s Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry.


Minda Reves (Editor) tends to her own plot of the Internet at


Alex Ratanapratum (Poetry) is a Thai/American poet from Orange County California, he received his B.A. from California State University Long Beach, and is currently working on his M.F.A. in poetry at the University of California, Riverside. He has been a workshop leader for Cambodia’s first literary journal, Nou Hach in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Poems by Alex have been published in Rip-Rap, Nou Hach, and The Asian American Literary Review.


Hannah Aisling Campbell (Poetry) is a New York native and a great admirer of the poets Mary Ruefle and Frank O’Hara. She is currently exploring and living in Southern California while she works towards her MFA in Poetry at the University of California, Riverside.

Cecilia Latiolais (Social Media, Art, Fiction) is a second year MFA in Fiction. She listens to Prince.


Kyle Ritland grew up in the Blue Ridge of South Carolina, but now spends his time getting to know the Western half of the U.S. When not writing fiction, Kyle can be found climbing things and reading books about dinosaurs.


Damien Gabriel Miles-Paulson was born and raised. 


Lorelei Baughman graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Creative Writing, and decided to stay for her MFA in Fiction.