Masthead 

2021-2022

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Carolina De Robertis, Faculty Advisor

Carolina De Robertis is the author of five novels, including The President and the Frog and Cantoras, which won a Stonewall Book Award and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” She lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

Sen Ruiz, Editor-in-Chief

Estrellita ("Sen") Ruiz is a Queer, Afro-Nicaraguan writer born and raised in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing, fiction, at SFSU. She enjoys experimental and genre-hybrid writing, and her work often examines aspects of culture, home, and identity. Her experience as an editor for Transfer and Fourteen Hills has led her to discover a passion for reading and editing the work of others. She hopes to one day further help traditionally marginalized voices reach the forefront. She lives with her husband, kids, and pets in the Excelsior district of San Francisco. 

Jack Darrow, Managing Editor

Jack lives on the north slope of Mt. Tamalpais, waiting for rain.

 

Kristen Wong, Art Editor

Kristen Wong is an artist, writer, and model who lives and works in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts and is a current Art Practice MFA candidate at San Francisco State University. When she is not at work at large, she can be found taking long walks on the beach with her two senior dogs, and driving down the I-5 .

Victor Baeza, Fiction Editor

Victor is a Fiction and Poetry writer at SF State's MFA program. He has contributed to the production of the Merced River Literary Review and The West Wind. Victor holds a BA in English from Azusa Pacific University. He lives and works in his hometown of Merced, California. 

Hellen Elmira, Assistant Fiction Editor

Hellen Elmira is a writer currently working on attaining a B.A. in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Though she grew up speaking Armenian, her fascination with the English language led to what she is currently examining within literature and in her own writing - how multilingualism, specifically the merging of syntactic rules, affects voice and writing style in fiction. If she’s not doing that she’s probably in the mountains somewhere.

Lillian Giles, Poetry Editor

Lillian Giles is a Black Queer writer and educator living in Oakland, California. She holds a BA in literature and is currently earning an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Lillian is finishing a novel that is based on her great grandmother’s life as a midwife and defender of the 1940s Black Queer nonbinary community. It is fiction but all of those stated parts are true. Her lyrical essay, “Dear Daughters” has been published in The Rumpus. She’s been awarded the Joe Brainard writing fellowship in fiction, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde award in poetry, and won the Nomadic Press Lit award for fiction. You can reach or follow her on instagram and twitter.

Gizzel Adriana Yanez, Assistant Poetry Editor

Gizzel Adriana Yanez is a writer from Sacramento and is currently living in cloudy San Francisco. She attends San Francisco State University and will graduate with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Comparative World Literature in December 2021. Her creative nonfiction — "Afro" and "Pupusa" — has been published in Transfer magazine. Her writing seeks to be a vulnerable and exciting exploration of self-identity and mental health.

 

Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Poetry Editor

Elizabeth Hoover received a B.A. from Mills College in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry in 2007. In the spring semester of 2020 she completed an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing, poetry from San Francisco State University. She is presently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction, stepping out of her comfort zone, but will always be first and foremost a lover of poetry. Her poetry has been published in Poached Hare, Beyond Words Magazine, The Closed Eye Open, and in The Magic of Motivational Poetry by Wingless Dreamer Press. Her poetry has also been used as song lyrics by composers Kevin Yee, Kimberly Slater, and Tan Sang.

James Giffin, Design Editor & Non-Fiction Editor

James Giffin is a writer, designer, and multimedia consultant native to San Diego. He is currently finishing a memoir about his experiences coming of age on the streets of San Francisco, an excerpt of which has appeared in Heartwood Literary Magazine. He has three beautiful nieces, and is having difficulty watching his curse words.

Cyril Sebastian, Non-Fiction Editor

Cyril Sebastian grew up in Bombay, India. He worked for more than a decade in television, as a writer, director, and creative head before quitting mainstream media in 2016.

He is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, working on a collection of stories and essays, and hopes to complete a novel that has been in the works for seven years.

Chandler Fitchett, Publicity/Events Editor

Chandler Fitchett is a poet, editor, and graduate student residing somewhere between the front door of her apartment and the water spots on her bedroom window. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in As Of Late, The Scribbler, Transfer Magazine, and sPARKLE & bLINK 103.