Masthead 

2021-2022

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Michael David Lukas, Faculty Advisor

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, won the Sami Rohr Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix Interallié for Foreign Fiction, and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

Quinn R. Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief

Quinn Rennerfeldt Fairchild is a queer poet earning her MFA at San Francisco State University, where she lives with her family and animal menagerie. Their heart is equally wed to the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. Her work can be found in Slipstream, Bird’s Thumb, SAND, mutiny!, elsewhere, and her chapbook Sea Glass Catastrophe was released in 2020 by Francis House Press. Connect with them on twitter.

 

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 .

 

Hellen Elmira, 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.

 

 

Tadeh Kennedy, Assistant Fiction Editor

Tadeh enjoys writing a mess of different works, ranging from horror to fantasy, to experimental essays and prose poetry. He has had his work published in Transfer magazine and continues to work on a number of different projects that he hopes to finish soon (one day.) He is a writing coach for Gilliam Writer’s Group where he works to guide storytellers with their storytelling journeys. Tadeh makes music, draws comics, churns ice cream (like roasted-butter-rosemary-persimmon ice cream,) and is relearning his first language of Armenian.

 

Christopher Jones, Assistant Fiction Editor

Christopher was born and raised in Northern California and later, spent many years traveling and living abroad throughout Europe. Inspired by the native poet and activist, John Trudell, he joined the MFA program at San Francisco State University for Creative Writing. He has just finished crafting a heavy suit of armor to finally be able to share some of his work with the local writing community.

 

 

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.

 

 

Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Poetry Editor

Elizabeth Hoover is trying on something new at SFSU in the creative nonfiction track as an MFA student. Her first love, however, is poetry. Her poetry can be found in Poached Hare, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, The Closed Eye Open, and Wingless Dreamer. It has also been used as song lyrics for composers Kevin Yee, Kimberly Slater, and Tan Sang.   

 

 

Michaela Chairez, Assistant Poetry Editor

Michaela Chairez is a poet from the Inland Empire. She holds a BA in English from Cal State Fullerton and is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She’s planning ideas for a poetry book and where to travel next in the world.  

 

 

 

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.

 

Kato Bisase, Publicity/Events Editor

Kato is a Ugandan-American poet, essayist and recovering advertising strategist based in San Francisco. He is currently chipping away at an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His work dances with a wide spectrum of topics and tensions, among them: human depth in a cursory world, the African experience in the American context, the Black experience in non-black spaces . . . and the beautiful anxieties conceived inside all of them.

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.