co-editor in chief Rhodes Thompson is an MFA graduate student at George Mason University. They are the current art & design editor of So to Speak, a feminist literary journal, GMU's 2018-2019 Thesis Fellow in Poetry, and the 2017 recipient of the Mark Carver Award. Their current work has been featured or is forthcoming in Juked, DELUGE, Palimpsest Magazine, Bad Pony, Grimoire Magazine, Whiskey Island, & elsewhere. The void calls to them, always.
co-editor in chief Shaun Holloway is a graduate student at George Mason University getting his MFA in poetry. He grew up in Annandale, VA, where he was haunted by the ghosts of being & becoming. After moving to St. Petersburg, Florida to receive his BA in Philosophy, he began to focus on terrifying things like mud, birds, & night shift jobs. He has studied abroad in Greece, Turkey, & Egypt, & has traveled all over these 48 connected states. He has worked at several literary magazines, including The Eckerd Review, Phoebe, & Stillhouse Press. In his spare time, he worries.
fiction editor Michelle Orabona is an MFA candidate in fiction at George Mason University where she serves as assistant fiction editor for the journal Phoebe. She was the recipient of the Mary McElligott Gloster Award from CUNY Hunter, the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Award, & once got the highest score while bowling at an office holiday party. Michelle’s work has appeared in dogzplot, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, Yellow Chair Review, & Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal. She likes ponies, hates clowns, & thinks life would not be worth living without peanut butter.
comics editor Tim Barzditis is an MFA student at George Mason University. He has worked with a number of literary presses, including The James Dickey Review, So to Speak, Phoebe, and Stillhouse Press. Tim’s work is forthcoming in Foothill: a journal of poetry, & has been featured in Freezeray Poetry, Five:2:One Magazine, & elsewhere. Additionally, he lives in a constant state of indecision, feels most cozy in a moshpit, & has lost plenty of sleep over the final scene of Twin Peaks.
non-ficiton editor Katie Branca TBA
social media manager Jhanvi Ramaiya is an MFA student at George Mason University. She has worked with The Gettysburg Review, is the current assistant Non-Fiction editor of So to Speak, a content editor for Stillhouse Press's Moonshine Murmurs, & is a visual media creator for GMU MFA's social media team. She was the 2017 Stephen Crane Fiction Prize winner & the 2nd place winner of the 2017 Virginia Woolf Essay Contest. Her catch phrase is "I'm ready for death," but it's not always true.
poetry editor Lisa Short is an MFA student at George Mason University where she also works as the Graduate Admissions Coordinator for the English Department, all while balancing on a lime green exercise ball. Lisa has worked with the literary journal So to Speak & her work was a finalist in Breakwater Review's 2017 Peseroff Prize. Her life consists of constantly rearranging her furniture and playing with her three ferrets: Meatball, Waffles, & Carl Sagan (who is a girl). She also has a crazy dog with an underbite named Max & a mad scientist husband named Jake.
art editor Elsepth Jensen earned her BA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and is currently pursuing her MFA from George Mason University. Her writing can be found in journals such as the Bellevue Literary Review, Rust + Moth, Up the Staircase Quarterly, The Midway Review, The Penn Review, and elsewhere. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor for So to Speak and the Poetry Editor for Sweet Tree Review.