Notes on the Staff

Vol. 4

Spring 2012

Rebecca Colbert (Managing Editor) has an MA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Sciences) from the University of North Texas. She is currently employed as an Acquisitions Librarian with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District and teaches World Literature and Mythology in the Department of English at UNLV. (Nevada).

Susan Summers (Contributing Editor) serves as the UNLV Department of English Budget Technician. She is the past Executive Director of a Pediatric AIDS organization and served as the Nevada State Coordinator of The Adoption Exchange. (Nevada).

Justin Burnside (Fiction Editor) holds an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work has appeared in Alice Blue Review, Interim Literary Journal, and Danse Macabre.

Sandra Hooven (Nonfiction Editor) received her MA from Cal Poly Pomona. Before coming to UNLV, she taught English at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. Currently she is teaching the 101 E/F sequence at UNLV. (Nevada).

Paul Sacksteder (Poetry Editor) is from Louisville, Kentucky. For the last seven years, he’s lived in Las Vegas while teaching and earning his MFA at UNLV. His poems have appeared in Absent Mag, Hawaii Review, Sun’s Skeleton, as well as others.

Molly O’Donnell (Layout and Cover Design Editor) is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is an academic editor for the Pater Newsletter, Victoriographies, and long-time former editor at INFORMS. Former associate faculty at the College of Notre Dame, she also continues to freelance as an A&E journalist.


Laura Breitenbeck received an MFA in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a part-time writing instructor and tutor at Auburn University.

Michelle Hansen is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She specializes in American Gothic/Horror Fiction and enjoys teaching undergraduate composition and literature courses at UNLV.

Susan Nyikos, born and educated in Hungary, teaches literature and writing at Utah State University surrounded by the western fringes of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Her poems have appeared in wordriver, Loose Leaves (UK), and in the annual chapbooks of her local poetry group, Poetry@3. Also, she has been judging poetry for the League of Utah Writers, wordriver, and the USU creative writing contest and publication, Scribendi.

Lollie Ragana wrote, directed and produced television for thirteen years and is an accomplished playwright and award-winning stage director: Her publishing credits include A Woman’s Europe, France Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Monica Outlook, LA West, Trojan Family, Mobius: A Journal for Social Change, and Myths of the World, an audio book. She teaches English at California State University, Los Angeles, writing at UCLA Extension (The Writer’s Program and the Landscape Archaeology Program), and mythology at Antioch University.

Adam Strauss received his MFA in poetry at UNLV. He has a full-length collection, For Days, out with BlazeVox Press, and a chapbook of his, Perhaps A Girl Elsewhere, was published by Birds of Lace Press.

Matt Swetnam holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lives in Seattle.

Monica Zarazua, born in Michigan, recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has been published in The Collagist, The Blotter, and Asia Literary Review. She currently resides in Oakland, California.

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