Staff

Founding Editor

Patricia Colleen Murphy
Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. She won the 2019 Press 53 Award for her poetry collection Bully Love and the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award for her poetry collection Hemming Flames. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, and American Poetry Review, and most recently in Black Warrior Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and Natural Bridge. A chapter from her memoir in progress was published by New Orleans Review. She has received awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets, The Madison Review, Glimmer Train Press, The GSU Review, and The Southern California Review. She reviews literary magazines at Lit Mag Lunch and reviews books on Goodreads

Faculty Advisors

Betsy Schneider
Betsy Schneider

Betsy Schneider is a photo-based artist and educator. Her artistic concerns range from trying to understand time, decay and the body, to exploring childhood, culture, and relationships and looking very closely at strange visceral things such as candy, placentas and the mouth. She uses a variety of photographic tools including APS, digital, medium format and view cameras and digital and computer generated video. Her work manifests itself through exhibitions of rectangles on the wall, video installations and books. Her work is in several private and public collections including that of actor Jamie Lee Curtis, Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. She has taught and lectured across the US, Scandinavia and the UK. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and an Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University.

Claire  Lauer
Claire Lauer

Web Design Advisor Claire Lauer teaches courses in visual communication, multimedia composing, and technical communication as an assistant professor in the Multimedia Writing and Technical Communication program at Arizona State University. She is a certified Webmaster and has taught workshops in Web design and writing for the Web.

Kristin Lacroix
Kristin Lacroix

Fiction Advisor Kristin LaCroix teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. She is the recipient of the 2001 Katherine C. Turner Award in Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Her community outreach projects include working with Alzheimers patients through poetry, and teaching in the Tempe Community Writers Project. She worked as an Education Specialist on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation where she taught creative writing workshops and led the community children in producing a literary journal of their poems, stories, and artwork.

Mark Haunschild
Mark Haunschild

Poetry Advisor Mark Haunschild teaches contemporary literature, creative writing, and composition at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus, where he also coordinates the F2F Writers’ Studio. His recent poetry appears in Waxwing, Watershed Review, and The Drunken Boat.

Melanie Pitts
Melanie Pitts

Interview Advisor Melanie Pitts is a Lecturer in English and Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies for Arizona State University's School of Letters and Sciences. She received her PhD in Literature from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida) in 2003. Her areas of specialization and research interests include English and Italian Renaissance literature, women's literature, and interdisciplinary approaches to identity and subjectivity.

Rebecca Byrkit
Rebecca Byrkit

Nonfiction Advisor Rebecca (Becky) Byrkit received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona in 1992. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best of Exquisite Corpse, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, Rolling Stone, Arizona Highways, the Sonora Review, and Black Warrior Review. She is a founding faculty member of the ASU Masters of Liberal Studies program, and teaches creative writing workshops with the ASU English department.

 

Student Editor-in-chief

Stephanie De La Rosa
Stephanie De La Rosa

Stephanie De La Rosa is the student editor-in-cheif of Issue 9 as well as the social networker for Issue 8 and fiction editor for Issue 9. She is a senior at Arizona State University completing concurrent degrees in English (Creative Writing) and French, and a minor in Art History. She has a great affection for languages and learning new languages, and would like to someday be a literary translator. Her work was recently published in ASU's Marooned.

Student Editors

Abbey Maddix
Abbey Maddix

Abbey Maddix is the fiction editor for Issue 10. She is a junior at Arizona State University, pursuing concurrent degrees in Anthropology and English (Creative Writing). A native of Phoenix, she has a passion for experiencing other cultures and is currently preparing to spend the spring 2013 semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin. Upon graduation from ASU, she hopes to work in a used bookstore before making a career for herself in the publishing industry.

Angelica Varnju
Angelica Varnju

Angelica Varnju is a blogger for both Issue 10 and Issue 11. She is an Arizona native. She is an undergraduate at Arizona State University, and will complete her BA in English Literature in May. After graduation, Angelica is interested in pursuing a job either in editing or writing for a magazine. This is her second semester interning for Superstition Review.

Arjun Chopra
Arjun Chopra

Arjun Chopra is the art editor for Issue 10. He is an undergraduate English student in his final semester at Arizona State University studying creative writing. Upon receiving his BA in English in December, he plans to pursue an MFA in Poetry, establish himself as a writer, and possibly teach English at the postsecondary level. This is Arjun's first semester with Superstition Review.

 

Ashley Maul
Ashley Maul

Ashley Maul is the content coordinator for Issue 10. She is currently in her final semester at Arizona State University and is eager to graduate with her degree in English Creative Writing, along with a minor in Theatre. Though her focus is in poetry, she also enjoys fiction and playwriting. She looks forward to devoting her time after graduation to pursuing a career in the publishing industry.

Carly Corderman
Carly Corderman

Carly Corderman is the poetry editor for both Issue 10 and Issue 11. She is an Arizona State University undergraduate majoring in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry. When it comes to poetry, she tends to prefer lyrical, contemporary styles that experiment with form and sound. In general, she thoroughly enjoys poetry's intense, simultaneous focus on intricate details and the larger meaning of life. After completing her degree, she aims to eventually acquire an editorial position within a magazine publication. Until then, she plans to continue developing and experimenting with her writing, while hopefully dabbling in various writing-related fields. This is her second semester as a poetry editor with Superstition Review.

ChristiAnne Lunsford
ChristiAnne Lunsford

ChristiAnne Lunsford is the poetry editor for Issue 10. She is a Creative Writing major at ASU with a concentration in poetry and a minor in Philosophy. She enjoys both the aesthetics of language and it's existential exploration. This is her second semester with Superstition Review as Poetry Editor. One of the aspects that she enjoys most about her position with the magazine is the opportunity it has provided to interact with contemporary literary authors. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in editing or teaching creative writing workshops.

Christine Truong
Christine Truong

Christine Truong is the art editor for Issue 9 and a blogger for Issue 10. She is majoring in English Literature and minoring in Art History at Arizona State University. When she graduates, she hopes to begin a graduate studies program in transatlantic literature, thinking about the poetry of the English Romantics and the American Modernists. Christine is most interested in literary theory and would like to one day publish great pieces of critical work. In addition to her work for Superstition Review, she also works as Opinion Editor for ASU's The State Press. This is her second semester with Superstition Review.

Corinne Randall
Corinne Randall

Corinne Randall is the poetry editor for both Issue 8 and Issue 9 and nonfiction editor for Issue 10. She is a senior at Arizona State University and will be graduating in December of 2012. She is a Creative Writing major with a concentration in poetry and a minor in Communication. Originally from Massachusetts, Corinne hope to one day find herself back on the East Coast pursing her own writing and eventually spreading her passion for it to students by teaching at either the college or high school level. This is Corinne's third semester with Superstition Review and she believes it has been one of the most rewarding experiences she has had during her time at ASU.

Crystal Slater
Crystal Slater

Graphic Designer Crystal Slater is a senior at ASU majoring in Graphic Design. Crystal is also pursuing an Associate in Applied Sciences in Fashion Design at Mesa Community College. She plans on graduating from ASU in Spring 2016. Crystal has two Associates degrees from South Mountain Community College in Mathematics and Biology. Crystal works full-time as an Office Specialist, Senior in the University Registrar's Office at ASU and is a photographer and stylist. After graduating, Crystal plans on starting her own fashion and entertainment enterprise.

Evan Lopez
Evan Lopez

Evan Lopez is the content coordinator for Issue 10. He is currently a sophomore at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in English Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction. After graduation, he hopes to enroll in an MFA program abroad where he will be able to experience new cultures while continuing his education.  

Hannah Althof
Hannah Althof

Hannah Althof is the art editor for Issue 10. She is a senior at Arizona State University. She will graduate this semester with a degree in English (with a concentration in Literature), a minor in psychology, and a certificate in LGBT Studies. After graduation, Hannah hopes to begin working as an editor, preferably in a publishing house for books.

Harrison Gearns
Harrison Gearns

Harrison Gearns is the nonfiction editor for both Issue 10 and Issue 11. He is a senior at Arizona State University's Creative Writing program in poetry. His poetry has appeared in local chapbooks. Harrison's interest in literature started early with books like Harry Potter and Watership Down. He also has a strong background in performance. In 2009, he took first place in local slam poetry competition Voices of Youth, also took semifinals in ASU's Southwestern Championships in Poetry Interpretation. Though poetry is his love, he finds himself constantly drawn into the realm of nonfiction. After graduating, Harrison hopes to find a job editing, but is also considering graduate school.

Jamie Acevedo
Jamie Acevedo

Jamie Acevedo is the interview editor for Issue 10. He is a senior in his final semester working towards a bachelor's degree in English focused on literature with a minor in religious studies. He is originally from Long Island, New York. Jamie is a writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction and after graduation he plans to attend an MFA program.

Justine Pallas
Justine Pallas

Justine Pallas is the interview editor for Issue 10. She is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing degrees in English Literature and Political Science. Born in New York but raised in Arizona, Justine is looking forward to returning to the east coast after graduation. A lover of travel, Justine hopes to teach English abroad before going on to study journalism at the graduate level. This is her first semester at Superstition Review.

Mai-Quyen Nguyen
Mai-Quyen Nguyen

Mai-Quyen Nguyen is the fiction editor for both Issue 10 and Issue 11. She is a junior at Arizona State University, majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing (Fiction) and earning a certificate in Technical Communication. After graduation, she hopes to become a book and/or fiction editor while working on publishing works of her own. She also plans to further her education by pursuing an MFA in Fiction. Her poem, “Sand Path for the Hopeless," is published in ASU's Lux Undergraduate Creative Review. This is her second semester with Superstition Review.

Ofure Ikharebha
Ofure Ikharebha

Ofure Ikharebha is the social networker for Issue 10. She is pursuing a degree in linguistics with a concentration in English, and a certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). She was born on the West Coast and raised in Arizona. Upon graduating, she hopes to either attend graduate school for a master's degree or jump into a career in publishing, editing, or something... linguistic-y.

Victoria Fouts
Victoria Fouts

Victoria Fouts is the social networker for Issue 10. She is currently a senior at Arizona State University. She is majoring in English Literature. Growing up in Scottsdale has created a desire for her to explore cooler climates after graduation; she hopes to move to the northwest coast and become involved in the editing and publishing world up there.