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.

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.

 

Valerie Bandura
Valerie Bandura

Born in the former Soviet Union, Interview Advisor Valerie Bandura received degrees from Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She was awarded a residency from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared,  among other publications, in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly, Third Coast, the Best New Poets anthology, and ZYZZVA. Her book Freak Show was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2013. She teaches writing at Arizona State University.

Student Editor-in-chief

Erin Regan
Erin Regan

Erin Regan is the student editor-in-chief of Issue 13. She is a junior at Arizona State University, pursuing concurrent degrees in English Literature and Journalism. A true desert dweller, she enjoys contemporary fiction that focuses on the American West and the importance of landscape. In addition to working at Superstition Review, she is an editor for Lux Undergraduate Creative Review. Her work has been published in the 2013 issue of Lux, the 2012-2013 issue of The Cronkite Journal, and Phoenix’s Downtown Devil. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in publishing or editing.

Student Editors

Aimee Dean
Aimee Dean

Aimee Dean is the nonfiction editor for Issue 13. She is currently a Junior at Arizona State University; she is pursuing a major in English from the School of Letters and Sciences, and a minor in Media Analysis from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an avid booklover, of all genres. Her love of books led her to the desire to work in publishing and editing, after her life-long dream of moving to Chicago, Illinois. Aimee currently lives in Queen Creek, Arizona where she has resided for the last 18 years. 

Bianca Peterson
Bianca Peterson

Bianca Peterson is the content coordinator for Issue 11, Issue 12, and Issue 13. She is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. This is her third and final year as an intern with Superstition Review. A paper she wrote on folklore and tabletop gaming was accepted into the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association’s (SWPACA) academic conference in New Mexico in February 2014. After graduating this semester, she hopes to find a career in the editing or publishing field while she works on writing her first novel. She is also making arrangements to utilize her skills to be a freelance editor and proof reader.

Bradly Brandt
Bradly Brandt

Bradly Brandt is the advertising coordinator for both Issue 12 and Issue 13 as well as poetry editor for Issue 14 and Issue 15. He is an Arizona resident and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Bradly is a lover of the outdoors. When not writing, Bradly spends his time climbing and hiking the Arizona desert. Bradly aspires to one day obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Christine Fox
Christine Fox

Christine Fox is the social media editor for Issue 13. She is a senior at ASU. She is majoring in English Literature and graduates Spring 2014. After graduating she plans to continue her English studies in graduate school and travel with her children as often as she can and write down each adventure. She loves everything with words and often falls asleep while reading.

David Klose
David Klose

David Klose is the student editor-in-chief of Issue 16, a blogger for Issue 13, the nonfiction editor for Issue 14, and the content coordinator for Issue 15. He is a Junior English Lit major at ASU. At Mesa Community College, he took Fiction and Poetry classes, placing in several Creative Writing Competitions. He also reviews literary magazines for The Review Review.

Elizabeth S. Hansen
Elizabeth S. Hansen

Elizabeth S. Hansen is the student editor-in-chief of Issue 14, social networking editor for both Issue 12 and Issue 15, and poetry editor for Issue 13. She is a senior at Arizona State University Tempe pursuing degrees in creative writing and communication under Barrett, The Honors College, as well as a writing certificate. In addition to working as content coordinator at Superstition Review, she is also a student editor for Marooned. Her work has been published in Issue 8 of Miracle E-zine and Lux and is forthcoming in undergraduate creative review Marooned.  Upon graduation, Elizabeth plans to pursue a master's in mass communication.

Elizabeth Sheets
Elizabeth Sheets

lizabeth Sheets is the student editor-in-chief of Issue 15, blogger for Issue 12, and content coordinator for both Issue 13 and Issue 14. She is a copy editor and reader for Black Fox Literary Magazine. She is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, majoring in English and creative writing. When Elizabeth is not writing or loitering in coffee shops, she works fulltime as an administrative assistant for an electrical contractor in Gilbert, Arizona. Her work appears in Kalliope – A Consortium of New Voices and in Black Fox Literary Magazine.

Julie Matsen
Julie Matsen

Julie Matsen is a blogger for Issue 12 and the nonfiction editor for Issue 13. As a Virginia native transplanted in Arizona at a young age, she can frequently be found plotting her next adventure. When she isn’t reading and writing for school, she’s usually doing it for fun, and she hopes to work in publishing and editing for her professional career. In addition to managing the S[R] blog, Julie writes for Barrett Unscripted and for herself. Julie lives in Peoria, Arizona with her family and her dog Gus. She looks forward to graduating with honors in May of 2014.

Kaitlin Johnson
Kaitlin Johnson

Kaitlin Johnson is the social media editor for Issue 13 and blogger for Issue 14. She is a senior at Arizona State University and will receive a BA in English at the School of Letters and Sciences in December of 2014. She enjoys reading, writing, and photography. Upon graduation, she hopes to gain experience through travel and pursue a career in education, publishing, or editing.

Kevin Hanlon
Kevin Hanlon

Kevin Hanlon is the fiction editor for both Issue 12 and Issue 13. He is also an intern for Hayden's Ferry Review. He is from Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently lives in Tempe. He will graduate in May with a degree in English focused in Creative Writing. In his spare time he enjoys bicycle rides when he is not reading or writing.

Kira Assad
Kira Assad

Kira Assad is the interview editor both Issue 12 and Issue 13. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Literature at Arizona State University and will be graduating in May. She is an interview editor at Superstition Review and an intern with the English Department as the Graduate Program Assistant. Her other passion is music where she plays clarinet in the Sun Devil Marching Band and tenor sax in the Maestros of Swing Big Band. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue graduate school after first taking some time off to travel and see the world. She also hopes to one day become a published author.

Lauren Fosgett
Lauren Fosgett

Lauren Fosgett is the interview editor for Issue 13. She is an English Literature major at Arizona State University with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating, Lauren hopes to attend an MFA program or pursue a career in editing. She plans to eventually move to the Pacific Northwest.

Megan Richmond
Megan Richmond

Megan Richmond is the art editor for Issue 13. She is an Arizona native and will be graduating in May with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. Her photographic interests deal primarily with a changing family dynamic over a period of time. After graduation, she plans traveling and taking some time off before furthering her photographic education in grad school.

Michael Hardin
Michael Hardin

Michael Hardin Jr. is the art editor for Issue 13 and social media editor for both Issue 14 and Issue 15. He is a senior at Arizona State University who will earn his degree in English Literature in spring of 2015. Following graduation, he plans to enter the field of editing. He is also an aspiring writer who often has more ideas in his head than on paper.

Savanna Tarwater
Savanna Tarwater

Savanna Tarwater is the advertising coordinator for Issue 13. She is a senior at Arizona State University. She will acquire her BA in English Literature in May 2014. Her interests include reading, writing, editing, and teaching. She is currently working on her short stories and hopes to be an established writer someday. She also desires to teach English classes at the post-secondary level.

Skyler LaLone
Skyler LaLone

Skyler LaLone is the poetry editor for Issue 13. She is a senior at ASU, majoring in Creative Writing. This is her first semester with Superstition Review, and she has been especially impressed by the quality of submissions, as well as the dedication that goes into producing a literary magazine. In addition to Superstition Review, she is a tutor at ASU's writing center, where she has worked for over two years. With graduation approaching, she is currently hard at work writing her senior honors thesis—a collection of poems.