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

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.

 

Sara Sams
Sara Sams

Interview Advisor Sara Sams is a poet, translator, and editor from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She has taught English in Granada, Spain, and creative writing at the National University of Singapore; she currently teaches composition for multilingual writers here at ASU. Her poems and translations have been featured in  BlackbirdHinchas de Poesía …and love…  from Jacar Press, and The Drunken Boat. She is the Translations Editor for Waxwing Magazine, and has previously served as a contributing editor for both Hayden’s Ferry Review  and Parnassus: Poetry in Review

Student Editor-in-chief

Jacqueline Aguilar
Jacqueline Aguilar

Jacqueline Aguilar is the student editor-in-chief of Issue 22 and the interview editor for Issue 21. She is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, majoring in literature and communication. She is the current managing editor and marketing editor for Iron City Magazine and the main editor for ASU’s Prison Education Newsletter. She enjoys attending local readings and hearing different writers’ advice on craft. Her goal for the future is to continue on writing, go into book editing and publishing, and to enter into an MFA program that is geared towards writing popular fiction.

Student Editors

Alexandra Myers
Alexandra Myers

Alexandra Myers is a fiction editor for Issue 22. She is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in creative writing, with a minor in film. After graduation, she plans to become a volunteer for the Peace Corps and upon return to the states will continue her passion for writing by completing an MFA.

Alyssa Lindsey

Alyssa Lindsey is the poetry editor for issue 22. She is a junior at Arizona State University. She is majoring in both creative writing and global health with a pre-health emphasis. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and go on to work in pediatrics.

Amelia Barbee
Amelia Barbee

Amelia Barbee is a junior at ASU studying creative writing with a minor in film studies at Barret, the Honors College. She hopes to pursue a career in the literary world, and loves writing of all kinds. 

Anahí Herrera
Anahí Herrera

Anahí Herrera is the nonfiction editor for Issue 22. She is a junior majoring in creative writing and minoring in film and media studies. She is also the current fiction editor at Lux Undergraduate Creative Review, a student-run literary magazine funded by Barrett, The Honors CollegeIt's Anahí's dream to one day write with the same fervor as Ray Bradbury and to pursue a passionate life of writing, book editing, and prose experimentation with film. 

Brynn Kowalski
Brynn Kowalski

Brynn Kowalski is a fiction editor for Issue 22. She is pursuing her bachelor's in creative writing with a minor in French. Passionate about literature of all types, Brynn is working to become an editor and publish YA novels. She is currently an active member of several online writing communities and regularly publishes real-time interactive narratives on her media platform. 

Chad Bramlett
Chad Bramlett

Chad Bramlett is the content coordinator for Issue 22. He is a senior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University and will graduate in May 2019. He majors in both public relations and English literature. He currently works as the communications editor for ASU Media Relations and Strategic Communications and has interned for public relations agencies, hybrid publishers, and literary journals in the past. After graduating, he will pursue a career in publicity and publishing.

Emily Gadberry
Emily Gadberry

Emily Gadberry is the Authors Talk blogger for Issue 22. She is a junior in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, and is majoring in creative writing with a minor in history. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in literary editing and publishing.

Gianna Sparti

Gianna Sparti is a social media manager for Issue 22. She is currently a senior at Arizona State University and will be graduating in the fall of 2019 with a bachelor's in both psychology and English literature. Also, she is currently learning Korean with the hopes of teaching English abroad in South Korea after graduation.

Griffin Sandidge
Griffin Sandidge

Griffin Sandidge is one of the interview editors for Issue 22. He is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in English writing, rhetoric, and literacies, with a minor in film and media production. Following graduation, he plans on working for larger publications as well as creating multiple original film content series.

 

Lian Ammerman

Lian Ammerman is the advertising editor for Issue 22 and the interview editor for Issue 21. She is a senior at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. She's majoring in creative writing, minoring in film and media studies, and working on a certificate in marketing. After graduation, she plans to pursue her passion for writing as well a career in editing and publishing.  

Michael Tavernier
Michael Tavernier

Michael Tavernier is the social media manager for Issue 22. He is an English (creative writing) student at Arizona State University. Having held positions in marketing, sales, and customer service, Michael understands the concepts behind teamwork, creative thinking, and developing business relationships. He emulates hard work, promptness, drive, and dedication in all his work. Now venturing into digital media promoting as one of social media managers, he applies creativity, analysis, and popular trends to guide the pages toward audience growth. 

Renee Rule
Renee Rule

Renee Rule is the lead interview editor for Issue 22. She is a junior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She is majoring in English linguistics and music performance and minoring in business. After graduation, she plans to go into music business and to teach private flute lessons. 

Roshni Lad
Roshni Lad

Roshni Lad is a senior at ASU studying English literature and minoring in business. She hopes to someday be an acquisitions editor for a publishing company. She's from the suburbs of Los Angeles. She loves reading and listening to music, preferably at the same time. She loves reading YA literature.

Samantha Barraza
Samantha Barraza

Samantha Barraza is a blogger for Issue 20, Issue 21, and Issue 22. She is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Spanish. Upon graduation, she hopes to chase her love for writing by either entering an MFA program or pursuing a career in book editing and publishing.

Shalanndra Benally
Shalanndra Benally

Shalanndra Benally is the art editor for Issue 22. She is currently in her second semester of her junior year at Arizona State University studying digital culture with a concentration in design. She currently also holds a full time photographer position with The State Press. Before graduating she hopes to have at least a handful of installations and creative works exhibited.