The Staff


Frank Montesonti

Lead Faculty: Frank Montesonti is lead faculty of the National University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Check out the web page here.



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Editor In Chief: Michelle Matthews is a George Washington University and Yale Writer’s Workshop Alum. She is currently working on completing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her flash fiction has been published in Helen: A Literary Magazine.


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Editor In Chief: Nathan Say, co-Editor in Chief is working on his MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry at National University.  He has been a working poet for the past 10 years.  In addition to poems that are published in various literary magazines, he is also published in “Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal” and Lambda Literary award nominated anthology “Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry.”  He is author of a self published chapbook and spoken word CD, and teaches writing workshops in Las Vegas, Nevada where he currently lives.


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Assistant Editor: Justin Tate’s poetry and short fiction have been featured in several anthologies, journals and webzines. His writing workshop in Mesa, Arizona, was globally recognized by MeetUp in 2018. He expects to complete his M.F.A. in fiction by 2021.


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Reader: Charles is an aspiring writer and an ESL teacher. He holds a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s in English from Western New England University, and plans to complete his MFA with a concentration in poetry by May 2020.


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Reader: Duane has been writing for over two decades, and he is still broke! He has written a novel, a novella, and a collection of poetry. Typically, his work reflects the ordinary African-American middle-class lifestyle. Some influences have been Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Eric Jerome Dickey, Terry McMillan, and John Updike. Duane is the organizer of the Springfield Writer’s Group. He will soon graduate from National University’s Creative Writing program with a concentration in fiction.


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Reader: Jacob Gurney is an aspiring writer from Attica, Ohio.  He graduated with a B.A. in English from Tiffin University and is currently a student in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at National University and is concentrating in fiction. Jacob works as a staff writer for The Advertiser-Tribune and is a Team Manager for the website The Armchair All-Americans. He recently self-published two short collections of poetry—Pain and Redemption and Love: Of Heart and Nature—that are available on Amazon. Jacob enjoys reading political and historical non-fiction as well as historical fiction, thriller and suspense novels, and any fiction involving nature or the outdoors.


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Reader: Kaitlyn Taylor is an aspiring writer from San Diego, CA, where she still lives.  She is currently an educator working with a High School Diploma program aimed at adult learners.  In her free time she trains and travels with her Roller Derby team the SoCal Kraken.




Jordan MontejanoJordan Montejano

Reader: Jordan Montejano is a NU Scholar Graduate student in the MFA Fiction Program at National University and a Professional Expert English Tutor at Crafton Hills College. His work ranges from post-apocalyptic and realistic to fantasy. His work is published in Pomona Valley Review, The GNU Journal, The Pacific Review, and Derail Review. He aspires to publish his poetry, short stories, and novels as well as teach English at the college level after the completion of his degree program.


11049545_10153226475031985_3812778719796348190_nTimothy Tarkelly

Reader: Timothy Tarkelly has had poems featured by a variety of journals, magazines, and literary blogs. His romance novella, Love and Death in Istanbul, was published by The Wild Rose Press. He was recently named an honorable mention for the Golden Fedora Poetry Prize by Noir Nation Magazine.

Sally LaRueSally LaRue

Reader: Sally LaRue is an aspiring writer from Birmingham, AL. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at National University. When Sally started the program, she was serving with the Peace Corps in Mongolia and has written fictional and nonfictional short stories about her unique experiences there. She has written two full length screenplays in the program and many short stories and poems. Sally loves reading young adult fiction, magic realism, and dark comedy.


IMG_20180303_101113118Pamela Waldon

Reader: Pamela Waldon is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at National University. Her current projects include a book of poetry and a memoir. She is a content creator for Odyssey Online under the pen name, Anne Waldon. Working at a private tech college by day, most nights will find her on her computer, with a cat in her lap and sometimes one in her arms too.



FB_IMG_1537249702638Cheryl Lea Forrester

Reader: Lea is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at NU and will be attending the MFA in Screenwriting program in 2019. She lives in Las Vegas with her 7 pugs. Her current interests are magical creatures, imaginary places, ghosts, dreams and vampires. Researching topics is her favorite way to spend a day. She loves poetry and flash fiction.





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Reader: Olivia Germann is a 23-year-old writer from Chicago, currently residing in Virginia. She is a queer artist, choosing to spread her work across genres and platforms. At present, she is an MFA student at National University and has been previously published by  TweetLit, Burnt Pine Magazine, and Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal among others with upcoming work soon to be featured in Helen Literary Journal. It is her goal is to make her art accessible and expressible both on and off of the page for all audiences.

Courtney Strillchuck