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.


IMG_0016 (2)Justin Tate

Editor-in-Chief: Justin Tate’s poetry and short fiction have been featured in anthologies, journals and webzines. His writing workshop in Mesa, Arizona, was globally recognized by MeetUp in 2018. He will complete his MFA in fiction in 2021.


thumbnail_image1Andrea Schreckengast

Assistant Editor: Andrea Schreckengast is a wife, mother, babysitter and writer. She is working on her MFA in Creative Writing. She is a veteran of the Navy and the Editor in Chief of the Southern New Hampshire University Odyssey team. While being an aspiring author, she had the chance to have an historical fiction novelist, William Lavender, as a mentor and friend. She enjoys writing nonfiction, fiction and poetry.


IMG-2836Rebeca Godin

Assistant Editor: Rebeca Godin is an MFA student at National University with plans to finish in early 2021. She has been living in the Los Angeles area for 21 years, though originally from Florida.  She got he BA in English from California State University, Northridge.  She is currently working on novel trilogy and a collection of poems when she isn’t developing websites and being a hockey mom.



pic Michelle Rumple

Reader: Michelle Rumple is an aspiring writer and poet as well as a veteran of the Marine Corps. Originally from Alaska, she has traveled heavily both in the U.S. and outside of it due to severe Wanderlust. She has a B.A. in Zoology from Miami University in Ohio and expects to complete an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction concentration in late 2020. Michelle is currently working on several writing projects including two novels, several short stories and a poetry collection. She lives, for now, in North Carolina with two dogs and three cats.


Jacob Gurney - Headshot AT (2)Jacob Gurney

Reader:Jacob Gurney is an aspiring writer from Attica, Ohio.  He graduated with a B.A. in English from Tiffin University and is currently working on his thesis in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at National University, concentrating in fiction. Jacob works as an Assistant Teacher (Pre-K) at Lyon’s Trail Childcare Center in South Lyon, Michigan. Last year, he 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.

IMG_20190315_081944Pamela Waldon

Reader: Pamela Waldon is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at National University. Her current projects include a book of poetry and various short stories under the pen name, Anne Waldon. Working at a private tech college by day surrounded by her orchids, most nights will find her on her computer, surrounded by cats.




sally.jpgSally LaRue

Reader: Sally LaRue is an aspiring writer from Birmingham, AL, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at National University. When she 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 is currently working on her thesis, a musical comedy screenplay. Sally enjoys young adult fiction, magic realism, and dark comedy.




IMG_E1814Caroline Mansour

Reader: Caroline Mansour’s short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including the 2017 Spring/Summer issue of The Gnu Journal. Most recently, Unable to Sleep was chosen as a Top 25 Finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award. She lives outside Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two children and writes when she can find the hours.