Kevin Riel

Kevin Riel | Founding Editor

Kevin Riel is a PhD candidate in English at Claremont Graduate University. His essays and poems have appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, the Iowa Review, inter/rupturePreludeBeloit Poetry JournalRHINO Poetry, and elsewhere.

Emily Schuck | Co-Editor-in-Chief

Emily Schuck is a PhD student in English at Claremont Graduate University focusing on Modernism. She subscribes to Carl Sandburg’s philosophy of poetry—that it is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. She writes for the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Blog and teaches at University of La Verne.

Brock Rustin | Co-Editor-in-Chief

Brock Rustin is a PhD student in English studying 20th century American prose, queer cinema, and queer theory/poetry. He has a BA in English and an MA in education from Austin College and an MA in English from Claremont Graduate University.  When not studying for qualifying exams or acting as a writing consultant for CGU’s Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Brock has the distinct pleasure of gathering together with Foothill participants to hash out friendly arguments about graduate-student poetry.

Sara Flores

Sara Flores | Managing Editor

Sara Flores is currently working on her MA in English at CGU. Her academic interests include family dynamics and identity formation in 20th- and 21st-century American and Latinx literature, modernism, and film. She earned her BA in English from Azusa Pacific University where she also served on the editing team of the university’s literary journal, West Wind. Along with reading, she thoroughly enjoys playing the tenor saxophone and clarinet.

Brian F. McCabe

Brian F. McCabe | Managing Editor

Brian F. McCabe holds a PhD in English from Claremont Graduate University and a master’s degree in Irish literature and culture from Boston College. Brian’s scholarly publications include work on playwright Brian Friel and poet Patrick Kavanagh. His poems have been published in the Gonzaga BulletinEast Jasmine ReviewSt. Sebastian ReviewSpiritus, and Badlands Literary Journal.

Jamey Keeton | Associate Editor

Jamey Keeton is an MA student in cultural studies and media studies at CGU. He holds a BA with distinction from San Diego State University in humanities with a minor in religious studies. Aside from serving as a research studio fellow for the Mellon Digital Humanities Research Studio, Jamey is a Blogger-in-Residence for the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. His primary academic interests include comics studies, critical theory, media studies, visual studies, popular culture, Asian American studies, film theory and criticism, and aesthetics. Jamey is a USMC veteran.

Mark Kumleben

Mark Kumleben | Associate Editor

Mark Kumleben is an MA student in political philosophy, who has learned from Heidegger that poetry is an effective antidote to technology. A Londoner in exile, his poetry tastes center around grouchy Europeans complaining about the fact that they will die. When not engaged with reading of some description, he can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of America, slowly discovering this continent for himself.

Sandro Ortega-Riek

Sandro Ortega-Riek | Associate Editor

Sandro Ortega-Riek is an English major in his senior year at Scripps College. He has worked at the Academy of American Poets, as a writer for the entertainment news website MXDWN, and as the nonfiction editor for the Scripps College Journal. His poetry and prose can be found in Entropy, Anatolios, and other publications. He currently works at Denison Library on the Scripps College campus.

Michael Kemp | Associate Editor

Michael Kemp recently completed his last semester at CGU in the philosophy MA program. If you ask him what his favorite work of poetry is he will probably reply by claiming it depends what you mean by “poetry.” If song lyrics count, then he has too many favorite poets to name. But maybe he is just biased because he received his Bachelor’s in music. When he’s not at school, work, or lost in his head, you can find him playing guitar in his “math rock power-duo” (better if you don’t ask, but he’ll gladly talk about it if you do) or on the badminton court.

Cassady O’Reilly-Hahn | Associate Editor

Cassady O’Reilly-Hahn is a first year MA student in English literature at Claremont Graduate University. He has lived in Claremont, CA his entire life and attended California Polytechnic University, Pomona for his BA in English Literature. His primary focus is in Dante’s Divine Comedy and fantasy literature. Cassady writes poetry in his free time for his personal blog, where he has been exploring his creative voice daily since 2016. When he isn’t nose-deep in a book, Cassady enjoys spending his time playing with his dogs and exploring the wilderness.

Amanda Larson | Associate Editor

Amanda Larson is a senior at Scripps College, where she is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and minoring in Politics. She is currently working on a senior thesis that is a collection of poems centered around the idea of female agency and desire. She likes the beach, dark chocolate, and love poems by Frank O’Hara.

Christopher Eskilson | Editor Emeritus

Christopher is a senior at Pitzer College studying English and media studies. He is currently a digital media intern at PEN America—Los Angeles and a fellow at the Pitzer College Writing Center. His work has appeared in Poetry Quarterly, After the Pause, and A Quiet Courage, among others. His interests include coffee, exploring abandoned zoos, and David Lynch films.

Peter Lane

Peter Lane | Editor Emeritus

Peter Lane received his MA in English from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. He now assists Professor Thomas Leabhart in the research and development of corporeal mime at The Pomona College Theatre Department. In addition to mime, he also enjoys acting, directing, and play-writing. He still loves writing poetry and occasionally dabbles in the world of improv comedy and standup.

*Previous editors: Brendan Babish, Tyler Reeb, Jaji Crocker, Joel Childers, Sophie Soprano, Amanda Kallis, Rachel Tie, Shayna Citrenbaum, Jordan Perry, Kenton Freemuth, Scott Kneece, Jan Andres, Daniel Rivers, Clarissa Castaneda, Lauren Hartle.