Editor in Chief
“Writing is my resistance”
Audrey Bowers recently graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. They are the editor in chief of Brave Voices Magazine and formerly the assistant managing editor of The Broken Plate. Their poetry has been published in SoapBox Zine, Rose Quartz Magazine, Pussy Magic, Honey & Lime Lit, among others.
Cheyenne “Annie” McIntosh
Lead Poetry Editor
Cheyenne “Annie” McIntosh is an English major at Franklin College, where she writes about gender-queer studies in sci-fi and specializes in poetry and post-modern fiction. She is a fiction editorial intern for Juxtaprose Magazine. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Okay Donkey, Theta Wave, Digital Americana Magazine, carte blanche, and others. She recently received her first Pushcart Prize nomination, was named one of Indiana’s Best Emerging Poets for 2018, and is currently searching for a home for her first chapbook. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s tweeting about her dog Jackson, baking mishaps, and fever dreams @crm_writes.
Lead CNF Editor
“You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.”
Kayln Reyer is a recent Ball State graduate with a major in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she enjoys taking care of her plant family, channeling her inner Mindy Kaling, and cuddling with her new kitten, Mulaney. Kayln hopes to one day work for a non-profit organization and use storytelling to empower communities. Her work can be found in the 409 Press Publication, “#KeepMuncieWeirdandWhimsical,” Ball State Digital Symposium, and on her WordPress, kaylnreyer.wordpress.com.
Lead Fiction Editor
“A lot of people create stories, but it takes bravery to write that story and share it.”
Brittany Bauernfiend originates from Shoals, Indiana but calls Bloomington home these days. She’s about to begin her last semester at Indiana University before graduating with a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in creative writing. She’s always loved to write and read and hopes to one day publish a collection of short stories. Bauernfiend also enjoy tattoos, her two adorable cats, and baking.
Lead Design Editor
“Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.”
Eileen Porzuczek is a senior at Ball State University studying Creative Writing, Professional Writing, & Emerging Media. Eileen writes a blog about educating on intimate partner violence and promoting healthy relationships, which has allowed her to do some motivational speaking sharing her story. Eileen works as a writer and designer for Rethinking Children’s & Young Adult Literature’s Digital Magazine. She has presented her work at research symposiums, national literary conferences, and peach conferences. Eileen has also worked with the Indiana Writers Center on their I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives series. She is a book author and her work has appeared in various other publications. Eileen also has experience in Corportate/Non-Profit PR, freelance writing and graphic design work. In 2017 she won the Best Poster Design Award at the Cohen Peace Conference. Eileen is a passionate writer and artist who enjoys reading, cooking, stargazing, and adventuring in her free time. Her tweets can be found @iLean_iHop on Twitter.
Webmaster, Social Media Editor
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler.
Briar Woods is currently a junior English major and WGS minor at Ball State University. She loves her two cats, coffee, and plants. After graduating, she hopes to work in publishing as a book editor.
Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky
“A flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor of China, Mulan
Spending most of her childhood curled up on a sofa somewhere with a book in hand, Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky has had a passion for the English language, storytelling and writing since childhood. She is a creative writer, attentive editor and freelance Canadian French translator all in one. Her published work can be found on The Silhouette and Study Breaks Magazine websites as well as her own personal website. With two years of experience writing for a publication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English & Cultural Studies and History, Elizabeth is dedicated to producing high-quality written content and editing written content until it meets her high standards. When she is not reading, writing or learning more about the French language, she loves exploring nature either through hiking, biking or swimming. She was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert, “Dune”
Leah Heim is a senior studying literature at Ball State University. She also has an often-used minor in anthropology and a seldom-used minor in French. When she’s stressed, she likes taking long runs and watching “The Great British Baking Show.” If you catch her after a few glasses of whiskey, you will probably get roped into a passionate, but respectful, conversation about religion and philosophy. When she’s not haunting Bracken Library, she spends her time chilling and reading My Immortal aloud with her friends.
Social Media Team
Social Media Editor
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
Jasmine Ramos is going into her final year at Ball State pursuing a degree in public relations with a concentration in event planning and management. She has always loved to read and write and is currently in the process of writing her own novel. She has a poem published in an anthology titled “Speak Up” and hopes her next piece to be published will be her novel. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found producing content for social media pages, playing her guitar or playing video games. You can find her tweets @modernscrolls on Twitter and pictures of the books she loves @modernscrolls on IG.
Social Media Editor
Kelly Ritter is a writer and activist currently living life in Muncie, Indiana. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English & a minor in Creative Writing. When she’s not reading or tweeting, she’s outside practicing yoga or cuddling her kitties.
Kaya Lattimore is a Filipina-Australian writer and performance poet. As a mestiza, immigrant, and queer womxn, her writing obsessions include diaspora, family histories, racial and queer identity, and language. She is currently wrapping up a Bachelor’s degree in English literature with the University of Tasmania. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in be:longing, Umbel & Panicle, The Brown Orient, Cicerone Journal and Not Very Quiet, and she has performed her poems at various open mics and poetry slams in Hobart, Canberra, and now, Perth. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @kayalattimore.
gc cohen is a queer writer/poet that currently lives in Massachusetts and daydreams of homesteading with her wife and son. Cohen loves adventuring outdoors, hanging with pets, being a foodie, and playing intense games of Rummy 500 and Boggle. She holds a BA in English from the University of Louisville and dual MA degrees in Children’s Literature and English from Simmons College. Cohen‘s debut poetry collection, family matters (2019), is available on Amazon, and some of her latest work can be found in Marias at Sampaguitas. For further writing and updates: @bygccohen (Twitter) and @gc.cohen (Instagram).
Marcus L. Kearns
Marcus L. Kearns is a creative writing student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He is a poet and scriptwriter focusing on the queer, fantastical experience. His work questions the reader and the world they interact with, asking them to be perverse in ways that shed light onto new ways of thinking. His poetry has been featured in Ghost City review and Pussy Magic. He also has forthcoming work in Riggwelter and The Hellebore. When Marcus isn’t reading or writing, he can be found curating niche Spotify playlists or at @marcuslynnk on Twitter.
Kaja Rae Lucas
Kaja Rae Lucas is a poet from Maryland who writes and reads avidly. She is a member of the Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team and loves anyone who’s brave enough to be a poet in public. Find her @disrespectfulnegro on Instagram and @kraelucas on Twitter.
Megan Russo has a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and her work has appeared in publications by Palm Sized Press, Royal Rose Literary Magazine, and Cauldron Anthology. She is currently the Art Editor for Cauldron Anthology, as well as a regular contributor for Royal Rose Literary Magazine. Megan lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two pugs. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys seeing live shows around the city and playing all the tabletop games she can get her hands on. Check out more Megan’s work on her website at: meganrusso.com or on Twitter @forgewithstyle
Karen Ankers is a poet, playwright and novelist, who lives in Anglesey, North Wales, where she runs a successful poetry group, performs at spoken word events, and is involved in the production of exhibitions, festivals and performances. Her poetry collection, One Word At A Time, published in 2017, was described by poet/performer Laura Taylor as “a collection that shines with honesty and integrity”. Her hard-hitting one-act plays have been performed in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia, and her first novel, The Crossing Place, published in 2017, has been described as “beautiful”, “gripping” and “compelling”.
Leah is studying an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City University in London. She loves writing short stories and flash fiction and is currently working on a novel. She co-wrote the true-crime play,’Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm’ and has also edited scripts for Pregnant Fish Theatre. In her spare time she loves reading, snowboarding, and hanging out with her house bunnies Teddy and Lotta.
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Non-genre specific Readers
Karaline Stamper is a recent graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in Professional and Creative Writing. When she’s not reading, she’s writing high fantasy, talking about galaxies and supernovas, and engaging in Harry Potter discourse. Her work has been published in Sweet Tree Review, The Manastash Literary Journal, and The Acorn Review.
S. Penkevich is a West Michigan poet finishing up a marketing degree at Concordia St. Paul University. When not studying, they leave poetry on trees which can be seen at @poe_a_tree. Their work has appeared in American Journal of Poetry, Esthetic Apostle and Belletrist Magazine, among others. S. lives with their wife and daughter in Holland, Mi.
Kay Sohini is a doctoral scholar and an illustrator based in New York. Her work seeks to examine how graphic narratives possess an openness to difference, that is often missing from normative models of discourse, and how this characteristic can be utilized (by artists and scholars alike) to represent marginalized voices and decolonize crip and queer spaces. She has a Masters in Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. Her
work has been recently published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies, Kindle Magazine, amongst others. You can find more about her ongoing projects at https://kaysohini.hcommons.org/
Jessica Morey-Collins (she/they) is a poet and community resilience planner living in the Pacific Northwest. They completed an MFA at the University of New Orleans, where they won an Academy of American Poets award, and worked as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. Her poems can be found in Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. They are passionate about the role of relationships in creating more stable, resilient communities. She currently works at the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement, and tweets @cautiousmonster