Blue Mesa Review Team

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Jason Thayer — Co-Editor-in-Chief

Jason Thayer is an MFA student at the University of New Mexico.  His stories have won contests.  He is also a rapper, whose album the Chicago Reader called “bleak and unusual.”  The prose he writes is different, but kind of the same.

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Aaron Reeder — Co-Editor-in-Chief

Aaron Reeder writes from Albuquerque and is an MFA student of poetry at The University of New Mexico. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square Review, Literary Orphans, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Apeiron Review, Kudzu House Quarterly, Bitter Oleander, Black Tongue Review, The Great American Literary Magazine, and others. He is the author of the chapbook, DAWN (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2015). Visit aaronreederwrites.com for event and contact information.

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Crystal Zanders — Poetry Editor

Crystal Zanders is currently an MFA student in poetry at the University of New Mexico. In her previous life, she spent seven years teaching at-risk students in the rural South.  Her poetry explores the themes of family, gender, race and poverty.

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Steve Howe — Nonfiction Editor

Originally from South Dakota, Steve Howe has lived in many cities around the country and now calls Albuquerque, NM home. He is a second year MFA student in Creative Nonfiction, though he also explores poetry and writing for the stage. Steve’s writing has appeared in The Rumpus and he is currently working on a series of essays exploring various social issues through memoir.

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Charlie Wormhoudt —Associate Editor

Charlie Wormhoudt is in his final year as an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico.

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David Morgan O’Connor — Fiction Editor

David Morgan O’Connor is from a small village on Lake Huron. After many nomadic years, he is based in Albuquerque, where a short story collection progresses. He contributors monthly to; The Review Review and New Pages. His writing has appeared in; Barcelona Metropolitan, Collective Exiles, Across the Margin, Headland, Cecile’s Writers, Bohemia, Beechwood, Fiction Magazine, After the Pause, The Great American Literary Magazine (Pushcart nomination) , The New Quarterly and The Guardian.

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Marisa P. Clark – Faculty Adviser

A native of Biloxi, MS, Marisa P. Clark holds a Ph.D. in fiction writing from Georgia State University. She has taught at UNM for more than 16 years, including classes in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, queer literature and rhetoric, and the core curriculum. In her spare time, she hangs out with her dogs and parrots and/or her friends, goes to the gym, watches lots of sports, and (of course) reads and writes.

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Blue Mesa Review – Readers

Undergraduate Readers: Emily Bjustrom, Eli Calkins, Mica Holmes, Katherine Jennings, Tamara Love, Kelen Mahan, Sharmaine Ong, Tristan Padilla, Connor Pagett, Emma Rogers, and Katelin Zehr.

Graduate Readers: Vincent Basso, Steve Howe, David O’Connor, Faerl Torres, and Crystal Zanders.