LUMINA Staff Vol. XVII

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Joanna Bettelheim, Marketing Director

Joanna Bettelheim earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009. She now works for the College in the Office of Alumni Relations while pursuing her MFA in Nonfiction Writing. She served as Marketing Assistant for LUMINA Volume XVI. Her work has previously appeared in Exposition Review's Flash 405

 

 

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Jane Glucksman, Nonfiction Editor

Jane Glucksman is a second year MFA writing student at Sarah Lawrence College. An avid reader, writer, and photographer, she lives in New York City with her imaginary goldfish.

 

 

 

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Qassye Hall, Poetry Contest Editor

Qassye M. Hall is a Graduate Student in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence. She is serving as the Poetry Contest Editor and as Editorial Assistant for Lumina. With one publication in the Scarletleaf Review and the creation of two journals as Nebo: a Literary Journal Managing Editor, Qassye is looking for ways to achieve dreams, to make a difference in the world, and to search for new creative works that deserve limelight.

 

 

 

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Leah Johnson, Multimedia Editor

Leah Johnson is a multimedia storyteller and Midwestern expat currently residing in suburban New York. She received her BA in Journalism and African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University and is currently a second year MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing focuses primarily on issues of race, class and identity. You can find her on Twitter ranting about pop culture, politics and the greatest show of all time: The West Wing @byleahjohnson.

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Victoria Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

Victoria Johnson is a second-year graduate fiction student at Sarah Lawrence. For her thesis, she is working on a novel. Aside from writing, she likes to sing, play guitar, read, and sleep. She is originally from Arizona, but currently lives north of NYC with her girlfriend and their tiny succulent plant.

 

 

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Christian Opperman, Translations Editor

Christian Opperman is a first-year MFA student in speculative fiction, originally hailing from South Africa and California.  Before making his way to Sarah Lawrence, he lived in Tokyo, Japan for a number of years in a constant state of wonderment.  Other than writing, he enjoys listening to music, rock climbing, and dreaming up fresh horrors to distract himself from what’s happening in the world around him.

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Patrick Lofgren, Fiction Editor

Patrick Lofgren is a writer living in Yonkers, New York. He is a graduate of Clarion West 2017, and is pursuing an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. 

 

 

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Ashley Lopez, Digital Editor

Ashley Lopez is a second year Fiction MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked in publishing for the past four years and is an editor for Pigeon Pages, a new literary journal based in NYC. Ashley lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Aldous Huxley.

 

 

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Sarah Monahan, Blog Editor

Sarah Monahan is a Bay Area, California native who is residing in New York while getting her MFA in Creative Writing Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. This is her second year in the program and she is currently working on her thesis. Her passions include horror/crime novels and “slice of life” entertainment, potatoes in any form, color coordinating her closet, amateur calligraphy, one day owning a dog, and pairing avocado with as many foods as possible. She is currently a contributing writer for WhereNYC, and also taught Creative Writing through Right-to-Write and at the Baccalaureate School of Global Education in Queens.

 

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Davian Roberts, Art Director

Formerly an art advisor in New York City, Davian is now a writer, editor and interiors stylist.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities and is currently an MFA Candidate in Writing at Sarah Lawrence.  Davian lives with her sardonic husband and two remarkable children in Connecticut. 

 

 

 

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Tsahai Wright, Managing Editor

Tsahai Makeda has been capturing her thoughts and putting them to paper since childhood. She writes about the human expeTsahai Makeda has been capturing her thoughts and putting them to paper since childhood. She writes about the human experiences as it relates to how people treat one another, and how that affects us individually. When not writing, she is reading or knitting. She is a candidate for her MFA in Fiction Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and will likely pursue her Ph.D in English Literature post-graduation. Tsahai lives at the gateway to the Catskills in Upstate NY with her husband and three children.