Sayantika Mandal is an MFA student at the University of San Sayantika Headshot-3172Francisco. She came to the Bay Area from West Bengal, India. She loves reading novels and exploring historical ruins. She formerly worked as a copy editor with Hindustan Times in India. She is currently working on her first novel Driftwood.

Sayantika tweets at @Sayantikatweets.

Editor-in-Chief (On Leave)

Kat Lewis is the author of the short story collection, In and of Blood. Lewis graduated from Johns Hopkins IMG_3048University where she held the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship. In 2018, she received a Fulbright Creative Arts grant in South Korea. She is currently an MFA student at the University of San Francisco.

Kat tweets at @iRkat525.

Faculty Advisor

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Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen is the program director for the University of San Francisco MFA in Writing. She is also the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner (winner of the PEN/Jerard Award), the novel Short Girls (winner of an American Book Award), and the novel Pioneer Girl, is coeditor of the anthologies Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye and 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years.

Poetry Editor

Michael Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a current MFA student at the University of San Francisco where he is working on a collection of poems for his first book. He describes his work as character driven, image-based, and musical. In his free time, he enjoys adventuring into nature, writing songs on guitar, and performing at various open mics in San Francisco.

Fiction Editor

Rachael Moore is a second-year MFA student at the University of San Francisco.

Nonfiction Co-Editors

Sara Fan has an MFA in poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was the assistant managing editor for Ninth Letter. She is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of San Francisco.

John O’Rourke is an MFA student at USF. He likes horses, paisleys, and long walks on the beach.

Technical Editor

Crystal Theresa Z. Ejanda is an MFA student at the University of San Francisco, where she is working on a hybrid collection of stories and essays. With a kindergartner and toddler at home, she’s learned to hold edits and revisions in her head and to write in short-but-productive bursts. Her writing has appeared in New South, Still Standing Magazine, Haiku Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Crystal tweets at @dandiewinks.

General Staff

Alex Speeg, Ariel Vincent, Arielle Sutherland, Bryan Rollofson, Daniel Callahan, Dennis Spears, Emily Hoang, Kelsey Britt, Kerry Radcliffe, Max Blue, Olivia Peña, Rebeca Flores

Journal of the MFA in Writing program at USF