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

beth nguyen

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

Preeti Vangani is an MFA student at the University of San Francisco. Her work has appeared in BOAAT, Noble/Gas Qtrly, HeART Journal, Juked, and Lines+Stars among others. A spoken word poet, she has been a featured performer at several San Francisco events including Voz Sin Tinta and Kearny Street Workshop. She is the winner of the 2017 Raedleaf (India) Poetry Prize and has a book of poems forthcoming in 2019.

Fiction Editor

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

Nonfiction Editor

Catherine Abalos  
earned her bachelor’s degree at Loyola 20180412_JCP_Headshot_Catherine-Abalos_DSCF2397_02_editMarymount University in Los Angeles. She is currently an MFA
student at the University of San Francisco where she also serves as the president of the Graduate Writers Association. Her work has appeared in LA Miscellany. She is a Bay Area native who prefers books to tech devices.

Catherine tweets at @catherinemay.

General Staff

Alex Speeg, Mariah Spurgin, Destiny Everett, Jared Stokes, Charisel Parla, John O’Rouke, Evie Smith, Julianne Henderson, Lindsay Quintanilla, Maddie Elias, Maria Manuccia, Nathan Spicer, Sara Fan, Olivia Peña, Sabina Letang

Journal of the MFA in Writing program at USF