Editorial Staff for 2018-2019


Natalie Schriefer

Editor in Chief

Natalie is currently pursing her MFA in fiction. She works as a freelance writer and editor and manages local magazine Trumbull Neighbors. Her short stories, poetry, and personal essays have been published in both print and online journals such as Nanoism, Penworks, 1:1000, and with MTV, among others. Her current project and thesis is a young adult novel dealing with gender stereotypes and, also, riding dirt bikes.

Photo Credit: Corey J. Hudson

Photo Credit: Corey J. Hudson


Eric Ong

Assistant Editor

Eric has found himself in Connecticut after growing up in the South, doing his best to repress his Southern accent, moving to South-East Asia during his formative years, moving to the American Midwest in the middle of winter and resenting it, getting his English degrees at an engineering school and then moving halfway across the continent for a girl. A chronic educator, when Eric isn’t teaching high school students literature by dead white folk, he’s rewatching The Office despite Netflix’s constant, worried questioning, “Are you still watching?” He does this with his partner, Molly, and their veritable petting zoo of animals. Should Eric and Molly die under the collapsing weight of all the books in their apartment and their improperly mounted bookshelves they will be survived by their cats, Buffy and Gizmo, their rabbit, Juliet, and their mice, Ruby, Sapphire, Phoebe, Marceline, and Bonnibell.

Princess Zuri McCann

Poetry Editor


Cole Depuy

Poetry Editor

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Princess Zuri McCann grew up in New Haven, CT. She recently graduated from SCSU as an undergraduate and is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry. She enjoys reading young adult literature, watching spoken word poetry on YouTube, and watching Hallmark Mystery Movies. She also enjoys working in libraries.

Cole Depuy grew up in Sandy Hook, CT with his three younger brothers. Slam poetry and rap music were his first inspirations to creative writing as a kid. He studied English at the University of Vermont and graduated in 2013. His favorite genres to write are lyrical poetry and thriller fiction. 

Giovanni Valentin

Fiction Editor

Photo credit: David Seuch

Photo credit: David Seuch

Mikey Sivak

Fiction Editor


A Queens boy and New Yorker at heart, Giovanni now lives by the shores of CT. He's making progress on an MFA in Creative Writing, and working on a collection of semi-autobiographical stories, titled The Bean Bandit, which details the transition from waiting tables in a ratty, dead-end, 50's themed diner to bartending at a five-star restaurant. He's also writing a fantasy novel titled Bungeye, which follows a lonely wanderer, a simple shoemaker, a starving father, and the father's observant, young daughter in a story which unites regular yet extraordinary people so they may confront a ship-sized, ocularly-challenged fish.

Mikey Sivak is a writer and visual artist from the slums of Connecticut. His fiction, poetry, comics, and photography have appeared in a number of international journals, zines, and anthologies. Non-relevant jobs he has held include (though are not limited to): animation storyboard artist, janitor, Uber driver, dish washer, bartender, garden center laborer, watch designer, security guard, art gallery assistant, standardized test editor, and juice salesman. He has three different degrees in English, all from Southern Connecticut State University. At night, in the dark, he fantasizes about motorcycling the Himalayas.

Mike Tenney

Fiction Editor


Mike Tenney has been a resident of New Haven for twenty-two years during which time he completed a BA in English from SCSU, specializing semi-autobiographical fiction and memoir.  For his senior thesis he completed a memoir dealing with the side effects of psychotropic medications used to remedy mental illness.  He is an avid reader and member of many bookclubs which move him outside of his usual (or unusual tastes).  He looks forward to encountering more growth and variety as a MFA candidate for prose fiction.

Karen Ciosek

Poetry Editor

Karen J. Ciosek lives in Wallingford, CT and is a retired teacher. She currently leads SMwP, Saturday Mornings with Poetry, at the Wallingford Public Library. She is also the editor and contributor in SMwP’s annual anthology of poetry, Perennial Awakenings. She is a member of the Connecticut Poetry Society. She self-published a poetry chapbook, Girlfriends. Her poems were also published in Cardinal House Poetry and Wallingford Magazine. She won two awards in the Gerald F. Melito’s Senior Poetry Contest sponsored by Altrusa International of Central CT. She is an MFA student at SCSU.