The Team

Founding Editors

Alison Williams     Matt Wheatley     Joanna Nelius     Lisa Ko     Lauren Cruz

Editorial Board

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Alison Williams

Editor in Chief

Alison Williams is a candidate in the MFA in Creative Writing / MA English program at Chapman University, and holds a BA in Comp Lit from NYU. Her primary interests lay in the spaces between things – hence her love of translation, intersectionality, all things digital, and, of course, interdisciplinary work. A lifelong entrepreneur, Alison is founder and CEO of the international media consultancy Raconteur, and she has two awesome daughters who keep her on her toes. Current projects include an anthology of contemporary female francophone poets, and a digital humanities research study of early women doctor's professional networks.

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Matt Wheatley

Managing Director

Matt Wheatley holds a BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College, and is currently obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. In addition to working for Anastamos, Matt currently writes for Chapman Magazine. He loves space, both personal and outer, and hopes for a day when going to Mars can be more than a one-way trip. His work has appeared under the pen name Matthew Fairchild in Rivet and Cardinal Sins.

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Lisa Ko

Managing Director

Lisa Ko holds a BA in English and BA in French at the University of California, Irvine. She is obtaining an MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. She is fascinated by the representation of women’s identities and environmental writing in 18th century studies. With interests ranging from philosophy to marine biology, she believes that observing texts through an interdisciplinary lens is essential in fostering new modes of research and learning. She is currently a graduate assistant for Chapman University, as well as a graduate mentor at The Chapman University/Orange High School Literacies Partnership.

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Mike Gravagno

Poetry Editor

Mike Gravagno is the Poetry and Multimedia editor, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University, holds a BA in Creative Writing- Nonfiction from Columbia University. He is a pop culture and new media obsessive, and co-hosts several podcasts, including the Super Hero Hour Hour and the Coast Conversation. He also hosts Writers’ Block, Anastamos’ show about the story and process behind the works of poets, artists, musicians, directors, and more. When it comes to poetry, Mike tends to hate rhyming and eschews over the top flowery language in favor of direct and surprising turns of phrase.

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Mackenna Cummings

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Mackenna is the nonfiction editor and currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at Chapman University. She received her bachelor’s degrees in literature and creative writing from Eckerd College. She is currently working on her thesis focused on faith and corruption in religion. When she is not obsessing over it she spends time with the people she loves. Mackenna tends to favor essays that engage in research and personal experiences over essays that speak with authority they can’t possibly have (i.e. ‘we as humans find ourselves…’) and essays that engage with ideas beyond the narrative story being told.

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Francine Fluetsch

Social Media Manager

Francine Fluetsch is an MFA Creative Writing candidate at Chapman University who holds a B.A. in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She is a tutor at C2 Education and a National Columnist for Uloop News. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and USA Today College. She is a lover of languages and traveling and hopes to set foot on every continent someday. Upon graduation, she intends to write for television, teach, and hopefully crank out a novel or two.

Nate Rankin

Fiction Editor

Nate Rankin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He writes fiction under the nom de plume Nathaniel Heely. He enjoys fiction with a clear, authentic voice and stories that demand attention in the first sentence. Experimental and non-traditional formats are welcome so long as they are not gimmicky. He abhors cliches and adores Vonnegut’s advice to “Be a Sadist.” He is currently an MFA Fellow at Chapman University. His fiction has been published in Burrow Press Review, decomP, MARY: A Journal of New Writing and many others.

Tessa Pratt

Economics Editor

Tessa Pratt holds a B.A. in both Political Science and Peace Studies, and is now pursuing a M.A. in International Studies at Chapman University. With a joint focus in economics and children’s rights under international law, Tessa has worked with various non-governmental organizations such as Child & Youth Finance International, World Relief, and the International Rescue Committee. Her experiences in the field led her decision to continue on to graduate school. Her energy is driven by travel and interacting with diverse cultures. Tessa is also very passionate about bridging the gap between economists and the ordinary citizen, and she hopes to contribute to this bridge in her career.

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Ian Barnard     Dr. Gregory Daddis     Professor Jim Blaylock

Want To Get Involved?

If you’re a Chapman graduate student and would like to be one of our editors, we’re always looking for talented people! Email us at anastamos.cu@gmail.com to get involved.