The Team

Founding Editors

Alison Williams     Matt Wheatley     Joanna Nelius     Lisa Ko     Lauren Cruz

Editorial Board

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Matt Goldman

Co-Editor in Chief

Matthew is a writer and graduate student in the dual degree program (MFA Creative Writing / MA English) at Chapman University. He is the co-founder of Anastamos's ``Write to Read`` reading series and places a lot of value in community and literary citizenship. In his free time, he volunteers at a local nonprofit where he teaches writing skills to people in recovery from mental illness. Matthew lives in Orange, California with his pitbull, Rocko.

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Allie Vernon

Co-Editor in Chief

Allie holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, an MA in English from Chapman University, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing (Chapman). When she is not writing fiction of her own, she is most interested in the intersection between race, gender, and capitalism, as well as the way that that this juncture is negotiated in literature. She also enjoys teaching written inquiry in Chapman’s rhetoric and composition department. When she is not busy doing the academic hustle, she likes to read sad books and ride her bike.

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Elizabeth Chen

Managing Director

Elizabeth is studying for her MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. She has studied Chinese Language and Cultures at NTNU in Taipei and holds her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She has also judged a number of poetry contests in local Southern California. Her current theses-in-progress are on how cityscapes affect the collective memory of the Asian diaspora and on fantasy storytelling in multi-modal narrative poetry. When not taking English classes, she's teaching middle school and high school math and ESL. She also continues her studies on German and Chinese. And, she supposes, when she's absolutely not in the mood for the classroom, she dances on the pole and rides her beloved motorcycle.

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Paige Welsh

Communications Manager

Paige is pursuing a masters degree in fiction. As Anastamos' communications manager, she aims to expand the magazine's audience and build inroads with Orange's local writing community. She brings three years of professional experience in communications and marketing to the Anastamos team. Paige graduated cum laude from UC Santa Cruz, majoring in marine biology and minoring in literature. She received the Chancellor's Award for her creative thesis on Moby Dick.

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Danielle Shorr

Social Media/Poetry Editor

Danielle Shorr is a current MFA student forever trying to make the transition from poetry to fiction. Along with a full length book of poetry titled Beyond Existing, her poetic work has been published in The New Verse News and Calliope, and her contributions include content for Mtv, FoodBeast, and Sauté magazine among others. When she’s not staring in awe at her newly installed bookcase, she’s most likely consuming short story collections or curating her list of Orange County’s best eats. She currently works as a tutor at Chapman’s writing center.

Content Producer

Content Producer

Bio Coming Soon

Multidisciplinary Editor

Multidisciplinary Editor

Bio coming soon.

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Marco Randazzo

Fiction Editor

Marco Randazzo is pursuing a Dual Master’s Degree at Chapman University. He is working toward his MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). Marco received his Undergraduate Degree in English at the University of California, Irvine. Marco enjoys reading, writing, and teaching. He hopes to continue his education and one day obtain a PhD in English Literature.

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Kati Zamani

Nonfiction Editor

Kati Zamani persues her MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. Previously she participated as Copy Editor and Fiction Editor for Saddleback College's WALL Literary Journal. She began her writing career in fiction before recently discovering the strange versatality of creative nonfiction. You can follow her on instagram at Katzyyy.

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Karina Trejo

Editor of Scholarly Work

Karina received her BA in Psychology and in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently pursuing her dream to share diverse experiences through storytelling in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University. She believes that kindness and stories with representative characters can change the world. Her interests are in the social and cognitive implications that language has in shaping identity and worldview. She channels that passion into teaching the English course, Writing Gender, in the Rhetoric and Composition department at Chapman. She is also an editorial contributor for Aisle Planner and a chocolate ice cream aficionado.

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Aysel Atamdede

Podcast Editor

Aysel Atamdede holds a BA in English and a minor in Studio Art from Santa Clara University, and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman. As an undergrad at SCU, she established the Imaginarium VR lab, teaching students to design, build, and publish 3d animations and video games. She is a writer and voice director for The Sketch Fellows, a podcast produced by her and her friends in their spare time.

Co-Podcast Editor

Co-Podcast Editor

Bio coming soon.

Weekly Content Editor

Weekly Content Editor

Bio coming soon.

Grant Writer and Fundraising

Grant Writer and Fundraising

Bio coming soon.

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Christopher Hines

Wordpress Developer

Christopher Hines is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing by night and programming by day. As an author, he is interested in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and is currently delving into Digital Humanities as a programmer. Introduced to computers at a young age, Christopher grew up almost parallel with the development of the modern internet and was born the same year as the WorldWideWeb. Christopher has experienced traditional hand-coded HTML website development as well as modernized content management systems, of which he prefers the latter.

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Sierra Ellison

Assistant Poetry Editor

Bio coming soon.

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Sam Risak

Assistant Fiction Editor

Sam is working toward an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She came to Chapman to write short stories, but stumbled into science writing and poetry as well, her research on the body and the brain further pushing her experimentation with the fantastic. An instructor for the English composition course Writing About Horror, she loves reading and writing anything spooky, anything food-related, and more than anything, when the two combine.

Sarah Valadez

Assistant Fiction Editor

Bio coming soon.

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.