Issue 155 Lead Editors

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Ryan H. Smith

Managing Editor

Native to the Bay Area, Ryan H. Smith [he/him] is an MFA candidate in creative writing with a concentration in screenwriting at SJSU, and serves as the managing editor of Reed Magazine: Issue 154. A former poetry and art editor, Ryan is also a part-time contest adjudicator with Cinequest Film Festival and NYC Midnight.

Seher Vora

Fiction Editor

Seher Vora is a Pakistani-American writer and editor. She currently serves as archive director and staff editor for Reed Magazine and is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from San José State University. She holds an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Nicole Calande

Nonfiction Editor

Nicole Calande (she/her) is a Bay Area-based short story writer and poet. She is a Columbia Publishing Course graduate and previously worked in the publishing industry. Her work has been featured in Catapult and F(r)iction. She is completing her MFA at San José State University.


Ume Ali

Poetry Editor

Ume Ali is a Teaching Associate and MFA candidate at SJSU where she studies fiction and poetry. She has served as contributing editor for Azizah Magazine, nonfiction editor at Reed, and is president of the Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective. Ume's work can be found in Azizah and Caesura.

Matty Heimgartner

Art Editor

Matty Heimgartner is a queer artist and writer in California. He holds a BA in art and is currently studying for an MFA in creative writing. He is a resident artist of KALEID gallery in San José. His work has been published in CreativPaper, Content, Beyond Words, and Artist Portfolio.


Helen Meservey


Helen Meservey is a journalist and essayist who teaches writing at Menlo College in Atherton, California, and at San José State University. The editor-in-chief of Reed Magazine, Meservey in 2018 received

the first-place James Phelan Literary Award and a Solas Award from Travelers’ Tales for humor writing.