Meet The Team

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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.

Timothy Cech

Fiction Editor

Timothy Cech has served as lead fiction editor for issues 153 and 154 of Reed Magazine. In 2019 he was recognized as an Ernie Pyle Reporter of the Year by the Associated Collegiate Press. He is currently pursuing an MFA at San José State University.


Allie Maier

Nonfiction Editor

Allie Maier [they/them] is a master’s candidate in English literature at San José State University and the nonfiction editor of the SJSU literary journal, Reed Magazine. They won the 2020 Harvey Birenbaum Prize.

Anne Cheilek

Poetry Editor & Chief Copy Editor

Anne Cheilek is the poetry editor and copy chief of Reed Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, Gone Lawn, DMQ Review, Reed Magazine, The Sand Hill Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2020 Anne Lillis Award and the 2019 Phelan Award for Free Verse.


Sarah Nolte

Art Editor, Social Media & Web Management

Sarah Nolte [she/her] is an undergraduate student majoring in English and minoring in philosophy. She served as Reed Magazine: Issue 154’s Emerging Voices judge. Her published work can be found in Myriad Journal and Zeniada.

Matty Heimgartner

Design Director

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.

Skye Dumlao

Sales Director

Skye Dumlao (she/her) is an undergraduate at San José State University studying English and creative writing. She’s using her time at the university to find her writing style and learn Japanese.


Seher Vora

Archive Director

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.

Helen Meservey

Editor-in-Chief & Faculty Advisor

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.