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Issue 157 Lead Editors

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Ryan Steel

Managing Editor

Originally from San Clemente, Calif., Ryan Steel is an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at SJSU. Ryan previously worked as a production assistant in the entertainment industry before changing gears to a career in academics and literature, specifically literary criticism. Ryan is a graduate assistant on campus and can be found during his free time, running laps on the indoor track at Spartan Recreation, playing Badminton, snapping film photos, and even trying his hand at Bluegrass Banjo.

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Bekah Lazar

Fiction Editor

Raised in Santa Clara, Calif., Bekah Lazar (they/them) holds a BFA in Theatre Production from the University of British Columbia, where they also minored in creative writing. They are currently enrolled in SJSU’s MFA program, where they’ve rediscovered their love for fiction and poetry. They like to pet dogs in their spare time.


Allegra Balbuena

Nonfiction Editor

Allegra Balbuena is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at SJSU. She received a BA in English from CSU East Bay in 2020. Allegra currently works for a nonprofit organization that supports individuals experiencing domestic violence. Creative nonfiction is the second love of her life.

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Olivia Rose

Poetry Editor

Born and raised in San Jose, Olivia Rose is a writer currently based in San Francisco. She holds her BA in English and Comparative Literature from UCLA and is an MFA candidate in creative writing at SJSU. Her poems and essays have appeared in various publications.


Dylan Mueller

Art & EVC Editor

Based in San José, Dylan Mueller is a story lover often known as a writer and more so as an avid reader. Currently studying for a BA in Creative Writing at San José State University, they spend much of their time exploring various creative mediums. 


Helen Meservey

Editor in Chief

Journalist and commentator Helen Meservey has written for daily and weekly newspapers in California and Massachusetts, and her work has appeared on public radio and cable television. She teaches writing at San José State University.

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