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Diamond Braxton

Editor in Chief & Prose Editor

Diamond Braxton is a queer, Black-Mexican writer who graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She has work published or forthcoming in Rejection Letters, The Acentos Review, Hellebore Press, The Bitchin' Kitsch, and Mixed Mag and is also a Tin House Summer Workshop Alum. She resides in Houston, Texas where she started as the prose editor and was promoted to the Editor in Chief for Defunkt magazine. She has completed developmental edits for renowned authors such as Scarlett St. Clair (When Stars Come Out, releasing in July 2022), Fenley Cooper, and more. Currently, she is working on her first chapbook release titled “The Fruits of Our Labor” and spends her nights writing accompanied by her five rats and two needy kittens.

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Keagan Wheat

Poetry Editor

Keagan began his love of writing as a musician, but as he moved through the UH Creative Writing Department, he became more interested in poetry. His poetry often focuses on transgender identity and how others, especially family, interact with that identity, though his more recent poetry starts thinking through how congenital heart disease impacts his identity. AT UH, he worked on Volumes 20, 21, and 22 of Glass Mountain. He has been published by Z Publishing in Texas’s Best Emerging Poets, the Fall 2018 issue of The Tulane Review, and Shards Issue 4.

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Samantha Fowler

Art Director

Samantha Fowler is a visual artist, photographer, and creative sequential storyteller from Houston, Texas. She has pursued the arts her entire life; earning an Art Associates from Galveston college, as well as a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. From a young age, she sought out ways to enhance her talents, such as participating in the Galveston art walk, managing community organizations, and creating commissions for hire. Through her work, Samantha strives to convey struggles with mental illness and stories of womanhood. Through these mediums, she seeks to build connections with others with similar experiences.

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Jonathan Hinjosa

Chief of Design

Jonathon H is a multidisciplinary artist. He was born in Edinburg, TX, but spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Latin America. He earned his bachelor's degree in drama from Trinity University. He has had poems published in the San Antonio Express News and an anthology. Jonathon has focused on a wide range of arts throughout the years, but lately has been concentrating on printmaking techniques, alternative photographic processes, and some woodworking. He draws most of his inspiration from nature, emotion, and the blending of cultures he grew up in. He currently lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife and children. Photo @sarahbrookelyons 

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Megan McKinley

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Megan McKinley is the Texas Review Press Publicity Fellow and the nonfiction editor for Defunkt Magazine. Her work has appeared in Variety Pack and forthcoming in Gutslut Press. They are completing their MFA at Sam Houston State University in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing. They currently reside in Huntsville, Texas with their cat.

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Amanda Lopez

Associate Poetry Editor

Amanda Lopez is an artist. A person who aims to bring more love into the world. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Wife. Dog Lover. She received her BA in English Creative Writing with a minor in Philosophy  at the University of Houston. She has a self-published poetry chapbook titled Soul Search and is currently working to become a certified English teacher. 

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Kaunain Khan

Associate Prose Editor

Graduated from University of Houston with a BA in English. Likes to take the days one at a time, and enjoys anything that's written well. Has a love for stickers and food, and is obsessed with books and holy grail skincare products (unfortunately for her wallet). She dabbles in many creative projects and wishes to one day sit down and just write a book. That day is not today, so for now, she is enjoying her time reading creative stories from all over the world.


Lucas Del Pico

Music Editor

Lucas Del Pico resides in Austin, Texas, where he has lived for about two decades. Like many others, he was drawn to Austin by the live music scene. While at the University of Texas, Lucas worked at the college radio station, KVRX 91.7 fm, where he served as editor of the station's zine, The Call Letter, as well as co-hosting popular shows like “Keepin’ It Real with Brian and Lucas” and “Cheesecake in the Forbidden Zone.” More recently, Lucas has worked as a contributor and event coordinator for 2020’s Shock the Vote ATX campaign, which focused on community-building, voter education, and fundraising, while navigating the unique climate of 2020 in which virtual events and drive-in movies became the norm. Lucas is a jack of many trades, with experience in IT, customer service, event planning, journalism, and radio. As a proud nerd, Lucas is an amateur cosplayer and a fan of horror movies, comic books, and tabletop games.

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