Editor in Chief / Prose Editor
Diamond Braxton is a queer, mixed-race Black-Mexican writer and editor pursuing an MFA at Texas State. She has work published or forthcoming in The Forge, Stanchion, Alebrijes Review, 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. Learn more about her and her work at www.diamondgizellebraxton.com
Managing Editor / 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.
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.
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.
Lucas Del Pico
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.
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
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.
Associate Poetry Editor
Kimberly Wolf is a poet and parent living in Texas. She can often be found driving fifteen hours to see a mountain. You can read her work at www.kimberlywolfpoet.com. You can follow her on Twitter @KimmieWolf.
Associate Fiction Chapbook Editor
Social Media Manager
Elizabeth Soto is a whole lotta queer and a whole lotta fiesty in a 4'9 package. She is an Editorial Fellow at Texas Review Press and an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University with a concentration in fiction. Elizabeth currently lives in Huntsville with her partner.
William "Will" Whitmire
William “Will” Whitmire is a queer fiction writer and graduate candidate in Sam Houston State University’s MFA/MA program in Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing/English. Will enjoys writing about queer experience, music, and the obscure moments that never vanish. When he isn’t writing, he’s researching and experiencing the wide range of queer literature, and spending time with his husband and three dogs. Will aspires to be a professor of English and Creative Writing — something he is sure will make him rich one day.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
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Bruno Ríos is a translator, multigenre writer, and educator from Sonora, México. He holds a PhD in Latin American literature from the University of Houston and teaches Spanish and Latin American Lit at The Emery/Weiner School. He is the author of three poetry books, most recently the revised second edition of Cueva de leones/Lion’s Den (2021), partially translated into English by Roberto Tejada, and a novel, La voz de las abejas (Sediento Ediciones, 2016). He is the founder and director of Books & Bikes: A Book Club on Two Wheels, organizing and leading rides through the city as well as promoting community building through literature and cycling.
Elliot Eatinger is a writer currently based in New York City (with homes in both California and Texas), presently doing COVID safety work with Broadway, and a little bit of everything too - including reviewing books! They received her BA in Theatre Arts (CSU San Bernardino) and MFA in Playwriting (Actors Studio Drama School), and that gave her an excuse to read more and more with every passing year. They are an anxiety-prone horror lover, excited about new literature and theatre around every corner, and are constantly trying to think of new ways to define anything they write. Recent credits include: Rockford New Words 2022 (Poetry); Actors Studio Drama School, One Minute Play Festival (Theatre). Current projects include: reading a whole lot more, and trying to write a lot more.
Cy Pacht is based in New York City (but not Brooklyn!), grew up in Houston, and spent most of the past five years in Chicago. A graduate from the University of Chicago in English and drama, he has produced dramaturgy for the Alley and Court theatres, where he researched such diverse topics as Shakespearean verse, Vietnam War refugees, the Jews of prewar Vienna, and artificial bears. For his undergraduate thesis, Cy wrote about “Nestbeschmutzer”s—German language writers like Thomas Bernhard and Walter Abish who pulled no punches and weren’t afraid to “dirty the nest” when it came to their own countries’ affairs. In some fabled life outside of books, Cy loves to travel, and when it becomes possible again, he plans to do so as often (and sustainably) as he can.