Our Board.

This page is dedicated in honor of our Inaugural Board Members, without their tireless mentorship, constant support, and personal investments Defunkt would not be what it is today. 

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Miranda Ramírez

Miranda Ramírez is a multidisciplinary artist and author residing in Houston, Texas. You may find her publications in Ripples in Space, Glass Mountain, Shards, The Bayou Review, Coffin Bell, Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, Cowboy Jamboree. Recently, she was a semi-finalist in the Ember Chasm Review’s Winter Fiction Contest (2020) and a runner-up in the Sad Girl Club Short Story Contest (2021). She is a founding editor of Defunkt Magazine and a visual artist whose works have been exhibited at Williams Tower Gallery, Tea+Art Gallery, and Insomnia Gallery. She is currently drafting her first novel as an MFA candidate and fellowship awardee at Sam Houston State University. Instagram: @ramirez.miranda.n , Twitter: tellme_to_smile


Dr. Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston where she teaches courses on Mexican American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literature, and American Literature. She has published her research in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, Chiricú Journal, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.  Her forthcoming book Letras y Limpias: Decolonial Medicine and Holistic Healing in Mexican American Literature will be available Fall 2021.

Other Members Include:

  • Lupe Mendez

  • Daniel Peña

  • Dr. Amanda Ellis

  • Greg Flakus

  • Kelly B. Solomon