Stephanie Pearmain received an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hollins University. She has worked in the English Department at UA since 2001 where she currently teaches courses in Children's and Young Adult Literature & Publishing and is the Coordinator of Undergraduate English Internships. She has been a Reader for the Andrea BrownLiterary Agency and the award-winning online young adult literary magazine YARN. Her first children's book was published in 2012 by Scholastic and her writing has been published in anthologies and magazines, including the recently released Nancy Drew Anthology.
Joe Buckler is a writer studying Creative Writing and English at the University of Arizona. He is a gluttonous reader, lover all things strange and unusual, and an avid gamer. His ten year plan includes world domination, and perfecting his five-alarm salsa recipe.
Christy Duprey hails from New Jersey, but fled West after graduating high school, searching for better weather. She majors in English and Creative Writing here at the U of A, and is currently a senior. When not in class, she can generally be found chipping away at the first draft of a novel. Her other interests include the visual arts and theater, having very nearly led her into a theatrical production major. Luckily, writing won out in the end. After graduating, she hopes to go into publishing.
Once upon a time, Cheyenne Lopex hated reading and was notorious among elementary school teachers for writing book reports on stories she had made up herself. Her reputation changed when she stumbled across a fantasy novel in her middle school library. She went from a book hater to a book lover within a matter of pages. Now, as a senior at the University of Arizona, she is majoring in English and Creative Writing. Although she stopped writing book reports on her own stories, she can be found analyzing her favorite books and writing a page or two of her own.
Julian Esquer is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona and obtained a BA in political science. He is passionate about reading and enjoys analyzing works in order to go beyond the common scope of writing in order to develop a better understanding of the author and their purpose. After obtaining his Masters degree in legal studies he plans to attend law school in order to practice medical law and later receive his Masters in English literature in order to teach courses that combine both English Literature and Law.
Alessandra De Zubeldia is a senior majoring in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish. At seventeen, she left Guadalajara, Mexico, the place she calls home, to begin her upper-educational journey in Tucson. Currently, she is working on her creative thesis, a project that has been equally daunting and rewarding. After graduation, she is excited to go into publishing. She is also interested in someday working as a court translator for Mexican and Central American immigrants and refugees, an interest further fueled after reading Valeria Luiselli’s essay “Tell Me How It Ends,” which she highly recommends.
Allisone Doerner is from Sedona, Arizona. She moved to Arizona when she was five and lived in Sedona for about 15 years. In middle school, she traveled to France, Italy and Greece while on a student ambassador program. Since then, she has always wanted to go back and explore other countries. In high school, she was on her newspaper and yearbook staff where she liked working on the reviews section and making infographics. She currently has a blog called “All Is One Little Book.” She mainly writes book reviews, but she is interested working on other topics to post about.
Mandy Becker is a senior student at the University of Arizona majoring in English, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Spanish. She is a native Tucsonan and loves spending time out in the desert. She tries to work with people—especially kids—and animals whenever she can and is the proud mama of a goldfish named Watney. When she isn’t in class or in the library, you can find her watching superhero movies, reading books in the vein of Harry Potter or learning about the ocean.
Chris Lee is a California native that found himself living all around the US. He and his family moved to Tucson a few years ago where he enrolled in the University of Arizona. Chris is an English major with a passion for politics and social commentary. If he’s not reading a classic, he’s either caught up in the newest LGBT novel or buried under research papers. Chris is now a senior at the UofA and is graduating with his BA this spring. He’s looking to continue onto graduate school and one day find his way back to the coast.
Wala Abushaar was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and has been immersed in the entertainment industry since 1995. A die hard gamer and film enthusiast since birth; he majored in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Science. He began his career as a writer to cover the highs and lows of entertainment and broadcast the beauty of the industry to like-minded individuals.
Michelle LeBar is a twenty-five-year-old student who has spent much of her life in academia because she just loves it that much. Creative writing is her passion, and Young Adult is her favorite genre to curl up with after a busy day of work and classes. Her favorite book series at the moment is the Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, but she’s always searching for a new favorite. When she’s not at school, she works at Barnes and Noble, and always keeps an eye out for the most interesting new releases.