Lauren Kalt is an English major, with minors in Studio Art and French at Northern Arizona University and a certificate in Creative Writing. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she learned the true meaning of the phrase “desert rat.” Creative writing has always been her passion, alongside fine art. While she considers herself more of a fiction writer, she also experiments with nonfiction and poetry. When not writing, she enjoys watching Netflix, playing with her dogs, painting, and updating her Instagram far too often.

 

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Keene Short is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied English and History. Recently a life-long Flagstaffian playing jazz with squirrels in the woods, he is currently a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where the squirrels prefer classical. 

Amanda Williamson is a writer, reader, knitter, feminist, world traveler, and cat enthusiast. Amanda completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University, earning Bachelors of Arts in History and English. Currently Amanda works as an Education Abroad Advisor at NAU while pursuing her Masters in History with emphases in Public History and Gender & Sexuality. Amanda was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and when she is not studying or working she enjoys knitting, baking, and playing with her cat.

 

Nicholas Hodge is a Performance Theatre and English Major at Northern Arizona University moving into his senior year of undergrad. Nick has been writing short stories for some time now but this is his first official publication. Nick would like to thank the wonderful Erin Stalcup for all of her kind assistance in making "He Walked Away" become a reality. Nick has worked as both a peer-reviewer and author for The Tunnels and hopes to continue to be a part of the journal in the future. 

 

Emery Diana Thomure is an English teacher with a deep love of literature, music, and visual arts. She dwells in the beautiful and merciless Sonoran Desert. During her time in Flagstaff she was fascinated by the wonderfully weird people who lived there; these folks blossomed into the inspiration for her story. This is her first publication.

 

Sienna O. Chapman is an eternal undergraduate at NAU, striving indefinitely for an environmental studies degree. She is a full time middle school teaching assistant, part time river guide, and full time mom. Sienna enjoys writing, climbing, adventuring, and occasionally fire juggling. Through her writing she endeavors to address issues of social and environmental injustice

 

Michelle Webber received her BA in English from Northern Arizona University in 2015. When she is not hard at work slinging Tweets and composing newsletters for an Australian tech startup's marketing team in Portland, OR, she is avidly penning her first novel. In what little spare time she has, she enjoys collecting owl trinkets, researching the American Old West for the aforementioned novel, and lavishing affection on her moody tortoiseshell cat, Ophelia.

 
 

Winslow Schmelling is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with a BA in Foreign Languages. She has work forthcoming in Flint Literary Magazine and has accepted a place at Portland State University's MFA Program in the fall of 2016.

Jared Bohn is an Arizona native who lives in Flagstaff. He served as a US Navy corpsman from 2006 to 2012 and deployed twice to Iraq as a medic in Marine infantry battalions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from NAU in 2016 with a minor in English. Now an aspiring novelist, he works in a lumberyard and dreams of building an intentional community in Northern Arizona.

 

Kelly Church graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2014 with a B.S. in journalism, a B.A. in English and a certificate in literature. She now works in Scottsdale, Arizona, as the Editorial Manager for an international skincare company and does freelance journalism on the side. She loves to read and cook in her spare time.

 

Jennifer Trenkle graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 and instead of balancing exams and essays on little sleep, she now balances substitute teaching and two social media-based internships on the same amount of sleep. Since graduating, she has completed a half-marathon and various 15k and 10k running events, continues to write creatively when free time and inspiration arise, and now has the absolute pleasure of being able to call herself a published author.

 

Kelsey Hackett, sometimes known as Kiki, is a person from central Arizona. She studies math by day and works at a library by night. More times than not she misjudges the amount of time she should brew her coffee before she presses it, but nonetheless she treads on. This is her first published poetry and she hopes that with it she can successfully convince you to be her prom date. 

 

The editors would also like to thank the following people for serving as readers: 

Peter Baldwin

Paul Beimers

Carrie Bindschadler

Nick Brown

Jeffrey Brutlag

Haley Davis

Alicia Saiki

Haley Schaub

Ben Wake

Jordan White

Sammie Wimmer

Paisley Green

Emma Haggerty

Elizabeth Harrington

Lenore Hipsher

Janna Patterson

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