Tori Cárdenas // Editor-in-Chief
Tori Cárdenas graduated from UNM in 2014 with her Bachelor’s in History and Creative Writing, and now she’s back for the sequel, and earning her MFA in Fiction. Her work has appeared in Conceptions Southwest, Cloudthroat, Pantheon Magazine’s Gorgon Anthology, Writer’s Resist, and VICE. She enjoys cacti, shouting at New Mexico United games, and driving with the music turned all the way up, in true Albuquerque fashion.
Ari McGuirk // Managing Editor
Ari McGuirk is a third year MFA student at the University of New Mexico. Originally from Chiapas, Mexico, he is an Air Force veteran who has taught ESL in Madrid. He has work forthcoming at The Deadly Writers Patrol and is currently at work on a full length memoir.
Mitch Marty // Associate Editor
Mitch Marty is an author and photographer who resides in Albuquerque, where he attends the University of New Mexico as a third-year Creative Writing MFA student in nonfiction. After relocating from the Midwest, he started shooting 35mm film photography to explore the changing urban spaces and environment around him, cataloguing its construction, decomposition, and history. Recently, he's been writing about coming of age in rural Wisconsin and the impacts of alcoholism on family dynamics.
Mario Montoya // Fiction Editor
Saludos amigos. My name is Mario Montoya. I’m a Chicano writer and emcee, born and raised in Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico). I’m excited and humbled to serve as the Blue Mesa Review Fiction Editor for the 2019-2020 academic year. Let me say, it’s quite a privilege and an honor.
A little more about me: I love dogs, especially Pitbulls. I’m a Star Wars nut. My favorite meal is ice cream, preferably Cookie Dough or Rocky Road. I’ll beat anyone in a race involving a wheelchair. And I live for the three “R’s,” reading, records and the Raiders...I was on Judge Judy once.
When I’m not teaching or writing gripping fiction or nonfiction, I’m catching a Cheech and Chong flick, while sucking down tortillas and green chile. Or I’m watching the Raiders lose while playing sad, slow jazz on my record player. Either way, I should probably be grading.
Michelle // Nonfiction Editor
Michelle Gurule is a second year MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of New Mexico. Originally from Denver, she is thrilled to now call Albuquerque home, referring to it as either Heaven or Paris Number Two. She is currently working on a memoir that explores sex work.
Darren Donate // Poetry Editor
Darren Donate is a poet and an MFA Candidate at the University of New Mexico. His work is concerned with Zacatecan life, depicting the dual struggles of migration and marginalization. You can find his work in the forthcoming issue of Drunk Monkeys.
Seth Garcia // Poetry Editor
Seth Garcia is a poet. His work appears or is forthcoming in Zone 3, Slipstream, Reckoning, Boston Accent, and more. He is the recipient of the North Street Collective Summer 2017 Artist Residency.
Mark Sundeen // Faculty Advisor
Mark Sundeen is the author of The Unsettlers, The Man Who Quit Money, The Making of Toro, and Car Camping. He has won fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, the Montana Arts Council and the Utah Arts Council. A contributing editor for Outside Magazine, his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Believer, National Geographic Adventure, and McSweeneys, and most importantly, issue 19 of Blue Mesa Review.
Raised in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, California, Sundeen holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California. He is the Russo Chair in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico, and faculty at the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA program.