Jason Thayer // Co-Editor-in-Chief

Jason Thayer is an MFA student at the University of New Mexico. His stories have won contests. He is also a rapper, whose album the Chicago Reader called “bleak and unusual.” The prose he writes is different, but kind of the same.

Aaron Reeder // Co-Editor-in-Chief

Aaron Reeder writes from Albuquerque and is an MFA student of poetry at The University of New Mexico. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square Review, Literary Orphans, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Apeiron Review, Kudzu House Quarterly, Bitter Oleander, Black Tongue Review, The Great American Literary Magazine, and others. He is the author of the chapbook, DAWN (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2015). Visit aaronreederwrites.com for event and contact information.

Crystal Zanders // Poetry Editor

Crystal Zanders is currently an MFA student in poetry at the University of New Mexico. In her previous life, she spent seven years teaching at-risk students in the rural South. Her poetry explores the themes of family, gender, race and poverty.

Steve Howe // Nonfiction Editor

Originally from South Dakota, Steve Howe has lived in many cities around the country and now calls Albuquerque, NM home. He is a second year MFA student in Creative Nonfiction, though he also explores poetry and writing for the stage. Steve’s writing has appeared in The Rumpus and he is currently working on a series of essays exploring various social issues through memoir.

David Morgan O’Connor // Fiction Editor

David Morgan O’Connor is from a small village on Lake Huron. After many nomadic years, he is based in Albuquerque, where a short story collection progresses. He contributors monthly to; The Review Review and New Pages. His writing has appeared in; Barcelona Metropolitan, Collective Exiles, Across the Margin, Headland, Cecile’s Writers, Bohemia, Beechwood, Fiction Magazine, After the Pause, The Great American Literary Magazine (Pushcart nomination) , The New Quarterly and The Guardian.

José Orduña // Faculty Adviser

Born in Córdoba, Veracruz, Orduña immigrated to Chicago when he was two. At nine, his family traveled to Ciudad Juárez and filed for permanent residency. Having entered the US on a tourist visa, which had since expired, they were considered “removable aliens.” In July of 2011, José was sworn in as a citizen. He reflects on these experiences in his new book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement (Beacon Press, 2016). He is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and is active in Latin American solidarity.

Blue Mesa Review Readers

Dallas Alexander, Tatiana Duvanova, Angelo Gallegos, Jonathon Huse, Charissa Inman, Mario Montoya, Hayley Peterson, Rush Robinett, Ruben Rodriguez, and Faerl Torres.