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Steve Howe // Editor-in-Chief

Steve Howe is the Editor-in-Chief for Blue Mesa Review and his writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Superstition Review, and The Vermillion Literary Project Journal. Originally from South Dakota, he has lived in many cities around the country and now calls Albuquerque, NM home.

Tatiana Duvanova // Fiction Editor

Tatiana Duvanova is a fiction writer, a Fulbright alumna, and a world traveler. Originally from Russia, she is currently located in Albuquerque, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of New Mexico.

Hayley Peterson // Nonfiction Editor

Hayley Peterson is an MFA student in nonfiction at the University of New Mexico. Her work explores female sexuality, the body, and power dynamics. She is currently working on both an essay and poetry collection centering on those themes.

Lydia Wassan // Managing Editor

Lydia is in her third year of an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of New Mexico. She has an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

She has lived in several countries; including Spain, India, the UK, and Rwanda—twice. She has learned to cook at least one dish from each of the countries she’s lived in—not very well.

She writes about family, place, and gurus.

Ruben Rodriquez // Poetry Editor

Ruben Rodriguez is a second year MFA student at the University of New Mexico where he studies poetry. He is the author of the chapbook We Do What We Want (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2015). His poetry has been deemed fit for consumption by Passages North, The Brooklyn Review, Superstition Review, Forklift Ohio, Potomac Review, Bayou Magazine and others. You can find him at

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.