Mario Montoya // Editor-in-Chief

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.

Jennifer Tubbs // Fiction + Design Editor

Jennifer is a second-year MFA candidate in Fiction at UNM. She's thrilled to be back in the Southwest (she hails from the Bible Belt's star-spangled buckle) after living in India and backpacking through South America. When she's not writing or teaching, Jennifer can be found hanging upside down in acroyoga or hiking in the Sandias.

Mikaela Osler // Creative Non-Fiction + Submissions Editor

Mikaela is a second-year MFA student at the University of New Mexico. She’s walked over 8,000 miles in her life, including thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. Her work is forthcoming in Outside magazine.

Rhea Ramakrishnan // Poetry + Social Media Editor

Rhea Ramakrishnan is a writer and visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Her poetry has been published in HADHoxie Gorge Review, and Maudlin House. She spends a lot of time driving.

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Lisa Chavez // Faculty Advisor

Lisa D. Chavez has published two books of poetry, Destruction Bay and In An Angry Season, and had poems anthologized in Floricanto Si!: U.S. Latina PoetsCamino del Sol:  Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, and elsewhere.  Her essays have appeared in Arts and Letters, The Fourth Genre and other magazines, and in anthologies including The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, and An Angle of Vision:  Women Writers on their Poor and Working Class Roots.  She is currently the director of the creative writing program at UNM.