Anthony Yarbrough // Editor-in-Chief
Anthony Yarbrough is a writer from Los Angeles and a second-year MFA student at the University of New Mexico. His fiction and nonfiction explore memory, sexuality, substance abuse, introspection, weather and cottagecore. He’s excited to rejoin the Blue Mesa Review team as its Editor-In-Chief.
Gwyneth Henke // Managing Editor
Kyndall Benning // Associate Editor
Kyndall Benning is a writer from Edmond, Oklahoma. She is a second year MFA candidate in Nonfiction at the University of New Mexico. Her essays focus mainly on complex relationships, especially familial, in additions to topics on class and place. In addition to nonfiction, she likes working in fiction and poetry. When she isn’t writing, she likes spending time with her loved ones, including her cat, Feathers. She also enjoys oil painting and scuba diving when she has time. She’s looking forward to rejoining the BMR team as the Associate editor.
Amy Dotson // Poetry Editor
Kani Aniegboka // Creative Nonfiction Editor
Kani Aniegboka is an MFA student at the University of New Mexico, a TinHouse summer camp participant and is currently working on his first memoir. A few years ago, he engaged in both occupational and geographical changes that he’s yet to recover from, but which have left him viewing the world with infant-like fascination once again. Kani enjoys reading culturally rich stories that question normativity.
Joe Byrne // Fiction Editor
Marisa P. Clark // Faculty Advisor
Marisa P. Clark (she/her) grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, came out in Atlanta, Georgia, and relocated to beautiful New Mexico in 1998. She holds a PhD in fiction-writing from Georgia State University and an MA in American literature and a BS in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Now in her 24th year of working at UNM, she has taught all genres of undergraduate creative writing, queer texts and other literature courses, first- and second-year composition courses, and ESL, along with taking on various roles with Blue Mesa Review. Her prose and poetry appear in numerous print and online journals. Best American Essays 2011 recognized her creative nonfiction among its Notable Essays, and she serves as a senior fiction reader for New England Review. She has also worked as a librarian at the Centers for Disease Control, a copy designer and proofreader in graphics and advertising, a bookshop clerk, and a clerical assistant at a law office.
Isabella C. Montoya
Jordyn N. Bachmann
Evan D. Chilton-Garcia
Sama I. Maadi