Evelyn Olmos // Editor-in-Chief
Evelyn Olmos is a poet born in Ciudad Juárez, MX, living in Albuquerque. She is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at UNM. She was the recipient of a 2020 Poetry Fellowship from Chatter ABQ. Her work appears in The Athena Review, Sad Girls Club Lit, and Sidereal Magazine.
Ruben Miranda-Juarez // Managing Editor
Ruben Miranda-Juarez is a fiction writer from Chicago in his third year of the MFA program. He is probably languishing over a short story or a steak dinner right now.
Cyrus Stuvland // Associate Editor
Cyrus Stuvland is a nonfiction writer from northern Idaho. They are a third year MFA candidate in Nonfiction and have a MA in English from Georgetown. Their creative work can be found in Foglifter Magazine, Permafrost, Crab Orchard Review, and Ctrl + v Journal, among others.
Tyler Mortensen-Hayes // Poetry Editor
Tyler Mortensen-Hayes is a writer from Salt Lake City. His poems, stories, and essays focus on the environment and our inextricable relationships with it. His work has appeared in Frogpond, Weber: The Contemporary West, Rattle, and several online journals whose domain names are currently for sale. An MFA candidate in poetry at UNM, he is also the current Poetry Editor of Blue Mesa Review.
Kyndall Benning // Creative Nonfiction 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 joining the BMR team as the Nonfiction editor.
Anthony Yarbrough // Fiction Editor
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 join the Blue Mesa Review team as its 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.