ABOUT THE MOCHILA REVIEW
The Mochila Review is an annual international undergraduate journal published with support from the English and Modern Languages department at Missouri Western State University. Our goal is to publish the best short stories, poems, and essays from the next generation of important authors: student writers. Our staff, comprised primarily of undergraduate students, understands the publishing challenges that emerging writers face and is committed to helping talented students gain wider audiences in the pages of The Mochila Review and on our website.
Started in 2002, The Mochila Review is currently edited by Dr. Marianne Kunkel. Its namesake, “mochila,” is a Spanish word for the saddlebag. Pony Express riders carried letters in a mochila on their horses from our city, St. Joseph, Missouri, to California. Our journal continues this tradition of adventure and delivery, exploring fine writing across the country and globe and bringing it directly to your mailbox or computer screen.
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MEET OUR STAFF:
Marianne Kunkel, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Marianne Kunkel is the author of Hillary, Made Up (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press), as well as poems that have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Notre Dame Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing at Missouri Western State University, where she directs the creative writing program. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was the managing editor of Prairie Schooner and the African Poetry Book Fund. She currently is the editor-in-chief of Missouri Western State University’s national literary journal, The Mochila Review, and advisor of its campus literary journal, Reach
Da Vion Huey, Managing Editor
Huey is attending Missouri Western State University for a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and publishing. When he has free time, he likes analyzing plots of comics, cartoons, anime, manga, and television series.
Lora Kroush, Assistant Manager
Lora Kroush is a senior working toward a degree in creative writing and publishing. She is an emerging poet and science fiction writer. She is the managing editor for Reach and assistant managing editor for The Mochila Review. Publications include two poems and a creative non-fiction piece in Canvas. After finishing her degree, she plans to continue writing while working towards her master’s. During her free time, she enjoys watching cheesy horror films with her husband and playing with her baby girl, Lily.
Skylar Nichols, Bulletin Board Designer
Skylar is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and publishing. She has been published in Griffon News, one of Missouri Western State University‘s news outlets. During her free time, she enjoys crafting, spending time with her dogs, and golfing.
Caitlin Dillon, Mochila Chat Scriptwriter / Podcast Director / Publisher
Caitlin is a junior at Missouri Western State University. She is majoring in creative writing and publishing and hopes to become a well-established writer in the future. Caitlin has been writing since she was a little girl, creating picture books and adventurous stories featuring her beloved pets. Now, she continues to follow her dreams of becoming a writer by working for Mochila Review and Reach.
Miranda Clark-Poulson, Copyeditor
Miranda is studying creative writing and publishing at Missouri Western State University. She is currently serving on the Mochila Review staff as the copyeditor. Miranda has always loved telling stories and has been published in Canvas. She enjoys long walks down the aisles of Target, reading, and taking naps with her dog.
Anne Davies-Speer, PR and Community Outreach Coordinator
Anne is a non-traditional student working on a Bachelor of General Studies along with English and French minors. In her spare time, she tries to write poetry, cook, and spend time with her rescue animal menagerie (four dogs, four cats, and six chickens (which all have names)).
Heather Daugherty, Social Media Coordinator
Heather Daughter is a junior attending Missouri Western State University. She’s majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing. She’s the social media coordinator for the Mochila Review and Reach on Twitter. She likes thrift shopping, classic sci-fi, and 90’s anime.
Allyson Moore, Social Media Coordinator
Allyson is a junior at Missouri Western State University. She is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, and watching The Great British Bake Off.
Skylair Orr, The Mochila Review Website Editor
Skylair is a senior attending Missouri Western State University. She is working to receive a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and publishing. She is a library page for the Saint Joseph Public Library. Skylair is currently the web editor for Missouri Western State University’s national literary journal, The Mochila Review and Missouri Western State University’s undergraduate literary journal, Reach.
Brooklyn Lance, Campus Outreach Coordinator
Brooklyn Lance is a senior at Missouri Western State University. She is majoring in creative writing and publishing and minoring in Spanish. She currently serves as the outreach coordinator for Reach, Missouri Western’s literary journal. Outside of class, she divides her time between reading, crafting stories to make others laugh, and (impatiently) waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones.
Lacey Hawkins, Art Intern
Lacey Hawkins is a graphic design major at Missouri Western State University. She designed the Northland Organization for Reaching and Teaching Homeschoolers (N.O.R.T.H.) logo. She hopes to continue to grow as a designer. Lacey loves to watch Netflix, hang out with friends and go four wheeling and dirt biking in her spare time.