ABOUT THE MOCHILA REVIEW

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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.

Please contact mochila@missouriwestern.edu with any questions.


 

MEET OUR STAFF:

Marianne Kunkel, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Allyson Moore, Bulletin Board Designer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Dillon, Mochila Chat Podcast Director and Producer

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 The Mochila Review and Reach.

 

 

 

 

 

Janae Boykins, Mochila Chat Podcast Assistant

Janae Boykins is a junior at Missouri Western State University majoring in creative writing with a passion for poetry. She is an advocate for Black Lives Matter. Writing is a bit of a spiritual outlet, and she has an overall goal to write what needs to be read by a diverse crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian Whitehead, Copyeditor

Jilian Whitehead is a junior at Missouri Western State University majoring in creative writing and publishing and minoring in psychology. She’s currently working on a five-book young adult fantasy series that she hopes to be her debut story. In her free time, she enjoys snuggling with her cat, reading, and watching anime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Davies-Speer, PR and Community Outreach Coordinator

Anne is a non-traditional student working on a bachelor of general studies degree combining English and philosophy minors to add to her career degree
in child and family studies. She works on campus at the front desk in the English and Modern Languages department and as a writer’s workshop leader. In her spare time, she writes poetry, cooks, and likes to spend time with her rescue animal menagerie (four dogs, four cats, and ten chickens). She has been known to speak with a British accent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn Lance, Social Media Coordinator

Brooklyn Lance is a senior at Missouri Western State University. She is majoring in creative writing and publishing and minoring in Spanish. She has started submitting to other undergraduate journals and hopes to publish before graduation. Outside of class, she divides her time between her job as a writing tutor, reading, writing, and volunteering at Books Revisited.

 

 

 

 

Megan Standley, Social Media Coordinator

Megan Standley is a creative writing and publishing major in her final year at Missouri Western State University. She usually writes fantasy and mystery fiction and reads from authors Rick Riordan, Anne Rice, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Armstrong, and Nicholas Sparks. She is the face behind social media of Reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Mullins, Layout/Designer

Hannah Mullins is a senior at Missouri Western State University. She is majoring in technical communication with a minor in creative writing. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys old music, anything tacky and vintage, and playing pool with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Barber, Blogger

Julie Barber is a senior at Missouri Western State University working towards a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and publishing. She works full-time as a copywriter and is the blogger for Reach and The Mochila Review. Her publications include three poems in Reach, formerly known as Canvas, and a feature story in The Griffon News. After earning her degree, she plans to continue honing her skills as a copywriter and hopes to land in a publishing house in the future. During her rare free time, she enjoys reading, video games, snuggling her cat, and raiding Hulu with her fiancé.