Michael J. Sanders, Fiction Editor
Michael J. Sanders, if that is his real name, is a writer, artist, and educator. He has published fiction, multimedia writing, poetry, and criticism under various Kierkegaardian heteronyms.
Jenny Wu, Fiction Editor
Jenny Wu is a fiction writer and arts worker based in Tulsa, OK. Her writing, which explores East Asian history and identity through an experimental feminist lens, has received generous support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Her literary and art criticism has been featured in publications such as Asymptote, BOMB, and Harp & Altar. In her free time, Jenny is an avid reader, coffee enthusiast, and burgeoning art curator. Most recently, her independently curated show Texts and Soundings: The Image Talks Back, featuring seven artists and collectives from three continents, won the NARS Foundation Exhibition Open Call 2022–23 and will be on view starting mid-April at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.
Sophie He, Nonfiction Editor
Sophie He is a writer from Los Angeles. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in No Tokens, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Catapult, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught creative nonfiction. She is a copywriter by day.
Katrina Knebel, Nonfiction Editor
In a past life, Katrina Knebel was a high school English teacher. She holds an MA in English from SIUE and an MFA in writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Sou’wester, Blue Earth Review, Spry, Away, After Happy Hour Review, and Hippocampus Magazine.
S. Yarberry, Poetry Editor
S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Their poetry has appeared in AGNI, Tin House, Indiana Review, Redivider, jubilat, Notre Dame Review, The Boiler, among others. Their other writings can be found in Annulet: A Journal of Poetics, Bomb Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly. S. has their MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a PhD candidate in Poetry & Poetics at Northwestern University. Their first book, A Boy in the City, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum.
Abbey Frederick, Poetry Reader
Abbey Frederick is a poet from upstate New York. She is the design editor for Seneca Review and a current MFA student at Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing appears in DIAGRAM, Interim, Art Journal, and elsewhere.
Asha Futterman, Poetry Reader
Asha Futterman is a writer and actor from Chicago. She is a current MFA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis.
Carlota Gamboa, Poetry Reader
Carlota Gamboa is a poet from Los Angeles. She is a current MFA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis.
Edil Hassan, Poetry Reader
Edil Hassan is the author of Dugsi Girl (Akashic Press, 2021). She is a Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.
Kelan Nee, Poetry Reader
Kelan Nee is a poet from Arlington, Massachusetts. He is a second year MFA candidate in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jae Kim, Translation Editor
Jae Kim is a writer and translator from South Korea. His fiction has recently appeared in Conjunctions and NOON. His translations of selected poems by Lee Young-ju have appeared in Guernica, Chicago Review, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Review, Lana Turner, and Action Books’ Poetry-in-Action series, and a collection is forthcoming from Black Ocean Press in 2021. He writes reviews for Kenyon Review and The Los Angeles Review of Books. You can follow him on Twitter @candidlyalights.
Mary Helen Callier, The Revue Editor
Mary Helen Callier is a writer from Georgia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Annulet, Bennington Review, Colorado Review, GASHER, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jordan Keller-Martinez, The Revue Editor & Operations Editor
Jordan Keller-Martinez held the Junior Fellowship in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared in POETRY, The Adroit Journal, Colorado Review, Guesthouse, and elsewhere.
Tiff J. Sutton, Art Director & Contributing Artist
Photographer Tiff J. Sutton was born in 1981 in Rochester, NY, and was raised in suburban St. Louis. She began documenting family and friends after receiving a Kodak camera as a Christmas gift in the early 1990s. While primarily a self-taught photographer, she also attended classes at Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College. Sutton is a 2020 Harvard #InTheCity Visual Artist Fellow and was awarded the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis Artist Support Grant in 2019, the Regional Arts Commission Artist Relief grant, the Luminary Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists, and A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund (ASAP Fund). Sutton has decided to work with black women exclusively, as a way to reconnect with herself and discuss social movements. Sutton works with digital, film and instant cameras.
Emily Choi, Contributing Artist
As a native of South Korea, Emily (Hyun Young) Choi’s artworks reflect the influence of her early experiences with the East Asian style of ink painting; she is intrigued by the idea of leaving space for contemplation in artworks. Most recently, Emily’s artwork “the Tetons” won an honorable mention at the Abstracted Abstraction exhibit and her “Horsetooth Mountain, CO” was displayed at the Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition, both at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Right now, Emily is working as an arts administrator/digital marketing specialist at Colorbridge Art, a non-profit art education organization in St. Louis best known for excellent pottery classes for children and adults. Emily is a proud member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2013.
Brooke Julien, Contributing Artist
Brooke Julien is a photographer/ filmmaker born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in portraiture, nature, travel photography, and documentary filmmaking, focusing her work around the simple pleasures among the complexity of humanity. Some of her humanitarian work includes the 2016 Stand Up for Breast Cancer walk and her volunteer mission in Ghana. During her 6 years as a photographer, she continues to center her work towards culture, social awareness, travel, and most importantly authenticity.
Sabrina Pastard, Contributing Artist
Sabrina Pastard is a visual artist whose practice ranges in medium from ready-made sculptures and abstract prints to conceptual writings and poetry. Each new work invites an intellectual intimacy from the viewer as it inquires to the status of our assumed lives and societal taboos. She received her BA in studio art from George Fox University and her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Pastard was raised in St. Louis, and currently resides in Chicago.
Joe Steinman, Contributing Artist
Linda Vredeveld, Contributing Artist
Linda Vredeveld is an artist whose work has spanned personal themes of coming of age, motherhood, the female body, fantasies, sense of self, fear of cancer, and menopause, all through the lens of Feminism and cultural critique. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Vredeveld graduated from Calvin College (BFA) and earned her MFA degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having early career representation in Chicago galleries Lyons Weir and Gwenda Jay, with moves that took her from Michigan to Albuquerque, she settled in the St. Louis metro area in 1998, where she continues to live and work. She has taught many adjunct courses and has a large community of successful students over the years.
Carley Walton, Contributing Artist
Carley M. Walton is an artist born in St. Louis, currently living in New York City. Working as an editor in a fast-paced art auction house, she is drawn to how we break down ideas with words and grammar. Likewise, she seeks the same poetic process in film photography: photographing her surroundings, capturing moments in unlikely yet harmonious juxtaposition. She thinks how bodies, buildings, their decoration are placed are much like ideas connected in a sentence, a statement. Her photos are then developed and processed in her home.
Senior Managing Editor
Cass Donish, Editor Emeritus
Cass Donish is the author of the poetry collections The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018). Their nonfiction chapbook On the Mezzanine (2019) was selected by Maggie Nelson as winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition.
Kelly Caldwell (1988-2020), Founding Editor
The Spectacle was founded by trans poet, writer, artist, and scholar Kelly Caldwell, who co-edited the magazine with her partner, Cass Donish. Kelly’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Entropy, Fence, Mississippi Review, The Missouri Review, Phoebe, Seneca Review, MAKE Magazine, Slant, Pacific Standard Magazine, The Rumpus, VICE, and elsewhere. Kelly was the winner of the Norma Lowry Memorial Prize and the Cornelison English Award from Washington University in St. Louis, the winner of an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and the winner of the 2019 Greg Grummer Prize, judged by Jos Charles. To learn more about Kelly’s life and work, please read our memorial feature and visit her website.