Rozlyn Anderson-Hagins lives and works in the Las Vegas valley. She is an artist and contributing art editor for Helen: a literary magazine.
Maria Cecilia Azar is an English graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles. As a South American transplant living in Southern California her work is informed by the intersection of the global and local. Her desire to encourage people’s explorations of unconventional spaces in the Southwest ranges from her contribution as consulting editor at Helen: a literary magazine to Palgrave MacMillan’s anthology on Dark Tourism of the American West. When she is not spending quality time with her precious pup, you can find her tending her garden, or reading books she doesn’t understand.
James Joseph Brown’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Stockholm Review of Literature, Desert Companion, Santa Fe Literary Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Connotation Press, Red Rock Review, 300 Days of Sun, and other publications. His work in Desert Companion was awarded the 2015 Maggie award for Best Essay by the Western Publishing Association.
Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet. Recipient of the 2018 Robert Muroff Poetry Award, she got her MFA in Creative Writing from Adelphi University. Her poems, fiction and translations have been published in Full of Crow Press, Ambit Magazine, HeadStuff, Waxwing and elsewhere. Her collection The Flavor of The Other is scheduled for publication in 2019 with Dos Madres Press.
Ashley Carranza resides in Las Vegas where she teaches at both the high school and college level. When she is not doing parkour off of balconies because she ingested too much caffeine, she is usually writing stuff. Her fiction has been published at Flash Fiction Magazine, Postcard Shorts, Maudlin House, and Beautiful Losers, and her academic writing is published in several pedagogical journals and McFarland. Carranza has served as an editor for Helen, 101 Words, and DASH Literary Journal. Follow her antics on Instagram @ashleyjaewriter
Krista Diamond's fiction and personal essays have appeared in Barrelhouse, Barren Magazine, Longleaf Review, After Happy Hour Review and elsewhere. She also contributes to Eater, Desert Companion and Nevada Magazine. Originally from New Hampshire, Krista worked in the national parks before moving to Las Vegas with her husband and her dog, Presley.
Christine Dorudian is a writer, and elementary school teacher living in San Diego, California with her husband. She is the mother of two grown sons. Her writing has appeared in Writers’ Journal, A Year in Ink Anthology, Vol. 8, local newspapers, and the juvenile market. She is also a reader for Helen: a literary magazine.
Arika Elizenberry is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is currently an Assistant Poetry Editor at Helen: a literary magazine. Some of her work has been published in magazines like Blue Lyra Review, 300 Days of Sun, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and Burningword Literary. She holds an A.A. in Creative Writing and is working on her B.A. in English.
Courtney Felle is a sophomore at Kenyon College. More of her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Half Mystic Press, L'Éphémère Review, and Honey & Lime, among other publications. Outside of Helen, she is the editor-in-chief of Body Without Organs and reads for OUT/CAST and the Kenyon Review. Find her on Twitter @courtneyfalling.
Mini Gautam is a lawyer and has been writing from a young age. Her work has won numerous awards. Her first novel “The Gutter Princess – Diary of an (Un)Willing Prostitute” was published in India in 2017, and her short stories have appeared in various magazines both in India and abroad.
Taylor Gianfrancisco graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a degree in English. She has had poems published at Autumn Sky Poetry Daily and the Cypress Dome. Her poem, "Duncan Children," won the Editor's Choice Award for Poetry.
Suzanne Hackett-Morgan earned a Master's Degree in Art (Painting) at California State University Northridge in 2003 and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. She received recognition in 2007 from the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program. Hackett-Morgan is a founding director of the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Artist Residency in Nevada and is its current Executive Director. A leader in the Nevada arts community, she is a consultant to other arts organizations through the Nevada Circuit Rider program. Her landscape paintings have been exhibited in Montana, Nevada, Wisconsin and California, and she has completed several public art commissions in Clark County, Nevada. Her downtown mural, “Here it is,” was featured in The Killers’ CD, “Sam’s Town.”
TJ Hoffer is an up-and-coming writer of YA and speculative fiction. Editing other writers’ work and helping their fellow starving artists is a passion of theirs. They reside in the Midwest US with a clowder of cats.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Trina Kurilla is a contributing editor to Helen: a literary magazine and copywriter for a resort on the Strip. As a narrative developer and editor for a local production company, she played a major role in developing the feature film, Abductee. She’s been published in Tales from the Silver State II, formercactus, and is currently working on her first novel.
Kathryn McKenzie was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English. Kathryn works for Helen: a literary magazine as a Contributing Editor, reads for Witness Magazine, and has an internship with Interim Poetics. Her work has been published in Neon Dreams Journal.
Teresa Morse is a Kansas native turned ex-Georgian now living in the Cedar Valley with her husband and pug. When not reading or writing, she can be found hiking, baking bread, or rummaging in antique stores. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cape Rock, The Manhattanville Review, Fearsome Critters, and Red Earth Review, among others.
A native of Las Vegas, Kari O'Connor has been involved in the local poetry scene for over 20
years. Co-founder of Battle Born Slam, she has been on 6 slam teams representing the city. Her
work can be found in the anthologies Last Drink Bird Head and Clark. She lives and works as an
editor in Las Vegas.
Sara Pisak is a Contributing Editor at Helen: a literary magazine and a Staff Reviewer at Glass Poetry Press. Sara participates in the Poetry in Transit Program and has recently published work in the Deaf Poets Society, Five:2:One Magazine, Glass Poetry, Moonchild Magazine, and Boston Accent. When not writing, Sara can be found spending time with her family and friends. You can follow her writing adventures on Twitter @SaraPisak10
Giancarlo Riccobon is a reader for Helen: a literary magazine and a graphic designer for Alternating Current Press. He has also served as a Second Reader and a Crunch Time Editor for Polyphony Lit. A member of the Class of 2016 at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Giancarlo received the English Department Award of Excellence. His work can be found in Star 82 Review and Atlas and Alice.
Vogue Robinson was named Clark County’s second poet laureate in 2017. She serves as executive director of Poetry Promise, a nonprofit that develops community-based programs to promote poetry in Clark County, Nevada. Her work has been published in Clark, Red Rock Review, and Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women.
Andrew Romanelli is a recipient of the John Oliver Simon poetry award and Steiner’s New Voices poetry award. He is an Editor of 300 Days of Sun and lives in Las Vegas where he is completing his BA in English and plans to pursue an MFA in poetry next fall.
Melinda Russek is a writer, painter, teacher, and wildlife wrangler. Graduate of St Petersburg College, she is pursuing her doctorate in education. As an avid observer of people, wildlife, and history, she contributes to her arts, education, and family. As an artist, writer, and observer, she is detailing all in word, print, and image for posterity.
Brett Salsbury is a native Kansan who currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas. His creative work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gasher, Pretty Owl Poetry, Sprung Formal, and Rockvale Review. A graduate of the MFA program at UNLV, he has also served as a writer-in-residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Kansas and a reader for LandLocked Magazine.
Sarah Saltiel is a transmedia artist based in Chicago. She works in prose, poetry, game design, installation, visual arts, and dance. Most of her work has to do with the body and its relation to the world, especially in regards to intersectional feminism and issue of mental illness. She can be found on Facebook here.
Ailun Shi (whose first name is pronounced Allen, thank you very much) is a junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, but she still isn’t used to the California humidity after spending a decade in Las Vegas. Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and published in Bridge Ink, Germ Magazine, and more. Other than writing, Ailun enjoys reading, practicing calligraphy, and honing her sarcasm. When she isn’t busy finishing procrastinated homework assignments, she’s dreaming up new fantasy worlds. If you’re so inclined to learn more about those fantasy worlds, you can find them under her name on Wattpad.
DeAnna Stephens earned her MFA from George Mason University. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Rumble Fish Quarterly and The Lascaux Review, and her chapbook, Heliotaxis, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. She makes her home in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee with her husband and daughter and teaches writing at Roane State Community College.
Charika Swanepoel is a South African poet, mystic, and literary scholar. She is currently pursuing her MA. in English Poetry at the North-West University. Some of her poems have appeared in New Contrast, Kalahari Review, Itch Journal, The Murmur Journal, and is forthcoming in Aerodrome, and a Medusa's Laugh Press anthology. Charika's poetry collection has been shortlisted for Platypus Press's 2017 Celestial Bodies poetry series. She founded and edits Laurel Magazine and is also reader at Frontier Poetry and Helen: a literary magazine and is a blog correspondent for Half Mystic Press and assistant reviews editor at Newfound.
Ingrid L. Taylor is a speculative fiction writer, veterinarian, and animal rights advocate. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Red Rock Review, Dies Infaustus, Legs of Tumbleweed, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women, Gaia: Shadow and Breath, vol.3, and others. She received a Playa Artist Residency in 2018, and she is currently completing a science fiction novel set in the Southwest.
Julia Watson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University where she received the Sassaman Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. You can find her works in The Kudzu Review, Outrageous Fortune, RueScribe, Asterism Literary Magazine, among others. Currently a 4th grade reading and writing teacher in North Carolina, when she's not engaged in written word, she enjoys cooking vegan meals with lots of Sriracha