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get to know the staff!

here at patchwork, we believe that there is power in collaboration, connection, and community. a crucial aspect of our mission as a lit mag is to connect with our audience, highlight our amazing staff members, and create lasting bonds within the literary community.

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meet our team

the people behind the magazine

executive team

editor-in-chief

Amanda Pendley (she/her) is a queer twenty-one-year-old writer from Kansas City who is currently studying Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Iowa. Her recent and forthcoming publications include Homology Lit, Vagabond City Lit, Savant Garde Literary Magazine, and JUKED. She is a 2020 Best of the Net nominee for her poem “afterword on movement song” published by Savant Garde Literary Magazine. She often finds inspiration in Lorde songs, contemporary dance, and Harry Styles’ suit collection.

managing editor

Jacob Sammon (he/him) is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa. He is currently studying English, creative writing, publishing, and communications at the University of Iowa. His work has been featured in literary magazines and journals throughout the country. Jacob discovers inspiration in the magical realism genre of fiction and often explores it in his own work. He cannot wait to lend a hand in stitching together the threads of patchwork lit mag.

drama team

drama editor

Meg Mechelke (she/her) is a second year student studying theatre and English. Her work has been published in Earthwords, Zenith, Foolish, and Horizons magazines and has been produced both at the University and at various theaters in her home state of Minnesota. Contrary to popular opinion, her aunt is not, in fact, Sarah Palin.

drama editor

My name is Abigail Kurten (she/her) and I’m a sophomore studying English and Creative Writing with a minor in theatre. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri and have worked on and been published in InkLit magazine. In my off time, I love writing, acting, and drawing. I look forward to working at patchwork lit mag!

drama reader

Alana Scherer (she/her) is a first year student studying English and Creative Writing on the Publishing track at the University of Iowa. She previously worked on her high school’s lit mag and is thrilled to join the patchwork team. In her spare time she writes poetry, crochets, and reads all the fantasy she can find.

experimental team

experimental editor

Evie Dohm (she/they) is a junior studying English and creative writing on the publishing track at the university of Iowa. Her favorite genres to write and read are Fantasy and Science Fiction. She’s written comedy skits for four years and always aims to make people laugh. Her favorite author is Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series. When not working on writing or reading, you can find Evie looking for her next travel destination adventure and listening to 80’s rock.

experimental editor

Elsa Richardson-Bach (she/her) is from a small coastal town in Massachusetts where the seagulls outnumber the people. She has been published in ZenithInk Lit Mag, and on Flash Fiction Online. The chicken in the photo is not hers, but she wishes it was.

experimental reader

I’m from the UK & I’m studying English & Creative Writing at University. I’m very passionate about writing/reading – I’ve been published in Disgraceful magazine recently whilst also running a bookstagram account called @jrbsbookshelf. 

experimental reader

Sean Cearley (he/him) is a former AI lecturer/researcher who previously encouraged computers to write flash fiction. He now tricks them into writing poetry while they think they are making art. Sean’s latest book Collected Pieces was released December 2020 by aaaa press.

experimental reader

My name is Nunchi, my pronouns are are He/She/They/Them, I don’t have a particular attachment to any. I run an anime TikTok as well as a BookTok account and am currently on my author journey. I am the author of Every Reason I Loved Her and my closest companion is my doggo.  Jayce(ig@jaycethelovebaby). Author/Book ig @nunchigoya 

fiction team

fiction editor

Delanee (she/her) is a Junior at the University of Iowa. She is studying English and creative writing with a minor in Gender Women Sexuality Studies. In her down time she enjoys journaling, taking pictures, and cuddling with her dog. Delanee is very excited to be able to work with patchwork!

fiction editor

Sydney Warner Brooman (They/Them) lives in Toronto, Ontario with their partner and French bulldog. Their debut short fiction collection The Pump is forthcoming with Invisible Books in Fall 2021. They are the co-creator of the arts & mental health podcast I Go To Therapy, and they have recent work in American ChordataThe Quarantine Review, and other literary journals.

fiction reader

Carly Tagen-Dye (she/her) is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, New York. She writes literary fiction, music/pop culture criticism, and essays. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Augment ReviewAlma, NY Press and Ubiquitous Literary Magazine, among others. 

fiction reader

Kavi Kshiraj (xe/xer) is a queer, Indo-American poet found in New Jersey. Xe spends time on hobbies such as writing, D&D, and xer various identity crises.

fiction reader

Leiz (she/her) hails from Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in English and Creative Writing (Publishing) with a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Patchwork Lit Mag will be the first literary publication in which she will serve as a staff member, but during her overall time as a writer in Iowa City, she’s contributed nonfiction pieces to both the Ink Lit Mag (Issue 18) and Zenith Lit Mag (Issue 1), despite specializing in fiction. On the side, Leiz is a sousaphone player for the Hawkeye Marching Band, a student security officer for the Department of Public Safety, and in her spare time enjoys video games, weightlifting, cooking, making excessive to-do lists, and listening to indie rock music.

fiction reader

Madison Thiede (she/her) is a junior English and Creative Writing major with a Gender Studies minor on the Publishing track. She is interested in pursuing a career as an editor and she calls the genres of fantasy and sci-fi home.

fiction reader

Saige Thornley’s bio coming soon!

nonfiction team

nonfiction editor

My name is Kyler Johnson (he/him), and I’m language-loving writer from the calm suburbs of West Des Moines, Iowa. I use he/him/his pronouns. Writing about varied topics of personal relationships, music, travel, and the mysteries found in foreign language in my own nonficiton work, I’m excited to see the diverse slushpile of stories we get to share with the world through patchwork!

nonfiction editor

Madeleine Ackerburg (she/her) is a Junior studying English and Creative Writing on the Publishing Track at the University of Iowa. Her love of creative nonfiction has led her to work on Fools and Earthwords, two student run literary magazines at Iowa. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys procrastinating her homework to re-read Sylvia Plath, taking therapeutic walks on the winding paths of Hickory Hill Park, and riding her moped around Iowa City while blasting Melodrama by Lorde.

nonfiction reader

E. Isabel Park (she/her) is an emerging writer, poet, and soon-to-be law student. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and currently splits her time between Chicago and San Jose. You can connect with Isabel and keep up with her forthcoming projects on Instagram at @belle.eyp.

nonfiction reader

Hailey Marx’s bio is coming soon!

nonfiction reader

Vince Filippini’s bio is coming soon!

nonfiction reader

Zoë Charlery’s bio is coming soon!

poetry team

poetry editor

Miah Clark (she/her) is a second-year student currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. At the University, she has previously served on literary staffs including Ink Lit, New Moon, and the Iowa Chapbook prize, and is uber excited to be patchwork’s Poetry Editor!

poetry editor

Noelia Cerna (she/her) is a first generation immigrant from Costa Rica living in Arkansas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Westminster College and had had poetry published in Terse Journal, The Revolution [Relaunch], The North Meridian Review, The Plants & Poetry Journal and the NWA Girl Gang blog. She is a poetry reader and feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an assistant poetry editor for Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, an associate editor for Sibling Rivalry Press, an editor for Nomadic Press, a writing mentor and a recent recipient of the L’Engle-Rahman Prize for Mentorship for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program, the board president and director of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, and a writer for Powerful Latinas Rising.

poetry reader

Cassidy Pekarek (she/her) is a Junior studying English & Creative Writing and Art History.  She particularly enjoys writing poetry and fiction. Her current favorite genre is horror, even though she’s admittedly squeamish. When not writing or reading, Cassidy loves practicing wood-burning and stamp-carving, as well as painting in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor paints. While this is her first time working with patchwork (or on the board of any magazine, for that matter), she is super excited to start learning the process behind stitching together a magazine!!

poetry reader

Eleanor Hughes’s bio is coming soon!

poetry reader

ADEPOJU Isaiah Gbenga (he/him) writes from Osun State, Nigeria. He’s seventeen-year old poet, and his works have been published on several journals, including the Institute of African Studies. 

poetry reader

Jordan Ferensic (he/him) is a poet residing in Maryland. He has a degree in creative writing from Colorado State University and has taught English abroad. He has spent most of his time in the coronapocene stressing about finances, attempting to radicalize liberals with marxist ideology, and staring at walls while dissociating. His singular achievement is growing a decent mustache. However, he does have work published, or forthcoming, in The Greyrock Review, Cicada Creative Magazine, The Sock Drawer Magazine, Sunday Mornings at the River, and Pest Control Mag.

poetry reader

Hello! My name is Kayla and my pronouns are they/them/she/her. I’m from North Carolina and I just graduated from undergrad this past December with a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Spanish. My ultimate dream is to create art and stories that will feature the historically ignored voices of Black and Queer folk.

poetry reader

Olivia Tonelli (she/her) is a writer studying English and Creative Writing on the publishing track at the University of Iowa with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she serves as the PR and social media manager at Horizon magazine. She vehemently believes in the intrinsic power of hope and often draws inspiration for her writing from Dave Malloy and Anaïs Mitchell musicals.

visual art team

visual art editor

Hi! My name is Sydney (they/them) and I’m a third year double major in English & Creative Writing and Studio Art. Originally I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa but I currently live here in Iowa City. Most of my time is spent writing poetry and drawing or doing photography, specifically exploring themes of abnormal psychology and human identity. While art and literature are my first loves, I am also an avid music listener and work for the music staff at the campus radio station, KRUI, where I write and publish music reviews.

visual art viewer

Chloe Tharp (she/her) is a third-year student at the University of Iowa. She is currently majoring in Studio Art with a focus in Photography. In the past, her work has been published in Ink Lit Magazine and Metal Magazine. Some of her favorite photographers include Laura McPhee, Anne Brigman and Carrie Mae Weems. When she’s not working on homework or art projects, Chloe likes to listen to music, watch her old favorite shows, and spend time with her plants.

visual art viewer

Jasmine Knowles (she/her) is a social worker by day and artist by night. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois but currently resides in Indiana with her 40+ plant babies. Jasmine is a lover of all things black, and is always inspired by the miraculous Toni Morrison. 

copyeditor team

copyeditor

 Madison Thiede (she/her) is a junior English and Creative Writing major with a Gender Studies minor on the Publishing track. She is interested in pursuing a career as an editor and she calls the genres of fantasy and sci-fi home.

copyeditor

Meghan (she/they) is a third year at Iowa studying English & Creative Writing with minors in cinema and mass communications. She has a passion for all things publishing and is a total sucker for gaslight fantasy novels. A good book rec is the way to her heart.

copyeditor

Savannah (she/her) is studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. Her reading preferences are poetry, the classics (Austen, Shakespeare, etc.), fantasy fiction, and really anything that has action and adventure. She prefers salty foods over sweet, and when she’s not writing, she’s most likely trying to keep her kitten, Phoenix, from destroying the house. 

social media team

social media manager

Dea Guri (she/her) is currently an economics and political science student from and based in Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s watching anime or scream crying about sports, most notably the teams from her hometown, swearing that this is the year the Browns win the Superbowl. One year she’ll be right.

social media manager

Quinlan Stafford (she/her) is a second-year student studying English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her favorite authors are Carmen Maria Machado and Audre Lorde. In her free time, she is crocheting a sweater, watering her horde of houseplants, or playing video games. 

social media manager

Zoey Jenkins (she/her) is a third-year student at the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communication and English and Creative Writing on the Publishing track. After Zoey graduates, she is interested in pursuing a career in social media marketing. While she is known for writing personal essays you can find most go her writing at hercampus.com.

layout and design team

Layout & Design Editor

Jeff Piekarz (he/him) is a Junior studying English & Creative Writing on the Publishing Track. He also serves as Design Editor for New Moon Magazine, and has been published in New Moon and INK Lit Mag! He enjoys cooking, finding new music to listen to, and learning new things (especially about Photoshop). And yes, this is the last good picture he took.

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