Issue 8: Stillness vs. Frenzy
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program



Rosita Nunes (Founding Editor), a graduate of the USF MFA in Writing program, has always had a hand in startups, transitions and turnarounds. She has held many titles over the years, and this one is among the best. Switchback is a project to be proud of, thanks to a continuing flow of talent coming together to bring it life with each issue.

Alex Davis (Co-Founding Editor) has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. His poems have been published in Five Fingers Review. He has a tattoo with hidden meaning.


Kelly Krumrie (Managing Editor) turned in her collection for USF’s MFA and is waiting patiently. She relocated to Colorado, to wait, in the snow.

Stephen Beachy (Faculty Advisor) is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion, and most recently the novellas Some Phantom and No Time Flat, his evil twins. He has been teaching at USF since 1999. Check out his website:

Colin Bean (Tech Editor) is Yet Another Software Developer living in the Bay Area.

Associate Editors:

Kelci Baughman McDowell is a MFA student, library worker, cynic, social commentator, poet, subculture researcher, and city hillwalker. Check out her blog:

Lauren Dupuis is a second year MFA student at the University of San Francisco. She has some minor publications in existence and is currently crossing all her fingers and toes that the pieces being considered currently are not rejected. She feels your pain.

Kathryn Hopping is a first year student in the USF MFA in Writing Program. She wrote her first story at the age of seven and discovered that telling lies on paper was socially acceptable. She is currently studying poetry—a great and, until now, unrequited love. Her desire is to find the narrow ledge between poetry and fiction and write both from there. Providing endless material for her writing are her husband, son, two daughters, two step-daughters, an Australian Shepherd, two cats, and several crazed neighbors. She lives and works as a substitute teacher in Alameda, California.

Nicole McFadden obtained a BA in English Literature from the University of Oregon, where she served as a poetry editor for the Northwest Review. She is currently a second year student in USF’s MFA Program where she is crafting a memoir called In the Middle of the Street and a collection of essays about her year in India, where she trained many of the people in a certain tech company to “neutralize” their charming accents. She also teaches English as a Second Language in San Francisco and has taught in Japan, Spain, and India. She recently published an article about teaching around the world in The CATESOL News.

Melanie Russo began writing at the age of fifteen after a freak table tennis accident convinced her (and her opponent) that she would never be good at sports. Ever. Many short stories, a few dirty limericks, two punk bands, and one English degree later, she is now studying long fiction at the University of San Francisco’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and is currently working on her very first novel about desert-dwelling, cross-dressing criminals. She kindly requests that if you see her on the street, not to ask her about it.

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