Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program


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Kelly Krumrie (Managing Editor) is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at USF. She currently lives in Colorado.


Kelci Baughman McDowell (Deputy Editor) is currently working on a poetry manuscript entitled 52 Sundays. Check out her blog:


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


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:




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.



Associate Editors:


Carlos Cabrera is a recent transplant to San Francisco from the smoggy armpit that is Los Angeles.

Jorge Cino has been a conflicted Argentinean expat since 2004, and that is all you need to know, for now.


Lauren Dupuis is a second year grad student in the USF MFA in Writing Program. She is working on her first novel, Taxidermy, and is hoping someday there will be people who read it and judge it for its awesomeness. She has an affinity for catchy jingles and whistling, as well as dogs and lemonade.

Kathryn Hopping is a second 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.

Margaret LaFleur is a first year student in the MFA program at USF. She is excited to join the Switchback team and be a part of such a great magazine. When not writing, Margaret enjoys procrastinating on writing, reading what other people are writing, and exploring San Francisco.

Libby McDonnell often comes up with fabulously witty retorts several seconds too late. This is probably why she writes. She is a first year master’s student in poetry at USF.

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 in Writing 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 in the University of San Francisco’s MFA in Writing Program, 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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