Kelci Baughman McDowell
a.k.a. Kelci M. Kelci (Managing Editor) graduated from the MFA Program at USF in 2009. Since then she has been published in Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, sPARKLE & bLINK, Blood Lotus, and BlazeVOX and has built a run of 3 handmade accordion-fold artist's books called She'll Be Your Resident Poet.

Colin Bean
(Tech Editor) is currently finishing his MS in Computer Science at USF.

Stephen Beachy (Faculty Adviser) is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion, and most recently the novellas Some Phantom and No Time FlatDistortion will be reissued any day now by Rebel Satori Press.  He has been teaching at USF since 1999. Check out his website:

Associate Editors:

Aisha Ahmad is a first year MFA student studying poetry.  She obtained a BFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.  She really misses bagels.

Karen Biscopink
is a second year MFA student studying poetry.  File-folder alphabetizer by day and folk-singer by night, Karen enjoys searching for the perfect plate of macaroni and cheese.  She collects zines and mixtapes made by/for other people.  Karen hopes to someday participate in the SF roller derby using the name "Sylvia Wrath."

C. Adán Cabrera
is an alumnus of the MFA in Writing Program at USF. Adán is currently at work on his first book entitled Tortillas y Sal, a bilingual collection of short stories.

Jenny Chu is currently a first year MFA student at the University of San Francisco. She writes both short fiction and poetry and hopes to study both as intensively. She is originally from Portland, Oregon. Her published work can be found in MReview 2007, VoiceCatcher 3, and most recently in The Molotov Cocktail.

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

Margaret LaFleur is a temp by day and a student/writer by night, though this is hopefully subject to change.  She recently claimed her domain name ( but doesn't suggest you visit unless you need another source of cat photos and random YouTube videos.

Jacques Li is an MFA student at USF who is studying nonfiction.

Libby McDonnell often comes up with fabulously witty retorts several seconds too late. This is probably why she writes. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at USF.

Alex Nemick is a second year MFA in Writing student at USF studying poetry.

Keith J. Powell is a second year MFA student and Ohio native. His work has appeared in Harcourt Textbooks, the BG News, Profiles of Popular Culture, Dramatics Magazine, and

Lina Shustarovich is a first year MFA student writing and studying nonfiction. When not writing at the nearest Starbucks, she is a marketing brand manager for a local shopping startup in Palo Alto and a private tutor. When she ignores her responsibilities, you can find her equipped with either running shoes or a yoga mat. She dreams of owning a giant schnauzer.


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.

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