Managing Editor:

Kelci Baughman McDowell
a.k.a. Kelci M. Kelci is thinking about taking the money and running.

Tech Editor:

Colin Bean
is currently finishing his MS in Computer Science at USF.

Faculty Adviser:

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion, and the novellas Some Phantom and No Time Flat.  His newest novel, boneyard, is a collaboration with Jake Yoder, a disturbed Amish boy whose existence has as yet been unconfirmed.  It will be published in October, 2011, by Verse Chorus Press.  Stephen has been teaching at USF since 1999. Check out his website:

Fiction Team:

Jorge Cino (Fiction Editor) was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in San Francisco, CA, for the past six years. Visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @jmcino.

Michelle Boise is a first year student in the MFA in Writing Program at USF. She makes awesome flyers.

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.

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

Aysegul Savas is an MFA in Writing student studying fiction. She is from Istanbul, Turkey.

Poetry Team:

Karen Biscopink (Poetry Editor) 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."

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

Alex Nemick is a second year MFA in Writing student at USF studying poetry.  Soon he will be trading the fair city of San Francisco for the Mile High city of Denver, and doesn't know how to feel about it yet.  Currently he is interested in nanotechnology, ethical theory, and ghouls.

Alex Rieser’s favorite type of car accident is two Hummers running out of Premium Unleaded before colliding. He lives in San Francisco with his fiancé and is a first-year MFA student at USF. His works have been featured in Transfer Magazine, sPARKLE & bLINK, Ignatian Magazine, and the Idiolexicon Poetry Series.

Nonfiction Team:

Lina Shustarovich (Nonfiction Editor) 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.

Michelle Boise

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

Donna Miranda
is a first year student in the MFA in Writing Program at USF.

Art Committee:

Kelci Baughman McDowell a.k.a. Kelci M. Kelci
Keith J. Powell
Michelle Boise


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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