Editorial Team


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Managing Editor:

Rosita Nunes is a project developer by nature and profession. Switchback is her dream manifested thanks to a dynamic crew. Published in the San Francisco Chronicle (essay), Occam's Razor (poetry), and Tattoo Highway (interview, poetry and short fiction), she completed her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in 2004. Her young adult novel is currently in its third revision.

Technical Editor:

Alex Davis completed his MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in 2004. He prefers adversarial pastimes, like reading, writing, and programming.

Associate Editors:

Marian Stone is a member of USF's MFA in Writing class of 2004. She resides in Oakland, CA, and will continue to work on her first novel until she gets it right or dies, whichever comes first.

Chellis Ying received her BA at Kenyon College. She continued studying Creative Writing at USF's MFA in Writing program. Chunks of her life went missing when she was infected with the traveling bug. Her work has appeared in Best Travel Stories 2005 and Best Women's Travel Writing 2005.

Marisela Orta is an amateur astronomer, geologist, historian, videographer, photographer, film connoisseur, and tango dancer. Marisela is an avid fiction reader, but does not write it. Marisela is the Poet in Resident of El Teatro Jornalero! and is currently working on the completion of her first play. Marisela's poetry has appeared in Red River Review, Curbside Review, BorderSenses, Pomona Valley Review, and Traverse, and she has a forthcoming essay in 26 magazine.

Nathan Grover is a writer and musician living in San Francisco. He coordinates the artwork and does some of the graphic design for Switchback. He is a candidate at USF's MFA in Writing progam.

Craig Perez is a first year MFA student at USF. He teaches Language Arts at an after-school learning center for children.

Web Designer:

Colin Bean is a recent graduate of USF's Computer Science department and an English minor.

Faculty Advisors:

Stephen Beachy (Content Advisor) is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His novellas, Some Phantom and No Time Flat, will be published by Suspect Thoughts Press in 2006. He has been teaching at USF since 1999.

Chris Brooks (Computer Services Advisor) is Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He received his BA/JBA from the University of Wisconsin, his MS from San Francisco State University in 1997, and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2002. His areas of interest include multiagent systems, information economics, electronic commerce, and machine learning.