Editorial Staff

Matthew Maichen
Editor in Chief

Matthew Maichen is a proud former editor of Chapman University’s Calliope Art and Literary Magazine, from which his story Persephone was chosen by Plain China as one of the best pieces of undergraduate writing of 2015. He has strong ties to Chapman’s on-campus club: The Players’ Society, who have performed some of his plays onstage and over the radio. These days, he is frequently writing novels with the hope of (someday) achieving publication.

Elena Lucia Perez

Elena Lucia Perez
Managing Editor

Elena is a book lover by day, theater geek by night, and has a relationship with filmmaking on the side.  She studied writing at UC Riverside where she was an editor for the Mosaic Art and Literary Journal, and she was the 2013-14 Managing Editor of the Calliope Art & Literary Magazine at Chapman University.  Other than writing, Elena likes spending time with her pets (a cockatiel and two dachshunds) and photographing nature.  Other things she likes are: fruit pies, NASA, dragons, Kandinsky, and puns.

Marina Shugrue
Communications Manager

Marina is one of the dreamers and a lover of all things literature. She is a graduate of Chapman University and former member of Calliope Art & Literary Magazine. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s busy dancing, singing along to music badly, and obsessing over her cats. She likes numbers that end in five and zero and things that come in threes.



This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Metawork-staff-pic.jpgMelissa Reynolds

Melissa Reynolds is an English Major at West Virginia University and a lifelong writer. She is an active member of Morgantown Writers Group and has a few stories published here and there. She is a former editor at Everydayfiction.com and has beta read more stories for her friends than she’d care to admit. Her kids accuse her of being a crazy plant lady, but she vehemently denies any such thing as she waters her twentieth African Violet.  They also accuse her of being a nerd, but finds she can’t argue the finer points in her own defense. When the weather is just right, she likes to hang out by bodies of water and stack cairns.


Staff Emeritus

Darin Milanesio – Co-Founder, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Nicole Mormann – Editor and Public Relations
Dani Neiley – Web Guru
Stephanie Wallace – Design Intern