2613_140787735330_326531_nCourtney Leigh Jameson, Managing Editor  graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Creative Writing and is currently working toward an MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is interested in all aspects of poetry and has been working in a surreal landscape, featuring horses as a symbol of her Arizona heritage. Courtney has also been managing a poetry journal called The Bruised Peach Press since 2008, in order to stay active in the poetry community.


clare_MARYClare FitzPatrick, Contributing Editor is a Bay Area native who writes fiction. She earned her B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of California in 2011. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the St. Mary’s undergraduate lit. journal Riverrun. When she is not dazzling the world with her impeccable writing skills and irresistible charm, she can be found at a shady dive bar or at home playing “Halo”. She currently works in the funeral business.

brittany_MARYBrittany Wason, Assistant Contributing Editor currently resides in Oakland, CA and is a first year poetry student at Saint Mary’s College of California. She enjoys road trips with unexpected destinations, swimming, and pasta. Lots of pasta.


maria_MARYMaria Judnick, Creative Non-Fiction Editor A Bay Area native, Maria Judnick recently realized she has spent most of the last decade in school.  She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in English (minors in Theology and Art History), from San Jose State University with a MA in English and Comparative Literature, and will be graduating in May from St. Mary’s College of California with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction.  While not finishing her thesis or working as the Project Coordinator for the National Endowment for the Humanities Steinbeck Institute, Maria keeps busy writing a young adult mystery novel.

scottD_MARYScott Donahue, Assistant Creative Non-Fiction Editor is a first-year MFA student and an ascetic for the true story.  He works as an ESL teacher in Oakland and has the privilege of working with men and women from all over the world.  He hopes to make a life of writing, traveling and running marathons in absurd parts of the world.

jill_MARYJill Kolongowski, Contributor has lived on both coasts but she grew up and learned to write in the middle, in a small town in Michigan. Jill is an MFA Candidate in Creative Nonfiction at St. Mary’s College of California, and has worked as a writer, an editor, and a doughnut-maker. Jill’s work appears in Revolution House, Fugue, and elsewhere. Her only vices are television and Broadway musicals.


warren_MARYWarren Buchanan, Fiction Editor is a Bay Area native with a penchant for dark humor and honest sentiment. He has a B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University and a passion for teaching. His work can be found at He was voted Most Likely to Write His Own Bio for a Lit. Journal in middle school. 

stephanie_MARYStephanie Cieplinski, Assistant Fiction Editor is a native Pennsylvanian video producing for the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department. She received a B.A. in Film Studies/Production and a B.A. in Creative Writing at Hofstra University in New York. She is an avid yogi and enjoys a good horror story. 

charlotte_MARYCharlotte Bhaskar, Contributor  was raised mostly in New Jersey and now lives in Berkeley, California where she’s a first-year MFA candidate in Fiction at Saint Mary’s College of California. In addition to assisting the Fiction section of MARY, she also works  as a First Reader for Strange Horizons, an online speculative fiction magazine, and has recently had work published in Goblin Fruit, an online poetry journal.


rebecca_MARYRebecca Eland Wenrick, Poetry Editor holds an undergraduate degree in Writing from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University and is currently attending St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California for an MFA in poetry.  She has recently published work in Spoon River Poetry Review, with work upcoming in Jacket2. Last May she enjoyed co-teaching in Northern India a workshop that links the Buddhist three jewels to poetry and movement.

rj_MARYRJ Ingram, Assistant Poetry Editor is an Ohio native who lives in Oakland, California and studies poetry in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA program. Along with working on MARY, he is the social media editor of Omnidawn Publishing. Recent work can be found in or is forthcoming from Timber, Quarter After Eight, Mixed Fruit, and Ilk Journal, among others. His manuscript was a finalist for the Button Poetry Exploding Pinecone Chapbook Contest. More reviews can be found in Coldfront, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Margins. Follow @RJEquality.

alisa_MARYAlisa Dodge, Contributor Blown in from the dry high-desert climate of southern California, Alisa Dodge has made a home in Oakland where she spent three years writing, performing, and publishing with her writing group, the Benevolent Otherhood. She currently hosts Blue-Stocking Revival, a monthly gathering of writers and musicians, and has been published in Eloquent BastardsCheese and Liquor, and Temper.  

caroline_Staff_MARYCaroline O’Connor Thomas, Contributor is a semi-forgetful poet from the East coast. She is a MFA candidate at St. Mary’s College of California, and gets her kicks primarily by driving around unknown streets in rental cars. Her work is forthcoming in Foothill.

scottriley_MARYScott Riley, Contributor is a first-year MFA student in poetry at St. Mary’s College. He was introduced to Pendell’s work in 2006 as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where “Pharmako/Poeia” is used as a textbook for a lower-division Molecular and Cell Biology course. He also holds a MA in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union.


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