Tyler Tsay, Program Director
Tyler Tsay is a junior at Williams College and co-founder of The Blueshift Journal. His work, both past and upcoming, has been or will be published in The Offing, The Margins: Asian American Writers Workshop, DIAGRAM, Vinyl Poetry and others. He is the recipient of the Bullock Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets and judged by Camille Rankine, and is a current staff member at BOAAT Press.
Eve Nixen, Assistant Program Director
Eve Nixen grew up in Vancouver and completed her BA at McGill University in Montreal. She received a provincial grant from Quebec and self-published her debut chapbook, a collection of short stories titled Day Dreams of A Dull Girl. She discovered Speakeasy through the all-ages workshops and was a participant last summer.
She is now living in Vancouver and working on a collection of poetry to release in the winter. Her writing incorporates fragments from everyday life woven in with blatant lies and exaggerations.
Sarah Foil, Head of Scheduling
Sarah Foil is a writer, editor & media manager with a graduate degree from the Mountainview MFA program with a concentration in Fiction and a passion for the fantastic. She has her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, Psychology and Spanish from Salem College. Sarah has three years of literary magazine experience under her belt and multiple internships from online magazines to social media management. In college, Sarah had the opportunity to work for the literary magazine, Incunabula , as an assistant editor for a year and two years as the head editor. Her work can be found in the 2013, 2014 & 2015 editions. As a graduate student, Sarah worked one-on-one with several published, acclaimed authors and was able to complete a manuscript for the first book in her Literary Fantasy series. Sarah also writes and has published short stories, nonfiction essays and poetry.
Erin O'Malley, On-Call Editor
Erin Jin Mei O'Malley is the Co-Editor of Sooth Swarm Journal, and her work appears or is forthcoming in The Ellis Review, Dialogist, Rust + Moth, and others. You can find her at www.explorationsoferin.com.
Isabelle Jia, Advertising Manager
Isabelle Jia is a 17-year old poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Blueshift Journal, the Ellis Review, Track Four and many more. Jia has attended the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio and the California State Summer School of Arts. She has also been recognized as a California Arts Scholar, by the Walt Whitman Poetry Foundation, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She additionally works for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and the Glass Kite Anthology. Jia currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
Kristine Slentz, Features Manager
Kristine Esser Slentz is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.” Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. After college, she began working in the digital marketing field to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. She started in search engine optimization (SEO) and soon transitioned into content marketing. During this time, she also wrote pieces for publications like HuffPost, Pattern, and NUVO. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York while also being an Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication, Unfold. Her poetry has appeared in Sweater Weather Magazine, The Unprecedented Review, and Flying Island Journal.
Joyce Zhou, Secretary
Joyce Zhou attends Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. Her work has been nationally recognized by The Poetry Society, National Poetry Quarterly, Penguin Random House, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and The Blueshift Journal among others. She currently serves as a genre editor for Polyphony HS and senior editor-in-chief of her school’s literary magazine The Essence.
Jordan Jace, Staff Interviewer
Jordan Jace is a senior and English major at Williams College. He is the recipient of the Bullock Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets, and has been featured on Poets.org, Parlor Tricks & others.
Tiffani Ren, Staff Interviewer
Tiffani Ren is a junior at Wellesley College and currently studying abroad at the University of Oxford. She has worked with the Blueshift Journal, Wellesley Review, and Counterpoint Magazine, and currently serves as a Staff Interviewer for the Speakeasy Project and an Assistant Editor of Skin Deep Magazine.
Brianna McNish, Secretarial Intern
Brianna McNish is a third-year Honors student and English/Creative Writing major at the University of Connecticut. Her fiction previously appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Necessary Fiction, Split Lip Magazine, Juked, among others. She is the fiction editor of The Long River Review.
Claire Lee, Features Intern
Claire S. Lee is a student from Southern California. Her writing has been recognized by Tinderbox Journal, Ringling College, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and can be found or is forthcoming in A-Minor Magazine, Inklette, Rising Phoenix Review, and *82 Review, among others. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of COUNTERCLOCK Journal and an editorial intern for The Blueshift Journal. She is currently working on her debut novel.
Syd Westley, Administrative Intern
Syd Westley (she/her/hers) is a queer and biracial Asian American poet, currently studying English and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Syd enjoys California poppies, clouds, and her 94 year old grandmother. Her greatest hope is that one day she will learn how best to articulate the trans-generational voices and silences that are sitting in her throat.