Editor-in-Chief: Michele Johnson

Michele is a third year MFA poetry candidate at George Mason University. She also works as a Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing Instructor at GMU, and is excited to say that her long career in retail has finally reached its conclusion. She has been published in the Ampersand Review, 491 Magazine, the Ucity Review, and OVS Magazine. When she isn’t writing, reading, or planning lessons, Michele enjoys whipping up batches of home-made ice cream.

Managing Editor: Erin McDaniel

Erin McDaniel is a third-year fiction candidate in George Mason University’s MFA program. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Towson University in 2010, Erin spent a year working at a small publishing company in Baltimore, her favorite Rust Belt city and her hometown.  Now studying fiction full-time in Fairfax, VA, Erin teaches English Composition, runs long distances, and cheers for the Baltimore Orioles. Erin is the 2013 recipient of the Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Award and has been published in Grub Street, Towson University’s Literary and Arts Magazine.

Assistant Editor: Christina Collins

Christina Elaine Collins is a Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction writer, an MFA candidate at George Mason University, and So to Speak’s assistant editor. In addition to “Glint of Gold,” she has published other feminist fairy tale retellings in literary journals such asJabberwock Review, Rose Red Review, Poiesis Review, and Cliterature Journal. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as well as the Art Commune program in Armenia, and is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. You can find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CElaineCollins.

Poetry Editor: Amber Cook

Amber L. Cook is a third-year poetry candidate at George Mason University, where she also teaches English composition and coordinates workshops for the Writing Center. Outside of GMU, Amber has the opportunity to interview and write about new and established poets for the online literary magazine The Collagist. She has previously been published in The Susquehanna Review.

Nonfiction Editor: Jessie Szalay

Jessie Szalay is a nonfiction candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University, and a contributing writer to LiveScience and DCBeer. Her essays and articles have appeared in Waccamaw, The Pubscriber, Inside Travel of National Geographic Traveler, and The National (Dubai), among others. Jessie was the 2012 winner of the Hyman Fred Bernstein Jewish Community Prize for Writing and a finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s 2013 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award. A native of Southern California and Northern Utah and a Westerner at heart, she now lives in Washington, DC.

Fiction Editor: Elizabeth Egan

Liz is a third-year fiction candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University, where she also teaches composition and literature and serves as the assistant director in the Writing Center.  Liz lives and writes in Annapolis, Maryland; she says the commute is worth it because she likes being as close to a large body of water as possible.

Art Editor: Ceci Cole McInturff

Ceci Cole McInturff is artist/owner of 87FLORIDA, an exhibit and performance space in Washington, D.C. Her work includes writing, sculpture, narrative installation, and book objects. It often includes original spoken and written text. After two years studying MA/Art and the Book at the Corcoran College of Art+Design, she is now completing an MFA in critical arts practices at George Mason University, with thesis research on alterations of consciousness at moments of creating, both in science and art. She is a Florida native, a former executive with the CBS Television Network, and the mother of two sons.

Blog and Website editor: Sheryl Louise Rivett

Sheryl L. Rivett is a fiction candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University. She holds a BIS in Women’s Studies in Communication from George Mason University and an MA in creative nonfiction writing from the Johns Hopkins University. She teaches creative writing as a Sally Merten Fellow, in homeschooling cooperatives in the far west suburbs, and composition at the Northern Virginia Community College. Sheryl is most interested in the intersections between truth and character that can be found in both fiction and nonfiction. She has been previously published in This I Believe, Midwifery Today, Quail Bell Magazine, and Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. An essay of hers appears in the anthology (t)here: Writings on Returnings. She is the author of Mothers & Midwives: Women’s Stories of Childbirth and the mother of four daughters.

Assistant Poetry Editor: A.K. Padovich

A.k.Padovich is a second year MFA poetry candidate and Lannan fellow at George Mason University, where she also teaches Freshman Composition and Literature; acts as ESL Opt-in Program Coordinator for the GMU Writing Center; and facilitates the reading series Kindling. Her work has been featured in Bricolage Literary and Arts Journal; Mare Nostrum; and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. The transplant Seattlelite now resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Alexandra Ghaly

Assistant Fiction Editor: Julie Dickson

Assistant Blog and Website Editor: Paula Beltran

Paula Beltrán is a fiction candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University. Paula’s columns and news blogs have appeared in various English and Spanish-language publications including The Huffington Post, AOL Latino, and the Houston Press. An interpreter and translator originally from Houston, TX, she can be seen hunting for queso fresco in Fairfax, VA, where she now lives.


Regular Guest Bloggers:

Sheila McMullin

Sheila McMullin runs the feminist and artist resource website, MoonSpit Poetry, where a list of her publications can also be found. She is the Website Assistant for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and Contributing Editor of poetry and the blog for ROAR Magazine. Her chapbook, Like Water, was a finalist for the Ahsahta Press and New Delta Review chapbook competitions, as well as a semifinalist in the Black Lawrence Press chapbook competition. She works as an after-school creative writing and college prep instructor, and volunteers at her local animal rescue. She holds her M.F.A. from George Mason University. Follow her @smcmulli

Sarah Winn

Sarah Winn is the 2013-2014 Completion Fellow at George Mason University, where she is an MFA candidate in Poetry. She was a 2012 runner up for the Virginia Downs Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Chimes, Crux and most recently in Egg. She has reviewed and blogged for School Library Journal during her time as a school librarian, and currently teaches writing in Fairfax and Arlington County Schools through a Sally Merton Fellowship.

Read more of her work here or follow her on twitter @blueaisling.


*So to Speak is published biannually at George Mason University.  Opinions expressed by authors, bloggers, interviewed persons, and editors do not necessarily reflect the official views of the university.

So to Speak is committed to representing the work of writers and artists from diverse perspectives and experiences and does not discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, culture of origin, political affiliation, disability, marital or premarital status, Vietnam-era status, or similar characteristics.

Web Design

This website was designed by Alison Strub.

So to Speak
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 2C5
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444