The UNR Staff

2023 is the launch year of The Upper New Review. Currently, the Upper New Staff is in its infancy, but we’re looking to add to the team as the year progresses!

Founder and Publisher

Staff headshot: Benjamin Erlandson

Benjamin E. Erlandson, Ph.D.

Ben is a perpetual skeptic, longitudinal thinker, brewer, gardener, photographer, filmmaker, learning systems designer, and writer.  Combinations of his efforts often manifest as digital technology, visual media, and printable narrative. Shooting for more than thirty years and writing for nearly forty, he spends as much time as possible outside, exploring the New River Basin, switching gears between fiction, nonfiction, and visual arts to keep his mind limber. As a reader, a writer, a photographer, a filmmaker, and an independent scholar, Dr. Erlandson is constantly exploring the intersection of narrative, knowledge, belief, and behavior change.

View Ben’s photography portfolio here.

Fiction and Poetry Editor

Staff headshot: Jenn Sisko

Jenn Sisko

Jenn is a writer from the Midwest who specializes in fiction writing, focusing on nature, family, and speculative themes. She’s a Production Editor for MAYDAY Magazine. In the warmer months, hiking is a favorite pastime. When it’s cold, (as it is most of the time in Minnesota) she loves to read and snuggle with her very sweet rabbits.

Jenn joined the Upper New Staff in the spring of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

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Han Le

Han is a poet and a fiction writer based in California. Her works have been published both in the US and UK. She enjoys traveling around the world and seeking literary inspiration in her daily life.

Han joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

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Kaitlin Goodpaster

Kaitlin is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she majored in English with an emphasis in poetry writing and minored in Comparative Ethnic Studies. During her time at Cal Poly, Kaitlin reviewed poetry submissions during a winter reading period for Cal Poly’s literary journal, Byzantium. Since then, she has completed a 30-page poetry chapbook, worked as Communications Specialist at Cal Poly’s Campus Health & Wellbeing, and currently works as Grants Manager for a victim service provider based in San Luis Obispo County. Her most recent creative work is an essay analyzing “An American Religion (FSF)” for a zine titled Jesus Christ, I’m 36 celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Wonder Years’ fourth studio album, The Greatest Generation. Kaitlin is an aspiring MFA candidate and hopes to have an impact on contemporary literature through avenues like Nonfiction Editor at The Upper New Review.

Kaitlin joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

Staff headshot: Helena Guglielmino

Helena Guglielmino

Helena Guglielmino [pronounced in bad English as ghoul-you-meano] is a hiker, backpacker, and explorer of anywhere her 7-year-old lab mix leads her. She focuses on writing non-fiction; memoir, personal essay, and stories of adventures. When not writing, but most especially while writing, she enjoys basking in the fantasies of unturned stones and far-off lands. For now, though, she’s enjoying the wild areas, both urban and not, that surround Reno, Nevada – especially if it means a plate of poutine will be involved. 

Helena joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

View Helena’s portfolio.

Visual Arts Editor

Staff headshot: Parker Shatkin

Parker Shatkin

Parker is an artist and editor currently pursuing an MA in Fine Art. She is passionate about finding and creating artistic communities and working with arts organizations of all kinds. As an artist, Parker works with a variety of both physical and digital media, including photography, print, games, and internet art.

Parker joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

View Parker’s portfolio.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Editor

Beth Bolton

Beth is a long time reader residing in Texas. She lives with her husband and pets. When not reading, she can be found writing, watching television, painting or drawing, or spending time with the people she loves. She spent a decade as a mental health therapist and has always loved helping others. Beth believes that through the written word, healing can be found. She is a fan of yoga, traveling, and Halloween. 

Beth joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Fiction and Nonfiction Editor

Omar Bishir

Omar is a writer, editor, and language teacher. He graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. His work has been published in We’ll Never Have Paris, an annual journal of nonfiction memoir in zine format. Several of his scripts have been produced into short films. He’s currently working on a collection of short stories.

Omar joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Poetry Editor

Tatiana Avdelas

Tatiana Avdelas is a poet and nonfiction writer based in Tampa Bay. She is a graduate of The University of Akron where she obtained a B.A. in English and minored in Creative Writing. During her time in university, she was the Editor-in-Chief for her university’s literary journal, AshBelt (2022). Her inspiration in writing derives from her Greek culture as she explores the beauty and complexities of her upbringing. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, seeing her favorite artists live in concert, and visiting art museums. 

Tatiana joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Research Narratives Editor

Denise Dooley

Denise Dooley lives in Chicago. She enjoys bike camping and has cooked in restaurants around the Midwest. 

Denise joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

Nancy  Moore

Nancy Moore is pursuing a second masters in Technical Communication at Texas Tech University.  She holds a masters in English Literature from Mercy University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.  Her masters thesis was an eBook titled Continuation of Print: Teaching the Waste Land.

She is interested in environmental issues, especially pertaining to safety, health, and wellbeing.  She enjoys reading the works of others and furthering their goals of publication.

Nancy joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

Erin Samant

Erin Samant is a graduate student at the Université de Montréal studying Comparative Literature with a focus on ecofeminism and interspecies relationships in Canadian Literature. She has a passion for accessible literature and is currently Managing Editor of flo. Literary Magazine. In her spare time, she loves reading essays and memoirs while drinking copious amounts of iced coffee.

Erin joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Editor

Kendall Haney

Kendall is a poet and a fiction writer based in Florida. Aside from earning bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and English, she’s currently freelancing for a local magazine and working as a research assistant. She plans to contribute to the literary world by editing fiction and other literary works, as well as writing her own novels and essays.

Kendall joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Interactive Experiences Editor

Gabrielle Grinaway

Gabby is an editor and poet currently based out of Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing & Editing. With a need to keep busy you’ll find her perusing bookstores, sifting through antique shops, exploring museums and hanging out with her cat Goose.

Gabby joined the Upper New staff in the fall of 2023.

Nonfiction Editor

Chila Woychik

Chila (“Maggie”) Woychik is originally from the beautiful land of Bavaria but has lived in the Midwest most of her life. Her writing is included in Cimarron, Passages North, Tahoma Review, and more, and she has an essay collection, Singing the Land: A Rural Chronology (Shanti Arts, 2020). She won first place nonfiction awards from Storm Cellar and Emrys. She also edits the Eastern Iowa Review and is head over heels in love with lyrical language.

Take a look at Chila’s portfolio website.

Chila joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Fiction and Poetry Editor

Delaney Olmo

Delaney Olmo is a writer and editor. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in Green Linden Press, Feminist Formations, Decolonial Press, among other places, and has been both a semi finalist and finalist in several contests. She currently reads fiction and poetry for the Firecracker Rewards, and was a former Poetry Editor for the Normal School.

Delaney joined the Upper New Staff in the fall of 2023.

Check out Delaney’s portfolio website.

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