Meet Your Vol. XIII Staff

Geoff
Name: Geoff Bendeck
Position: Nonfiction Editor
Where did you grow up? The netherworld of Orange County, CA
Who are your favorite authors? Moritz Thomsen, Cormac McCarthy, Graham Greene, Junot Diaz, Roberto Bolaño, Paul Bowles, Jo Ann Beard, Annie Dillard, Cheryl Strayed, George Packer, Naguib Mahfouz, Kevin Powers, Jhumpa Lahiri—I’ll stop there, it could go on for awhile.
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? I’d love to see some international submissions!

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to enter this year’s Nonfiction Contest, judged by Cheryl Strayed!

Julia
Name: Julia Weiss
Position: Poetry Editor
Where did you grow up? Santa Monica, Calif.
Who are your favorite writers? Oh boy. I’m not going to try and impress you with avant garde people you’ve never heard of if that’s what you mean.
Here’s a rapidfire off the top of my head: Jeffrey McDaniel, Marie Howe, Jo Ann Beard, Melissa Febos, Scott Snyder, Kim Addonizio, Don DeLillo, Elizabeth Gilbert, T.J. English, Maya Angelou, Sarah Dessen, Ann Brashares, Daisaku Ikeda, Christopher McDougall, Mark Twain, Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost, Billy Collins, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. Seuss, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pablo Neruda, Jeffrey Peterson, etc.!
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Originality that makes sense. Don’t be weird for the sake of being weird. Create something based on an experience that moves you, and in turn, it will inspire us as well.

Kevin
Name: Kevin Zambrano
Position: Fiction Editor
Where did you grow up? Long Beach, California
Who are your favorite writers? In no particular order— Herman Melville, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Yasunari Kawabata, Virginia Woolf, Raymond Chandler, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolaño, Denis Johnson, Don DeLillo, Joy Williams, Cormac McCarthy, Karen Russell, David Foster Wallace, J. M. Coetzee, Nicole Krauss, Annie Baker, Thomas Pynchon
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Writers I haven’t yet read, who’ve never even been published, but whose stories and characters and sentences will be stuck in my head for the rest of my days.

Michael
Name: Michael Bagwell
Position: Art Director
Where did you grow up? Philadelphia
Who are your favorite writers? David Ohle, John Berryman, George Saunders, Federico Garcia Lorca, Matthew Dickman, Zachary Schomburg, William S. Burroughs
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? I’d love to see writing and artwork with a sense of urgent newness, a bewildering desire to carve out a few more caves in our senses.

Carolyn
Name: Carolyn Silveira
Position: Multimedia Editor
Where did you grow up? Los Angeles
Who are your favorite writers? Ann Carson, Murakami, Michael Ondaatje, David Foster Wallace, Naomi
Wolf, and Michael Pollan are some writers of whom I’ve been a serious repeat reader. Lorrie Moore just made me cry and right now Caitlin Moran is making me laugh, literally out loud.
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Winning lottery numbers, for once.

Gillian
Name: Gillian Ramos
Position: Blog Editor
Where did you grow up? Rhode Island born and bred
Who are your favorite authors? Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Sandra Cisneros, Colum McCann, Carson McCullers, Steven Millhauser, Lydia Millet, Flannery O’Connor, Helen Oyeyemi, Jeanette Winterson
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? I’m excited to see multimedia and technology become a bigger part of the LUMINA experience.

Kym
Name: Kym Hawkins
Position: Marketing Director
Where did you grow up? Johnson City, Tennessee
Who are your favorite writers? e.e. cummings, Jack Gilbert, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Kallet, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wells Tower, Elizabeth Bishop, Pharrell Williams, Cormac McCarthy, AI, Tom Waits, A. E. Housman, Jon Stewart, Camus, Leonard Cohen, Karen Hawkins, Voltaire, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, Neil Gaiman, Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, I think I like Lord Gordon, George Byron, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Jeanette Winterson, Strunk and White, Vonnegut, Jonathan Safran Foer, Chris Claremont, Joss Whedon, John Keats, Tina Fey, Anthony Burgess, James Agee, Stephen Colbert, Shakespeare, Woody Allen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Samuel Beckett, Terrence Malick, so many more than I’m forgetting, maybe Gertrude Stein, depends on the day.
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Music!

Daniel
Name: Daniel Poirier
Position: Creative Director
Where did you grow up? The first 50% in the tiny village of Fruitvale, BC; the second 50% in Vancouver. That place between Washington and Alaska.
Who are your favorite writers? Albert Camus, Murakami Haruki, Bohumil Hrabal, Cormac McCarthy, Michel Houellebecq, Abe Kōbō, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Franz Kafka, John Williams, Mishima Yukio, Dave Eggers, Charles Bukowski, Anton Chekhov, Kawabata Yasunari, Ernest Hemingway, Jorge Luis Borges, Milan Kundera, José Saramago and so on and on.
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Something that gives me linguistic pause. Strange words in perfect places.

Jaclyn
Name: Jaclyn Van Lieu Vorenkamp
Position: Associate Editor
Where did you grow up? I began in the verdant farmlands of western New Jersey and am now picking up speed in Bronxville, NY.
Who are your favorite writers? Tobias Wolff, Denis Johnson, Penelope Lively, Paula Fox, Marcel Proust, Chester Himes, John Williams, Alessandro Manzoni, Dezso Kosztolanyi, Daniel Woodrell, Zadie Smith, Colm Toibin, Lydia Davis, Samuel Richardson, David Foster Wallace, Michael Cunningham, A. A. Milne
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Original takes on the baffling and absorbing experience of being alive—in whatever form they come.

Ned
Name: Edward Bandera-Duplantier
Position: Editorial Advisor
Where did you grow up? Houston, TX
Who are your favorite writers? Emily Dickinson, Ovid, Shakespeare, Wisława Szymborska
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? I’m very excited for the upcoming Multimedia Issue, and looking forward to seeing more audio content.

Christina
Name: Christina Harrington
Position: Managing Editor
Where did you grow up? I grew up twenty minutes north of New Haven, Connecticut.
Who are your favorite writers? I don’t really have one favorite writer, I like books too much. But authors I return to year after year include Raymond Chandler, Terry Pratchett, and Margaret Atwood.
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? Anything and everything.

Nicole
Name: Nicole Cloutier
Position: Editor in Chief
Where did you grow up? On an almost-farm in rural Connecticut.
Who are your favorite writers? Ursula LeGuin, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Michael Ondaatje, Denis Johnson, Geoff Johns
What would you absolutely love to see in LUMINA this year? I would love to see more cross-genre work. Throw me a brilliantly musical piece that doesn’t quite know what to call itself.

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