Issue 3: Minimalism vs. Maximalism
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

Editorial Team

Todd Chilton - Stripes and Triangles

Managing Editor:

Rosita Nunes is a project developer by nature and profession. Switchback is her dream manifested thanks to a dynamic crew. Published in the San Francisco Chronicle (essay), Occam's Razor (poetry), and Tattoo Highway (interview, poetry and short fiction), she completed her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in 2004. Her young adult novel is currently in its third revision.

Technical Editor:

Alex Davis completed his MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in 2004. He prefers adversarial pastimes, like reading, writing, and programming.

Associate Editors:

Marian Stone is a member of USF's MFA in Writing class of 2004. She resides in Oakland, CA, and will continue to work on her first novel until she gets it right or dies, whichever comes first.

Marisela Treviño Orta is the Poet Resident of El Teatro Jornalero! and is currently beginning a collaboration with Marin Theatre Company to teach playwriting to high school students in San Rafael’s Canal District. Her first play, Braided Sorrow, was selected and read at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2005. Her poetry has appeared in Red River Review, Curbside Review, BorderSenses, Pomona Valley Review, Traverse, 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics and Double Room. Her literary blog is

Nathan Grover is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at USF and has worked for Switchback reading prose and finding artwork since Issue #2. He also sings and plays guitar in the San Francisco indie rock band Love is Chemicals.

Craig Perez is a second year MFA student at USF. His work has appeared in Watchword and Signal. His blog is

Alika Tanaka moved from San Diego to San Francisco in 1995 and recently won first place in the Backwards City Review Fiction Contest. She fluctuates between short and long forms of fiction and how they work with her reoccurring dreams. She currently is finishing her MFA at the University of San Francisco.

Faculty Advisors:

Stephen Beachy (Content Advisor) is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His novellas, Some Phantom and No Time Flat, will be published by Suspect Thoughts Press in 2006. He has been teaching at USF since 1999. Check out his website:

Chris Brooks (Computer Services Advisor) is Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He received his BA/JBA from the University of Wisconsin, his MS from San Francisco State University in 1997, and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2002. His areas of interest include multiagent systems, information economics, electronic commerce, and machine learning.

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