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Founding Editor
Rosita Nunes, a graduate of the USF MFA in Writing program, has always had a hand in startups, transitions and turnarounds. She has held many titles over the years, and this one is among the best. Switchback is a project to be proud of, thanks to a continuing flow of talent coming together to bring it life with each issue.

Co-Founding and Assistant Technical Editor
Alex Davis has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. His poems have been published in Five Fingers Review. He has a tattoo with hidden meaning.


Managing Editor
Karen Boyden Phelps resides in the East Bay and hopes to soak up all the good literary mojo floating around the Bay Area through osmosis. Her poems have been published in Scribendi, Conceptions Southwest, and The Albion Review. She's in her second year of the MFA program at USF, class of 2007.

Technical Editor/Webmaster
Jay Thomas is a second-year student in the MFA in Writing program. His poems have appeared in SPORE 2.0 and

Associate Editors:

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.

Kelly Krumrie is a resident of Colorado--a very nice state--and finds herself here in San Francisco working through her first year in the MFA at USF. Though she's actually quite tall, Kelly prefers to write very little pieces of prose. She coaches basketball and tennis at Lick-Wilmerding high school in San Francisco, and recently got a sweet bike.

Craig Perez is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at USF. His work has appeared in Watchword, Signal, Quercus and the Redlands Review. His blog is

Alika Tanaka lives in San Francisco where she is finishing her first novel, Raindrop Parade. For more information, please visit her website:

Elizabeth Valente is currently tied to her computer, finishing her MFA at USF. Originally from Maine, her interests (besides writing, of course) include art, travel, the great outdoors, and devising ways to become permanently bi-coastal.

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 May, 2007. 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.