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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 wrapped up her MFA at USF and has subsequently escaped to the wilds of Oregon. She now makes a living describing fire-resistant clothing. Her poems have appeared in Scribendi, Conceptions Southwest, and The Albion Review.

Technical Editor/Webmaster
Jay Thomas completed his MFA at USF this summer. Right now, he's a part-time web devloper and full-time data analyst, but he hopes to teach when he grows up. His poems have appeared in SPORE 2.0 and mipoesias.com.

Associate Editors:

Jim Cole, a writer, is writing a novel and living in Alameda, Calif., with his wife and two sons. He is in his second year in the MFA program at USF. Carrie Hechtman, a poet, is in her second year of USF's MFA program.

Kelly Krumrie is a resident of Colorado—a very nice state—and finds herself here in San Francisco working through her second 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.

Craig Santos Perez is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of 2 chapbooks: constellations gathered along the ecliptic (Shadowbox Press, 2007), and all with ocean views (Overhere Press, 2007). His first book, from unincorporated territory, is forthcoming from Tinfish Press in 2008. His poetry, essays, fiction, reviews, and translations have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Sentence, Tinfish, and Rain Taxi, among others. Read his blog at blindelephant.blogspot.com.

Elizabeth Valente has recently finished her MFA at USF. Originally from Maine, her interests (besides writing, of course) include art, travel, the great outdoors, and devising clever ways to become permanently bi-coastal.

Alika Tanaka Yarnell received her MFA in Creative Writing from USF. She lives in San Francisco where she is finishing her first novel, Raindrop Parade. For more information, please visit her website: www.QwertCity.com.

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: www.livingjelly.com.

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.