The staff members of Exposition Review are the coolest kids on the block–masters of many genres; readers of many, many pages. Our editors and readers are all volunteers and dedicate a crazy amount of time to bring this journal to life.

At the beginning of each reading period, new Editors-in-Chief and Section Editors are chosen from the managing editors pool to lend their voices and visions to the next issue.



Lauren Gorski & Jessica June Rowe

David L. Ulin

Section Editors:
Fiction Editor: Rebecca Luxton
Nonfiction Editor: Annlee Ellingson
Poetry Editor: Brian McGackin
Stage & Screen Editor: Mellinda Hensley
Art & Experimental Editor: Brianna J.L. Smyk

Managing Editor:
Laura Rensing

Associate Editors:
Blaine Bolibol
Abigail Mitchell
Channing Sargent
Sarah Smith Narhi



Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson launched Southern California Review while she was a graduate student at the University of Southern California, serving as Editor-in-Chief for Volume I, Numbers 1 and 2. In addition to her Master of Professional Writing degree, she holds a B.A. in film studies. At her day job she writes about entertainment and technology for L.A. Biz, and her film criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Boxoffice Magazine, and Paste Magazine, among others. She’s a WriteGirl mentor, and tweets and instagrams about movies, hiking, food, travel, and nephews at @annleee.

LaurenGorskiLauren Gorski

Lauren Gorski is a Managing Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review. She earned her Master of Professional Writing with emphasis in stage and screen from USC. Her work has appeared in Underground VoicesJersey Devil Press, and onstage. She freelances as a script reader, marketing editor, and production coordinator.

MellindaHensley2Mellinda Hensley

Mellinda Hensley is the Stage & Screen editor for Exposition Review and a former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Review. She also currently works at CBS as an Writers’ Assistant on The Young & The Restless and is at work developing a comedy miniseries. Originally from Indiana, her writing has appeared in The Boiler Review, The Review Review, The Ohio River Review, LA Magazine, and others.

RebeccaLuxtonRebecca Luxton

Rebecca Luxton is the Fiction Editor of Exposition Review and worked on the Southern California Review while completing her Master of Professional Writing at USC. Now she’s a marketing professional with a love for all things fiction. Favorite authors: a rotating cast who currently include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King and the late Joe Frank for his exceptional radio storytelling work. Follow her on Instagram @therebeccamarielle.

BrianMcGackinBrian McGackin

Brian McGackin is the author of BROETRY (Quirk Books, 2011) and DEATH IN THE RICK ( He has a BA from Emerson College in Something Completely Unrelated To His Life Right Now and a Masters in Poetry from USC. He enjoys Guinness, comic books, and Guinness. Follow him on Twitter @bpmcgackin if you like following people who are bad at Twitter..

AbigailMitchellAbigail Mitchell

Abigail Mitchell grew up in London, England, and has a BA in History from Cambridge as well as her MPW from USC. She was the Poetry Editor for Vol. VIII of the Southern California Review and now is an associate editor of Exposition Review. Last year Abigail was lucky enough to have pieces published in every genre, and was the Grand Prize Winner of Canada International Film Festival’s 2015 screenplay contest. She likes ice hockey, Cake Boss, and living in places where it rains. Find her: @_abbimitchell, or tweeting from @ExpoReviewLit.

SarahSmithNarhiSarah Smith Narhi

Sarah Smith Narhi is an associate editor of Exposition Review. Sarah earned dual degrees in literature/writing and Italian studies from UC San Diego and a Master of Professional Writing degree with an emphasis in fiction from the University of Southern California. She enjoys reading, writing, math, and traveling.

LauraRensingLaura Rensing

Laura Rensing is a writer and performer who occasionally has difficulty distinguishing fact from her pet fire-breathing dragon. A UC Irvine graduate with dual degrees in drama and comparative literature, Laura has spent her time after college delving into the Southern California publishing community by working at a literary agency, an independent poetry press, and an academic publishing company.

JessicaJuneRoweJessica June Rowe

Jessica June Rowe is co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review. She’s also a writer, editor, and producer whose fiction has appeared in Noble/Gas Qtrly, Pidgeonholes,and Timber Journal, among others, while several of her short plays have been staged through Playground-LA at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. She is a Best of the New nominee and her short fiction won Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writings 33rd Story Awards. She also really loves chai lattes. Find out why by following her on Twitter @willwrite4chai

ChanningSargentChanning Sargent

Channing Sargent is a managing editor of Exposition Review. She hails from the magical land of Salt Lake City, Utah. She holds a B.F.A. in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree in creative writing from USC’s Master of Professional Writing program. Her writing can be seen in LA Weekly, LA Magazine, and LA Downtown News.

BriannaJLSmykBrianna J.L. Smyk

Brianna J.L. Smyk is the Art and Experimental Narratives Editor and former Co-Editor-in-Chief (Vol. I & II) of Exposition Review as well as the former Nonfiction Editor (Vol. VIII) and associate editor (Vol. VII) of the Southern California Review. She completed her Master of Professional Writing (MPW/MFA) degree from USC in 2015 and continues to work on her thesis project, a young adult novel. Brianna is an aspiring Renaissance woman. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Human Touch Journal, Drunk Monkeys, and FORTH. She holds a master’s in art history; teaches yoga; and is an avid writer, reader, and lover of the written word. Find out more about Brianna on Twitter: @briannasmyk.

DavidLUlinDavid L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the Nonfiction Editor of Exposition Review and the author or editor of nine books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, the novella Labyrinth, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former book critic and book editor of the Los Angeles Times.