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. UlinSection Editors:
Fiction Editor: Rebecca Luxton
Nonfiction Editor: Annlee Ellingson
Poetry Editor: Jackson Reder
Stage & Screen Editor: Mellinda Hensley
Art & Experimental Editor: Brianna J.L. Smyk

Managing Editor:
Laura Rensing

Associate Editors:
Blaine Bolibol
Christopher Eskilson
Dave Gregory
Abigail Mitchell
Sarah Smith Narhi
Cayce J. Osborne
‘Aolani Robinson
Channing Sargent

Alayna Doyal
Lauren Welch


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.

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

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.


Associate Editors