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.
Jessica June Rowe
Brianna J.L. Smyk
Fiction Editor: Rebecca Luxton
Nonfiction Editor: David L. Ulin
Poetry & Experimental Editor: Mellinda Hensley
Stage & Screen Editor: Lauren Gorski
Sarah Smith Narhi
Annlee Ellingson launched Southern California Review while she was a 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.
Lauren Gorski is the Stage & Screen Editor of Exposition Review and was Co-Editor-in-Chief for Vol. VIII of the Southern California Review. She earned her Master of Professional Writing with emphasis in stage and screen from USC. Her work has appeared in Underground Voices, Jersey Devil Press, and onstage. She freelances as a script reader, marketing editor, and temp network assistant.
Mellinda Hensley is the Poetry & Experimental Narratives Editor of the Exposition Review and a former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Review. Originally from Indiana, her work has appeared in journals such as The Boiler Review, The Review Review, The Ohio River Review, LA Magazine, and others. When she’s not eating ramen or binge-watching Bob’s Burgers….wait, no, that’s pretty much it.
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 an experienced journalist who currently works in publishing. Rebecca lives with her cat, Khet, who will definitely be famous soon. Follow her on Twitter @guysimherenow for a sneak peek at upcoming projects.
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.
Sarah 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.
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.
Jessica June Rowe
Jessica June Rowe is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review and former Fiction Editor for Vol. VIII of the Southern California Review. She is a Playground-LA playwright. Her work has appeared in Noble/Gas Qtrly, Pidgeonholes, and TheCultureist, as well as on the stage of the Zephyr Theater in LA. 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
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.
Brianna J.L. Smyk
Brianna J.L. Smyk is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review and 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; works at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; teaches yoga; and is an avid writer, reader, and lover of the written word. Find out more about Brianna on Twitter: @briannasmyk.
David 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.