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.



Annlee Ellingson & Mellinda Hensley


Section Editors:
Fiction Editor: Anya Johnson
Flash Fiction Editor: Jessica June Rowe
Nonfiction Editor: Ramona Pilar
Poetry Editor: CD Eskilson
Stage & Screen Editor: Laura Rensing
Comics & Film Editor: Lauren Gorski
Experimental Editor: Rebecca Luxton
Visual Arts Editor: Brianna J.L. Smyk
Associate Editors:
Blaine Bolibol
Kelly Esparza
Mitchell Evenson
Dave Gregory
Madeline Grimm
Krista Nave
Leo Smith
Phylise Smith



Annlee Ellingson

Annlee Ellingson is co-Editor-in-Chief of Exposition Review. She covers Los Angeles business for L.A. Biz and writes a column about films directed by women. She’s a mentor and book manager for WriteGirl, as well as treasurer of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in film studies from the University of Minnesota. She tweets and instagrams about books, movies, hiking, food, travel, and nephews at @annleee.

CD Eskilson

CD Eskilson is Poetry Editor for Exposition Review. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Hobart, Pleiades, Washington Square Review, minnesota review, and Redivider, among others. CD also reads for Split Lip Magazine. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas, where they received the Walton Family Fellowship in Poetry. Once, they were in a punk band. 

Lauren Gorski

Lauren Gorski is on the Editorial Board of Exposition Review, and has served as Stage & Screen Editor, Co-Editor-in-Chief, and currently as Comics & Film Editor for the annual issue. She has a Master’s in Professional Writing from USC, with emphasis in Stage & Screen. Her fiction and poetry have been featured in apt, Badlands, Jersey Devil Press, Underground Voices, and elsewhere. Her plays have been featured on stage with Playground-SF, Piano Fight, Playground LA, Athena Cats, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is a past playwright-in-residence with Playground-SF. Besides the literary community, Lauren serves on the National Board of Directors for Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), a mentorship program that pairs college women with at-risk middle school girls.

Mellinda Hensley

Mellinda Hensley is a screenwriter and director currently serving as Exposition Review‘s Co-Editor-in-Chief. She previously worked as a writer on CBS’ The Young and the Restless and still tells people at cocktail parties that she switched babies for a living. In 2020, she received a WGA Award, Emmy nomination, and several angry tweets for her work in daytime. In case of emergency, she can be used as a flotation device.

Anya Johnson

Anya Johnson is an Associate Editor with Exposition Review and an MFA Poetry candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a multi-genre writer and reader with a predilection for the deeply personal and unexpectedly weird. 

RebeccaLuxtonRebecca Luxton

Rebecca Luxton is the Experimental 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 experimental. 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.

RamonaPilarRamona Pilar

Ramona Pilar is California born, Los Angeles (County) raised (¿y que?) and writes plays, prose, songs and hybrids. Her works have been produced around Los Angeles, published online and in print, and performed across Southern California. Ramona writes a monthly column – Storytelling in Action – for the Women Who Submit blog, is the CNF Editor for Exposition Review, ana a CB Fiction Reader for Drunk Monkeys. She sings in a band called The Walkmans (yes, Walkmans on purpose) and is a pop culture and arts critic who has the ability to see everything brilliant about you. Unless you don’t use turn signals. Guacala.

Laura Rensing

Laura Rensing is a writer and performer who occasionally has difficulty distinguishing fact from her pet fire-breathing dragon. She is Stage & Screen editor, Treasurer, and host of Exposition Review‘s podcast, Transposition. She is passionate about the value of the arts and works with independent artists to find sustainable ways of getting paid through 1099 Creative. In her free time, she performs around Los Angeles and competes (and occasionally wins) aerial competitions.

Jessica June Rowe

Jessica June Rowe is an author, playwright, editor, and perpetual daydreamer. She is on the Editorial Board of Exposition Review and has served as both Editor-in-Chief, Fiction Editor, and now Flash Fiction Editor! A Best of the Net nominee, her own fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Okay Donkey Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, Atlas and Alice, Pidgeonholes, and Timber Journal, among others, while her short plays have been featured on multiple stages in Los Angeles. One of her poems is stamped into a sidewalk in Valencia, CA, where she lives with her two Yorkies. She also really loves chai lattes. Find her on Twitter @willwrite4chai

BriannaJLSmykBrianna J.L. Smyk

Brianna J.L. Smyk is the Visual Art Editor of Exposition Review and has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief (Vol. I & II) and Experimental Narratives Editor (Vol. III & IV) of Exposition Review as well as the Nonfiction Editor (Vol. VIII) and Associate Editor (Vol. VII) of the Southern California Review. She is an art and communication consultant who holds a Master of Professional Writing (MPW/MFA) degree from USC and a Master of Arts in Art History from San Diego State University. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Human Touch JournalDrunk MonkeysThe Same and FORTH. Find out more about Brianna on Twitter: @briannasmy.


Associate Editors