Meet the Staff

Ink Lit Mag boasts a crew of talented poets, playwrights, nonfiction and fiction creators, and artistic masters.

Daniel Khalastchi

Publisher

Daniel Khalastchi is a writer, educator, and publisher. He directs the University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and is the cofounder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

Mikey Waller

Assistant Publisher

Mikey Waller, (she/they), is the Assistant Publisher for Ink Lit. She is currently a third year English and creative writing major on the publishing track with a minor in art at the University of Iowa. She is an art editor for earthwords: the undergraduate literary review and a senior editor for Zenith Lit Mag. She spends her free time drinking Monster and petting her friends’ cats.

Email me: michelle-waller@uiowa.edu

Chey Mann

Alumni Curator

Cheyenne Mann is a third year Ink Lit alumnus studying chemistry and creative writing. They’re a double-Gemini and get their joy from thinking about birds and petting their cat, Fig.

Email me: cheyenne-mann@uiowa.edu

Jenna Mather

Editor-in-Chief

Jenna is an English and Creative Writing major from Florida. She loves writing short stories and novels about powerful girls in strange worlds, reading YA fantasy books, and drinking coffee in downtown Iowa City. A Gold Key award-winner from the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, her dream is to be a bestselling author one day.

Email me: jenna-e-mather@uiowa.edu

Eva Brooks

Managing Editor

Eva is an English and Creative Writing major from Lombard, Illinois. She loves to read, write, and edit, which comes in handy when working on a literary magazine! She also loves to doodle, play video games, listen to/make music, and struggle as a single-plant mom. She says hi! 😀

Email me: ekbrooks@uiowa.edu

Abby Feldmann

Website Editor

Part of the Iowa Writer’s Living Learning Community, Abby’s majoring in English and Creative Writing on the publishing track, with certificates in Event Management and Critical Cultural Competence. Her three favorite things are pirates, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium, and cats. Her three least favorite things are cicadas, waterproof mascara, and the color purple.

Email me: abby-feldmann@uiowa.edu

Kimberly Herbstritt

Social Media Editor

Kimberly D. Herbstritt is an English and Creative Writing Major with a publishing track at the University of Iowa. While being a social media editor for Ink Lit Mag, Kimberly is also the Co-Editor-In-Chief for Cave Writing Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys writing, photography, hanging out with friends, and collecting house plants. She plans to be a novelist and an editor for a publishing house.

Gwen

Social Media Editor

Something interesting.

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Elizabeth J. Clark

Creative Director

Elizabeth Clark is an Ethics and Public Policy major and Spanish minor who enjoys the intrigue of being a realistic writer, distorting illustrator, air force ROTC cadet, avid designer, and hopeful intelligence officer. As the creative director, she’s been set on pushing the limits of herself and the magazine to present art and literature enveloped in thoughtful design.

Email me: elizabeth-j-clark@uiowa.edu

Fareeha Ahmad

Addendum Editor

Fareeha is a psychology major on the premed track and is also pursuing a writing certificate at the University of Iowa. She loves grabbing coffee with new people and loves stories and the literature world. Her three favorite things (excluding books) are snow, sweaters, and stuffed animals. 🙂

Email me: fbahmad@uiowa.edu

Samm Yu

Art and Photography Editor

Samm is a first-year portrait photographer and slam poet. Samm is a small business owner interested in sriracha, skateboarding, and sour candy.

Email me: sharris9@uiowa.edu

Sydney Smithgall

Poetry Editor

Sydney is an English and Creative Writing major from Illinois pursuing minors in music and psychology. In her free time, she loves to read sci-fi and fantasy, write poetry, take her sketchbook outside, and listen to new music. This is the second lit mag she’s been involved in on campus, and she’s excited to be a part of Ink this semester!

Email me: sydney-smithgall@uiowa.edu

Emma Vande Krol

Poetry Editor

Emma is a first year student majoring in English and Creative Writing and hoping to minor in German and the Classics. They like writing and reading poetry and fantasy, watching detective shows, and listening to One Direction and Taylor Swift. If they could be reincarnated as anything in the next life, it would be a desert rain frog.

Email me: carryon484@gmail.com

Abby Stoecker

Nonfiction Editor

Abby is a freshman majoring in English and Creative Writing with a minor in French and a certificate in publishing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her friends or her cat. She also loves to bake and her favorite treat to make is sugar cookies because she enjoys dedicating an obscene amount of time to icing them.

Email me: abigail-stoecker@uiowa.edu

Natalie Tegtmeier

Nonfiction Editor

Natalie is an English and creative writing major with a concentration in publishing. They spend a lot of their time reading and writing sad, LGBT stories and watching random shows on Netflix. They own a total of 16 stuffed animals; 11 are Squishmallows, one is a weighted dinosaur, one is a Toothless Pillow Pet, and the rest are from assorted places.

Email me: natalie-tegtmeier@uiowa.edu

Elle Murphy

Drama Editor

As a first year, Elle focuses greatly on writing as she majors in creative writing with an interest in double majoring in either Political Science or Communications. She has a great interest in fantasy that shines in her stories as well as in her love for D&D. This is her first time as an editor, and the experience has been amazing!

Sydney K

Drama Editor

Something interesting.

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Charlotte Brookins

Fiction Editor

Charlotte Brookins is a first-year English and Creative Writing major at the University of Iowa. She has loved reading and writing since she was a little kid, and is ecstatic about the opportunity to be a part of Ink Lit Mag this semester.

Email me: charlotte-brookins@uiowa.edu

Charice Salazar

Fiction Editor

Charice is a first-year student studying pre-pharmacy. She’s always loved writing and storytelling and is enjoying continuing this passion through Ink and the rest of the Iowa writing community.

Staff applications are not live at this time. Check back next semester!