Meet the Staff

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

Daniel Khalastchi


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 fourth year English and creative writing major on the publishing track with a minor in art at the University of Iowa. They spend their free time playing rugby and petting their friends’ cats.

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Ben Ahlrichs


Ben is an English/Creative Writing and Journalism major on the Pre-Law track from West Des Moines, Iowa. He loves reading romance novels, watching reality television, and hanging out with his friends.

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Abigail Kloha

Managing Editor

Abigail is a double majoring in English and Creative Writing as well as Spanish. She loves translating and writing in the outdoor study spaces of the University of Iowa, especially when fantasy or sci-fi is involved. When not writing novels or short stories, Abby will be volunteering, playing piano, hanging out with friends, or enjoying anything with pastel colors.

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Kyleigh Call

Creative Director

Kyleigh is an English and Creative Writing major from San Diego pursuing a minor in art. In her free time, she loves painting, writing poetry, playing guitar, volunteering, and hiking! She has loved writing and designing for as long as she can remember, and is so excited to be a part of Ink this year! Her dream job is to become a travel journalist and see the world.

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Kate Glembocki

Web Editor

Kate is a first-year from Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in English & Creative Writing on the publishing track with a double major in Business Marketing. She hopes to hone her skills in publishing and go on to work as an editor or book designer.

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Elizabeth Von Loh

Website Editor

Elizabeth Von Loh is originally from Texas and majoring in English and Creative Writing on the publishing track. Besides writing, she enjoys graphic design, taking walks, and people watching, because there’s always a story to be found.

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Brianna Bowers

Addendum Editor

Brianna is a Computer Science major from Cypress, Texas. Her favorite genres are dystopian, historical fiction, and fantasy, and when she’s not reading, you’ll probably find her playing video games, writing, or petting her cats.

Shea Winters

Art Editor

Shea Winters, (she/her), is an English and Creative Writing major on the publishing track from a small town in Illinois. She enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry, watching rom-coms, drawing (poorly), and taking pictures of the University of Iowa campus while enjoying her daily walks. She’s very excited to be the art editor for Ink and to see the talent that the first years on campus have to offer.

Calvin Covington

Fiction Editor

Calvin is an English/Creative Writing and Psychology major from Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoys writing novels, playing volleyball and Dungeons & Dragons, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Autumn Mayer

Fiction Editor

Autumn is an English and Creative Writing major on the publishing track from Green Bay, Wisconsin. She also has a minor in French and loves all things reading, writing, and language.

Jinx Buehring

Drama Editor

Jinx is an English and Creative Writing major from Greenville, SC who loves playing D&D and guitar.

Andrew Sinclair

Poetry Editor

Andrew Sinclair (he/they) is a freshman studying English & Creative Writing and Screenwriting Arts at the University of Iowa. Their work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has been published in Kissing Dynamite, Fish Barrel Review, and Brave Voices Magazine. They are an alumnus of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ creative writing program. In the future, he hopes to invent a new color through sheer force of will.

Madeline Riske

Poetry Editor

Madeline Riske is an English and Creative Writing Major from Illinois. She fell in love with writing after she penned her first poem (about pizza) as a kid, and she is elated to be exploring the publishing side of writing with Ink. In her free time, Madeline can usually be found listening to Taylor Swift, drinking kombucha, and buying too many house plants.

Lily Giddings

Nonfiction Editor

Lily is majoring in English and Creative Writing on the Literary Publishing Track. She is from Independence, Iowa and loves kayaking and reading. Her favorite genres are historical fiction and romance.

Katie Davis

Nonfiction Editor

Katie Davis is an English & Creative Writing freshman at the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in Havik Magazine and Lavender Bones and has been recognized by the YoungArts Foundation and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. So far her favorite parts of UI have been this lit mag, her job, and the Main Library’s comic book and fanzine archives. Katie’s ultimate goal is to become a librarian and write every day.

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