Intern Update, Ellen O’Brien

Today, we are pleased to share an update for former SR student nonfiction editor Ellen O’Brien. Since her work with SR, Ellen has graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also recently accepted a position as an investigative reporter with News21.

News21, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism, is a national initiative led by five of America’s leading research universities with the support of two major foundations will advance the U.S. news business by helping revitalize schools of journalism.

Congratulation, Ellen!

Intern Update, Ofelia Montelongo: ‘Five Guys’

picture of Latino Book Review

Today, we are pleased to share an update for former SR student editor-in-chief Ofelia Montelongo. Since her work with SR, Ofelia has graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing), founded Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, taught creative writing in Spanish at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, and completed freelance writing projects for the Phoenix New Times, So Scottsdale Magazine, and Phoenix Magazine.

Recently, Ofelia published a short story titled “Five Guys” with the Latino Book Review. Join us in congratulating Ofelia on this exciting news!

Intern Update, Colleen Stinchcombe: Outside Article

Join us in congratulating former SR social media editor Colleen Stinchcombe! Since her work on Issue 11, Colleen has graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and has worked as an editor for SheKnows Media, an international content marketer for Rover.com, and a freelance writer and editor. Some of her many publications can be found in Outside, GQ, REI Co-op Journal, SELF, Shape, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Brit+Co, SheKnows, Asparagus, and Green Living AZ.

Read one of her latest articles, “7 Thru-Hikers on Coping with Post-Trail Depression,” in Outside here.

Congratulations on your many accomplishments, Colleen!

Intern Update, Stella Hall: ‘Yes!’

Stella Hall Headshot

Today, we are happy to share an intern update for former SR Blogger Stella Hall. Since her work on Issue 18, Stella has graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has accepted a full-time job as a digital producer for the TV show, RightThisMinute.

She has also been working on screenwriting projects and recently finished a short film titled “Yes!”

“Yes!” was screened at the ASU Film Festival last week and won the Best Screenplay Award. It was also nominated for Best Director and Best Ensemble Acting.

View “Yes!” using this link. In her short film, a commitment-phobic man finds a diamond ring on the ground while on a date with his girlfriend and she mistakenly assumes he’s proposing—until the real owner of the ring shows up, putting their entire relationship in jeopardy.

You can find Stella Hall’s portfolio and contact information here.

Congratulations, Stella!

Intern Update, Sean O’Day: Agave Cura

Here at Superstition Review, we like to stay updated with our previous interns. That being said, we are happy to announce the news of our former Art Editor for Issues 20 & 21, Sean O’Day! Sean’s lithograph, titled Agave Cura, received an award from the AZ Citizens for the Arts, under the artist name Zanereti. Sean is currently continuing his work in print making.

Zanereti’s work can be seen here, as featured on AZ Citizens for the Arts, Artwork page.

More of Sean’s work can be found here on his website.

Congratulations Sean!

Call to Past SR Interns: Connect on LinkedIn

Dear SR Interns,

I hope you’re doing well! First and foremost, our team at Superstition Review would like to thank you for your service with us. We are so thankful for all our 255 interns to date.

We would love to connect our past, present, and future interns on LinkedIn. You can start by liking our Company Page. From there, choose “See all employees on Linked In.” If you filter by “past companies” you will see a list of 133 past interns. I encourage you to connect with each other. If you want to be on that list but are not, be sure to add your internship with SR in your past experience.

One of the most important parts of Superstition Review is our expansive network and sense of community, and we want everyone to be involved in that network.

We have recently implemented a new project in our intern training (Project 14: Resume, due November 27). Within the project, the trainees and current interns work to polish up their resumes and LinkedIn profiles based on the skills they have acquired in the training and internship. We require the students to reach out to ASU Career Services, and Trish filmed this lecture with Kourtney Walker from their office. We invite you to watch the lecture as well and see ways that you can strengthen your LinkedIn presence. LinkedIn is truly a living network and your profile/connections are constantly evolving, so we encourage you to update often.

We would also love for you to connect with our current interns on LinkedIn. Superstition Review takes pride in its network, and we want everyone to take advantage of that community.

Finally, I want to conclude by inviting you to our Issue 20 Launch Party. This semester marks our tenth anniversary – in addition to celebrating our twentieth issue during the party, we will be reflecting back on how far we’ve come over the last ten years. As a past intern, you are part of our legacy, and we would love to see you!

The party will be December 7, 6-8pm at the Mesa Arts Center. You can RSVP on Facebook or find more details on our blog.

Thank you again for your service with us – we are so proud!

Launch Party

Intern Spotlights: Week 1, Wrap-Up

Where are they now?

We are so proud of our past and present staff here at Superstition Review, and we love to celebrate the accomplishments of our past interns. We recently featured a few interns on social media to share what they’re up to now. We have now included these interns in a wrap-up post for easy access! So, without further ado, we present our intern spotlights:

1. Elizabeth Sheets: Blogger, Issue 12 (Fall 2013) and Content Coordinator, Issue 13 (Spring 2014)

November 1: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Elizabeth on LinkedIn

Elizabeth SheetsMore details: Elizabeth shares, “My experience working with Superstition Review prepared me well for the work I do today. Of the three paying gigs I have, the one closest to my heart is my work as an editor for Black Fox Literary Magazine. I started there as a copy editor, and now in addition to soliciting and running articles on their blog, I am also a reader of incoming submissions for poetry, nonfiction,  and flash fiction. I have the privilege of writing and sending feedback to authors who submit fiction to Black Fox and request critical feedback should we choose not to accept their work. Interacting with the writing community in that way is the most rewarding part of my work with Black Fox. Shortly after graduation in 2015, I took the position of Managing Editor for Population Research and Policy Review, working with their Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jennifer Glick when she was at ASU. When she, and PRPR, moved on to Penn State, I followed along working remotely for Dr. Glick, and will continue doing so through the end of this year. Most recently, I accepted a position as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Proteome Research. At JPR, I work directly for Associate Editor Dr. Joshua LaBaer. Dr. LaBaer is the director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, so I am back on campus a few days a week! Juggling these jobs still gives me enough freedom to spend time investing in my own creative work. I’ve published a few pieces, and I am applying for MFA programs this year. Onward!”

2. Regan Henley: Art Editor, Issue 14 to Issue 17 (Fall 2014 to Spring 2016)

November 2: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Regan on LinkedIn

Regan HenleyMore details: Regan obtained her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in Intermedia. In 2016 she debuted her first solo show “C@tharsis”, exploring the use of digital technologies in the mourning and grieving process, which included several video installations as well as experimental web-based media. She shares, “I am currently pursuing my graduate degree in Computer Art Syracuse University in New York where I also work as a Teaching Assistant. I am privileged to be in a very small program of only 5 other artists as well as have the opportunity to obtain a degree in a unique and emerging field of study. Is it cold here? Yes. But I’m chasing my dream!”

3. Sarah Anderson: Social Networker, Issue 12 (Fall 2013)

November 3: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Sarah on LinkedIn

Sarah AndersonMore details: Sarah shares, “After my internship I worked as a reporter for the Fresno Bee, the Arizona Republic, Desert News and 9NEWS in Denver. I even received a medal from Aurora police for my part in writing up a piece on a memorial the department had. There are many things I love about reporting. I love hearing stories and histories from the people I talk to, some of which are powerful tales about community and the human spirit. I love getting the chance to tell people about something cool they did not know about, like everything they can do with a library card or the latest pizza place that just opened and its must-try foods. And I love the excitement of coming in and getting to do something different every day.”

Thank you so much to these interns for their service with us; you are all doing such amazing things, and we’re so proud!

Intern Update: Ofelia Montelongo

Congratulations to our former student editor-in-chief, Ofelia Montelongo who has become a regular writer for So Scottsdale magazine. Ofelia started writing monthly arts and culture articles in January. Her most recent feature focuses on the new Scottsdale art gallery, Desert Mountain Fine Art. You can read the article on page 60 of the newest issue here

Intern Update: Elijah Matthew Tubbs

A warm welcome on this warm afternoon, everybody! Today, Superstition Review is proud beyond reason to announce that former intern Elijah Matthew Tubbs, who was with us for the Fall of 2015 and the Spring of 2016, was recently featured by the good folks over at Passages North, an annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, with his poem titled “In through a Door, out a Window.” Elijah is the founder of ELKE “a little journal,” which you can check out here, and his poem over at Northern Passages can be read here. Our congratulations to Elijah, and to our dear readers, stay posted for further updates on the successes of the staff and contributors of Superstition Review.

Former intern Elijah Matthew Tubbs, whose poem "In through a Window, out a Door" was featured over at Northern Passages.
Former intern Elijah Matthew Tubbs, whose poem “In through a Window, out a Door” was featured over at Northern Passages.

Intern Spotlights: Week 4, Wrap-Up

Where are they now?

We are so proud of our past and present staff here at Superstition Review, and we’ve decided to celebrate the accomplishments of our past interns throughout the month of April. Each day, we will feature an intern on social media and share what they’re up to now. Then, at the end of each week, we will share a wrap-up post of all our featured interns from that week. So, without further ado, we present our last week of intern spotlights:

1. Leah Newsom: Interview Editor, Issue 15 (Spring 2015) and Issue 16 (Fall 2015)

April 24: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Leah on LinkedIn

Leah NewsomMore details: Leah shares, “Since graduating with my BA in Creative Writing, I got an amazing job working as a content developer for a boutique design group called Monomyth Studio. I also returned to ASU as an MFA candidate in fiction (and am just now rounding out my first year). I still run Spilled Milk Magazine, an online literary magazine featuring brief prose and poetry. It’s great to continue engaging with my literary community outside of the university, and to work with friends (now across the country!) on such an ambitious project. It’s hard to say what it is I love about what I do. I obviously feel very compelled to write and to read and to talk about writing and reading, but I am still figuring out why. I probably will always be figuring it out. I think, in a way, this curiosity—this ignorance—is a necessary thing. I need the surprise of a beautiful sentence, the wonder of a unique image. I probably wouldn’t be writing, otherwise.”

2. Brianna Perkins: Social Networker, Issue 9 (Spring 2012)

April 25: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Bri on LinkedIn

Bri PerkinsMore details: Bri shares, “My life has deviated quite a bit from that ‘master life plan’ that I created back in 2012, and to be honest, I’m glad it did. I found it is far more exciting to sit back and enjoy the twists and turns in the road than try to make it fit this unrealistic image my crazy 20-year-old brain had concocted. I packed my bags, said goodbye to the Arizona desert, and moved to Massachusetts. In the years since, I’ve traveled through Europe with just a pair of worn out sneakers and a backpack, bought a house, knocked down a few walls, and met some amazing people.  Not long after my big move, I started at Springfield College in a position that was the college’s response to the wild growth of an unpredictable monster: technology. As we all know, technology changes faster than that banana on your kitchen counter turns brown. In this role, it is my job to stay ahead of the curve as best as I can. It is one part fortune teller, one part inventor, and one part translator. I create new ways to integrate engaging and immersive technologies in a way that not only makes sense, but is meaningful. I learned quickly how to translate from Techie to actual English. It has made me every relative’s favorite person and I’m sure I’m on the speed dial for more than a handful of grandparents (none of which are my own). I started doing outreach and communications for IT. I launched a YouTube channel for training and development. I started doing workshops for faculty, staff, and students. The role has grown exponentially. Springfield College recognized that there is this emerging need for creating technology literacy and as of May 1st, I’ll be pioneering yet another new position: Learning and Development Coordinator. This position will give me the time I need to provide development and training opportunities to staff, faculty, and students in a language that makes sense to them and in a way that makes technology seem a little less intimidating (and dare I say it fun).

“In my spare time, I do quite a bit of consulting. I’m currently on a one-year contract with Springfield Technical Community College as an Outreach and Technology Coordinator where I’m working with their Supplemental Instruction team to launch their own YouTube channel and outreach programs. I’ve designed catering menus for local restaurants, logos for new initiatives, and even jumpstarted a few marketing campaigns and social networking strategies. Even Arizona State University couldn’t get rid of me; from time to time I work as a voice actor for some of their systems. Fun fact: if you call any phone line at Arizona State with an automated phone menu, it is my voice you’re hearing.  I’d tell you my future plans, but as I’ve learned, I can plan all I want, but life has its own trajectory. All I know is that the time I spent has Superstition Review has been absolutely vital in getting me where I am and I am so thankful for the opportunity I had while there. I’m so proud to see how far it has come and I can’t wait to see what is next for the SR family.”

3. Katie McCoach: Fiction Editor, Issue 6 (Fall 2010)

April 26: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Katie on LinkedIn

Katie McCoachMore details: Katie shares, “When I finally realized that I could be my own boss and do story editing (not even copy editing!) all day long, I knew that nothing else would be as fulfilling. I opened KM Editorial, LLC in 2012 with not a client to my name. But since then I’ve grown my business to be a stopping ground for many authors in need of all levels of editing. I have a whole team behind me now. I love what I do. It’s funny sometimes when I consider the fact that I dole out criticism for a living. But it’s so rewarding. I get to work with authors all day long and help them create fabulous stories. I see them grow as writers. It’s amazing to see my collection of clients’ books fill my bookshelf. But honestly, even better than that is when I get that email from an author saying, ‘I’m so excited to dive into revisions!'”

4. Cassie Tolman: Poetry Editor, Issue 1 (Spring 2008)

April 27: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Cassie on LinkedIn

Cassie TolmanMore details: Cassie is a creative entrepreneur who owns Pomegranate Cafe (vegan/vegetarian, organic, locally sourced, crafted with love) in Phoenix, AZ. She shares, “There are so many opportunities to express myself and share ideas through writing as a business owner.  I am currently creating an Indie Gogo campaign to help fund our expansion, and being able to write with authenticity and heart is essential to sharing our mission and creating community.  I also use freestyle writing/journaling as a daily practice to connect with my dreams and the quiet world around me.  I see words like imaginary seeds we plant that can grow off the page into wild and beautiful gardens with a life of their own.  Being part of the Superstition Review when it first began was an exciting, new experience for me.  I feel really fortunate to have been a small part of the beginning of a dream that has now taken shape and enriched the lives of so many people!”

5. Caitlin Keniston: Nonfiction Editor, Issue 9 (Spring 2012)

April 28: Twitter and Facebook announcements, find Caitlin on LinkedIn

Caitlin KenistonMore details: Caitlin shares, “After graduating from ASU, I applied to every publication company I could find in the Phoenix area. I was lucky to be hired by Target Market Media Publications, a national publisher of trade magazines. As the editor, I work with our clients, writers and proofreaders to get each of our magazines ready for publication. I learned a lot in college, but it does not compare to the experience of working in the field. I feel blessed to have found a career in writing and editing. While it’s partly luck and good timing, I also think you need to have a certain drive to make it actually work.”

6. Dominique Brigham: Art Editor, Issue 11 (Spring 2013)

April 30: Facebook announcement, find Dominique on LinkedIn

Dominique BrighamMore details: Dominique is a graduate student at the University of Amsterdam in the Cultural Analysis research MA program. She shares, “As the student Art Editor of Superstition Review, I had the wonderful opportunity of putting all my time spent learning about art in Florence to good use! While I did my BA in English literature, I loved being able to branch out into a different discipline, and Superstition Review gave me that opportunity. Currently, I am writing my thesis for my Master’s in Cultural Analysis at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where I’ve enjoyed a fantastic and interdisciplinary program with fellow international students. My research deals with adaptation and translation theory, centered around the Pokémon franchise and Pokémon: The First Movie in particular, and I hope to pursue a PhD on how transmedia storytelling has impacted the way popular franchises are built now and for the future. In time not spent on academic work, however, I am a volunteer proofreader for WordFire Inc. and a freelance copyeditor, though I would like to turn this into a more permanent career. I am also co-authoring a four book fantasy series, which will hopefully see its first query letters being sent to various publishing companies in the near future!”

Thank you so much to these interns for their service with us; you are all doing such amazing things, and we’re so proud!