Faculty Feature: Lewis University’s Leslie Colonna

Welcome to a selection from Professor Leslie Colonna’s deeply imaginative, experimental watercolor collection, Spring 2019.

Leslie Colonna is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Lewis University. We are proud to be able to feature her here. We have interlaced eight hand-picked pieces with Colonna’s bio and her artist statement. We hope you enjoy!

Leslie Colonna Head Shot
Leslie Colonna

Leslie Colonna’s Bio:

Leslie Colonna (b. Tulsa, OK) received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches studio art at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. As a working artist and professor, her sculpture has been exhibited nationally and she has been commissioned to create figurative portraits. Her architectural watercolors were published in the book Yale, A Celebration. 

Colonna Spring Series 19 Horizon

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JFR Faculty Advisor Dr. Jackie White Receives Major Award!

Congratulations to JFR Faculty Advisor Dr. Jackie White who received the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award!

This award given by the College Media Association is “presented to an individual or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to collegiate media.”












Dr. White is the author of three chapbooks–Bestiary Charming, winner of the 2007 Anabiosis Press Award; Petal Tearing & Variations (Finishing Line Press, 2008); and Come clearing (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and served as an assistant editor for the collaborative anthology, They Said (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). She is also co-translator of Cesar Rondon’s Book of Salsa (North Carolina Press, 2008) and her translations and poems have appeared in such journals as Fifth Wednesday, Quarter after Eight, Spoon River, and Third Coast. Recent poems appear in Tupelo Quarterly, along with collaborative poems published or forthcoming in Pleiades, The Journal, Isthmus, Posit, Bennington Review, Hypertext, Ecotone, and Cincinnati Review. An editor with RHINO for ten years, she is now a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and has been the recipient of fellowships at Ragdale, VCCA, and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts. She is a Professor of English at Lewis University, teaching courses in poetry, Native American, Latinx, and Latin American literatures.









Jet Fuel Review receives the CMA’s “Four-Year Literary Magazine of the Year”!

2018-2019 Pinnacle Award Winners

Jet Fuel Review is honored to have received a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association! For this particular issue, Fall 2018, Kayla Chambers provided the cover design and layout, and Zakiya Cowan served as Managing Editor.

Many congrats to all the other fabulous magazines! Current JFR Staff for Fall 2019

JFR editors who worked on the winning issue–as well as Dr. Jackie K. White pictured above!

Meet the Editors: Joshua Kosteka

Joshua Kosteka
Joshua Kosteka

Surprise! It is a late Sunday for our Meet the Editors series, but it is also the last of the semester. Joshua Kosteka is the final editor of the JFR editors and his introduction is the send-off for the series. Josh has taken the role of the layout editor and here is his more about him:

Joshua is a senior at Lewis University, majoring in English Professional Writing. Before transferring to Lewis, he graduated from Moraine Valley Community College with an Associates in Art. Other than being an editor with Jet Fuel Review, he is a tutor in the Writing Center and a retail stocker at Dollar Tree. Joshua loves to read novels and loves anything that has to do with the horror genre. He loves to watch horror movies and to listen to music in his free time. His favorite series in the horror genre is the Evil Dead universe and his two favorite writers are Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Stephen King.   

Below is Kosteka’s Q and A:
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Meet the Editors: Salvador Martinez

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Salvador Martinez

Who said Jet Fuel Review doesn’t have any musical talent? Please give a warm welcome to another editor, Salvador Martinez. Martinez is an editor for both the fiction and poetry sections, and here is some more information about him:

Salvador Martinez is a junior at Lewis University majoring in Political Science and minoring in English Creative Writing. He transferred in Fall 2018 after completing his Associate’s Degree in Arts with a major in History from Joliet Junior College. In his free time, Sal enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, classical works, and works of political theory. He also loves to listen to music on his phonograph, play one of his four guitars, and construct Gundam model kits.

Read Martinez’ Q & A Below:

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Meet the Editors: Kammeran Hughes


Kammeran Hughes

Welcome to another Meet the Editor! This week is Kammeran Hughes, assistant fiction and non fiction editor. Judging by that position you can tell he is, above all else, a big reader. Here is a little bit about Hughes:

Kammeran Hughes is a junior at Lewis University, where he dual majors in
History and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. On campus, he works as a tutor at Lewis University’s Writing Center, and while off campus works at an engineering firm. He loves to read and write. His favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, perhaps because it is as long-winded as he is. While he is not writing, he is trying to find a quiet place to read and sleep. This year he will also be taking a position for the JFR blog, so take a look at his pieces on there.

Read Hughes’ Q & A Below:

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Meet the Editors: Payton Emond

Payton Emond
Payton Emon

Hello once again on another Sunday! Another editor is ready to be revealed for our wonderful community. A fantastic addition to our series, and a fantastic person. Here is Payton Emond, assistant poetry editor:

Payton is a senior at Lewis University majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Organizational Communications. She is also a tutor at the University Writing Center and a member of the Lewis Women’s Soccer Team. In the rare moments that she has time to do with as she pleases, Payton enjoys watching cooking shows, exploring new hiking trails or cities, and wandering around book shops. Her hope as an editor for Jet Fuel Review is to call attention to those pieces that sound alarms in the soul by balancing the commonality of human experiences and the author’s knowledge through meticulous threading of language. Some of her favorite authors are bell hooks, E. B. White, William Wordsworth, and Virginia Woolf.

Read Emond’s Q & A Below:

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