It’s Friday again, so that means we have another Meet the Editors post. This is actually our last new editor for the semester! Today we are introducing Jacqueline Nelson, who is working with us this semester as our Art & Design Editor.
Jacqueline is a computer graphic design major at Lewis University. This is only her second semester at Lewis, but she already feels at home. She is 22, but 35 in spirit. Somehow, she is both the tallest and the youngest in her family. She loves finding new places to explore with friends, especially in Chicago. Art and design has always fascinated her, and has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. (Throwback to the KLUTZ craft books, y’all!) Her goal is to translate this passion into her work with the Jet Fuel Review.
Welcome back to another Meet the Editors post! Today we are introducing Miguel Soto, who is working with us this semester as a Special Sections Editor.
Miguel Soto is currently a junior at Lewis University, majoring in English literature and language. He enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, and making music. One of the reasons he decided to major in English literature is because he enjoys reading about various experiences from various timelines.
Miguel’s favorite author (at the moment) is James Baldwin, and he enjoys exploring the genre of magical realism. If he’s not busy with work or school, then you can find Miguel planning his next tattoo.
Below is our Q&A with Miguel:
Who are you and what is your role at Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Miguel Soto, and currently, I’m working on the high school submissions at the Jet Fuel Review. I also sometimes dabble in the Fiction/Non-Fiction areas of the JFR.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
The last book I read was If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, but other than that you can find untouched textbooks I bought for the semester on my desk.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I have always wanted to co-write with Isabel Allende. The use of magical realism in her novels is very convincing. Her novels are also similar to the life I remember from several vacations I’ve taken to our family ranch in Mexico.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
The perfect reading atmosphere is outside, in seventy-five-degree weather, with a cool breeze, under the shade, and with a consistent background noise.
What might your personal library look like?
My personal library is neatly organized, and all authors are in alphabetical order. On my bookshelves, you can find anything from the Game of Thrones series to books by James Baldwin, Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and so many others.
If you could “remake” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I would definitely consider re-making The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
One piece of literature that I could read over and over again is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“It reached out of his head to the rhythm of an ancient, fetal heartbeat. It sent its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking them off the tip of his tongue. It stripped his thoughts of the words that described them and left them pared and naked. Unspeakable. Numb.” – Arundhati Roy from The God of Small Things
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Harry Potter, because Hogwarts.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.). Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
“Death Beyond Constant Love” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Be sure to check back next Friday to meet another new editor. Have a fantastic weekend!
It’s Friday once again, so please help me in introducing another new editor. This week we feature Kayla Chambers, who is our new Layout Editor, as well as an Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor.
Kayla Chambers is a junior at Lewis University and began as a Communications major. Since then, she’s decided to double major with English as a secondary. While she joined the Jet Fuel Review staff in early 2017, this will be her second year working as a layout editor for The Flyer, the university’s newspaper. Her work was published in the 2015 issue of the Windows Fine Arts Magazine. She spends her free time with family members and reads news articles and videos on current events. She also loves watching and reading anything along the lines of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Thus, a love for Pretty Little Liars, Invader Zim, TheX-Files, Agatha Christie, and anything related to Sherlock Holmes has sprouted over the years.
Happy Friday, readers! The semester is still new, so we have new editors for you to meet! First on the list is Quinn Stratton, who is an Assistant Fiction/Nonfiction editor, as well as our new comic blogger. Check out his first post, which introduces his series “Words an’ Pictures.” You can expect new posts from Quinn every other Wednesday.
Quinn Stratton is a junior who recently transferred to Lewis University and is majoring in mathematics and computer science. He has been an avid reader of all literature, comics or otherwise, since he can remember. He also enjoys watching movies, listening to and playing music, watching The Simpsons, proofs from “The Book,” cats, dogs, coffee, and board games.
Hello, readers! This is our last new editor for the semester!
Keanu Taylor was born in Memphis, Tennesee before later moving to Kankakee, Illinois in 7th grade. Taylor studies English with a concentration in creative and professional writing at Lewis University, but she’s minoring in print and online journalism.
Taylor noticed her love for writing at a very young age, and she is eager to be in an environment that has a goal of making her a stronger writer. Taylor describes herself as a “walking contradiction” because she is not very vocal, yet she is very loud. She loves making people laugh with her sarcastic humor, and she keeps the joke going until she gets some sort of laughter. Taylor’s hobbies include cheerleading, Track & Field, horror film bingeing, and collecting stuffed monkeys. She plans to be the proud owner of an actual monkey in future.
Hello, readers! This week we have someone who is not so new to the blog, and you’ve probably seen her name around — Assistant Blog Editor Bree Scott. She writes frequently for us and if you like what she has to say, then this is a good way to get to know her further.
Bree Scott, Assistant Blog and Poetry Editor, is a three-time transfer student and is currently in her junior year at Lewis University. She has her Associate of Arts degree from College of DuPage and is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in English/Professional Writing and a Minor in Social Media at Lewis. She has had five original poems published in two issues of COD’s Prairie Light Review, and she was also an assistant editor on one issue. Bree enjoys longboarding with her friends, seeing movies, going to concerts, listening to poetic music, jumping out of vehicles to rescue animals, and going on camping trips.
Hello, readers! This post is a little late but perfect reading material for a Sunday! This week’s editor is Ashley Stajura.
Ashley Stajura is a junior majoring in illustration with a double minor in creative writing and women’s studies at Lewis University. When she isn’t working in the women’s studies department, she enjoys bettering her art and writing skills, digital photography, and exploring the local forests.
Ashley hopes to one day illustrate her own comics within the horror or fantasy genre. She loves to read in her free time, and from a young age has been inspired by the fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien and the thrill of Stephen King. She believes that their work has positively influenced her love of literature and her future today.