Meet the Editors: Quinn Stratton

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Quinn Stratton

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.

Below is our Q&A with Quinn:

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Meet the Editors: Keanu Taylor

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Keanu Taylor

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.

Below is our Q&A with Keanu.

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Meet the Editors: Bree Scott

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Bree Scott

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.

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Meet the Editors: Ashley Stajura

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Ashley Stajura

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.

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Meet the Editors: Zakiya Cowan

Hello, readers! Here we have another “Meet the Editors” post for this October! Today we learn more about Zakiya Cowan.

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Zakiya Cowan

Zakiya Cowan is currently a sophomore at Lewis University. She is majoring in English: creative and professional writing, with a minor in Spanish. She is also the Student Worker for the University’s English Department.

Zakiya believes her love for reading and writing developed from learning how to read at a young age. Over the years, as she studied different types of literature and methods of writing, she knew that English was her passion. In her free time, when she’s not volunteering at PAWS or going to concerts, Zakiya loves to listen to music, read, and watch Netflix. Some of her favorite television shows include Shameless, The Office, and Workaholics. Zakiya hopes to one day work for a publishing company and play an important role in the book-making process. She also hopes to become a published author herself and see her work on the shelves at Barnes and Noble.

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Meet the Editors: Amanda Gieseler

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Mandy Gieseler

Hello, readers! Today we have a new editor coming at you! We have Amanda Gieseler, who will hopefully brighten up your gloomy morning. Amanda, or Mandy as she prefers to be called, is an assistant poetry and assistant marketing and development editor for the Jet Fuel Review.

Amanda is a junior here at Lewis studying for a Creative and Professional Writing degree. But she also is studying for a minor in Pre-Med to possibly become a veterinarian. When she isn’t running between Biology and English, she’s relaxing at home playing video games to kill time.  She hopes that, if she doesn’t go to Med School, she can write screenplays or dialogue for video games. Maybe she could even become a character within a game.  But let’s hope her dreams can become reality.

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Meet the Editors: Ashley McCann

Good evening, readers! Today we have Ashley McCann, who is a writer for Lewis University’s newspaper and was a former volunteer for JFR before officially joining the staff this fall.

ashleymccann-mastheadphotoAshley McCann is a junior at Lewis University. She is majoring in English Language Arts and Secondary Education, with minors in Creative Writing and Theology. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Sylvia Plath, and George Saunders. Her favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and she uses Tom Hanks, in his many roles, as inspiration for most of the characters in her own creative pieces. She is a Marine Corps veteran, and although she has been to many different countries, she now hopes to travel the world in a more leisurely manner. Upon graduation, she wants to teach English, ultimately at the collegiate level.

Below is our Q&A with Ashley:

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