Meet the Editors: Christian Mietus

Christian Mietus

Welcome to our final “Meet the Editors” post for this semester, and happy Friday the 13th! This week’s highlighted editor is Christian Mietus, who is a new film blogger for us.

Christian is a freshman at Lewis University who is currently an undecided major, but he is leaning toward English and film. His main priority is to develop himself as an individual and film connoisseur. He spends his time appreciating and dissecting cinema. Some of his favorite directors are Andrei Tarkovsky, John Cassavettes, Ingmar Bergman, Kenji Mitzoguchi, Bela Tar, Carl Th. Dreyer, Wim Wenders, Andrzej Wajda, and Yasujiro Ozu. He also appreciates different art forms, such as music and literature. Christian hopes to expand his skills as a writer and to encourage others to do so as well. He writes about film for the JFR blog, so check out Christian’s Cinematic Syntax.

Below is our Q&A with Christian:

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Meet the Editors: Zach Meredith

Zach Meredith
It’s Friday, and with that of course comes another installment in our “Meet the Editors” series. This week’s highlighted editor is Zach Meredith, who is stepping in as our new Art and Design Editor.

Zach is a senior studying graphic design with a minor in marketing. In his spare time, he designs, listens to music, and plays basketball, but art and fashion are his true passions. Zach has been designing clothing since high school and has been running a clothing brand for almost two years. He plans to run his own fashion label on a larger scale in the future.

Below is our Q&A with Zach:

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Meet the Editors: Gabby Muir

Gabby Muir

The end of the week is approaching and, to celebrate, we’re ready to introduce yet another of our brand new editors here at the Jet Fuel Review. This week we have Gabby Muir, one of our Assistant Poetry, Fiction/Nonfiction, and Copy Editors.

Gabby is a junior at Lewis University majoring in English Language Arts and Secondary Education. She attended Augustana College for two years before transferring to Lewis. Gabby has had a love of literature from the moment her tiny baby neck could support her baby head well enough to look at words on a page. In particular, Gabby is a huge fan of poetry, collecting the works of poets ​such as Sylvia Plath, Saul Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Edgar Allan Poe. Her favorite book of all time is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When she is not being crushed by a mountain of homework, Gabby spends her time working at Barnes and Noble, playing video games, attempting to make her cats like her, and sleeping. Gabby hopes to become a high school English Literature teacher and spread her love of the written word to ​her students.

Below is our Q&A with Gabby Muir:

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Meet the Editors: Noah Slowik

Noah Slowik

Friday’s here, and so is another Meet the Editors post! This one focuses on Assistant Poetry and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor Noah Slowik, who also recently began blogging for us!

Noah is a junior studying English Language Arts and Secondary Education at Lewis University, with a minor in Theology. On campus, he works as a tutor in the Writing Center and as a reporter for The Flyer. He is entering his third year coaching high school boys’ volleyball at Breaker Volleyball Club and also works seasonally at Dunkin’ Donuts. He enjoys reading the science fiction novels and short stories of H.G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut, Octavia Butler, and Ted Chiang, among others. Inspired by the imaginative tales of these authors, he has also started writing science fiction stories of his own. In his free time, Noah explores bands emerging from the indie music scene in Chicago, such as Twin Peaks, The Walters, and Whitney.

Below is our Q&A with Noah Slowik:

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Meet the Editors: Ashley Zizich

New JFR editor Ashley Zizich, along with her two children.

Happy Friday, and welcome to the first “Meet the Editors” feature of the semester, wherein we introduce the new members of our team. First on the list is Ashley Zizich, an Assistant Editor of Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction for the Jet Fuel Review.

Ashley is a senior studying English, with a Concentration in Literature and a Minor in Professional Writing. Her love for books and poetry fuel her desire to become an editor or copyeditor after graduation. Some of her favorite writers include Sylvia Plath and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When she isn’t reading, she enjoys going on adventures with her two children and gardening.

Below is our Q&A with Ashley:

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Meet the Editors: Jacqueline Nelson

Jacqueline Nelson

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.

Below is our Q&A with Jacqueline:

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Meet the Editors: Miguel Soto

Miguel Soto
Miguel Soto

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

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Be sure to check back next Friday to meet another new editor. Have a fantastic weekend!