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Mary Egan – Founder, Blog Editor: Mary founded the Jet Fuel Review in her senior year at Lewis University. Since graduating, she has ventured into the publishing world. Mary currently works at Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, where she is an Associate Editor in the Health and Health Sciences department. On a typical day, Mary spends at least six hours fiddling with and correcting other people’s words, and that’s the way she likes it. She still helps to maintain and edit the Jet Fuel Review’s blog. This is Mary’s fifth year with the Jet Fuel Review and she is proud of the team managing the journal now. When she’s not at work, Mary enjoys whittling down the numbers of unread books on her shelves, participating in National Novel Writing Month, watching “Gilmore Girls” over and over, and enjoying the time-suck that is the internet.
Michael Lane — Blog Editor: Michael is a junior at Lewis University who is taking up studies in public relations/advertising, but also dabbling in a marketing minor. Since he was a young boy, Michael always loved movies and the business surrounding them. One of Michael’s biggest heroes was the late, great Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who inspired Michael to start writing about movies himself. Movies may be Michael’s number one hobby, but while away from school and work, he also loves reading comic books, playing video games, and spending time with his friends. Michael is the horror film blogger on JFR, so please accompany him and take a trip Down A Dark Lane.
Bree Scott — Assistant Blog Editor: Bree 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. She has been published in two issues of COD’s Prairie Light Review with five original poems, and was also an assistant editor on one issue. Bree enjoys long-boarding with her friends, seeing movies, going to concerts, poetic music, jumping out of vehicles to rescue animals, and going on camping trips. You can check out her writing in her series Bree’s Melancholic Tales.
Gianna Capperino — Assistant Blog Editor: Gianna is a senior nursing student at Lewis University. During school sessions, she works as a CNA where she lends her ear out to veterans so often that she thinks it still is the Korean War. She hopes to work as a healthcare blogger or harass politicians to change healthcare policy. In her free time, she likes to explore the world and do other risky sports that disqualify her from getting life insurance.
China McDonald — Assistant Blog Editor: China is currently a junior at Lewis University. She is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Spanish and Political Science. When China was younger she couldn’t stand the thought of reading books, but then one year it became her life. Now she reads every single day and has published a story that’s still in progress on Fictionpress. She hopes one day to become a popular author and journalist. When she’s not reading she’s watching Scandal on Netflix or some type of anime show. She’s obsessed with dogs and has two Alaskan Malamutes named Summer and Winter. She loves spending time with animals and doing research about them. And one day have a nice house filled with crazy children and cute puppies.
Jake Johnson — Music Blogger: Jake is currently a sophomore at Lewis University, majoring in Public Relations. One day, he hopes to serve as PR for one of his favorite musicians, but for the meantime, he’s content with serving tables at his waiting job. Lover of all things music related, you will never be able to catch Jake without headphones in. If you do happen to, he’s likely hanging out with his friends, avoiding his homework, or re-watching Parks and Recreation for the umpteenth time.
Michael Cotter — TV Blogger: Michael is a senior at Lewis University working towards his Bachelor of Arts in English studies with a film studies minor. Between classes, he works at American Eagle Outfitters folding jeans and counting the days until he can return to Walt Disney World where he hopes to work in January of 2016. In Fantasyland, he’d like to be working at Walt Disney World in Public Relations or Guest Services at Magic Kingdom, but he’ll settle for a job with which he can comfortably support himself and be happy. In rare moments of free time, Michael can be found watching TV. In cases of no free time, Michael will stay up all night to catch up on the 165 shows he is currently watching. During commercial breaks of re-runs of Will & Grace and Veronica Mars, Michael likes to write poetry and song lyrics, watch movies, stalk Britney Spears on social media, and go on quests for the perfect slice of pizza with his friends. He is thrilled to have been a part of the Jet Fuel team on issue #9 and can’t wait to work on issue #10.
Kelly Lyons – Blogger: Kelly Lyons is a senior at Lewis University. She is pursuing a major in English with a concentration in Creative and Professional writing as well as a minor in History. Because sitting in bed all day watching Netflix isn’t a paid profession, Kelly plans to find a job editing or publishing books once she graduates. Besides working on the Jet Fuel Review, Kelly is also an online editor of The Lewis Flyer and a tutor in the Lewis University Writing Center. When Kelly isn’t at school, she enjoys spending her time reading fantasy novels, shopping for clothes she doesn’t need, playing with makeup, and petting as many dogs as she can.
Dominique Dusek – Blogger: Dominique is a senior English Major at Lewis University eagerly awaiting graduation in the spring of 2015. In addition to serving roles as the submissions manager and marketing and development assistant for JFR, Dominique actively participates in Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor Society, and shares her love of writing with the Lewis community as a tutor at the campus writing center. A consummate English nerd, she spends most of her free time if not reading and writing, binge-watching episodes of Sherlock on Netflix, jamming out to Frankie Valli and riding her horse. Dominique discusses all things Shakespeare in her blog, Dom’s Shakespeare Blog.
Jessica Jordan – Blogger: Jessica Jordan is a junior at Lewis University. Her major is English Language Arts and Literature with a minor in Spanish. She knew ever since she was a child that she loved to read, she would spend days at a time during the summer in her room reading. She enjoys reading all types of stories and novels, there is not anything that she would not mind trying to read. Besides reading constantly, she enjoys being active and loves yoga and scary movies. Jessica is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta and currently is interested in getting into the publishing industry after graduation. Jessica discusses modern literary heroines in her blog, Jess’ Literary Heroine Spotlight.
Sabrina Parr – Blogger: Sabrina is a currently a sophomore at Lewis University, and is majoring in English on the Professional and Creative Writing track. In her free time, Sabrina loves to read, watch movies and TV. Sabrina is a Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, and Vampire Dairies enthusiast, but she also loves Reign and Once Upon a Time. Sabrina loves almost anything supernatural and one day hopes to write a book about the supernatural. She almost always has a book in her hand and is always on the search for a new book to read. Sabrina hopes one day to work in publishing and to have her work published. Head over to Sabrina’s blog, Sabrina’s Book Corner, for bite-sized reviews of the latest novels.
Grant Mazan – Blogger: Originally from a town in Kansas just outside of Kansas City, Grant Mazan currently attends Lewis University and is studying Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing, which he hopes to use as a further means of expression. Grant’s other artistic experience includes photography (both digital and film), video production, jewelry and metalworking, and music and recording/editing songs for himself and his acquaintances. In his free time, he listens to music and reads since he does not own a television or have internet. Grant studies authors’ relationships with their drinks of choice in his blog, Literary Libations.
Mike Egan – Blogger: Mike is a Communications major with a focus in Electronic Media Production. He loves film, which is great, since that’s what he writes about! For four years, Mike has been a video blogger on YouTube. In that time, he’s filmed, edited, and uploaded over 650 videos for an audience of over 1,000 subscribers. Nothing huge, but he enjoys it. His channel is called VlogginEgan, if you’re interested. When he’s not watching films or making videos, he can be found at the local comic book shop. His current favorites are Black Science, Manhattan Projects, and East of West. Though, he thinks the current runs of Avengers and Batman are pretty fantastic as well. Mike discusses film in his weekly blog, Depth of Field.
Miguel Gonzalez – Blogger: Miguel Gonzalez is an education major with a minor in Film. When he is not at school or selling tuxedos to gentlemen at work, he is working to become a Youtube/Vine personality. Miguel loves to watch a movie’s special features more than the actual movie. His other hobbies include drawing, hacky sacking, collecting screen-used movie props, and going on adventures with his significant other. He hopes to spread his passion for all things film with Jet Fuel Review. Miguel discusses film in his blog, The Wilhelm Scream.
Lucas Boelter – Blogger: Lucas Boelter is a former Lewis Student who is intensely curious about life and the world. Among his numerous hobbies are reading literature, history and philosophy; drawing; writing poetry; communing with nature on long, 10,000 step walks; being provocative; and admiring visual art, especially painting and sculpture. He lives a Paleolithic lifestyle and sees diet & nutrient therapy as the future of medicine. He is repulsed by capitalism and begs the universe for its immediate collapse daily.
Lauren Pirc – Blogger: Lauren is a Print Journalism major with minors in Multimedia Journalism and Professional Writing. When she’s not reading and writing, she loves bowling, watching movies, playing video games and hanging out with friends. She loves writing various types of articles and is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer at Lewis. Lauren also loves reading many different types of novels and stories. Her blog Books on Screen takes a look at adaptations of famous stories while her Fictional Friday allows her to show the reader some authors and books that they may be missing out on.
Liz Baudler – Blogger: Liz Baudler recently graduated from Columbia College with a Fiction Writing degree. She founded and used to edit The Toucan Literary Magazine. She writes about Chicago Memoir for Examiner.com and reviews books for Chicago Literati. When she’s not glued to a computer researching literary controversies or reading books and chuckling, she likes to ride her bike, and cook. If you want to know what Liz thinks about when she’s not thinking about literature, go to www.theblonelyblog.wordpress.com and you will be occasionally disappointed. She still writes about literature. Here at the blog, Liz pens the weekly News of the Books column.
Lucas Sifuentes – Blogger: Lucas Sifuentes was born in South Dakota but raised in wide variety of Chicago’s suburbs. In December 2011 he graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s degree in writing and film studies. Before writing for the Jet Fuel Review, Lucas has been involved with JJC’s Wordeater magazine and worked with Northwestern’s WNUR, creating flyers for their annual Sonic Celluloid event. Lucas writes the ‘Lucas’ Film Corner‘ post about something that’s interesting him in the world of cinema, as well as Bibliophilia about the world of literature. You can follow Lucas on Twitter @Lucas_Sifuentes.
Mark Jacobs – Blogger: Mark joined the Jet Fuel Review staff after the release of the first issue. A student of aviation and a writer, he was first published on aviation mega-site Airliners.net more than a decade ago. At Lewis, his work has appeared in Windows Fine Arts Magazine and, of course, in the Jet Fuel Review! A sophomore at Lewis, Mark spends most of his time either going to class or explaining to his professors why he was late. Mark currently writes the weekly Awesome Word posts and, in the past, he wrote Nerdy Notes.
Linda Strahl – Blogger: Linda is a senior at Lewis, and one of the Jet Fuel Review‘s most prolific bloggers. When she’s not working on the Review or its blog, she can usually be found researching the characters for a play or keeping the cast and crew from getting into heated arguments at Lewis’ Philip Lynch Theater. Linda currently pens the Ekphrastic writing blog. In the past, she wrote weekly Writing Challenges and the Writing Excuses round-up.
Mike Malan – Blogger: Mike Malan recently graduated from Lewis University with a degree in English with a sub-speciality in Creative Writing. Mike especially enjoys writing gothic, Poe and all things that chill your bones. He is a dark writer but you can find him dabbling in politics. He is also interested in the editing process and hopes that you will enjoy his work. Each week, Mike writes his Horror Blog on a new terrifying piece of literature.
Tim Fitzpatrick – Blogger: Tim is an avid reader, writer, and Bulls fan. He spends the majority of his free time discovering new stories; whether they be in books, film or in his own head. Tim is an English major at Lewis University with a focus on creative writing and most of his writing includes something about pop culture. He has such a large knowledge about some of the most trivial things he has to find some way to make it useful, so he adds it to his writing. Tim has carried his love of a good story over to the Jet Fuel Review’s blog. His blog, The Storydome, compares a book to it’s respective movie to see which one tells a better story.
Deirdre McCormick – Blogger: Deirdre McCormick joined the Jet Fuel Review staff this semester, Fall 2011. She is a Biology Major with a minor in Creative Writing. She enjoys reading and writing science fiction and speculative fiction, as well as experimenting with language, on occasion, and writing poetry. She is currently constructing experiments for investigating holistic antimicrobial agents and their effects on bacteria. She is also learning to find balance between being a writer and having interests in scientific development. Ethics regarding biology and its artistic and political representations in the media—the Biopunk and the transhumanist movements, respectively—are areas of great interest to her. More importantly though, if Deirdre were a villain, Ketamine and the force of horrifically detailed narration would be her primary weapons. In the past, Deirdre wrote the Science in Creative Writing blog and also covered Obscure Punctuation.