Editorial Board

Kelly McDonald   

After more than forty years of immersion in a highly technical career, I find myself now pursuing a different dimension of my work. I’m now searching for art in my experiences and writing about it. Although most of my literary work has been focused on the personal essay, I’m now experimenting with some fiction through short-story, and perhaps even a little bit of poetry in the future. In 2014, I retired as the Assistant Vice-President for Information Technology at Brigham Young University, where I directed the technical work of 250 full-time and 600 part-time employees. Now, I spend my time teaching and learning, writing, and reading, trying to make a difference in the lives of others.

Elizabeth Smith   

When I was a child, I went around proudly announcing that I wanted to be a famous author. Well, about twenty years have passed since I first declared my lofty ambition, and I’m just barely starting to get the hang of this writing business—and I am, by no means, famous. When I left my parents’ nest, I moved to Provo, Utah, and studied English at Brigham Young University, where I fell in love with literature as well as a nice young man. I graduated in 2018 with minors in editing and Portuguese. I currently live in British Columbia, where I take care of a young daughter, edit an occasional manuscript that comes my way, and write stories.  

Ashlin Awerkamp

I grew up devouring books. They were some of my greatest friends and taught me much about life and being a good person. I always wanted to share with others what stories have done for me. In fact, I wanted to become the next J. K. Rowling. I've set aside the dream of becoming like J. K. Rowling, but my desire to share stories has led me to graduate with a degree in editing and publishing from Brigham Young University. Now I edit novels from home and practice writing while enjoying life with my husband and fulfilling my duties as a full-time mom to the sweetest one-year-old ever.



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