Introducing Delta Mouth Literary Festival’s 2018 team!
Jason Christian, Co-Director
Jason was born and raised in Oklahoma. His fiction and essays have appeared in Atticus Review, Cleaver Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He is currently an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University, Co-Director of Delta Mouth Literary Festival, and Nonfiction Editor at New Delta Review. He lives with his dog Seymour in Baton Rouge.
Raquel Thorne, Co-Director
Raquel is the managing editor of cahoodaloodaling, a Sundress Publications journal; an associate interviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly; president of the fee-free Tandem Reader Awards; and New Delta Review‘s former Interview/Reviews Editor. Raquel’s poetry has been published in Black Warrior Review, Midwest Quarterly, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others.
Cassie Grillon, Grant Writer
Cassie grew up in the small town of Henderson, KY. She received her BFA in creative writing from Murray State University in Murray, KY, and is now focused on earning her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis on fiction from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Her short story “Dry Grass” was recently awarded the David Madden Award for Short Fiction (2017), which was judged by ZZ Packer.
Garrett Hazelwood, Publicist
Garrett is the editorial assistant at The Southern Review and an MFA student at Louisiana State University. He was the 2017 recipient of the Kent Gramm MFA Award for Literary Nonfiction and his work was anthologized in Eclectica Magazine’s twentieth anniversary anthology of speculative fiction. He’s currently at work on a novel, as well as a book-length essay about the usefulness of pain.
Elizabeth Kolenda, Community Engagement Coordinator
Elizabeth is an MFA poetry candidate at LSU, with a BA in writing and literature from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. When she isn’t writing she enjoys watching YouTube videos of people making bobbin lace and snuggling with her cat and dog. Her favorite body of water is the Quabbin Reservoir.
Monterica Sade Neil, Outreach
Monterica is a second year MFA candidate at Louisiana State University and Assistant Nonfiction Editor at New Delta Review. She received her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is from Memphis, TN.
Alex Turissini, Social Media Coordinator
Alex is a first-year MFA student in fiction writing. In 2016, he graduated with a BA in English from Ohio State. His favorite food is buffalo sauce, and his favorite animal is mice.
Stephan Viau, Fundraiser Chair
Stephan is from Montréal, Canada. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is an MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University. Apart from happily being a member of the Delta Mouth Literary Festival team, Stephan has worked as an assistant fiction editor for the New Delta Review, a chief designer and editor of The Busan Writers’ Anthology, and as an associate editor of Sans Merci.
Maria Anna Zazzarino, Community Engagement Coordinator
Maria Anna is a Fulbright scholar in the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining LSU, she studied English Literary and Cultural Studies and Arts Administration in Madrid, Spain. She has worked as a curator, event producer, and editor at non-profit and public institutions including Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts and the Museums Division of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, where she was a recipient of the national grant for arts administration FormARTE.
Lara Glenum, Faculty Advisor
Lara is the author of four books of poetry: The Hounds of No, Maximum Gaga, Pop Corpse, and All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums. She is also the co-editor of Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art. She teaches in the MFA Program at Louisiana State University.