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Josh Dale is a Temple University alum, bicyclist, beer enthusiast, and owner of the sweetest Bengal cat. His poetry and short stories have appeared in 48th Street Press, Huffington Post, Page & Spine, vox poetica, and others. Establishing Thirty West while in undergrad, he’s published two chapbooks and a poetry collection, Duality Lies Beneath (Thirty West, 2016)
Alex Breth has held many positions with Thirty West including staff photographer and Tilde Managing Editor. A scholar of visual rhetoric and mass media, his collegiate design work has been exemplified in WCU’s The Quad and Thirty West chapbooks, A Season in Another World (2018) and Un-Becoming (2018) He is currently pursuing an MA in Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse.
Managing Editor: West
Chanel Martins is a lifelong logophile who resides in California’s Central Valley, two blocks from the hospital in which she was born. With a BA in English from California State University Stanislaus, she teaches high school English Language and Literature in the hopes of inspiring young minds. Her essays and poetry have been published at Thirty West's The Weekly Degree and Roach Print Anthology (2017). She’s also an avid yogi, international traveler, unusual food eater, Netflix-binger.
Managing Editor: East
Sarah Horvath is currently a senior at Kutztown University where she’s been former vice president and music director for Actors Creating Theatre (ACT). Her work has been published in Shoofly Literary Magazine. A lover of words and community organizer, she will be graduating with a BA in Professional Writing this May.
Alexis Christakes is the libation queen that you’ve probably seen in the 5 states ( or 12 cities) she’s called home. An ardent bunny mom and horticulture student, her work has been promoting coffee houses, bars, and lounges in Huntsville, AL and Lancaster, PA as well as hand-bound miniature books.
Carolyn Brandt is a graphic designer and artist from the Philadelphia area. She has worked with various creative teams in Philadelphia and New York and is thrilled to have her work published for the first time by Thirty West. She enjoys breaking the boundaries between art and design in her work, often incorporating hand-made techniques. She is also an alumna of Tyler School of Art (Temple University) where she received her BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design and a minor in art history. You can find her work on Instagram and on her website at carolynbrandtdesign.com.
Tilde Managing Editor
When Greg isn’t busy pretending he knows what he’s doing, he can be found swimming, writing, or brooding over existential questions and “How many burritos can I eat in one sitting before it’s no longer socially acceptable?” He is currently studying marketing and progressing on his first novel.
Tilde Poetry Editor
T.E. Tomaino is a poet and teacher from Asbury Park, NJ. In January 2017, she received her MFA in Creative Writing, with a focus in Poetry, from Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, NV. She is also the former poetry editor for the Sierra Nevada Review and is currently the poetry editor for Tilde Journal. T.E.'s work has previously appeared in Driftwood, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and others. When not busy grading essays, T.E. can be found hiking, reading, or playing D&D. She is currently studying the Japanese language and hopes to one day become a translator of Japanese creative writing.
Tilde Fiction Editor
Nick McMenamin graduated from Temple University in 2016 with a BA in English and concentration in creative writing. He works at a consulting firm in Philadelphia, where he lives and writes poems and stories in his free time.
Tilde Non-fiction Editor
Bob Kaplan is a journalist, editor, filmmaker, and comedian from the Philadelphia area. Bob received a BA in Literature from West Chester University with a minor in Creative Writing. He's an alum of "Boldface: Writers Conference" in Houston, TX and study abroad sessions in Mexico. His creative writing has been published in American Dreaming, and others as well as films Dollface: Road to the Apocalypse, Night Terrors, and more. He is currently working on a feature-length film, My Life, and co-hosting the podcast “2 Big Bald Guys”. On his off time, Bob likes to read, drink good scotch, and smoke nice cigars.
Tilde Non-fiction Editor
Melissa DiGiovannantonio has her MFA from Chatham University. When shes not writing, shes wishing she was writing, thinking about writing, reading, or hanging out with her cat, Jupiter.
Tilde Associate Editor
Carrie Soltner is a twenty-something writer and poet in Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of West Chester University's writing program with a love of all things fantasy. When she is not writing, you can find her buried in a book, watching the same movies she's seen about a billion times over, or generally having her head up in the clouds (because the ground is overrated anyways).
Kenna Lee Edler
Maria Isabel Maldonado
Sonja Mabel McClure
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