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Anna Leahy (she/her) is the author of the poetry books What Happened Was:, Aperture, and Constituents of Matter and the nonfiction book Tumor. Her essays have won top prizes from Mississippi Review, Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University, where she edits Tab Journal, curates the Tabula Poetica reading series, and directs the Health Humanities program. See more at


Claudine Jaenichen (she/her) specializes in information design and is especially intrigued by the relationship between design and cognition. Advocating inclusion through design is central in pursuing design research and underpins the approach of Tab Journal. Jaenichen continues to pursue interdisciplinary work like Tab Journal and TsunamiClear, which create interaction and engagement with other specializations. She is an associate professor in Art at Chapman University and serves on the executive board of directors for three international design and communication associations. See more at


Brian Glaser (he/him) has published essays on poetry and poetics as well as two book of poems, All the Hills and The Sacred Heart. He has been the recipient of Berkeley’s Eisner Prize for Poetry, a Fulbright award to Germany, a DAAD fellowship, Chapman University’s award for Curriculum Innovation in Sustainability Education, and a 2019 Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. See more at his faculty webpage.


Ruben Quesada (he/him) is a neurodivergent, gay, first-generation poet and a native Angeleno. He is editor of Latinx Poetics: The Art of Poetry, author of the poetry collections Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. He manages the monthly Mercy Street Readings and serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. See more at

Lynne Thompson (she/her) is the 2021-22 Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Beg No Pardon, Start With a Small Guitar, and Fretwork. Thompson sits on the Boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books. See more at


Lydia Pejovic (she/her) is a writer and Dual MA/MFA student at Chapman University. She earned her BA in English from the University of San Diego. Her work has been published in Calliope Art & Literary Magazine and Voices Magazine and is forthcoming in others. See more at


Jay Dye (she/her) is a writer and artist from Orange County, CA. She is currently an MA/MFA student at Chapman University. Her work has been published in CalliopeScribendi, and Sapere Aude. See more at

Liz Harmer (she/her) is the author of Strange Loops, forthcoming from Knopf in 2022, and The Amateurs, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Best Canadian Short Stories, Globe and Mail, Image Journal, Literary Hub, The Walrus, and elsewhere. In 2019, she was awarded fellowships by both the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences and was the runner-up for the Mitchell Prize in Poetry. See more at

Daniel Miess (he/him) graduated from Chapman University’s Dual MA/MFA program. His work has been published in Mud Chronicles: A New England Anthology, Anastamos: Library Edition, and Adelaide Independent Literary Magazine.

Vesper North (no pronouns) is a writer and artist based in Orange County, CA. North teaches English and communications and is a contributor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sam Risak (she/her) is a Florida transplant who earned her Dual MA/MFA degree at Chapman University. She writes across genres with work published or forthcoming in Los Angeles Review of Books, Entropy, Crab Orchard Review, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Writer’s Digest, and

Laila Shikaki (she/her) is a poet and academic from Palestine. She earned a PhD in English Literature from St. John’s University in New York City and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Her poems have been featured in journals such as SequoyaNazzar LookPomona Valley Review, and Metrics Conversions Poetry of our Time, as well as We Chose Everything; a bilingual poetry anthology of the work of Arab poets.

Emily Velasquez (she/her) is a writer in Santa Ana, CA, and a Dual MA/MFA student at Chapman University. She earned her BA in English from California State University Fullerton. Her work has been published in Soapberry Review.

Tryphena Yeboah (she/her) graduated from Chapman University’s MFA in Creative Writing program and is now a PhD student at the University of Nebraska. She earned a BA and an MA from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. Her poetry chapbook, A Mouthful of Home, is part of the New-Generation African Poets series from Akashic Books. Her work appears at Narrative, among other outlets. See more at


Ian Koh (he/him) moved to California for studies from Singapore several years ago. He is an Dual MFA/MA student at Chapman University. His work can be found in Forth MagazineInkslinger, and others.


Julia Ainley (she/her) holds a BS in Human Services, Administration, and Community Practice. She has held several progressive roles, most recently at a non-profit organization, where she was a Membership Coordinator overseeing business development and operations. She joined Tab Journal in 2022, when she became the administrative assistant to Chapman University’s English department.

Samantha De La O (she/her) is a creative writer, editor, photographer, product stylist, and social media strategist based in Southern California. She is the senior administrative assistant to Chapman University’s English department.


Allison DeVries (she/her) holds an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Political Science and Communication. She joined the Wilkinson College Dean’s Office at Chapman University in 2011 after working in Research Planning and Government Relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


David Krausman (he/him) joined Tab Journal in 2016 while completing his MFA in Creative Writing. He is the Graduate Programs Coordinator for Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University and the go-to contact for MFA students.

ADVISORY BOARD at Chapman University

Joanna Levin, English Department Chair
Laura Silva, Wilkinson College Publicity Coordinator
Douglas R. Dechow, Digital Humanities Librarian


Meg Boyles | Nick Dante | Natalie d’Auverne | Cindra Fox | Jack Giaour | Alexis Gobel | Mike Gravagno | Breanna Henry | Meghan Kemp-Gee | Alicia Kozameh | David Krausman | Karen An-hwei Lee | Adrianna Medina | Tori O’Leary | Jenni O’Rourke | Mariam Saïd | Robert Matt Taylor | Michael Tesauro | Jason Thornberry | Matthew Wheatley

In 2009, Anna Leahy and Logan Esdale launched the Tabula Poetica Reading Series, which led to the formation of Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University. The center is directed by Anna Leahy and now houses both the reading series and Tab Journal.

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