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


Claudine Jaenichen (she/her) specializes in information design because she is intrigued by the relationship between design and cognition. Advocating inclusion through design is central in pursuing design research. She continues to pursue interdisciplinary work, including Tab Journal and TsunamiClear, that provides interaction and engagement with other specializations. She is an associate professor in Art at Chapman University. See more at


Brian Glaser (he/him) has published essays on poetry and poetics as well as a book of poems, 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.


Liz Harmer (she/her) is the author of 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.

Daniel Miess (he/him) is a student in 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.

Sam Risak (she/her) is a Florida transplant in the MFA in Creative writing program at Chapman University, where she completed her MA in English. 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, and

Laila Shikaki (she/her) is a poet from Palestine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and is pursuing a PhD in English at St. John’s University in New York. Her poems have appeared in Sequoya, Nazzar Look, Pomona Valley Review, and We Chose Everything, a bilingual poetry anthology of the work of more than fifty Arab poets.

Jason Thornberry (he/him) is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals, including The StrangerALAN ReviewOrange County WeeklyURBResponseAdirondack ReviewCentral Circuit, and other e-zines. He has taught literature and writing at Seattle Pacific University.

Tryphena Yeboah (she/her) earned a BA in Journalism and an MA in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. She is currently a Fellow in Chapman University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. 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.


Samantha de le O, Administrative Assistant | Douglas R. Dechow, Digital Humanities Librarian | David Krausman, Graduate Programs Coordinator | Joanna Levin, English Department Chair | Laura Silva, Wilkinson College Publicity Coordinator


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 | Matthew Wheatley

In 2009, Anna Leahy and Logan Esdale launched the Tabula Poetica Reading Series, which led to the development of Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University. Tabula Poetica is directed by Anna Leahy and now houses both the reading series and Tab Journal. The 2021 reading series is curated by Mildred Lewis.

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