Editorial Board

CausewayLit is edited, and published, by students of the Fairfield University MFA Program. Many of the staff are pursuing their MFA with a concentration in publishing and editing. The current staff is listed below.

Editors in Chief

Stuart Phillips is a graduate of Ole Miss and Pepperdine Law School, now living in San Francisco, where he tries to master the semicolon while writing the Great Southern Novel. You can follow his adventures at his site.

Valerie Peralta holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian) from Indiana University. After two decades of copy editing newsweeklies, academic research, and her husband’s love notes, her desire to commit her own words to the page caught up with her. Fiction challenges her, and poetry keeps her up at night.

Section Editors

Miranda Heyman (fiction) received a B.A in Creative Writing from Berry College. She has previously served as an editorial intern for the Sigma Tau Delta Journals. She lives in Trumbull, CT with her two dogs, Sky and Asher. She is currently working on her first novel.

Dan Gorman (non-fiction) Born in the Bronx and raised in the Hudson Valley, Dan is a lifelong New Yorker. Out of sheer boredom, he joined the US Navy at 19 and then the Army National Guard, serving far longer than intended or was good for his knees. He holds a BA and MSW from Fordham University. He currently lives in Stamford, CT with his architect girlfriend and their blind dog, and once climbed a volcano in Guatemala on a dare.

Ryan Stovall (poetry) is a former world traveler, adventurer, and Green Beret whose fiction and poetry has been published in numerous small journals and anthologies around the United States and the world. Unfortunately, he does not show up in photographs.

Associate Editors

Jennifer Boulette graduated from Sacred Heart University in psychology and Southern CT State University with a Masters in English/Creative writing. She wrote a memoir of her experience as a survivor of brain injury and has published both creative nonfiction and poetry.  She lives with her teenage daughter and pit bull, which are both sources of gratitude.

  Ivan R. Cartagena Jr is a military officer, writer, and editor. He also works as a Managing Editor for Dogwood and an Assistant Editor for Brevity. He holds an MA in Liberal Studies from Rutgers University with a focus on American Literature. He is currently working on short story and poetry collections, and spends as much time as possible with his wife and children.

Kerry Davies is a third semester student with a concentration in playwriting. Kerry has had several plays produced or workshopped, and received grants and awards in playwriting. She loves writing comedies and is passionate about telling women’s stories and the stories of those with disabilities.

Susan Davis is a retired English teacher of 28.5 years. She holds a Masters in educational counseling, an MFA in non-fiction creative writing, an MFA in fiction creative writing, and is currently at work on her MFA in poetry. Author of the memoir Where There is Breath There is Life. Susan lives with her wife, Karen, and three doggies. See her site.

Michael Dunaway is the Editor at Large of Paste Magazine, the co-founder of Gasoline Films and Poitier & Dunaway Motion Pictures. In addition to Paste, his writing has been published in Playboy, Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and more. His newest project is the nonfiction book How I Got Through It: Self Care for Artists. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and children. His site.

Alfredo Enriquez, Jr. (Dramatic Writing) Born and raised in the Bronx, Alfredo is a first generation Afro-Latino American. Alfredo received a B.A. in Communication from Fairfield University and currently lives in Bridgeport, CT with his wife and child. When not working on his screenplay he enjoys a good chicken nugget.

Molly Mellinger is a poet from California and Connecticut. Her work, which deals primarily with familial/inherited trauma, has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Long River Run, and others. She was mentored by the beloved and missed Kim Bridgford, “first lady of form.”

Jodeci Nightshade writes about spiritual and social justice, and comes to Causeway Lit with experience in literary magazines and a hunger to read the very best poetry that she can get her hands on. She yearns to be a professor and champion the passions of future generations.

Samantha Price studied Creative Writing and Visual Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she also sang in their choral program. While not reading or writing, she enjoys painting, photography, and hiking.

Brenda Sorrels is a graduate of Manhattanville College. Her first job out of college was as assistant to the Beauty Editor at Mademoiselle Magazine. Later, she worked for the Fox Broadcasting Company and wrote The Bachelor Farmers and The Way Back ’Round. She currently lives in Wilton, Connecticut, and loves sharing books and writing.

Derek Ivan Webster was raised in a tiny Alaskan fishing village and educated at Yale University. He is well aware that it is only his wife, and their precious/precocious co-conspirators, that keep him sane. More at ivanhope.com/writing.

4 thoughts on “Editorial Board

  1. chaosgatebook says:

    I have a question for fiction editor Loan Le. I submitted (via the Dogwood submittable site) “Tryst” to you in February. I was wondering if it’s still under consideration. Thanks –


  2. Duane Herrmann says:

    Submittable is not accepting documents in the form that have been accepted dozens or hundreds of times in the past. What can I do differently???


    • rachlbean1139 says:

      Hi, Daune! I apologize that you’re having problems! What sort of files are you submitting? Typically, PDF or .doc files are accepted!


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