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
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.
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.
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.
Dane Sawyer is from Yuba City, California and grew up in the shadow of the world’s smallest mountain range, the Sutter Buttes. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from BYU and a Masters in International Affairs and Global Enterprise from The University of Utah. He served in the US Army in Afghanistan and the Philippines. He currently lives in Norwalk, CT, with his wife and daughter. When he isn’t writing, he is being feared by trout in many of the Connecticut rivers.
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.
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.
Michelle Hernandez is a poet and educator from the Bronx. She has a Bachelors in English: Creative Writing and Education from Fairfield University where she is now pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts. Michelle is also a mother to 30 houseplants and 2 dogs.
Margaret Moore is a 2020 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing in May of 2020. Her work has appeared in Independent Catholic News, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, Positive Writer, and How We Are among other publications.
For the Spring 2021 semester, she will also serve as a graduate assistant for Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose and Woodhall Press.
Renée Newberry received a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in creative writing and Spanish from Washington College. A Maryland native, she has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Baltimore and Bel Air, MD, as well as in Kennett Square, PA. She has also enjoyed teaching English to middle and high school students in Baltimore, as well as teaching dance to both children and adults (Renée has previously danced professionally in the Baltimore area). While she initially sought to concentrate solely in fiction writing, she has recently admitted a love for writing “all the things” and is adding some nonfiction and poetry to her studies as well.
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.
Associate Editor Molly Mellinger was a poet from California and Connecticut. Her work, which dealt primarily with familial/inherited trauma, 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.” Molly passed away in late 2020, and is a light who will be missed.