Editorial Board – #5

Editor-in-Chief


Sarah Z. Sleeper’s writing is on display at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum until September 28, 2012, in an exhibition called “Ekphrasis.” She just completed a collection of short stories, A Few Innocuous Lines (and is looking for a good agent). She is on the editorial team at New Rivers Press and helped edit the forthcoming book, American Fiction. She also screened manuscripts for the publisher’s “Many Voices Project.” For twenty years Sarah did a combination of journalism and business communications. Her work has been published in Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, National Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, by a CBS-owned website, and in other publications. She received three journalism awards. She also wrote and edited for many high-tech companies including Qualcomm, SAP, Siemens and Accenture. Early on in her career Sarah was editor of a computer magazine, as well as editor and writer for an English-language magazine in Okinawa, Japan. She was also editor for the American Chamber of Commerce there, and for Kadena Air Base’s 18th  Services Squadron. She has an English degree from the University of New Mexico, and an MFA from Fairfield University. Her proudest professional accomplishment is completing her MFA and making the transition from business writing to literary writing. www.SarahZSleeper.com
Fiction Editors
Stephanie Harper is a recent graduate of the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing program. She’s been an editor for the CU Honors Journal and has published work in The Montreal Review, Forever Buffs Insider, The Review Review, Poetry Quarterly, Midwest Literary Magazine, and Haiku Journal. She is working on a novel and currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Carolyn J. Brown is co-editor of fiction for Mason’s Road. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Charter Oak State College, where her poem “Life Equation” won first prize and publication in Alumni Reflections. After a career in computer software programming, support, and training on both coasts, she joined a writers group in central Connecticut, and is working toward a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing at Fairfield University. She is currently writing a collection of short stories.
Creative Nonfiction Editors
  Daisy Christina Abreu is co-editor of creative nonfiction for Mason’s Road. She is a first-generation Cuban-American born and raised in West New York, New Jersey. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hartford and is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing at Fairfield University. Her essay, Back and Forth, was published in the spring 2012 issue of Label Me Latina/o. Daisy lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she is the deputy director of the Town Green Special Services District and serves on the board of directors of the Institute Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
  Erin A. Corriveau is an emotional archeologist who just graduated from Fairfield’s MFA program with a concentration in creative nonfiction. Her writing has been published in Shoreline Literary Arts Magazine. She is the cofounder and chief editor of Spry Literary Journal and writes at her lifestyle blog, Reinventing Erin. She lives in Fall River, Massachusetts, with her handsome boyfriend, his even cuter son, and their opinionated dog, Fenway.
Poetry Editors
 Linsey Jayne
Based out of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Linsey Jayne is a poet with a Flash Jones just completing her MFA in creative writing with Fairfield University. She has served as an editor for the Bryant Literary Review and The Archway, and is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Spry Literary Journal. She is at work on her first collection of poetry.
  Heidi St. Jean is a graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in inklight, a publication of afterimage, the journal of media arts and cultural criticism; Theodate, the online poetry journal of Hill-Stead Museum; and Long River Run, journal of the Connecticut Poetry Society. She also served as Co-Managing Editor for Issue 15 of Drunken Boat, online journal of art and literature. Previously, she held the position of Director of Media Relations for several years in the insurance/financial services industry and successfully ran her own freelance writing business. Her work has appeared frequently in local newspapers, online, and in national and trade magazines.
Drama Editor
Travis Baker is currently an adjunct English instructor at the University of Maine-Orono, the drama editor of Mason’s Road literary journal and a former student of Edward Albee at the University of Houston. As an actor, playwright, scenic artist and stagehand, his work has appeared On, Off, Off-Off and Way-the-hell-Off Broadway. He won a Berrilla Kerr Award for American Playwrights in 1998 and was an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow. He recently completed his first novel, Texas Sky, and his fiction and essays have appeared in the Puckerbrush Review, Hawk & Handsaw, Stolen Island Review, theatrewarehouse.com, The Maine Edge and Pennsylvania English, among others. He received his BA from NYU, his MA from UMaine and will achieve his MFA at Fairfield University in January 2013.
Audio Editor
Dennis Quinn Dennis Quinn’s on-air broadcast career spans five decades in New York City radio. As an on-air personality he has hosted programs in formats ranging from top 40 to disco, AOR to love songs on WPIX-FM. In 1988 he segued to smooth jazz on CD 101.9. In 1970 he created “Rapline,” which combined call-in talk radio with rock and pop music. Off-air he has produced numerous radio documentaries including, “Still Rolling,” an award-winning Rolling Stones audio documentary. Dennis has held administrative posts including program director, public service director, and production director, and has been an AFTRA shop steward for 25 years. Academically he was an adjunct professor at Fairfield University for 5 years, where he was the creator and executive producer of the school’s audio magazine, Buzz. In 2007 his course “Early Radio and the American Identity” was selected by Yale as part of its prestigious, Residential College Lecture Series. In the fall of 2008, Dennis became a full-time assistant professor at Hofstra University where he teaches various radio courses in the Radio, Television, and Film Department of the School of Communication. He is also a performance artist. With his group “Warp Spasm,” he performs stories in a genre-bending mix of radio drama, music, and spoken word.
 Craft Essay Editors

Most days, Tina DeMarco can be found at her writing desk with a lovely rainbow-colored kitty called Sweetpea, whose main goal is to stop the work process. In spite of Sweetpea’s efforts, Tina has written three screenplays, one with David Brenner, numerous short stories and personal essays, a couple of feature articles, and the beginnings and middles of at least two novels all in varying degrees of completion. A stint in the business world includes a season’s worth of radio scripts and marketing programs. When not writing, editing or thinking about writing, Tina spends her spare time driving to Maine to play with two very busy toddlers. She also teaches a creative writing class for adults and spends the rest of her writing time editing her own and other writers’ work. Tina graduated as a member of the inaugural Fairfield MFA class in January, 2011.


Reuben Hayslett has had his fiction and nonfiction short stories appear in The Splinter Generation, the Oregon Literary Review, Translit Magazine, and most recently the Surreal South 2011 Anthology, which has previously published Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Olen Butler. Hayslett lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as a political activist while writing his first novel manuscript.
Fiction Readers: Allison Kirk, Hayley Battaglia, Jean Clayton, Lori Gershun, Joachim Civico, Lynne Heinzmann, Kate Gorton, Kent Madden, Adam Newsom, Christopher Madden, Beth Clary
Creative Nonfiction Readers: Zac Zander, Jenni Swan, Ben Fine, Christine Telford, Christine Koubek
Poetry Readers: Nicholas Miele, Devon Bohm, Matthew Hamilton, Kristin Rose
Drama Reader: Jenni Swan
Craft Essay Readers: Barbara Wanamaker, Kate Gorton, Erin Corriveau, Jillian Ross, Lisa Kastner.
Marketing Team: Kristin Rose, Kate Eber, Nicholas Miele, Allison Kirk
Production Team: Matthew Winkler (Production Director), Nicholas Miele, Kate Gorton, Carolyn Brown
Faculty Advisor
Michael White is the author of six novels: Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, A Brother’s Blood, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, an Alternate Book-of-the-Month Club selection; A Dream of Wolves, which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, and is under option by Miracle Pictures; and The Garden of Martyrs, also a Connecticut Book Award finalist and which is currently being made into an opera. His latest novel (William Morrow, 2010), Beautiful Assassin, won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction. A collection of his short stories, Marked Men, was published by the University of Missouri Press. He has also published more than forty-five short stories in national magazines and journals, and has won the Advocate Newspapers Fiction Award and been nominated for both a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize. He was the founding editor of the yearly fiction anthology American Fiction as well as Dogwood. He is the founder and director of Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program (www.fairfield.edu/mfa).

Founding / Executive Editor
Lisa Calderone is the author of How to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof (Bookhaven Press, 1997) and co-author with Paul & Sarah Edwards of The Entrepreneurial Parent (Putnam/Tarcher, 2002), which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show the month it was released. A Creative Type by nature, Lisa spearheaded the launch of Mason’s Road as her capstone project while a graduate student in Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing program. On the University marketing team that launched the program, Lisa graduated with the first student cohort in January 2011. Currently a communications consultant with expertise in fundraising, journalism, marcom, and digital communications, she has written her memoir and her essays have appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut with her un-Brady-bunch-like family who all give Nika, their golden retriever, way too much attention while listening to Sheba, their African grey, have the last laugh.