UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities

REUNIONThe Dallas Review

Reunion Editors

Managing Editor

Alana King

After graduating from Texas State University and the University of Memphis, Alana King is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Humanities. Her research interests include American Literature and History, the literature and history of marginalized and non-mainstream populations, film studies and history, and genocide studies.


Brian DiNuzzo

Brian DiNuzzo is a graduate student in the doctoral program at the University of Texas at Dallas. As well, he serves as a teaching assistant in the Arts and Humanities department. He is originally from New Jersey.

Fiction Editor

Alexandra Balasa

Alexandra Balasa is a teaching assistant and PhD student in literature/aesthetic studies. Her crowning achievement in life is playing Magic: The Gathering  with Brandon Sanderson (and almost winning through brute force alone). Although she ponders existentialism, is obsessed with owls, and collects rocks, she promises she is not a cliché. After all, she does not own any cats (the neighbor's cats, who have appropriated her house, don't count). She writes speculative fiction with a psychological edge, and her writing explores questions of identity and situational morality. Her writing has appeared in venues such as PodCastle, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, and Deep Magic. You can follow her on Twitter at @BalasaAl.

Poetry Editor

Bryan Gillin

Bryan is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas, with a concentration in Aesthetic Studies and a minor in African-American History. He earned his Master's in History from Texas A&M University-College Station and a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Baylor University in Economics and Human Resources Management.

Creative Non-Fiction Editor

Lizbette Ocasio-Russe

Lizbette Ocasio-Russe completed her M.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus where she served as the graduate student editor for Tonguas: Student Literary and Artistic Expression Journal. She is currently working on her PhD in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas where she works both as an undergraduate Rhetoric instructor and as the creative nonfiction editor for Reunion: The Dallas Review. She has had short fiction published in eTropic: Electronic journal of studies in the tropics, Poui: The Cavehill Journal of Creative Writing, Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters, Tonguas: Student Literary and Artistic Expression Journal, and scholarly publications in postScriptum: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literary Studies and the NAAAS & Affiliates Monograph Series. Both her academic and creative interests include queer theory and cultural texts, pop culture studies, and fractured/hybrid identities.

Visual Arts Editor

Esther Howard

Esther Howard is a current PhD student at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her undergraduate studies led her to a BA in Literary studies, followed by a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies: all earned at the UT Dallas campus. Professionally trained as a teacher, Esther currently works as a Rhetoric Instructor for the university. Though early in her doctoral studies, Esther is passionate about discourse centered around topics such as: feminist theory, Victorian studies, philosophy, and 17th-19th century history. Esther is also the historian for the Graduate Student Association Senate and the Non-Fiction Editor for Reunion: The Dallas Review. When not teaching or studying, Esther can be found reading, binge-watching Netflix, watching anime, spending time with her fiancée/family/friends, and sleeping.

Translation Editor

Rawad Alhashmi

Mr. Rawad Alhashmi is a Ph.D. candidate and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a translator. His current interests include modern philosophy of language; translation theory; speculative fiction; and cultural studies. 

Office Manager and
Creative Non-Fiction Reader

Natalie Heath

Natalie is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. During her study breaks, Natalie can be found winding down with mind-numbing TV shows like The Office, or exercising her mind by re-reading some of her all-time favorites: Hanya, Yanagihara, Raymond Carver, and Donna Tartt. This is her third edition working with the Dallas Reunion.

Fiction Reader

Edgar Amaro

Edgar Amaro is a PhD candidate in Humanities, specializing in U.S. policy in Latin America and Latin American literature. Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Edgar moved to Dallas in 2006 to pursue a teaching career. He majored in business as an undergrad but is now working on a dissertation which is in part composed of a collection of interrelated short stories. His favorite authors are Mayra Santos Febres, Ana Lydia Vega, Piri Thomas, and Junot Diaz. His hobbies include: foreign films, tennis, French, and late evening walks on the beach in Puerto Rico. He has lived in New Jersey, Florida, Puerto Rico, and now Dallas.

Fiction Reader and Translation Reader

Marsela Lopez

Marsela received her BA from Texas Woman's University in English with a minor in Spanish. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Neuro-linguistic Programming from the Universidad de Medellín in Colombia. Marsela is currently a first year MA student at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Humanities, Latin American Studies with a focus on Literature. In addition to her studies, she is also involved with the Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives on campus and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for her discipline as well. 

Fiction Reader
and Drama Reader

Kriss Kirk

Kriss is a PhD student in the Arts and Humanities department and a rhetoric instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and English from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s in Literature with a focus on Creative Writing from Belmont University. She is interested in researching music as literature, narrative in young adult literature, and books as cultural artifacts. Her work aims to examine the popular as academic. Her larger academic project seeks to legitimize young adult literature through the construction of a theory of narrative that is distinct and separable from narrative in literature written by and for adults.

Social Media Specialist
and Fiction Reader

April Boyd

April is an aspiring author and Political Science major at the University of Texas at Dallas. As a fiction reader and social media specialist for Reunion, she is able to combine her love for stories with her passion for community involvement. When she is not in class or spending time with friends, she can usually be found shelving books or studying in the library. April is a pop culture enthusiast and loves all things related to Harry Potter, young adult literature, alternative music, and cult television.

Poetry Reader

Vidya Mohanraj

Vidya Mohanraj is currently pursuing her BS in Accounting at UT Dallas and is active in the Arts and Humanities community through her involvement in literary magazines. She has been a part of Reunion's Editorial Staff since 2015 and strives to continue her relationship with literature and art history well past the completion of her Master's at UT Dallas.

Poetry Reader

Diana Miller

Diana Miller is a third-year PhD student and has served as a Graduate Senator for the Humanities department at UT Dallas. She has previously served as a Poetry Reader for Reunion: The Dallas Review. She is also a Professor for DCCCD in Fine Arts Appreciation instruction. Diana has presented at conferences and symposium at SMU Dallas, CUNY School of Journalism and Media Studies in New York, and Dallas University in Irving. She has had poetry published in the Pony Expressions  Graduate Journal at SMU. Diana hopes to help make a difference in creating innovative education for Humanities and preserving historical artifacts for various cultures for critical study and enjoyment.

Visual Arts Reader

Danika Hollis

Danika Hollis is pursuing both Literary Studies and Visual & Performing Arts undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to serving as an editor for Reunion, she is also the Communications Officer for UTD’s newly formed chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honors Society. Prior to settling in the Dallas area, she lived in Antarctica for almost a year and has been lucky to experience a few of the world’s similarly less traveled paths.

Poetry Reader

Nikita D’Monte

Nikita D’Monte is currently pursuing her second Masters in Humanities (Majoring in Literature) at University of Texas - Dallas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi and a Master’s Degree from Jamia Millia Islamia University. She is passionate about reading, writing poetry (both verse and rhyme) and blogging, enabling and inspiring others to indulge in the pleasures of creativity.

Creative Non-Fiction Reader

Adam Michael Wright

Adam Michael Wright is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma. At Oklahoma State University he triple majored in journalism, history, and English before going on to earn two master’s degrees—one in film production and one in creative writing. He’s taught screenwriting, literature, composition/rhetoric, and comparative religion at various colleges across Oklahoma and Texas. In August 2017, he began pursuing a humanities PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas. He’s published poems in Rattle, The Timberline Review, and North Texas Review. So far, Adam Michael's films are about snakes, puppets, ghosts, funerals, and circuses.

Drama Reader and
Creative Non-Fiction Reader

Gaby Hidalgo

Gaby is a second-year graduate student in the Studies in Literature program at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2012, she graduated with a BA in Foreign Languages (French) at Mississippi State University.  Her areas of interest are Translation, Latin American Literature and Fiction. This is her first edition working with Reunion: The Dallas.

Translation Reader

So Young Koo

So Young Koo is seeking her M.A. in literary studies. She speaks 2.5 languages. She loves Harry Potter, and she firmly believes she is a Ravenclaw.

Editors at Large
Chelsea Kaye Barnard
Mickey Calderone
Jill Foltz
Donovan Hufnagle
Mark Allen Jenkins
Chaz Lilly
Sarah R. Valente

Layout Designer
Taylor Guest

Web Designer
Brandon B. Brown

Dr. Clay Reynolds

Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
Dr. Dennis Kratz

REUNION: The Dallas Review
is a publication of the Creative Writing Program
in the School of Arts and Humanities
at The University of Texas at Dallas

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