TOYON STAFF - VOLUME 66 - Fall 2019
Assistant Managing Editor / Community Liaison
Editorial Team Leads / Acquisitions Editors
Alec Cox and Alice Jiang
Division Editors, Fiction and Playwriting
Alexandria Weber and Alexis Avitia
Division Editors, Creative Nonfiction
Jessica Lewis and Danielle Dornan
Division Editors, Poetry
Keith Gonsalves and Megan Graeser
Division Editors, Literary Criticism
Alexis Avitia and Maximilian J Heirich
SPOKEN WORD, EJ, & WEB TEAM
Team Lead & Social Media Manager
Spoken Word Editors
Cahner Cameron-D'Angelo and Todd Loughran
Division Editor for the Environmental Justice Award
Production Team Leads & Multilingual Proofreaders
Drew Ahlberg and Milagros Ortega
Visual Art Editors and Cover Designers
Kayla Riley and Rae Diamond
Typesetters and Book Designers
Paweenaporn Pongampornsakda and Helen Berry
Division Editors for the Multilingual Award
Milagros Ortega and Paweenaporn Pongampornsakda
Sam Dunlap is a 4th year Environmental Studies major from Carlsbad, CA. He enjoys working to implement Environmental Sustainability measures around campus with HSU Green Campus and spending all of the time he can outside. Sam likes to bodysurf, ride bicycles and go birdwatching. He also likes to express his creativity through writing and cooking.
Hello everybody! Todd Loughran (pronounced Lockran) is excited to be apart of the Toyon Literary Magazine, and work with an amazing group of people. He is an English major in the writing concentration. Todd wants to help inspire people into submitting so their voices can be heard and their work recognized. He looks forward to making the 66th issue of the Toyon Literary Magazine one of the best yet!
Rae is a Senior at HSU. She is majoring in English with a Writing Concentration and minoring in Studio Art. She is excited to be a part of the Toyon staff and to bring her perspective and ideas into this year’s issue, as well as ensuring diversity in the art showcased. She has been writing and creating art since she was little and is looking forward to having a hand in the publishing process of this magazine.
Hello. This is Paweenaporn Pongampornsakda, and she goes by “Paweena.” She is from Bangkok, Thailand, and she has been in the United States as an international student for four years. She is still learning English, as her major is English with Writing Practices concentration. She is a senior as well. She is interested in English since it is her second language as same as she wants to learn new challenging things and work with new people. For this reason, Toyon will be the most exciting and challenging thing to learn and experience through her fall semester of 2019.
Milagros Ortega is currently a Junior majoring in English at HSU and is looking forward to one day being a High School English teacher. Growing up Milagros was always fascinated by literature and decided to take Literary Editing as a way of getting a more indepth look into the literary publication process. During her free time Milagros likes to read, write, and walk her dog Julio.
Megan is a senior at Humboldt State majoring in English: Writing Practices and minoring in both Communication and Linguistics. Outside of school, her hobbies include listening to music/going to concerts, watching movies, and giving animals the love they deserve (most specifically her two cats). This is her first time working with Toyon, and she is very excited to be serving as one of the Division Editors for Poetry.
Max is a sophomore student at Humboldt State University majoring in English Writing Practices with a minor in Studio Art, though is considering another minor in History. Max has always had a passion for literature which he fostered in numerous writing projects, the most recent of which being a novel which he plans on approaching a traditional publisher with by March of 2020 (hopefully). Outside of writing, Max enjoys drawing, painting, playing D&D, running, hiking, fishing, sailing, and watching movies. He is very enthused to begin working with Toyon in hopes to gain both experience for editorial/publishing jobs he might pursue after grad school and to really get to know the industry.
Kayla Riley is in her senior year at Humboldt State University. She is studying to become an elementary school teacher, in hopes to provide a rich writing and art environment for her students. Kayla has two young daughters, Trinity and Tiffany, and her longtime partner, who she loves to spend her time with. She has been working with different art media her whole life, and is excited to be a part of something so creative and amazing.
Erika Andrews is a Senior at HSU. Her major is English: Writing Practices with a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. She is the current Member at Large in her sorority Delta Phi Epsilon Inc. Erika is the author of the upcoming Y.E.S. House 50th Anniversary novel. Erika is a functional introvert who loves cooking tasty vegan food for non-vegans. Erika enjoys writing poetry, even though it torments her soul. Erika aspires to sleep enough to maintain her immaculate vessel, this is a continuous effort.
Drew Ahlberg is a senior here at Humboldt State University and is working towards a BA in English:Writing Practices and a minor in Ethnic American Literature. They received their AA in English from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. In their spare time they enjoy playing videogames, reading graphic novels, and going to local art events. After they graduate from HSU they hope to pursue a Masters degree in Library and Information Science in the hopes of being an academic librarian.
Danielle is a fourth-year student at Humboldt State University. She is majoring in English (Writing Practices) and double minoring in Linguistics and Philosophy. She was born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spent her childhood traveling back and forth between California and Wyoming. Danielle is quite passionate about reading and writing and hopes to ignite that enthusiasm within the lives of others around her. She is thrilled to be a part of Toyon’s 66th edition editorial team and cannot wait to be immersed in diverse submissions of art from all over the world.
Alexis Avitia was born and raised in the same house in Fresno, CA before she moved to Humboldt County. She has an associate's degree in English from Fresno City College. Alexis has been working in accounting for the past seven years as a payroll processor/bookkeeper (and now tax preparer). She hopes to never work in accounting again after graduating from college. She is graduating Spring 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in film with a minor in English writing. In her free time she likes to watch movies, talk with her plants, do puzzles, drink micheladas, and eat delicious food! Some of her favorite books are Ender’s Game and White Oleander. Don’t ask what her favorite movies are, it will be a long and lengthy conversation with no definitive answer.
Alexandria Weber has had a love for english and for literature ever since she was a child. Now a child at heart, she is excited to be a part of the Toyon staff, to work with people who share her enthusiasm for the power of words, and to delve into the creativity of various fiction authors. She hopes to create a memorable issue that exemplifies not only the multi-faceted expertise of her fellow staff members, but the wide-ranged vision of all the authors involved.
Alec Cox is a junior at HSU majoring in English in the writing practices concentration and minoring in art studio with an emphasis in photography. He enjoys writing, photography, being outdoors, cathartic screaming, and going on drives in the wee hours of the morning with the music up and the windows down, even if it is really cold and/or rainy. He is very excited to work on Toyon’s 66th volume with the rest of the Toyon staff and all of the contributors and wants to put out the best volume possible. Though Alec is currently exploring what he will do after he graduates with his BA in the spring of 2021, he already knows that he will continue writing, taking photographs, and learning as much as he can about both himself and the world. His portrait here was taken by his best friend, Tiffani Thompson, who is an amazing artist you can find on Instagram at @mist.pouffer.