QPOC 13 Interns



Megan Christensen, from the suburbs of Chicago, is currently an undergraduate student at Eastern Illinois University. She plans to graduate in December of 2015 with her Bachelor’s in English and minors in Professional Writing and Religious Studies. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing or campus ministry after graduation. She currently serves as a student leader on the Council of Ministers at Eastern’s Christian Campus House in order to develop her leadership, communication, and ministry skills. She can be contacted at mmchristensen@eiu.edu.

Katherine Mueller is a Saint Louis native that will be graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University this spring. She is mastering the art of a perfect latte heart at her day job as a barista, and enjoys telling her customers about her favorite cups of coffee from the places she’s traveled. Her academic interests include poetry, gender and queer theory, postmodern literature, and professional writing. She hopes to continue writing and editing after graduation. Follow her on Twitter.

Candice Mulholland is a Danville, IL resident who is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. She plans to graduate in the Spring with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in English. Her focus is on advertising, marketing, and public relations. She hopes to pursue a career in public relations following graduation, and she is currently improving her communication skills by working as a wedding coordinator for Spruce Street Studios in Shelbyville, IL.

Kelly McQuain


Kelly McQuain is the author of Velvet Rodeo, the winner of  Bloom Magazine‘s annual poetry chapbook. His writing has appeared recently in The Pinch, Redivider, Weave, Chelsea Station, Assaracus, Kestrel, Mead and Chelsea Station, among other journals. His work has been collected in such anthologies as Men on Men, Best American Erotica, Skin & Ink, The Queer South, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. McQuain’s occasional columns on city life appear in The Philadelphia Inquirer. He teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.

Laura Da’


Laura Da’ is a poet and public school teacher.  A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts.  Da’ is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.  She has published poems in Prairie Schooner, Hanging Loose, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.   Her first chapbook, The Tecumseh Motel, is  featured in Effigies II from Salt Press.  The University of Arizona Press will publish her first full-length manuscript, Tributaries, in 2015. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son.

Tiffany Midge


Tiffany Midge is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry for The Woman Who Married a Bear (forthcoming) and the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award for Outlaws, Renegades and Saints; Diary of a Mixed-up Halfbreed (Greenfield Review Press).  Her work has appeared in North American Review, The Raven Chronicles, Florida Review, South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest and the online journals No Tell Motel and Drunken Boat.  An enrolled Standing Rock Sioux, she holds an MFA from University of Idaho and lives in Moscow, Idaho (Nez Perce country).


Kim Shuck


Kim Shuck is a poet, bead artist, mom, player of video games and is easily distracted by odd facts. She is mostly of Tsalagi and Goral ancestry. Her first manuscript was about a mouse and was drawn in crayon without words before she started attending school, but her most recent books contain words. Clouds Running In is a full-length poetry manuscript and Sidewalk Ndn is a chapbook both published in 2014.

Deborah A. Miranda


Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area, and author of the mixed-genre Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, two poetry collections (Indian Cartography and The Zen of La Llorona) and co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: An Anthology of Two Spirit Literature.  Currently Deborah is Professor of English at Washington and Lee University where she teaches creative writing and literature. Most recently, Deborah has been working on a collection of essays and a collection of poems in the voices of each California mission.

Casandra Lopez


Casandra Lopez is a Chicana, Cahuilla, Luiseño and Tongva writer raised in Southern California. She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and has been selected for residencies with the Santa Fe Art Institute as well as the School of Advanced Research where she was the Indigenous writer in residence for 2013. Winner of the 2013 Native Writers Chapbook Award from the Sequoyah National Research Center, her work can be found in various literary journals. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a founding editor of As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World.

Jerry Brunoe


Jerry Brunoe was a cushuum little Wasco boy on the Warm Springs Reservation.  Now he is a Toe Good Man.  His poetry has appeared or will appear in Red Earth Review, As/Us, Basalt, Red Ink, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Yellow Medicine Review, Naugatuck River Review, Contrary, and others.  He pretends to know what he is doing at Toe Good Poetry.