Brittani Miller

Founder, Event Organizer, Webmaster, and Editor

Brittani is a pharmacy technician, full-time student, and cancer survivor. Having grown up in the midst of “Potter Mania” she is an avid fantasy reader and began pursuing writing as a dream career from a young age. She is currently studying for her MFA in Writing at Lindenwood University. She is the two-time recipient of the UIS Rosie Richmond Award for female writers, and her writing has most recently appeared in Pink Panther Magazine and COPLAC’s Metamorphosis. Her debut chapbook, My Body, Like Tentacles, was released in June 2022. You can follow her on twitter @brittaniwrites.

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Lauren Stengel

Co-Founder and Editor

Lauren is a writer, full-time student, and mother of two. She is a huge fan of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and the Oxford comma. Essays are her primary focus, but she also enjoys writing short fiction and poetry. In 2019, she published her first article titled “Why We Need Fantasy Literature” in Areo Magazine. She currently resides in Carbondale, Illinois where she studies English literature and creative writing at Southern Illinois University.


Ashley Mueth

Poetry Editor

Ashley is a future librarian, full-time student, and poetry enthusiast. She enjoyed reading and writing as a child and began pursuing creative writing in third grade. She began writing comics and children’s books to share in class. She currently attends Southern Illinois University Carbondale and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the 2021 recipient of the Jon Tribble Poetry Award in Grassroots Magazine. Her poems can be found in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Grassroots Magazine editions, her self-published poetry chapbook Sunflowers Bloom, and CentraLit Magazine.