Thin Air:  noun. A void that has yet to be discovered.

To disappear into thin air is to tread into the unknown. At Thin Air Magazine, we seek to embrace that unknown territory, through works that push at the boundaries of genre and convention. We recognize that hybridity is inherent to the act of writing. There is no such thing as “true” fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or even truth itself. Send us your work that most defies categorization. Along with this thin air mystique, the editors also welcome flash submissions under 750 words. Submissions from both established and emerging writers with diverse voices are encouraged.

Our history:

Founded in 1994, Thin Air has been published once a year in print by overworked graduate students at Northern Arizona University and on the interwebs on an ongoing basis. We operate out of a cramped office with oxygen-reduced air at 7,000 ft elevation in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Thin Air is funded by subscriptions, donations, grants, and partial university support. Please consider subscribing, purchasing a back issue, or donating.

2017-2018 Thin Air Magazine Staff

Faculty Advisor

Lawrence Lenhart’s first collection of essays is The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19). His work has been published in Conjunctions, Fourth Genre, Passages North, and Prairie Schooner. Lenhart teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Northern Arizona University and is the reviews editor of DIAGRAM.



Jeanne Mack is a current MFA candidate at Northern Arizona University, where she also works as a graduate assistant. Her previous writing publications all come from the world of running journalism and blogging. Originally from Rhode Island, she moved to Flagstaff from Brooklyn and sorely misses bodegas.




Mekenzie Dyer is an Arizona native currently in the MFA program at Northern Arizona University, where she also received her BSED in English Secondary Education. At this point, her plan is to teach and write and hopefully make money somehow in between. She specializes in poetry and fiction and her interests include coming of age experiences and the exploration of the use of violence.


Nonfiction, Visual Arts, and “The Gas Station” Editor


Katy Sperry is an MFA student at Northern Arizona University, where she studies hybrid and flash writing. Sometimes she writes about citrus.




Fiction Editors

Mia Aguilera is currently earning her MFA in creative writing at Northern Arizona University. She enjoys writing during thunderstorms and walking among Flagstaff’s many pines.



Blake Carrera is an M.F.A. student with a focus in fiction. He specializes in modernism and realism and has previously been published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. He holds a B.A. in English from Southwestern University and is originally from Texas.


Poetry Editor

Celeste Jackson is a Master’s candidate in Northern Arizona University’s Literature program. Celeste has a focus in American literature and is also the co-President of the Graduate English Organization.


Web Editor

Weldon Ryckman is an MFA student at Northern Arizona University.