2022-23 Thin Air Magazine Staff


Faculty Advisor – Nicole Walker is the author of eight books, most recently Processed Meats: Essays on Food, Flesh and Navigating Disaster (2021), Sustainability: A Love Story (2018), and the collaborative collection The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet (2019). She is the co-president of NonfictioNOW and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award and a noted author in Best American Essays. Her work has been most recently published in the New York Times, Longreads, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review, among other places. She teaches at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and serves as the Crux Series Editor for University of Georgia Press.

Editor-in-Chief – Alli Mancz (she/her) is an emerging essayist and advocate pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. She currently lives and works in Flagstaff, teaching English Composition and serving as Editor-in-Chief of Thin Air Magazine. Her prose can be found in Scribendi and other forthcoming publications, though she herself is more likely out for a hike among stands of ponderosa pine.

Managing Editor – Katie Tonellato is so excited to be joining the team as Managing Editor of ThinAir magazine. Currently, she is studying to get her MFA in creative writing at NAU. Her writing is deeply influenced by the cycles of the past and how that materializes in matrilineal lines. She has volunteered to edit for culture magazines, run book clubs for homeless youth, and has been an editor and staff member for Northwest Boulevard magazine and Willow Springs magazine. She was a runner-up for WritersAdvice Flash fiction contest in 2021 and is to be published soon in Hive Avenue literary journal.

Nonfiction Editor – Razi Shadmehry is an avid writer, reader, and eater from Atlanta, GA. She is an MFA student at Northern Arizona University and the nonfiction editor of Thin Air Magazine.

Fiction Editor – Oliver Scofield is an MFA student at Northern Arizona University studying poetry and environmental narratives. He grew up on an old homestead near the Idaho, Wyoming border and his writing often focuses on the dynamic interactions of people, place and nature. He works as a Wilderness ranger for the Forest Service during the summer and splits his time between Montana and Arizona.

Poetry Editor – Zach Semel (he/him) is a poet and essayist pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. Some of his previous work has appeared in DIAGRAMCutBank: All Accounts & MixtureDrunk MonkeysFlyway: Journal of Writing & EnvironmentThe Nervous BreakdownWordgatheringFreezeRay Poetry, and other places. His hybrid chapbook Let the tides take my body was awarded the 2021 May Day Mountain Prize by Hunger Mountain

Social Media Manager – Anahi Molina (she/her) is a writer, teacher, and editor currently based in Flagstaff, AZ. She has work published in The Rumpus, New Orleans Review, Carbon Copy, The Millions and elsewhere. More info can be found at anahisayshi.cargo.site.  

Web Editor – Bree Burkitt (she/her) is a writer and journalist based in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University and is the host of Morning Edition for the local NPR affiliate, KNAU. When not working, she can usually be found hoarding books or out in the woods with her dogs, Jill and Sonora.