Founded in 1994, Thin Air is published in print once a year and on the web on an ongoing basis. We seek work that represents the forefront of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts. The editors also welcome flash submissions under 750 words. We care about sharp aesthetics, cultural relevance, and artistic cohesion. We are especially excited about works that bend rules and surprise readers while sneakily winking at tradition. Submissions from established and emerging writers with diverse voices are encouraged.

Thin Air is a nonprofit operating at an altitude of 6,910 ft, on the mountain of Flagstaff, Arizona, a popular stop along Route 66. The magazine is managed and edited entirely by Northern Arizona University graduate students on a volunteer basis, with faculty support from Lawrence Lenhart.

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 work 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.

Web Editor

Justin Kanzler is a current MA student in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies program. He studies blogging and digital communities and spends too much and also not enough time writing online. He is originally from Cottonwood Arizona but prefers not to talk about it. He currently lives in Flagstaff with his cat with whom he shares his writing even though she’s not that into it.

Nonfiction Editor

Katy Sperry is a student in the MFA program at Northern Arizona University, where she studies hybrid and flash writing. Her writing interests include public space and public spaces as art, as well as femaleness, sexuality, and writing as resistance against patriarchal and colonial structures.


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.


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