2021-22 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.

Editor-in-Chief – Megan Latin-De Bono is a fiction writer from Phoenix, Arizona. She is an MFA candidate at Northern Arizona University and Editor-in-Chief of Thin Air Magazine. She is a member of the Cinder Skies Reading Series and an honorary board member of the Northern Arizona Book Festival. Her work has appeared in Friday Flash Fiction and Curios Magazine.

Managing Editor – Lerato Molisana is a storyteller born and bred in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. She holds a BSc degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of the Free State, South Africa. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. She has experience in Journalism and Marketing. She’s been published in publications such as The Journalist.

Nonfiction Editor – Reece Gritzmacher grew up in Portland, Oregon and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University, where they serve as the nonfiction editor for Thin Air Magazine. For a living, they scamper in the woods. For pay and hope, they have worked as an educator, legal assistant on criminal defense teams, film market researcher, booktender, youth soccer referee, and housecleaner. Before they changed their first name, they won an Academy of American Poets prize. 

Fiction Editor – Katie Tonellato is so excited to be joining the team at Thin Air Magazine as the Fiction Editor. She is studying to get her MFA in creative writing at NAU. She spends most of her days reading and writing and taking care of other people’s dogs. Her writing is deeply influenced by cycles of the past, how it affects people and how that in turn affects generations and systems. She has volunteered editing for world culture magazines and book clubs for homeless youth. She has worked on two other literary magazines as both an editor and a staff member. Outside of writing and reading she enjoys playing rugby, swimming and beating other people at chess.  

Poetry Editor – tanner menard is a poet & composer, a Louisiana Creole & a member of the Atakapa Ishak Nation. They have internationally published ten albums of ambient music, a chapbook, & were thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their poetry & essays are published in magazines such as Entropy, Beestung, American Indian Research & Culture Journal & The Wire. In 2019, The Wire Magazine called their sound poetry collaboration with Andrew Weathers an influential modern composition. They have created sound poetry & experimental installations for The New Orleans Jazz Museum, Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, Send & Receive Festival, Ingenuity Festival, Fusebox Festival & @Salon.

Web Editor – Alli Mancz is an MFA Creative Writing candidate at Northern Arizona University. She is originally from Ohio, but her passions for environmental advocacy and the written word have drawn her to the West. As a writer wedded to place, much of her creative nonfiction echoes ecofeminist thought and connects the self, community, and ecology. Her work can be found in Scribendi and forthcoming publications, though she herself is more likely out for a hike or biking among the ponderosa pine. 

Assistant Web Editor – Matt Walker is a poet and MFA candidate at Northern Arizona University. Originally from Indiana, he lived in New York City from 2006 to 2021. His poems have appeared in Black Warrior ReviewVerse DailyLadowichOversound, and elsewhere.

Social Media & Marketing Manager – Sarah Jablon is a candidate for the MFA in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. She is originally from Maryland, where she earned her BA in English, served as an editor of a literary magazine, and contributed as a freelance writer to Bay Weekly Magazine, writing on topics such as local arts, culture, and osprey research. Sarah has a certification in TESOL and has lived and taught in Ecuador. She also has several years of experience in marketing and social media outreach.