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Beth Beatrice Smith, Co-Editor-in chief, Fiction Editor
Beth Beatrice Smith is a full-time Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Community College.  She received her BA in English from Wesleyan University and her MFA in creative writing from The New School. She is a co-chair of the Creative Writing Program.

Sabrina Davis, Co-Editor-in-chief, Creative Non-Fiction Editor
Sabrina Davis joined the Nassau Community College English department in 2009.  She completed her BA in History from CUNY Baruch College, her MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University, and then a PhD in the American Studies Department at Saint Louis University. While her MA thesis is a piece of creative nonfiction entitled Microwavable Dinners, Professor Davis’s current creative interest is far removed from reality and is situated somewhere between science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. 

Christina M. Rau, Poetry Editor
Christina M. Rau is the author of the poetry collections Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She is a full-time Associate Professor in the NCC English Department where she also serves on the Creative Writing Program. When she’s not teaching or writing, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions.

Izolda Maksym, Layout Editor
Izolda Maksym is a full-time Associate Professor in the Art Department at Nassau Community College. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and a BFA in Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology. She works for numerous web and software design companies in New York City where she designs award winning web sites.

Tonia L. Payne, Proofreader
Tonia L. Payne is a professor in the NCC English department and assistant to the chair for evening supervision. Among her scholarly publications are “‘We Are Dirt: We Are Earth’: Ursula Le Guin and the Problem of Extra-Terrestrialism” and “How Do We See Green? Ursula K. Le Guin’s SF/Fantasy and the Environmental Paradigm Shift.” She has been writing creatively for many years and has taught fiction writing at NCC. Her poem “Prairie” was published in California Quarterly.

Randall Spinks, Proofreader
Randall Spinks, an Assistant Professor at NCC, received his PhD from the University of Houston. He teaches Rhetoric, Literature, and Literature and Film. He is co-editor of Frame and Focus: An Anthology for Investigative Reading, and he has published in The Texas Review and Radical Teacher among other journals.

Elizabeth Wheeler, Proofreader
Elizabeth Wheeler is a professor in the NCC English department which she joined in 1990. Coauthor of the McGraw-Hill Freshman reader, Complements, she did her undergraduate work at NYU and received a Masters and PhD in English and American Literature from Stony Brook University.

John Dermot Woods, Proofreader
John Dermot Woods, a professor in the NCC English department, is the author of the novel, The Baltimore Atrocities, recently published by Coffee House Press. He has also published Activities (Publishing Genius Press), a collection of comics, and the image-text novels The Complete Collection of People, Places, and Things, and in collaboration with J. A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Was Going To Disappear.

Nassau Review Advisory Board Members
Professor Barbara Barnard, Co-chair
Professor Mary Lannon, Co-chair
Professor Michael Niemczyk, Secretary
Professor Pramila Venkateswaran
Professor Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe

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