Our Staff

EricaMcCayNov2017Erica McCay (Editor-in-Chief) is a writer, designer, and self-proclaimed cookie enthusiast. Originally from northern California, she now enjoys the tropical Florida sunshine while she designs and produces new theme park experiences for Universal Creative and pursues her MFA in Creative Writing from Stetson.

Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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Nikki Fragala Barnes (Poetry Editor & Events Director) is a poet-artist exploring experimental forms and media. She finds spaces and intersections most meaningful when mixing genres. Born in Miami, she’s now raising a family in Winter Park, FL, and traveling as much as possible. B.A.+ M.Ed. from UF, M.F.A. in progress from Stetson — she collaborates with artists and writers in Orlando and beyond. Black coffee, dark chocolate, old soul.

You can connect with her on Facebook or through her website.

19576415_10207591190616745_1420309308_nJacklyn Gion (Prose Editor), an Ormond Beach native, has returned to Stetson after graduating with her B.A. in English. After a few years of teaching English at her alumni high school, she currently finds herself as a new mother, project contributor to O, Miami’s Poetry Fesitval, soccer and tennis coach, and, as always, beach aficionado.

You can explore with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or her blog.

NinaHeadshotNina Michelle Siso (Assistant to Prose Editor & Blog Editor) is a born and raised Georgia peach. She received her BA in Theatre from Brenau University, and is currently pursuing her MFA from Stetson. She enjoys exploring video poetry and representing women’s issues in her art. You can see her work in Z Publishing’s anthology: Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets.

Connect with Nina on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

Carley Fockler (Art Editor)

Shelby Smotherman (Art Editor & The Sound Project) is a Florida native, working and creating in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Eckerd College. In addition to being a working artist, she works in theatre and entertainment as a technician and scenic artist. Her day job greatly informs her writing and visual art. Shelby is a poet and a visual artist who works with tactile processes and those that allow erasure. Her work speaks to truth, intimacy, the human body, and coping mechanisms, with a heavy dose of dark humor and focus on ephemerality.

Tony Pizzo (The Sound Project) is a digital internet artist. His primary work focuses on generating audio representations of experiences that do not exist sonically in order to provide a voice for neurological disorders or narrative concepts. He’s recently come to the conclusion that everybody has something, and that’s pretty neat.

Mascotas (Alumni Editors)

Founding Editor-in-Chief (Issues 1+2)


Rebecca Renner is a freelance writer, novelist, and high school creative writing teacher. She is a seventh generation Floridian. She grew up in Port Orange and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Stetson University. She currently attends Stetson’s MFA of the Americas, where she studies fiction writing. Obra/Artifact is the offspring of a hair-brained idea she and Lucianna Chixaro Ramos had after looking at Baroque art in a Mexican church.

Connect with Rebecca on social media: Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and her blog [Photo © 2017 Cyriaco Lopes]

Founding Poetry Editor (Issues 1+2), Editor-in-Chief (Issues 3+4)


Lucianna Chixaro Ramos is a Brazilian born and Florida raised poet. She enjoys living in a multilingual universe and answering her toddler’s questions about how the world works. You can find her work in the journals New South and Otoliths

Feel free to connect with her on Facebook or check out her website here. [Photo © 2017 Cyriaco Lopes]

Founding Prose Editor (Issues 1+2+3)


Jared Alan Smith is an ESE English Instructor and independent photographer based out of Tampa, Florida. He is the founding prose editor of Obra/Artifact, and his work can be found at Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas, The Common, Hinchas de Poesia, and elsewhere.

For a complete list of publications, visit his website. [Photo © 2017 Pablo Vindel Moruno]

Past Readers: 

Issue 4: Savannah Kater, Lindsay Marsh, Kelsey Theil Miller