Our Staff

EricaMcCayNov2017Erica McCay (Editor-in-Chief + Graphic Designer) 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 (Editor-in-Chief + Art Events Director) is a experimental poet-artist. Born in Miami, now in Winter Park, FL, and traveling as much as possible. B.A.+ M.Ed. from UF, completing her MFA in Poetry in the Expanded Field with Stetson University. Barnes collaborates with artists and writers in Orlando and beyond. Black coffee, dark chocolate, old soul.

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

NinaHeadshotNina Michelle Siso (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.

Tony Pizzo (Poetry Editor + 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.

Savannah Kater (Social Media Editor) is a New England native who currently resides in Port Orange, Florida. She received her Master’s in English at Stetson University and is an M.F.A candidate in Poetry and Creative Writing in Stetson’ new MFA of the Americas program with a specialization in war poetry. Throughout her Master’s and current M.F.A, she has been working a project that repurposes her father’s Vietnam War journals into erasure poems, Instagram posts, multi-media art, chapbooks and even rotating interactive word walls. Her goals are to interrupt everyday space and timelines with reminders of war in a way this is simultaneously intrusive and inviting. Savannah’s work is an attempt to start and participate in a necessary conversation about veterans, war, and the repercussions of war on family and home life.

You can read more about her work on our blog here, and follow one of her projects on Instagrams at SixDegreesOfMyFather.

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.

Carley Fockler (Assistant to Art Editor)

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]

Jacklyn Gion (Prose Editor, Issues 4 + 5)

Jacklyn Gion, 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.


Issue 6: Dana Byerwalter, Shameka Cunningham, Sammie Harris

Dana Byerwalter is a writer from Chicago. She received her BA in Creative Writing the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and works in digital publishing. Her goal is to write joyful stories with a bit of horror. She is a Prose candidate with the MFA of the Americas, thinks oranges are a good sign, and enjoys playing the piano.

Connect with her on Goodreads and Instagram.

Issue 5: Carley Fockler, Jennifer Paccione, Emmy Kirk

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