Staff

EMMA SNYDER

CO-FOUNDER / MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Emma Snyder has a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.S. in Psychology, paired with a minor in Digital Studies. Almost every fiction and nonfiction piece she wrote for an undergrad assignment has been published, with seven of her publications currently circulating in little literary magazines around the world. Her favorite genres to write and read are psychological realism, anything Bildungsroman, speculative fiction, and stream of consciousness vibes. She created Tabula Rasa Review with her partner, Ross Christensen. This website, the brand itself, and overall aesthetic are her collective brainchildren.

ROSS CHRISTENSEN

CO-FOUNDER / MANAGING EDITOR

Ross Christensen has a B.A. in. Creative Writing, and has big plans to return to school and pursue a degree in Political Science and Public Policy, which the passions he holds outside of writing. He is fascinated by the surreal, fantastical, and nonfictional, either separately or combined. He happened to sit next to Emma Snyder in a nonfiction class, and the rest is history. Both he and Emma were on the masthead of Rappahannock Review during their undergraduate careers, and loved being involved with a literary journal. This ignited the conversations that led toward the creation of Tabula Rasa Review, for which Ross has taken the position of Managing Editor for the second issue.

GRETEL VALDES

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Gretel Valdes is a Las Vegas local with a passion for poetry and an undying appreciation for the catharsis the writing world has brought to her. This year, she joined the Tabula Rasa Review team in hopes of garnering new experiences in the editing world, as well as working alongside a team of editors who equally find excitement in writing. Gretel was both a co-editor and head editor of her alma mater’s literary magazine, Camas, from 2018-2020 and the assistant editor for the High Desert Journal’s creative nonfiction section in 2019. Aside from that, she has also led various poetry nights for her college, has been submitting relentlessly to literary journals across the country, and is in the process of pursuing writing out here in her glittering desert oasis. 

KENDALL WACK

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Kendall (she/they) is a Chicago-based, queer, neurodivergent writer and editor with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She has joined the editorial team at Tabula Rasa Review because she believes the written word is one of the most powerful ways for likeminded people to connect, and she aspires to use her voice to break down taboo and the barriers they create. They were previously Editor-in-Chief at Diminuendo Literary & Arts Magazine and a managing editor at cafĂ© au lait magazine. Currently, they edit and write for Radical In Progress, a social justice organization dedicated to making activism and its tools more accessible, and The Madwoman Collective, an art collective seeking to provide a feminist perspective on politics, philosophy, art, and culture. Find her on Instagram at @hopelesspoetesse.

STEPHANIE STEPHAN

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Stephanie Stephan is a red haired writer in love with bone china and bone chilling tales. Three of her stories were selected for the first issue of Tabula Rasa Review, and she is thrilled to be returning as an editor for Issue 2. After receiving an M.A. in English in 2017, she worked as an editor and literary coach, providing creative guidance and critical feedback to both new and experienced writers. Her fiction has appeared in Second Chance Lit, Breadcrumbs, and Fright Girl Summer. In 2021, her story about galactic lollipops was nominated for Best of the Net. Visit her on Instagram @stephanie.stephan.writes or at stephanie-stephan.com.

DIVISHA CHAUDHRY

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Divisha (she/her) is a South Asian woman, currently pursuing a B.A. in English Research from India. She identifies as grey-ace and advocates for intersectional environmentalism. Her writings have been published across various zines/journals/presses, including Livewire.in, Tabula Rasa Review, Eclipse Magazine, The Alipore Post,The Phosphene, The Horizon Magazine, The Woman Inc., Verse of silence, and The Pile Press, among others. She has worked as a proofreader for The Freewheeler Magazine and as a content writer for an Indian NGO that deals with topics relating to human welfare. Currently, she is a staff writer for The Phosphene Magazine, which represents the South Asian Dalit and Queer communities, and a researcher for Fridays For Future movement, Delhi.