Kelp Journal Team

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David M. Olsen​ (he/him) is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and poet. He is a graduate of Stanford’s OWC program in novel writing and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert. He is at work on a collection of linked short stories, a novel, and a chapbook. David is a former fiction editor at The Coachella Review and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Kelp Journal.  His work has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, The Rumpus, The Coachella Review, Close to the Bone, Scheherazade, and elsewhere. He resides on California's central coast where he surfs regularly.

Connect: Instagram: @davidmolsen,




A.E. Santana (she/her) is a Southern California native who grew up in a farming community surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. A lover of horror and fantasy, her works can be found in Latinx Screams, Demonic Carnival III, and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp Books, the true horror editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's Voice to Books. She is also the moderator for The Thing in the Labyrinth, a horror book club hosted by The Last Bookstore. A.E. Santana is a member of the Horror Writers Association, a board member of Full Circle Players in Riverside, California, and a founding playwright for East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. She has participated in several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror." She received her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Riverside's low-residency program. Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.

Connect:, Twitter and Instagram @foxflur


Managing Editor

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Photography Editor

AM Larks (she/her) writes fiction, nonfiction, children's literature, and drama. Her writing has appeared in Scoundrel TimeAssay: A Journal of Nonfiction StudiesFive on the FifthCharge Magazine, and the Zyzzyva and Ploughshares blogs. She has performed her stories at Lit Up at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California. She is the current photo/visual arts editor at Kelp Journal, a multimedia literary revue, and the former fiction editor at Please See Me literary magazine as well as the former blog editor of The Coachella Review.


AM Larks earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Juris Doctorate, and most recently a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University California Riverside Palm Desert's low residency program. She is a longtime patron of the arts and enjoys stories that capture the complexities of life on the page or screen.

Connect:, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


Chih Wang graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Palm Desert with a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also holds a certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego Extension. She served as Fiction Editor and Copyeditor at The Coachella Review and currently copyedits for Kelp Journal. She runs her own freelance copyediting business, CYW Editing, specializing in fiction. A San Diego native, she spends her free time working on her novel, a contemporary fantasy, or hanging in the air, practicing aerial silks and hammock.



Copy Editor


Maria Duarte is a poet and writer who received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert. She has published poems in Verdad Magazine from Long Beach City College and in the anthology The Good Grief Journal: A Journey Toward Healing. She is currently the poetry editor for Kelp Journal.

Connect: @AngieDuarte

Poetry Editor


Cymelle Leah Edwards (she/her) is a Pushcart Prize nominee from Flagstaff, AZ. She is the author of Coordinates (forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published in Elm Leaves Journal, Contra Viento, and Ghost City Review and has been honored with the Diana Gabaldon Creative Writing Award. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. Edwards also serves as a board member for the Northern Arizona Book Festival.

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Non-Fiction Editor

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Lindsay Jamieson published her first novel, Beautiful Girl, with Paperlantern Lit/The Studio (now Glasstown Entertainment), under pen name, Lida James. Jamieson has sold/optioned screenplays and was a contributing writer on Jed Weintraub’s feature film, THE F WORD. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in several online publications including her short story “Family Map,” in Kelp Journal. She received her MFA from UC Riverside and was the Fiction Editor of The Coachella Review.

Fiction Editor


Leanne Phillips (she/her) is a fiction editor for Kelp Journal. She is the books editor for GXRL and is a former multimedia editor, books editor, and copy editor for The Coachella Review. Leanne’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Kelp Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Rumpus. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (fiction) from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert. Leanne is a lifelong Californian. She makes her home on the Central Coast where she spends her time reading, writing, and beachcombing.

Connect: @leannebythesea

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Fiction Editor

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Megan Patiry, author of The Alice Effect, is a poet and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Her current work centers on the bridge between philosophy, psychology, and the natural sciences.

The Daily Wave Editor


Stephanie Schellerup is a writer and lifelong Californian. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Davis, where she also completed the Honors Program in Creative Writing. Her passion for storytelling has more recently drawn her into the world of screenwriting, and she currently serves as both a freelance story analyst and a screenwriting competition judge. While writing has always been her primary passion, she also loves a good detour, and so she additionally holds a master's degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.


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