Laura Spence-Ash serves as Editor-at-Large for The Masters Review and writes a monthly blog series for Ploughshares on fiction responding to fiction. In May, she’ll be teaching at Grub Street’s Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, New England Review, The Scofield, Literary Hub and elsewhere. She serves as a reader for The Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and One Story. Currently working on a collection of linked stories and a novel, she has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Laura received her MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark in 2016 where she was a Presidential Fellow and taught freshman composition.
Magally Zelaya is a Salvadoran-Canadian writer and journalist who grew up in the prairie city of Winnipeg. Before joining the RU-N MFA program she spent three years traveling the world with her husband while reporting in print, radio, and video. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan UK, Al Jazeera America, & the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She’s worked as a television news writer and reporter at the CBC in Vancouver and won a 2012 grant from the International Development Research Centre to produce a documentary in Papua, New Guinea. She holds a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Drama from the University of Manitoba. Magally is at work on her first novel, which explores the intersection of identity, family, and culture through the lens of globalization.
Amy Dougher grew up in Harrison, New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and is currently employed by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her poetry focuses on family—her infinite source of inspiration, joy, and grief. Amy is grateful to the MFA community at Rutgers-Newark for another year of growth and healing.