David L. White

david-l-white-headshotDavid L. White has been teaching high school English and history since 1998. He currently teaches creative writing in Tempe, Arizona. His poetry has previously appeared in THRUSH Poetry Journal, Salamander, The Briar Cliff Review, Potomac Review, Cider Press Review, PRISM international, Paper Nautilus, Southwestern American Literature, Blue Monday Review, and elsewhere.



Rosie Gailor


Rosie Gailor is a writer and editor based in London. She’s had her fiction writing featured in Anomaly Lit, Noble/Gas Qtrlyand Riding Light Reviewamongst others. Her evenings are usually spent with hoardes of Roald Dahl short stories and Tennessee Williams plays. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @rosiebmg – and her biggest claim to fame is that if you Google her, she’s the only Rosie Gailor to exist.


Anthony Huang

anthonyAnthony Huang is a student currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Psychology at the University of Arizona, where he interned at the Sonora Review. Anthony’s work has appeared in New York Dreaming.


Adam Lozier

10672337_671887886263687_4773944502732036593_nAdam Lozier grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. As a high school student at Desert Vista, his poetry was published in SHANTIH‘s predecessor, What The Thunder Said. He is a graduate of Willamette University, in Oregon, where he studied Economics, History, and Jazz Performance. A saxophonist and editor who has worked in France and New York, Adam’s sensibilities are informed by his varied studies and interests.

Troy Pieper

12734243_10208199026996055_2228430876420615055_nTroy Pieper attended SAIC for his MFA in New Arts Journalism. Currently he writes for a few magazines in Chicago. He has previously worked as a copy writer for Schawk! and Enova International and was the managing editor of F Newsmagazine from 2013-2015.




Frederick Eschrich

15497752_10209771799184550_1558870850_nFrederick Eschrich is a Chicago-based designer, artist, and educator who specializes in publication design, artist books, and community-centered projects. He received his BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Arizona and his MFA in Visual Communication Design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.



Layout Artist

Amber Cole

untitledOriginally from Anaheim, California, Amber moved to Arizona the summer before she started high school where she took Creative Writing. Amber became the layout editor for What the Thunder Said in Fall of 2014.





Esemel Aeryne


Esemel Valles is currently studying Environmental Sciences at the University of California Irvine. Writing across genres since the age of 9, Esemel is currently an active member of UCI’s spoken word poetry club. Her work has been published in tny.press.



Audrey Guo


Audrey Guo is a PhD student in Economics at Stanford University, where her research focuses on social insurance programs. She is an avid traveler and photographer, and in her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and drawing.



Fredah Horani  

fredah1Fredah Horani spent most of her childhood with a book in hand. In addition to her love of literature, she has been fortunate to have visited 20 countries, including her family’s home country of Syria. She is passionate about bringing an end to the Syrian crisis and works with the organization “Carry the Future” to provide assistance to refugees. In her professional life she works in the medical field as a surgical coordinator.  She obtained a Bachelor’s in Physiology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Her current residence is Ashburn, VA, where she lives with her husband, 10 month old son, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Megan Lynde


Megan Lynde is a junior at Arizona State University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Film and Media Production. Her work has previously appeared in Bicycle Review. When she isn’t submerged in SHANTIH submissions, you can usually find her hiking on a mountain somewhere or drinking green tea and watching Naked and Afraid.



Malori Maeva

mallory-headshotMalori Maeva works as a florist and small business coach. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in marketing, Malori decided to start her own business, Hoot & Holler, to pursue a more creative career path. An avid reader, writer, and designer, Malori integrates professional expertise with a creative aesthetic.



Eva Marino

eva-headshotWith multiple fine art awards under her belt, Eva Marino’s fiction has been published in the rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, and her 10 minute play was honored by the Jr. Playwright contest of 2015. Eva is currently a Junior at Northern Arizona University, studying graphic design, studio arts, and Spanish.

Eric Susak

masthead-susak-2After earning his MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in nonfiction, Eric Susak stayed in Flagstaff, AZ to teach middle school English at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. He spends too much money on tea while writing his first novel. His essays have appeared in DIAGRAM and Arts & LettersEric is also an accomplished Cyr wheel artist, performing regularly with Circus Bacchus.


Alyssa Vollaro

image-2Alyssa Vollaro received her MS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she lives with her cat, Duke. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Chemistry, but has always held literature close to her heart. A lifelong (if casual) poet, Alyssa is proud to be a part of SHANTIH Journal.



Callie Waite

fb_img_1476922136241-1Callie Waite is an aspiring poet and smoothie enthusiast. She spends most of her time writing, eating ethnic foods, and making memories with close friends. She has two cats named after characters in Dune and she recites movies as a hobby. She loves the color green and enjoys romantic walks to her fridge at odd hours of the morning. She is also an accomplished slam poet and performs in various venues around the Tempe / Phoenix scene.

Lauren Zack


Lauren Zack  is currently a J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School.  She has interned with Planned Parenthood, NYCLU, and the Orleans Public Defenders. Lauren received a B.A. in Creative Writing (fiction concentration) from Arizona State University in 2014. In her personal time, she continues to read and write fiction, and she challenges herself to bring narrative, clarity, and creativity to her legal writing and advocacy work



Auxiliary Readers

Rebecca De Carlo                                                       

Carolien Schieke Ibarra

Hunter Routt                                     

Maegan Smith

Anny Wu