Erin Lewis

Editor in Chief

After hanging up the soccer boots and lacrosse stick, Erin Lewis finally discovered a new category of life outside of athletics. She began writing as an undergraduate as a Creative Writing and International Relations double major at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She moved to Mount Pleasant where she is currently working on an M.A. in Creative Writing. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant for The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and as a Prep Cook at the Olive Garden, specializing in making soups and sauces. She hopes to get a college-level teaching position in order to attain the necessary funds to travel and improve her golf game.




Regan Schaeffer

Managing Editor

Regan Schaeffer has an MA in Composition from Central Michigan University and works as an assistant editor at One Wet Shoe Publishing. She is currently pursuing a second Masters in Humanities at CMU.




Gabriel Hutchenson

Fiction Editor

Gabriel Hutchenson studies English at CMU and is a fiction editor for Temenos. He will graduate in May 2014 with a Masters in Creative Writing. He is not a pony. He is not a cow. He is a man. Please now let us all remember that.




Jason Harvey

Poetry Editor

Jason A. Harvey Harvey is a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University studying English Language & Literature with a concentration in literary theory—namely, object-oriented ontology and speculative realism. He is an avid reader and writer and greatly admires the work of John Steinbeck. Edgar Allan Poe, Salman Rushdie and Hermann Hesse. In his free time, Jason writes and performs music; he also golfs poorly by with great enthusiasm. When he grows up, he wants to be younger than he is presently.




Deepa Shakya

Non-Fiction Editor/Poetry

Deepa Shakya is a second year student in the MA program in English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University, which will be her second Masters Degree in her second language. She is a graduate assistant at the Writing Center at CMU and staff editor for Temenos. She likes to read, and she loves poetry.




Jenelle Dembsey

Copy Editor

Jenelle Dembsey earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Writing/Rhetoric from Oakland University and spent two years working as a writing and grammar consultant at the Oakland University Writing Center. She is currently pursuing a master’s in Composition and Communication, working as a graduate assistant and the Online Coordinator at the Central Michigan University Writing Center. She has a (potentially unhealthy) understanding of grammar and loves editing and diagramming sentences. She also has an obsession with the history of the Titanic and has walked on three life-size replicas of the Grand Staircase.




Elizabeth Bauer

Copy Editor

Elizabeth Podufaly Bauer is an ardent reader, compulsive baker, and unforgiving Catan player. She loves camping along Lake Michigan and hiking through national forests. She is also a fan of her husband and their four cats. She has held a number of diverse positions, including composition instructor, dog walker, freelance editor and researcher, ballet assistant, public relations writer, shoe saleswoman, writing consultant, oboe teacher, and Dairy Queen Blizzard lady. She studied mathematics and creative writing at Alma College, where she won a 2008 Ronald O. Kapp Honors Prize for her collection of prose and poetry. She earned an M.A. from Central Michigan University in English Language and Literature with an emphasis in twentieth-century inter-American literature. She received a 2013 Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis/Plan B Award for her work on Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares.




Jeffrey Bean

Faculty Advisor

Jeffrey Bean was raised in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently, he lives with his wife Jessica and daughter Olivia in Mount Pleasant, MI, where he is an associate professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. His first full length collection, Diminished Fifth, was published by David Robert Books in 2009, and his chapbook manuscript, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, won the 2013 Vern Cowles/Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Prize and will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in May 2014. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and in Garrison Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems, American Places. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in the journals FIELD, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, and River Styx, among others.




Former Staff

Paul Anderson 2011-2012
Benjamin Lambright 2011-2012
Brian McKenna 2011-2012
Josh Crummer Fall 2012
Kyle Eveleth 2011-2012
Sarah Goldbort Fall 2011
Elyse Nelmark Fall 2011