Meet the Editors

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Natasha Chopra, Co-founder + Media Editor

Natasha received her B.A. in Psychological Sciences from Ball State University in 2018. She is attending Herron School of Art + Design for an M.A. in Art Therapy, and hopes to become a licensed art therapist and mental health counselor upon graduation. Her work can be found in Genesis Magazine. When she isn’t writing, Natasha is likely watching some random sitcom or scrolling through twitter.

Twitter: @tmchopra


Matthew Scott Swain, Co-founder + Poetry Editor

Matthew received his B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Ball State University in 2018. He is currently attending graduate school at Butler University, working toward an M.F.A. in Poetry. Upon graduation, Matthew wants to become a professor of creative writing and a world-renowned kazooist. When Matthew isn’t writing, he’s either listening to a true crime podcast or talking about a true crime podcast.

Twitter: @coffeecuppoetry


Celina Timmerman, Art Editor

Celina is a photographer that received her BFA from Ball State University. She is currently a product photographer at Sweetwater Sound, as well runs a lifestyle photography business! She is also starting a podcast called The Bloom Effect! When she isn’t photographing or making collages, she enjoys listening to Kacey Musgraves and playing with her pig. 

Instagram: @celinanicoleart


Paige N Price, Creative Nonfiction Editor

Paige N Price is a creative nonfiction writer, small press publishing enthusiast, and dive bar frequenter in Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ball State University. Additionally, she served as the Lead Prose Editor for the Broken Plate from August 2017 to May 2018. Her written work can be found in the Broken Plate and L’Ephemere Review. She enjoys coffee, pop-punk music, and the Irish countryside.

Twitter: @nicoleyelyah


Charlie Cain, Fiction Editor

Charlie Cain is a writer, editor, storyteller, and musician living in Indianapolis. He graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in creative writing in December of 2018. He is passionate about community, local history, live music, baseball, and good sentences. Much of Charlie’s editorial work has focused on local communities, including: Keep Muncie Weird…And Whimsical!, and I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives 2018. His prose has been published in The Broken Plate.

Twitter: @EntropyLikeIDo


Maya Montague, Poetry Editor

Maya is a junior at Ball State University majoring in digital video production. They are an aspiring film editor who also dabbles in writing and directing. Their first short film, Above and Beyond, was released in December of 2018. In addition to shooting and editing videos, they also compete in slam poetry and are a two-time CUPSI competitor. Most recently, they released a chapbook titled Home is a Noun: An Exploration of People, Places, and Things, under the pen name M.C. Montague. In their spare time, they enjoy looking at birds and yoyoing.

Twitter: @msquared114


Abby Johnson, Poetry Editor

Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. Her micro-chapbook No Line Except is published through Ghost City Press in their Summer 2019 collection. She has individual pieces published in Turnpike Magazine, Josephine Quarterly, and Requited Journal.

Twitter + Instagram: @abbybutinspace