Volunteer Staff and Interns

Julie Ascarrunz, Course Adoption Intern

Julie Ascarrunz lives in Lafayette, Colorado and currently teaches Language Arts and Pedagogy at Centaurus High School where she also advises a feminist reading group. She is bilingual and has two Mas — in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity, and Creative Writing from The University of Colorado. She recently completed her MFA in Poetry through the low residency program at NYU. Julie is a member of The Gamuts, a longstanding workshop group in East Boulder County, sings with The Colorado Repertory Singers, and is training for her first ½ marathon. She lives with two cats, two dogs, and the ghost of a box turtle named Galapago. Her work has appeared in Main Street Rag, Calliope, Camroc Press Review, Niche, aaduna, and Streetlight Magazine.




John Darr, Course Adoption Intern 

John Darr is a poet, music critic and educator from Richmond, VA. He has work published and upcoming in SOFTBLOW, Virga, and Anti-Heroin Chic. He is currently an MFA candidate at Wichita State University where he teaches English Composition.




Ana Barbara Hernandez, Web Design Intern, Tupelo Quarterly

Ana Barbara Hernandez is a native of Abilene, TX, where she enjoys spending time with her family and shih tzu, Winnie. She is currently  working on her BA in marketing at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS and strives to obtain her MA in publishing one day. She is also a dedicated member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. and a campus organization called Phenomenal Women. Both organizations aim to strengthen women of color on a predominantly white campus, and encourage their members to pave the way for future generations.





Mariah Perkins, Course Adoption Intern 

Mariah Perkins is a poetry MFA candidate at Wichita State University where she is also the non-fiction editor of mojo/Mikrokosmos. Her work has appeared in Fugue, Crack the Spine, and can be heard on WYCE’s Electric Poetry.




Aaron Bristow-Rodriguez, Web Design Intern, Tupelo Quarterly

Aaron Bristow-Rodriguez was born in Wisconsin. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota. He is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at the Wichita State University and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Mikrokosmos.




Ian Thomas, Marketing Intern 

Since getting his MA in literature from the University of Tennessee, Ian Thomas has worked as a content writer and account manager for companies in Chicago’s growing tech scene. In his spare time, he enjoys following new book releases, playing music, and spending time with friends and family.