Cheri Pray Earl graduated with her master’s degree in creative writing from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1995 and has taught creative writing and literature courses for the BYU Honors Program and the English Department for more than 28 years. She was awarded BYU Honors Professor of the Year in 2005, which she brags about every chance she gets. Cheri has also worked as the faculty adviser and managing editor of Insight, the BYU Honors Magazine, as a writing coach for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Saints history project, and as a writer for the Church of Jesus Christ Saints history project. She’s written freelance articles and essays for the Marriott Alumni Magazine, BYU Honors Writer’s Handbook, and Segullah among others, and is currently the faculty advisor for Inscape.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kath Richards received a bachelor’s degree in Technology Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2020 with a minor in creative writing. She is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction at BYU.
She loves vampires, all things romance, pizza, and other cheesy carb-based dishes.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Lisa Christensen is a second-year MFA student who writes fiction and nonfiction. Before coming to BYU, she worked as a journalist and freelance writer.
Dallin Hunt was born in Draper, Utah but mainly grew up in New Meadows, Idaho, a gorgeous town in the mountains with a population of around 600. He served a mission in Bangkok, Thailand from 2013-2015, then did a few years at BYU but ended up getting his undergraduate degree at Southern Virginia University (it’s absolutely lovely there).
He is now working on my MFA in creative writing. Fiction is his area of emphasis, and his thesis will be a modern gothic/thriller novel. He didn’t become an avid reader or writer until just a few years ago, but he gained a love of literature through reading the classics and is now diving into the world of contemporary fiction. He is a huge fan of mountains, snow, the beach, Beck (the musician), The White Stripes, playing the piano, movies, the color green, and art of all kinds.
Assistant Fiction Editor
Shayla Frandsen is a first year MFA student studying fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree from BYU in English with a minor in humanities, and an MA in English from The City University of New York. She wrote her master’s thesis on King Arthur, the Holy Grail, and the works of poets and authors immediately following WWI (she promises that they’re all connected). She is currently writing the 2nd book in a trilogy of YA dystopian novels.
When she’s not completely ignoring life because she’s in the middle of reading a good book, she’s either binge watching something on HBO or going for a long run (she’s run 3 marathons, but is pretty sure, probably, that she’ll never run a 4th). Shayla has written for the Association for Mormon Letters and BCC Press, and has presented at Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. She has two kids, a husband, and one last baby coming in November of 2020.
Thew Curtis is a 2nd year MFA studying poetry. He appreciates poetry in all its forms, believing, as John Ashbery says, “it is a question of distinguishing bad traditional art and bad avant-garde art from good traditional art and good avant-garde art.” He does have a soft side for the art of meter and rhyme and is currently writing a thesis of epistolary poetry written in heroic couplets. He’s always on the lookout for poetry that, as Dickinson says, “makes [his] whole body so cold no fire ever can warm [him].” He also enjoys drinking horchata, watching Jane the Virgin, and pretending to play the bongos.
Assistant Poetry Editor
Alexandra Malouf loves writing poetry and lyric essays. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from BYU and is now undertaking her MFA degree. In addition to editing with Inscape, Alexandra also works as the Special Projects Editor for the Victorian Short Fiction Project. She enjoys collecting bugs, listening to her husband read and folding paper art.
Inscape Staff are made up of an Editor-in-Chief, Lead Editors, Interns and Volunteers.
Lead Editor positions (Managing, Publicity, Design, Art, Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction) usually come after some experience with the journal and are picked by the respective Publisher of the given season.
Internships are offered during the Fall semester, and are open to BYU students through enrollment in ENGL 394R, a 3-credit course that includes instruction in publishing, editing, creative writing, and general professional development. Internships can also be giving through ELANG 351R, a 1 or 2 credit course for Editing and Publishing students.
Volunteers, during Fall and Winter semesters, are offered the same opportunities as interns, but without the obligations or rewards of college credit.