Meet the Editors

The managing editors of the Southern California Review are the coolest kids on the block. Graduates and honorary members of USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, they are masters of many genres and have worked hard to give the Southern California Review a second life in the world of independent literary publishing.

Each managing editor is involved in the reading, selection, and publishing of the Southern California Review. Each year, a new group of section editors are chosen from the managing editor’s pool to lend their voice and vision to each unique theme and issue.

Each managing editor also takes a turn running and reading for our monthly SoCal Flash competition.

Without further ado, our managing editors:


JessicaJessica June Rowe

Jessica June Rowe is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Review and former Fiction Editor for Vol. VIII. She is a Playground-LA playwright and has had five short plays staged at the Zephyr Theater in LA. To pay the bills she works in content marketing; her articles and infographics have been featured on sites like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Moz. She really loves chai lattes. Find out why by following her on Twitter @willwrite4chai.


BriannaBrianna Smyk

Brianna J.L. Smyk is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Review and the former Nonfiction Editor (Vol. VIII) and Associate Editor (Vol. VII). She will complete her Master of Professional Writing (MPW/MFA) degree in 2015, for which she is working on a young adult novel and a historical fiction novel. Brianna is an aspiring Renaissance woman. In addition to her involvement in SCR and MPW, she holds a master’s in art history, works in art institutions across the country, teaches yoga, and is an avid writer, reader, and lover of fiction and nonfiction. Find out more about Brianna on Twitter: @briannasmyk


MellindaMellinda Hensley

Mellinda Hensley is the Fiction Editor of the Southern California Review and a former Co-Editor. Originally from Indiana, her work has appeared in journals such as, The Boiler Review, The Review Review, The Ohio River Review, LA Magazine, and others. When she’s not eating ramen or binge-watching Bob’s Burgers….wait, no, that’s pretty much it.


ChanningChanning Sargent

Channing Sargent is the Nonfiction Editor of the Southern California Reivew. She hails from the magical land of Salt Lake City, Utah. She holds a B.F.A. in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree in creative writing from USC’s Master of Professional Writing program. Her writing can be seen in LA Weekly, LA Magazine and LA Downtown News.


SarahSarah Smith Narhi

Sarah Smith Narhi is the Poetry Editor of the Southern California Review. Sarah earned dual degrees in literature/writing and Italian studies from UC San Diego and a Master of Professional Writing degree with an emphasis in fiction from the University of Southern California. She enjoys reading, writing, math and traveling.


LaurenLauren Gorski

Lauren Gorski is the Stage & Screen Editor of the Southern California Review and was Co-Editor-in-Chief for Vol. VIII. She earned her Master of Professional Writing with emphasis in stage and screen from USC. Her work has appeared in Underground Voices,  Jersey Devil Press, and elsewhere. She freelances as a script reader, essay editor, and taco connoisseur.


RebeccaRebecca Luxton

Rebecca Luxton worked on the Southern California Review while completing her Master of Professional Writing at USC. Now, she’s an experienced journalist who currently works in publishing. Rebecca lives with her cat, Khet, who will definitely be famous soon. Follow her on Twitter @guysimherenow for a sneak peek at upcoming projects.


AbbiAbigail Mitchell

Abigail Mitchell is a British writer who holds a BA Hons. (Cantab) in History from Cambridge and an MPW from USC. She was the grand prize winner of Canada International Film Festival’s 2015 screenplay contest, and her writing–fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction–can be found at Unbroken Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, The Butter, and more. Abigail likes ice hockey, intersectional feminism, and living in places where it rains. She tweets as @_abbimitchell.


LauraLaura Rensing

Laura Rensing is a writer and performer who occasionally has difficulty distinguishing fact from her pet fire-breathing dragon. A UC Irvine graduate with dual degrees in drama and comparative literature, Laura has spent her time after college delving into the Southern California publishing community by working at a literary agency, an independent poetry press, and an academic publishing company.


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