Meet our team!

Tiara Bollig

Head Editor

Originally hailing from Kansas, Tiara is pursing her MA in English at ENMU. She has has publications in both poetry and short fiction which can be found in Lines from the Middle of Nowhere 2018 & 2019, and in The Kansas Anthology of Emerging Poets 2019. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in publishing as an editor or in non-profits as a grant writer.

David Lerner

Assistant Editor

David Lerner is a writer and musician originally from Montclair, NJ, and now living in Arroyo Hondo, NM. He has contributed articles on music and Southwest culture for The Taos News, Aquarium Drunkard, and other publications. With wife and songwriting partner Anne Cunningham, David formed the country-rock duo Trummors in 2012. The band recently released their fourth LP, titled Dropout City, and their songs have appeared in numerous films and television shows such as The Affair and Nashville. Currently, David is pursuing his MA in English at ENMU, where his interests include Western and regional U.S. literature and critical theory. He can also be found working at the Writing Center. After finishing his degree, David plans to continue teaching, writing, and playing music. 

Audra Bagwell

Assistant Editor

Audra is originally from Portales, New Mexico, and decided to remain in her hometown to pursue a degree in English. She is currently in her last year at ENMU and can be found working in Special Collections at the Golden Student Success Center, also known as the ENMU Library. After graduating, Audra plans to pursue an MFA in Creative writing. 

Kaytie Johnson

Graphic Designer

Originally hailing from Andrews, Texas, Kaytie chose to pursue a degree in graphic design at ENMU. She is currently in her third year. After graduating, Kaytie hopes to become an illustrator for novels of all kinds.

Lindsay Tigue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English

Lindsay Tigue is the author of System of Ghosts, which was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for Julie Suk Award, and was a finalist for both the Foreword INDIES Book Award and the Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for a book by a debut author. She writes poetry and fiction and her work appears in Prairie SchoonerBlackbird, Verse DailyPoetry DailyRattlediodeIndiana Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other journals. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a James Merrill fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, and a former assistant to the editors at the Georgia Review. She is a graduate of both the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and the PhD program in English/Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

2 thoughts on “Meet our team!”

  1. Hi El Portal staff. I have tried several times to leave notes with you guys, but every message bounced. So, maybe this note will reach someone on the staff. If it does, could you please let me know that you received it? I wanted to withdraw “Everything We Fear,” which was accepted by another journal. Thank you, John Dorroh.


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