Meet our team!

Audra Bagwell

Head Editor

Originally from Portales, New Mexico, Audra is an MA English student at ENMU. She can also be found working in the Writing Center as a tutor. Audra enjoys writing in all genres, primarily focusing on fiction and poetry. After finishing her education, Audra plans to pursue a career in the writing field.

Cody Wilhelm

Assistant Editor

Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Cody is a current graduate student at ENMU and is about to finish his first year in the program. He has previously been published in several issues of El Portal and has been featured as monthly web feature on the El Portal website. After he graduates, he wants to move back to Lubbock with his soon-to-be wife and potentially work in editing/publishing or as an instructor of English.

Tenika Heidelberg

Assistant Editor/Web Designer

From Trinidad Colorado, Tenika Heidelberg is a MA English student at ENMU. Apart from classes, Tenika can be found working at the writing center, listening to music or playing with her two cats, Telemachus and Calypso. Though Tenika enjoys all forms of literature, poetry is her favorite. Tenika plans to continue growing as an educator whilst she pursues a Ph.d in rhetoric and composition.

Graphic Designer

Megan Arlett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English

Megan J. Arlett has an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University where she was the creative nonfiction editor at Gulf Stream Literary Magazine and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. The recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2019Best New British and Irish PoetsThe Kenyon ReviewNinth LetterPassages NorthPrairie SchoonerThird Coast, and The Sun, among others. Her first book of poetry, The Garden Party, has been named a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize, and a semifinalist for the Philip Levine Prize, the Brittingham & Pollack Prizes, and the Pamet River Prize. She is at work on a second poetry manuscript titled Louisiana Saturday Nights and a collection of essays called Preliminary Theories.

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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