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.

Alexandria Crowson

Assistant Editor

Originally from Winslow, Arizona, Alexandria is pursuing a Master’s in English at ENMU. She loves to travel but spends her days helping students find their unique voice at the ENMU Writing Center, and she advocates for residents as a Hall Director for ENMU.

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. 

Van Mawi Thang

Graphic Designer

Originally hailing from Myanmar (Burma) Chin state, Van has been in the United States with his family for almost five years. He is entering his third year at ENMU as a Fine Arts major with double emphasis in Visual Art and Graphic Design. Upon graduating, he hopes to reurn to Chin state and do volunteer work for and continue helping the low-income villagers and orphaned children.

Michael Rizza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Michael James Rizza, is the author of the award-winning novel Cartilage and Skin (2013) and a monograph The Topographical Imagination of Jameson, Baudrillard, and Foucault (2015). He has published academic articles on Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, Harold Frederic, Adrienne Rich, and Hamlin Garland. His short fiction has appeared in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Switchback, and Curbside Splendor. He has won various awards for his writing, including a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. He is currently at work on a novel called Heirs to the Dead Author and a book-length study of postmodern masculinity in the works of DeLillo, Auster, and others.

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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