me SWOOZEY DOYLE is the assistant editor for El Portal. She was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where she was an active member of the English Expo team for Carlsbad High School for four years and developed a love for writing. She is currently a junior at ENMU studying English and Journalism. A genuine love for reading and writing is what drives her toward her future ambitions to become a publisher and hopefully write a few novels of her own.

WesleyProfilePhotoWESLEY MARTIN is a staff writer for El Portal. Despite a promising career as a sandwich artist ahead of him, Wesley Martin is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at ENMU with the intent to write fiction professionally. Following a lifelong fascination with serialized stories and absurdist humor, Wesley is currently working on a fantasy comedy web novel.

MICHAEL JAMES RIZZA (Ph.D. in American Literature) is the faculty advisor for El Portal. He is the author of the award-winning novel Cartilage and Skin (2013) and a scholarly monograph The Topographical Imagination of Jameson, Baudrillard, and Foucault (2015). He is currently at work on a novel called Heirs to the Dead Author and a study of postmodern masculinity in the works of DeLillo, Auster, and others. He may be contacted at

El Portal is looking for volunteers. All volunteers must be either undergraduate or graduate students at Eastern New Mexico University. If this interests you, please feel free to contact the editor at