Meet The Editorial Staff

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Executive Board



Jennifer Snow is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing at Sonoma State University. She has been a member of the staff of American River Review, the award-winning literary magazine of American River College, since August of 2017, and has held the roles of Poetry Editor, Managing Fiction Editor, and Communications Director. She has also served on the staff of Zaum, the award-winning literary magazine of Sonoma State University, where she held the role of Poetry Editor. She has multiple works of poetry and creative non-fiction prose published in both magazines.

In addition to being Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transcend, Jennifer is currently the Assistant to the Editors for Ad Lumen Press and served as an intern for Cameron & Company from February–May 2019. With Transcend, Jennifer is hoping to bring more hidden voices into the open.

Hannah Orlando  CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Hannah Orlando has been local to the Sacramento area for longer than she remembers. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in earth science from CSU Sacramento in 2017. Soon after in 2017, she joined the staff of American River Review to serve terms as a Fiction Editor and Managing Fiction Editor. She is currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief and has held the position for nearly a year. Her experiences as an avid reader and writer throughout her life led her to a passion for sharing the stories and perspectives missing from her childhood. She wishes to accomplish this goal by publishing her own narrative and enabling other creators to share their voice by both an editor and as part of creating Transcend. Her own work appears in American River Review and she continues to actively submit to other magazines.



Stephanie Fintz was born and raised in NYC and recently graduated with a BA in English literature. While she has little experience in a formal literary setting, she has been editing her and her peers’ academic and creative work for about six years now.  As much as she enjoys the endless nuances of grammar, her greatest passion is in making up stories and putting those stories into words as best as she can. While she has been known to dabble in art and psychology, writing is the cornerstone of her life. She is an aspiring author and hopes to contribute to the diversifying and accessibility of the YA genre.


Eric Thompson Jr. is a California-native, born and raised in Sacramento. Originally, he wanted to tell stories through art and animation, but decided instead using words was the better route to follow. He is currently attending American River College for his AA in English, the first step in his journey towards earning a MFA in creative writing. He is a member of the staff of American River Review where he has worked as a Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Associate Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher. He believes his purpose as an editor is to help fine-tune a writer’s voice and to get their work out to the greater public.

His favorite genres to read include magical realism, historical fiction, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, and mystery. He writes prose (mostly short fiction) and, while wary of engaging in the art himself, he has a healthy respect for poetry as well as for poets. He plans to one day to write children’s books and young adult novels. He hopes his work will inspire young readers to create their own stories in any media, literature or otherwise, they choose.




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Allan Dodge

Trace Lee

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