About LandLocked

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LandLocked Magazine is an online literary magazine that considers what it means to explore an unnavigable place and represents our Kansas boundary lines along with those lines we cross in writing. LandLocked seeks writing that is innovative, that pushes beyond the dense thicket of the unexplorable. We accept all genres―speculative, realistic, and those hybrid bodies of works yet to be named. We want new voices, experienced voices, and everything in between. Send us your weird, your reality, your resistance.

LandLocked Magazine is a reinvention of Beecher’s Magazine. For eight years, Beecher’s served as a sign of rebellion in title, a nod to the abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher who claimed that, “There was more moral power in a Sharps rifle than there was in the Bible.” Following his speech, the Sharps rifle quickly became known as a ‘Beecher’s Bible.’

While at the time of Beecher’s founding this name reflected the spirit of militant anti-racism, now we want to distance ourselves and our magazine from the unintended associations with American gun culture. Our literary magazine still celebrates rebels, but instead of taking up arms we are taking up rebellious writings.

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Editor-in-Chief: Alex Crayon

Alex Crayon (he/him) is a second-year Creative Writing Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas. A fiction writer by trade, his creative work explores family, addiction, religion, and exile through fantastical and slipstream genres. His scholarly interests include writing center pedagogy and inter-center transfer, contemporary speculative fiction, modern mythological retellings, and social fiction. In addition to working on LandLocked, he serves as Interim Fiction Editor for the KU English Department’s literary magazine CottonwoodHe drinks too much tea and he loves his dog Percy.

Managing Editor, Webmaster: Madeleine Bonnallie

Madeleine Bonnallie is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literature and Literary Theory and a Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies. Her research and teaching interests include ecocriticism, horror literature and film, gothic literature, and ecohorror. Previously, she attended Drake University where she received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

In addition to her roles as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English department and a Graduate Assistant for IDRH, she is also the Managing Editor and Webmaster for KU’s graduate-run literary magazine LandLocked. 

Fiction Editor, Design & Art Editor: Jarod Valencia-Cheng

Jarod Valencia-Cheng, They/Them/Elle, is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Fiction), as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of Kansas in Fall 2023.

They focus primarily in marginalized narratives, empathetic and inclusive creative writing pedagogy, and incorporating mixed media into writing as an artistic practice. Other areas of study that they are interested in are social justice in higher education, disability and accessibility, queer studies, photography/visual media, and others.

Their pursuits are fueled by the hope of a multifaceted career in writing stories based in the intersectionality of marginalized identities, as well as educating the next young writers through evolving practices in creative writing pedagogy in postsecondary education.

Poetry Editor: Christian Holt

Christian Holt is a third-year graduate student in the English MA program at the University of Kansas. He is currently writing his thesis and teaching two sections of English 203: Science Fiction as Social Commentary. In his undergraduate program, he was the secretary for the Alabama Student Association for Poetry. He was a regular reader at ASAP events and has remained an avid poetry writer, reader, and critic. Some might say a poet, but Christian tends to avoid the label.

Assistant Poetry Editor: Chrissy Graben

Chrissy Graben is pursuing an M.A. in Literature and Literary Theory. Her research interests include science and technology studies, medical humanities, ecocriticism, and poetry, especially as they understand the human and the body. Originally from Florida, Chrissy is newly landlocked and excited to be a part of the magazine and the Midwest.

Nonfiction Editor: Carolina Ayala

Carolina Ayala is a Mexican artist, recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. They are currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Kansas with plans to furthering their education while teaching creative writing. At the mercy of their compulsion to live in the junction of journalism and creative nonfiction and poetry, Carolina burrows into memory as proof of life. Their written work can be found in Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Equatorial Magazine, The Gen Z Times, and elsewhere.