mojo is the online literary journal of Wichita State University. We’re dedicated to the revolution of literary spaces—the breaking of conventions, the exploration of provocation, the inclusion of all voices. Established, emerging, or identities often marginalized by our society’s narrative—we want your work.

Bring on your off-the-wall, genre-mixing, mad-scientist-experimentation of the written word. Bring on your wildest imaginings of just how far you can push form, structure, the foundation of human moments and what it means to share them. Bring on your best. We don’t sacrifice quality for novelty. The best way to see what we’re interested in? Read our past issues.

As for the logistics:

We accept fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, published in the Fall and Spring. All selected work is considered for the annual edition of Mikrokosmos—our print journal that has published for over fifty years, featuring work from William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford, among others.

Now, give us something to read—we want to revolt. 


Co-Editor-in-Chief | Sydney Martin

Sydney Martin was born in Nebraska and received her BA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. She is a third-year MFA fiction candidate at Wichita State University. Along with good writing, Sydney enjoys free local events and trying new recipes to moderate success.

Co-Editor-in-Chief | Becca Yenser 

Becca Yenser is the author of the chapbook Too High and Too Blue in New Mexico (Dancing Girl Press 2018). Her fiction has appeared in Dostoyevsky WannabeCHEAP POPPom PomEntropy1001 Editors,Toasted Cheese, and elsewhere. She is a third-year fiction candidate in the MFA program at Wichita State University. This is where she tells you that she likes gardening and bicycling.

Fiction Editor | Austin Putty

Austin Putty is a second-year MFA fiction candidate who likes to write and read about sad people doing weird things. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from his hometown school, the University of Louisville, with minors in Creative Writing, Spanish, and Environmental Analysis. He’s heard every variation of Silly Putty-based nicknames over the years; his all-time favorites are “The Putter Ranger” and “HippoPuttamus.” 

Nonfiction Editor | Jonathon Pinkerton

Jon(athan) Pinkerton is a first year MA candidate and graduate teaching assistant. Locally sourced, he’s a born Wichitan who received his BA from WSU in 2013. What he lacks in reading and writing speed he matches in Que Será, Será  demeanor but compensates in work ethic. In his free time, he’s probably relaxing somewhere with friends, or playing with his puppy, or maybe just ignoring emails for a hot minute.

Poetry Editor & Art Director | Tyler Dillow

Tyler Dillow lives on Earth. He is a 2nd year MFA poetry candidate at Wichita State University. His work has been featured in X-RAY Magazine.

Undergraduate Assistant Editor | Caroline Erickson

Caroline Erickson is in her third year studying Creative Writing and Languages Arts Education at WSU. In 2018, she won first place in the Ventura County Writers Club Poetry Contest and received recognition as a runner-up for the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets. In 2017, she received a national silver medal from Scholastic Writing Awards for her senior writing portfolio. Her work is published in the anthologies Nuances and 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest (Vol. 27).

Undergraduate Editor (Fiction) | Ethan Balzer

Ethan Balzer is a double English major at Wichita State University. He’s been writing ever since he could pick up a pen, and hopes to one day make something that isn’t terrible. You can catch him wherever dogs can be pet under a stormy sky.

Undergraduate Editor (Poetry) | Amanda Abeywickrama

Amanda is a third year psychology student with minors in creative writing and sociology. Born and raised in the exquisite island of Sri Lanka, she is a poetry enthusiast and her goddess is Sylvia Plath. She can be easily bribed with puppies or pizza.

Undergraduate Editor (Nonfiction) | Connor Baxter 

Connor Baxter is an undergraduate with an AA from Cowley Community College. He was the head editor of the Mile Marker Review online journal, and was awarded the Humanities and Communication Department Top Student award. He is adept at late-night writing, and can talk for uncomfortable amounts of time about murder. 

Web Editor | Jamie Staggs

Jamie Staggs is a graphic designer with an interest in book design and production. She is from Buhler Kansas and is a senior at Wichita State University. She also enjoys playing the trumpet, drawing, swimming, rowing, and writing. 

Content Director | John Darr

John Darr is a poet, music producer and educator from Richmond, VA. He loves poetry with dense, musical language and emotional urgency. His work is most recently published in SOFTBLOW and Virga, and you can catch his flarfy micro-poems by following @lostlostdog on Instagram.C

Communication and Marketing Director | Emily Schaffer

Emily Schaffer is a Junior at WSU pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications (with a Journalism Emphasis). She is a lover and creator of visual art as well as written art. She spends her time honing her photography, art, graphic design, fiction, poetry, filmmaking, etc. She is an artist and a storyteller with many tools, and her three year-old daughter, Elisabeth, is her muse.

Special Project Manager | Dan Arndt

Dan Arndt is a third-year fiction MFA candidate at Wichita State University. Originally from Indianapolis, he has a degree in English from Indiana University, where he studied nonfiction under Alyce Miller. His favorite writers include Joseph Mitchell, Mary Roach, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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