Meet the Spring 2022 Editors!

Meet the Spring 2022 Editors!

Hello everyone! The Spring 2022 issue of Sheepshead Review is on its way! Our staff are all working diligently to put this wonderful issue together for you. We can not wait for you to read our journal! In the meantime, we would love to introduce you to some of our brilliant staff. Each editor was asked to share a bit about their experience with Sheepshead and their favorite thing about the spring season!


“My name is Jou Lee Yang, and my pronouns are she/her. I am the Editor-in-Chief for Sheepshead Review. I was previously the Managing Editor over the summer and fall of 2021 and worked as the assistant managing editor and part of the community outreach during Spring 2021. My first time working on Sheepshead, I was part of the Fiction staff, and it has become quite a memory for me. This class definitely helped me pull through a completely online semester, creating this unique bond between us based on the discussion and pieces we had. One of my favorite things about spring is spring break. I’m really close with one of my aunts, and we’ve created a tradition to try doing a trip during spring break with my younger sister. These trips have always been chaotic and stressful, but there are so many great memories with them, too, that I look back at them fondly. One memory I have that always makes me laugh is that we went to California for one trip and went out to see the sunset. We got too hungry and ended up watching the sun set from a Subway. By the time we went down to a pier to go further out, the sun had already gone down. We ended up just enjoying the ocean breeze. My aunt spit into the wind, however, wanting to see how strong the wind actually was. It ended up shooting back and landing on the face of my sister. I remember we all ended up clutching out bellies, laughing. Spring always makes me remember these trips and the memories I shared with my family.” 

Managing Editor 

“Hi! My name is Lydia Downey, and my pronouns are she/they. I am the Managing Editor for the Spring 2022 issue of Sheepshead Review. This is my third time being part of the journal. I started my journey with Sheepshead Review being part of the poetry section, and then my junior year, I was the nonfiction editor and social media coordinator. As a senior graduating this spring, I am excited to be a managing editor. In honor of our new theme this year, one of my favorite things about spring is the rainy weather. Spring can be truly refreshing to witness after the continuous cold months in Wisconsin. I hope that everyone enjoys our new issue coming out soon!” 

Visual Arts Editor 

“My name is Taylor Salm, and my pronouns are she/her. I am a Design Arts major, so visual arts is definitely something that I am very passionate about. This year, I am the genre editor for Visual Arts! This is my second year working with Sheepshead Review. My first year I worked with the journal was for the Summer edition that was completely virtual! I was on the Visual Arts staff as well that year, but now this year, I am the genre editor! It was a fun experience but also very challenging trying to communicate with everyone because of our varying summer schedules. But we made it work and the journal turned out great! I am excited to work on the journal again this year as the Visual Arts genre editor. I have a great staff which makes the experience even better!” 

Fiction Editor 

“My name is Jair Zeuske, and my pronouns are he/him. I am the Fiction Editor. I was on Fiction Staff last semester which was my first semester as a part of the review, but now I’m in charge of the Fiction Staff so that’s been a bit of an adjustment. However, I’m greatly enjoying leading discussions with my squad of nerds about all the great pieces we’ve been receiving. Fiction submissions are as varied as they are numerous, so we’ve had a lot to look over the past few weeks, but the work is well worth it.” 

Nonfiction Editor 

“My name is Adam Cizdyn, and my pronouns are he/him. I am the editor of the Nonfiction genre. I actually had very little experience with Sheepshead before recently. I’d only really heard about it in passing. I wanted to gain some insight on the publication of a journal and that led to me joining the staff. My favorite thing about spring is simply how much more lively the world around us becomes. The temperature warms and the snow thaws, and that triggers so much change. Color returns to the world with the plants, and the winter blues melt away as people go about their lives more freely. There’s a bit of isolation in the cold of winter. Spring breaks the world free of that isolation every year.” 

Blog Editor 

Hello! My name is Janelle Fisher, and my pronouns are she/her, and I am the blog editor. This is my second semester working on Sheepshead Review; in both semesters I have worked on the blog, crafted the newsletter, and been a part of the nonfiction staff. I have enjoyed my time as a part of the Sheepshead Review staff and will be sad to leave it behind when I graduate in just a couple weeks. The Spring 2022 issue has been particularly exciting for me to work on, as I enjoy everything about the spring season and all the beautiful flowers and plants that come with it (and that can be seen placed decoratively throughout this semester’s journal). 

Thank you for taking time to learn more about some of us behind the scenes. As you wait in anticipation for our issue to release, please make sure to stay up to date with our socials!
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