WHO ARE WE?
written by Flux Magazine
NOELLE S. DAHL – Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Noelle S. Dahl
I founded Flux Magazine during my second year as an undergraduate at Sonoma State University. After being elected into student government as a freshman, I witnessed the dramatic barrier between political parties on campus and the divide it has ultimately produced between students. I created Flux Magazine to allow both students and faculty to engage in political dialogue and debate with others that have alternative viewpoints. Although my passion exists in fiction writing, I write in the Grey Area. Recently graduated with a BA in English, I've moved back to my hometown of Huntington Beach, California.
RECENT ARTICLE: "Performative Activism in 2020"
EMMA LANDRY – Prose Editor
I’m the prose editor for Flux Magazine as of our start in 2019. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California where I found my love for the redwoods and beaches. After I found out about Flux and the message it serves, I felt compelled to get involved in the publication and assume an active role in the growth and development of Flux as an up and coming college publication. Currently, I’m in my final semester at Sonoma State where I will graduate with a BA in English and a minor in philosophy. I soon hope to pursue my career in publishing, editing, or nonfiction writing.
RECENT ARTICLE: "Captive"
EMMA BRISEÑ0 – Poetry Editor
As a senior here at Sonoma State University, I am currently studying English with a concentration in literature. I originally chose to study English to follow my passion of writing argumentatively, while making connections between texts and how they relate to reality. However, in the summer of 2019, I began to use inspiration around me to write poetry which led me to Flux. As a skincare enthusiast, I have been very committed to pursuing a career as a beauty editor, although, my experience working with Flux Magazine has amplified my love for editing almost anything I can get my hands on.
RECENT POEM: "LOVE'S DICHOTOMY"
JEFFREY AVIÑA – Editorial Assistant
Currently, I am a third-year student double majoring in political science and pre-business administration at Sonoma State. Ever since I was in high school, I've always had an interest in how our Government functions. While other kids groaned during civics class, I was interested in the inner workings of politics. When I initially heard of the creation of Flux, I jumped at the opportunity to write for the new magazine. Now a writer and editorial assistant for the Grey Area, I look forward to watching Flux Magazine grow!
RECENT ARTICLE: "Down Ballet Crisis"
BECCA DEMENT – Contributing Writer
Since fall 2017, I’ve been writing articles for independent magazines until I became part of Flux Magazine’s Grey Area. I recently graduated from Sonoma State University in the Spring of 2020 and now am at UC Hastings Law School in San Francisco. As a multifaceted individual who is half Chinese, identifies as female, non-binary, and pansexual, I write with a diverse and understanding background. My intention is to one day use my legal career to fight for social and environmental justice so that one day, they won’t just be articles, they'll be laws.
RECENT ARTICLE: "Abortion is Caused by Extrinsic Factors"
RILEY LEWIS – Contributing Writer
I am a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Throughout my time at SSU, I noticed a particularly contemptible political climate and decided to work toward a comprehensive healing process. I write for the Grey Area in Flux Magazine. I am currently residing in my hometown of San Diego, where I am earning my Master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego and hosting a podcast called “Honesty Hour with Riley Lewis” which is available on Spotify, Google, and Apple Podcast!
RECENT ARTICLE: "Is Democracy Sustainable?"
BREANA ARCHIE – Contributing Writer
As a recent graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, I decided to join Flux Magazine and write both in the prose and Grey Area sections. I hope to bring insight and inspiration to my readers and write about what is most important to me. Hailing from Sacramento, California, I come from a family of nine people. When I'm not writing, I enjoy cooking, acting, listening to music, and most crucially-- laughing!
"RECENT ARTICLE: "Keeping it 100, Voters Suppression"
AMANDA PAPE– Contributing Writer
I am an author in the poetry section of Flux Magazine. I published my first book of poetry, Wendigo, in 2017 and I’m currently working on my next publication. My work intends to capture the mysterious cadence and rhythms of the natural world and connect them to complex emotions, epiphanies, and truths of coming into adulthood. Above all, I want my work to be accessible to those who love poetry as well as those who don’t usually connect with it by layering the experience one can have with a poem.
RECENT POEM: "Don't Mind Me"
CRISTIAN TAMAYO – Contributing Writer
I am a poetry staff writer for Flux Magazine. Soon after obtaining my B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, I moved back to my hometown Santa Rosa, California, and enrolled at Sonoma State University to pursue a Master's degree in English. Although I plan to someday become a teacher, creative writing has always been a form that I keep coming back to as a means of expressing my life experiences by creating a vivid and moving world through words.
RECENT POEM: "While We Wait"
TYLER ZEANAH – Contributing Writer
I'm a 25 year old poet and visual artist from Santa Cruz, California. Before writing, I internalized my feelings and experiences so deeply my body responded with illnesses such as IBS, chronic depression, anxiety, OCD, and later PTSD. Since I've taken my voice back from the fear of being "too much," I've been able to use poetry and paint to breathe easier. I still feel more than I understand, but writing has always helped me make sense of myself and the world. I'm an advocate for mental health, sexual abuse, equal rights, environment conservation, and the truth. I believe we are all storytellers, and the stories we tell ourselves and others are the most important histories we can create for our own personal worlds. We are the creators and the listeners, and we have more in common than we let our vulnerabilities believe.
RECENT PIECE: "INVERTED MUSE"
LUKE GOVER – Contributing Writer
Currently, I am finishing my fourth and final year at Sonoma State University as a Political Science and Economics major. I'm from Elk Grove, California, and enjoy going to the recreation center, playing video games, and reading about poltics in my freetime. I identify as one of the few conservatives on my campus. I plan on attending graduate school after I finish my degree. Hopefully one day I will be able to do meaningful work with public policy in public administration.
RECENT ARTICLE: "49ers versus Covid-19"
TYLER BAKER – Contributing Writer
I’m a 2020 Sonoma State graduate with a Bachelor’s in creative writing. My literary adventures started in the first grade when I wrote and illustrated a comic series called The Adventures of Super Cookie. Who is Super Cookie you might ask? Only the noblest, bravest, and most, daring chocolate chip cookie of them all. Each strip went the same way-- the cookie people in the town of Cookie Jar were ravaged by some terrifying threat and Super Cookie, at the last minute and against all odds, would save the day. It was poorly illustrated and simple but not half bad work for a seven-year-old. My classmates couldn’t get enough of it, and the teacher, Mrs. Orr, submitted it to the Gateway Reading Council for consideration. They accepted it and I got a little award and the privilege of reading a strip out loud to a roomful of strangers. Since then I’ve fallen in love with fiction and I’ve been contributing fiction pieces to my own little portfolio ever since.
RECENT PIECE: "Winston's Minefield"