FreezeRay is a quarterly literary journal dedicated to the poetry of pop culture. We seek to explore our relationships between the pop culture we consume (comic books, movies, television, music, video games, etc) and ourselves. We recognize that the things we love can be problematic. We recognize that the things we love can be transformative. We believe in the healing power of binge-watching and cosplay and co-op gaming and surprise albums dropping like gifts from heaven and we are unapologetic about the things we love.
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THE FREEZERAY STAFF
ROB STURMA (Editor-In-Chief) is the editor of Aim For The Head, a zombie-themed poetry anthology and MultiVerse (superhero poems!) on Write Bloody Publishing. His new chapbook Why You Tread Water is available from Tired Hearts Press. His work can be seen online currently at Drunk In A Midnight Choir, The Harpoon Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Borderline, The Yellow Chair Review, and on XBox Live. He lives in Oklahoma City, OK, where he laptop deejays for the Red Dirt Wayward Poets open mic and treats every meal like he's the Chopped Champion.
LAUREN BULLOCK (Poetry Editor) is a multi-racial writer, performer, and community organizer. She has competed in several adult level slam competitions, including the National Poetry Slam, the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, and has appeared on multiple final stages for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). As a founding and three time member of the University of North Carolina’s slam team, the former Artistic and Executive Director of Wordsmiths (UNC’s first-ever organizational board dedicated to poetry and slam), and former staff member of Chapel Hill-based youth poetry non-profit Sacrificial Poets, Lauren is committed to supporting the young voices of her generation and those after. The website for all things Lauren is right here.
MALCOLM FRIEND (Poetry Editor) is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, the Fjords Review’s Black American Edition, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and Pretty Owl Poetry.
ERIC MORAGO (Poetry Editor) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. He is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press, 2010) and Here for the Friction (Orange Ocean Press, 2012). Currently he teaches for Red Hen Press' Writing in the Schools Program, is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, and is a contributing blogger for Geektasticpodcast.com. Eric has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Los Angeles where he's still waiting for his mutant powers to manifest. His Facebook page is HERE!
ADRIENNE NOVY (Social Media Intern) is a teaching artist and student focusing her studies in Creative Writing and Education. Her most recently published poem can be found on Maudlin House and has work forthcoming in NAILED Magazine. She loves My Chemical Romance, Jessica Jones, is awful at trivia, and cosplayed as Blossom when she went to see the Powerpuff Girls movie when she was six and before she even knew the word "cosplay." Currently in the pop culture sphere, she is reading the most recent volume of Ms. Marvel, listening to Burst & Decay by The Wonder Years, and is watching Parks & Recreation and The Flash (please no Season 4 spoilers!). She also would like to add that if Peter Parker went to high school with her, she would have totally asked him to homecoming.
GRAE ROSE (Poetry Editor) is a part time research assistant and a full time nerd. They have competed in a number of national and regional slam competitions, including the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Southwest Shootout, and the Individual World Poetry Slam (although, since moving to the Netherlands in late 2014, slams have been few and far between). Grae has been featured in publications such as Borderline, Yellow Chair Review, and the Write Bloody anthologies Aim for the Head and MultiVerse. They recently graduated from Utrecht University with an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and is not sure where to go from here.
MIKKEL SNYDER (Poetry Editor) is a technical writer by day, microfiction author and poet by night. He first got involved with the poetry community through WU-SLam, Washington University’s premier spoken word poetry group, where he spent four years in various organizational roles, but most predominantly techie and resident multimedia nerd (and the skills he learned still come in handy, most notably amateur camera work). His writing has been featured at decomP, The Legendary and is forthcoming in Microliterature. A biracial nerd, homestuck, St. Louis resident, and alchemist in training, Mikkel loves giant robots and DC superheroes more than some people he knows as seen at his tumblr, chimericnotion.tumblr.com.
CHRISTINE TEMPLETON (Art Editor) was born in the summer of ’87 under a balsamic moon and is convinced that makes her a bona fide witch and at the very least, a part time ghost hunter. Her first vivid memory as a child was watching Night of the Living Dead in her parents’ room clutching the bed frame in terror. She has sought out that same terror ever since, only for it to constantly elude her. A UNC Asheville graduate with a double major in art and mass communications, her works have received accolades, been published, and on display at various North Carolina galleries. When she’s not busy trying to catch ghosts or scare herself silly, she takes pictures that are blurry on purpose. Those blurry pictures, among other art projects, can be found at http://christinetempleton.tumblr.com/
JOSHUA WALDROP (Social Media Intern) is a poet, podcaster, dreamer, and stand-up comedian based out of Fullerton, CA. Josh is in the process of finishing his BA double majoring in Literary Journalism and English with the creative writing emphasis in poetry from University of California, Irvine, during which time he served as Editor and Publisher of the poetry journal, “Accretion.” Whilst completing his undergrad work at Golden West College, Josh won several awards for his writing in both poetry and prose and served as the Founding President of the campus writing club, The Writers Bloc. Josh also served as Managing Editor for two issues of the resurrected campus Literary Journal Voices. But…enough of the blah blah stuff. Josh wants you to know that he thinks stand-up comedy and professional wrestling are America’s two greatest art forms (not necessarily in that order). Josh also wants you to know that he happens to be FreezeRay co-founder Rob Sturma’s favorite poet, comedian, wrestling commentator…well overall, just his favorite guy around, and also urgently wants you to know that this paragraph was ABSOLUTELY NOT WRITTEN IN THE 3RD PERSON BY JOSHUA AT ALL, so you can trust that it is 100% accurate. (Especially that part involving Sturma.)
AMANDA MATHEWS (Art Editor) beat Spider-Man in arm wrestling (I wouldn’t have believed it if I had I not heard from his own lack of a mouth). When she’s not pinning the web-slinger’s arm to the table, she spends time in her secret lair animorphing gerbils into pop art sculptures of Richard Gere. Her work has shown at MH Gallery in Chelsea, NYC and remains on view to this day on her mom’s refrigerator. (Editor's note: Amanda was the visionary who created our initial logo and grabbed a ton of amazing artists for our first three issues! Check out her own art at her Facebook page!)
JASON BAYANI (Poetry Editor) is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. Check out his dope website!
EIREAN BRADLEY (Poetry Editor) is the author of 2 full length books of poetry "the I in Team" and "the little big book of go kill yourself" on University of Hell Press. He is also the poetry curator over at the scrappy lil lit mag Drunk in a Midnight Choir and has been published in several anthologies and lit mags because he doesn't suck. He is a fully fledged music GEEK who was one of the founders of the BigAss Boombox Festival (a 2 day 50 band power pop extravaganza that takes place in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA) and he wants you to know that if you write a poem about Rush he will love you to pieces. He lives in Denver, CO and no, he isn't stoned all of the time.
DALTON DAY (Poetry Editor) spent many days of his childhood looking for radioactive spiders. A recent graduate of UNC Asheville with a Bachelor’s in creative writing, he now spends his days making poems and not playing the banjo. Dalton’s work has appeared in Foxing Quarterly, decomP, The Legendary, and the forthcoming Ghost House Review, among others. His first chapbook, Supernova Factory, was released in May 2013 by On the Cusp Press. His new chapbook FAKE KNIFE, will be the first chapbook released by FreezeRay Press. He can be found at myshoesuntied.tumblr.com, where he posts poems among pretty pictures of drag queens.
JULIAN RANDALL (Poetry Editor) is a Living Black poet from Chicago. A 2016 Callaloo fellow and two time national college slam competitor, he traveled to the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) earning the title of Best Poet. He currently works as a teaching artist with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. His work has appeared in Winter Tangerine Review, The Killens Review, and Pluck! A Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He wants to talk to you about Static Shock, Kanye West and Blackness in the early 2000's.