Meet the Staff

Are you a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha and interested in getting involved? You do not need to be enrolled in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media to work on the magazine! As our staff graduates, we will need new, fresh voices to fill their roles. Do you have a passion for marketing? Do you love editing? Do you have a mind for business? Join like-minded folks and make a difference in your campus art community. Email 13thfloormagazine[at]gmail.com today to get started!

Current Open Positions: Diversity Outreach Coordinator; Social Media/Website Administrator

Maritza N. Estrada: Editor in Chief
#1Maritza N. Estrada is a Creative Writing major with a Poetry concentration in the Writer’s Workshop. In the 2017-2018 school year, she will be working on her senior thesis in poetry. Maritza is thankful for being a recipient of the Susan T. Buffett scholarship. When she’s not writing, you can find Maritza walking around town, playing her guitar, and attending music shows or creative writing readings to stay meditated. Maritza has experience mentoring high school and first-year college students. Her top five strengths—deliberative, input, intellection, connectedness, and achiever—drive her to be of service to people and the arts. Estrada was born in Toppenish, Washington and has been living in Omaha, Nebraska since 1999.

Kelsey Bee: Submissions Manager

972x972Kelsey Bee is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the UNO English department working on her MA in English for Creative Nonfiction. She currently holds a graduate level Certificate in Advanced Writing. In May of 2015, she graduated with her BFA in Fiction from the UNO Writer’s Workshop. Some of her favorite things include: traveling (both the U.S. and abroad), trying new recipes, black tea, painting, and thrift shopping. She has been a member of 13th Floor Magazine’s executive team since 2013, starting out a blog editor. Being involved with 13th Floor has encouraged her to continue to learn about the publishing industry.


Sophie Clark: Lead Poetry Editor 

sophieSophie Clark is majoring in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry.  Sophie fell in love with poetry and music at a young age and started songwriting at 14 years old. She continues to write for her band Clark & Company, which she formed her sophomore year of high school with her triplet brothers. Since then, Clark & Company has released two albums and an EP. When she’s not busy, you can find her spending time with her family and her two dogs, Huckleberry and Willow.


Madison Larimore: Lead Nonfiction Editor

Madison Larimore

Madison Larimore is a freelance prose writer, editor, internal communications intern, and writing consultant, as well as a Writer’s Workshop student at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her writing career began when she skipped the sixth grade; she read books and wrote stories instead of going to recess. Some of her writing can be found in Midnight Circus, Journey Literary Magazine, and 13th Floor Magazine.


Iona Newman: Lead Fiction Editor

Summer 2017_Iona's FaceIona Newman is double majoring at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Creative Writing, with a Fiction concentration, and English, with a concentration in British Literature. She is a five-year participant and one time winner of National Novel Writing Month and has been obsessed with storytelling for as long as she can remember. In her free time she reads, writes, draws, and cries over fictional characters. If she could somehow make a living doing all of that, it would make her life.


Rosalia Alexis: Head of Visuals 

Rosalia Alexis

Rosalia Alexis is a Studio Art major with a concentration in Graphic Design. She has always been interested in art and it has paved the way for design and digital media for her. She also enjoys watercolor, acrylic, and pen illustration as other medium choices. Some of her hobbies include cats, dogs, r&b and hip-hop, makeup, and at least three cups of coffee a day.

 


Simon Clark: Media Team 

IMG_1978 (1)Simon Clark is a Creative Media major at the University of Nebraska Omaha, with an emphasis in film studies. In high school, Simon began a band with his triplet siblings, called Clark & Company, which since has released three albums and won several awards. Recently, Simon developed an interest in film and now works with several production companies such as Clark Creative Group and Lights On Productions. Simon also works with his newly established production company, Clark & Schmidt Studios. Simon dedicates his free time to both film and music and loves to combine the two. 


Corbin Schmidt: Media Team

Version 2 Corbin Schmidt is an Information Technology Innovation major at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He has been doing photography since his sophomore year of high school, and he enjoys photographing the individual details that make up a space. Recently, Corbin has begun to apply his photography skills to film and started a production company, Clark and Schmidt Studios, with his business partner, Simon Clark. His great eye for composure along with his technology skills make him a great addition to the team. 


Claire Bromm: Marketing/PR Coordinator

CBrommClaire Bromm is a Journalism and Media Communications major with a concentration in public relations and advertising and an International Studies minor. Claire fell in love with writing at a young age and started her own blog to combine her interests in storytelling and travel. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and five pets.

 


Virginia Gallner: Creative & Copy Editor

e6a28f0f1d0548f6870b8bfa71f1f00cVirginia Gallner is double majoring in Religious Studies and International Studies, with minors in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. When not writing, researching or otherwise engaged in the art of learning, she can often be found playing acoustic and electric guitar. She performs original songs as well as British and Appalachian folk music, and has played many stages throughout the Omaha area and beyond. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, cooking, crocheting, and playing video games with the best of friends (including a black cat).


Breany L. Pfeifer: Social Media/Website Administrator, Creative & Copy Editor

bpBreany L. Pfeifer is majoring in Creative Writing (Fiction) at UNO. She lives in Omaha (and California) with her parents; younger, music enthusiast sister; and 12-year-old math-genius brother. She enjoys writing Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories the most. She is currently working on two novels, along with various short stories. When she is not writing, she is usually scheming up a new cosplay or attending rock concerts. 


Leslie Lopez: Creative & Copy Editor

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Leslie Lopez is a Creative Writing major with a focus in Fiction and is an English minor. She has recently become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and published her first story in 13th Floor Magazine. During her free time, Leslie continues to learn American Sign Language and freaks out at every piece of Star Trek merchandise she sees.

 


Sydney Andre: Creative & Copy Editor

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Sydney Andre is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is also a part of the Chi Omega sorority. At a young age, she fell in love with reading after she quickly realized that pee-wee soccer was not her calling. In her spare time, she researches the author of whatever book she is reading and plays the ukulele. Some of her favorite things include cats, puns, scary movies, and coffee.

Phillip Brown: Creative & Copy Editor, Editor of The Gateway

Phillip Brown is an English major at UNO who enjoys reading and writing literature, and watching and making films. He hopes to make a living doing any of those things someday. Having previously studied Computer Science and IT Innovation at UNO, he is well-versed in technology and enjoys experimental digital art and video games. He is also rabidly, some would say insufferably, political.


Justin Holman: Creative & Copy Editor

Justin Holman is an undergraduate English major at UNO, with no declared focus, but a general favoritism towards poetry. Having been published sporadically over the last few years in tech websites, (donthatethegeek.com), and doing his own form of guerrilla art poetry in the Benson area, Justin is very excited to both be able to work closer in hand with the publishing world and to enjoy the writing of the contributors to the 13th Floor. Fluent in sign language, Justin endeavors to think critically on both visual and written art, holding differing opinions and thoughts in high regard.


Maison Horton: Creative & Copy Editor 

Maison Horton is majoring in Creative Writing (Poetry) with a minor in Communication Studies. In his free time, Maison likes to learn, play, and write music on the piano. He currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.


Moisés R. Delgado: Creative & Copy Editor 

Moisés R. Delgado is double majoring at UNO. Having recently finished the requirements for a Psychology degree (with a concentration in Mental Health), Moisés is now working on his Creative Writing major (Fiction). In his free time, you can most likely find him folding origami, reading manga, or daydreaming about walking on the moon.

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    1. Hi A Lot Left to Learn,
      Thanks for expressing interest! Currently, 13th Floor Magazine only offers internships through UNO’s Writer’s Workshop Department and English Department. These internships usually deal strictly with writing and/or public relations work. Though we wish we could offer graphic design internships, we currently do not have enough projects or task forces for graphic design. If that ever changes, we will make it known on our blog and social media.

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