Emma Bloom is a Junior history Major, English Minor at Buena Vista University. While she has roots in the Midwest, she calls the East Coast home in Middletown, Maryland. Outside of academics she is the President of the BVU Alliance and Vice President of the History Club and the It’s All Write Society. In her free time Emma likes to read, write her novels in progress, bake, and when the time allows: log roll. In her first year in Hot Dish, she served a co-editor alongside her partner in crime, as well as helped find the photos that were matched to the pieces themselves. She is using her time as in the magazine to help improve her own writing skills through refining her editing skills, all the while helping aspiring writers.
Lily Friedrichsen is a Sophomore Secondary English Education major at Buena Vista University. She enjoys reading, drawing, painting, working at the Alta daycare, mentoring students at Storm Lake Middle School, hanging out with friends, and staying involved in activities and clubs on campus. Lily primarily worked on contacting authors, designing awards, creating national poetry month Facebook posts, and helping authors edit their work. Lily brought a background of being the editor of her print newspaper and yearbook at her high school. Lily now understands how to better run an online publication and feels she can bring these skills to her future job as a high school English teacher. One piece of advice Lily gives high school students is to ask for constructive criticism in everything you do. Don’t let it hurt your feelings! Use constructive criticism as a tool to become more professional in anything you do.
Dalton Machholz is a Junior History and English double major at Buena Vista University. While trying to impersonate as many people as possible in his poetry as well as life Dalton enjoys reading, video games, and a variety of other activities. Going into his third year of working on Hot Dish Magazine, Dalton is constantly surprised with the imagination he sees in the work submitted to the magazine. As Dalton continues to help salt Hot Dish Magazine, he has plans to study in Japan in the coming Spring of 2020. Nonetheless Dalton hopes to continue to work with the literary community that he was continued to see build around Hot Dish Magazine.
Kayla Vetter is a senior Animation/Graphic Design major with a minor in Art History at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. An avid lover of shoes, watching classic films, or anything British, she survives solely on coffee and avocados. She enjoys playing her violin in between reading and researching art and artists. She loves to read other forms of literature when she has the proper time. When Kayla is baking up a storm with her artwork, it is usually in the form of printmaking or encaustics. Kayla is excited, contributing her skills to Hot Dish by reading submissions, creating logos, and helping with revamping the website for the magazine. She enjoyed reading a variety of talented high schoolers' works that are displayed within the magazine.
Sophia Mayer is a Sophomore Animation major and Graphic Design minor at Buena Vista University. Sophia enjoys spending her time reading, animating, drawing, sewing, or doing other crafting hobbies. This is her first year working for Hot Dish Magazine and her main job was creating the animation for the winning poetry piece.
Dr. Gwen Hart is an Associate Professor of English at Buena Vista University and the faculty advisor for Hot Dish Magazine. She is the author of numerous poems, short stories, and essays published in literary magazines and anthologies such as Measure, Midwestern Gothic, and Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology. Her second poetry collection, The Empress of Kisses, won the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize from Texas Review Press. This year, she was impressed by the Hot Dish Magazine editors' creativity and their commitment to responding to every writer who submitted work for consideration.