Staff 2023

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Shauri Thacker
Editor-in-Chief

Shauri is a CNF writer and reluctant poet focusing on experiences, travel, and the occasional waking dreamland. She shows up to class with a Coke or complicated lemonade about 78.3% of the time. Find her work in Sink Hollow and The Southern Quill.

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Megan Anderson
Assistant Editor

Megan is an English literature major who greatly enjoys nerding over modernist and contemporary novels. Her mind is full of random fun facts from a variety of horror movies, graphic novels, video essays, and an unholy amount of Google searches. She wears heart glasses and large earrings, both of which are an integral part of her personality. 

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Famke Halma
Poetry Editor

A native from Utrecht, the Netherlands, Famke's first love was young adult novels, which is still evident by her personality. When not reading or writing novels herself, Famke can be found rock climbing, eating frozen yogurt, or stressing over her majors and minors because her biggest downfall is that she wants to study everything. She has hopes of moving somewhere where the weather stays above 70 degrees year-round after graduating.

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Annika Larson
CNF Editor

Annika is a senior graduating in spring 2023 as an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a double minor in marketing and management. She enjoys hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends. She aspires to travel the world and own enough books to be considered a library. While pursuing her goal to have a career in publishing, Annika enjoys working with children as a medical assistant. 

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Madi Moss
Fiction Editor

Madi loves all things reading and writing. She is working on earning a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis, and a minor in history. She is a big fan of movie nights, ice cream, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to one day be an author of children’s stories, bringing happiness and imagination to kids everywhere.

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Tara Dole
Advertising Manager

With Tara, asking about her interests is likely to result in a long-winded answer that will include several disciplines of theatre (her major), writing (you can find her work in the 2022 issue of KCR), working outdoors, and hanging out with her fluffy, long-haired cat. She’s super excited to be a part of the KCR staff this year, but she’s even more excited to graduate this spring. But don’t ask her what her grand plans are after graduation unless you want to spark an existential crisis and get an incredibly vague answer. 

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Kylie Brown
Website Head

Kylie is in their senior year studying English with an emphasis in Creative writing. They love anything to do with Marvel, Disney, and Anime. Kylie loves animals and has a Black cat named Belle who is their child. Kylie mainly writes poetry but also likes to dabble in fantasy fiction writing. They love to be outside especially when it is windy as the wind makes them feel free. They also love the night when the moon is high.

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Kylee Mauldin
Website Curator

Kylee enjoys longboarding through the canyon to carefully curated playlists. A transfer from Snow College, she is pursuing a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. Post graduation, she plans on working in editing and publishing. 

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Mindy Herrod
Website Curator

Mindy is a junior at SUU and a creative writing major. If she’s not obsessing over animation, she’s probably performing/rehearsing with the Thunderbird Marching Band or being an introvert and locking herself in her apartment (because why not?). She loves to read, write, listen to music, bake, and watch musical theatre.

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Em Hart
Social Media Manager

Em is an English literature major and an ex-education major, ultimately due to the corruptive influences of the TV show Merlin creating an obsessive interest in Arthurian legend. Having been seriously writing since the age of thirteen, Em has written a lot and subsequently spent nearly as much time rewriting a lot. Em hopes to someday stop the rewriting cycle, learn how to write shorter sentences, and somehow become a professor along the way.

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Ali Setoki
Event Manager

Ali is studying rhetoric and technical writing with a minor in family services. She is guilty of setting six alarms every morning so that she can climb back under the blankets and pretend like she doesn't have any responsibilities. She loves snorkeling, avocado smoothies, trying new things, long walks in the moonlight, and laughing.

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Mary Hall
Social Media Manager

Mary is a big reader with big dreams and big sass. "Glasses aren't a personality trait but that won't stop me from trying."

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Freya
Kolob Canyon's Mascot

Freya is our emotional support mascot. She thinks she is human, and we love her for it. Four and a half pounds of love, cuddles, and sass.

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Nano Taggart
Faculty Advisor

Nano Taggart is serving his fourth year as faculty advisor of KCR. He's a founding editor of the poetry magazine Sugar House Review, and is a co-recipient of a grant from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. You can see some of his writing in places like Diagram, Weber—The Contemporary West, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He loves hot sauce and (probably) your dog(s).