Dylene Cymraes



Dylene Cymraes is the Editor-in-Chief of Metafore. She is a graduate of the BFA Creative and Professional Writing program at Maharishi University. Born in California sunshine, she has also lived with the pine song of the Rockies, limestone-fed plains of the Midwest & the hustle of the Baltimore-DC-NYC corridor.


Dylene is a novelist, professional writer, & editor. She is interested in short form fiction & finds inspiration in second-hand stores, cast off diaries, graffiti, lies & truths spun at campfires & homeless shelters, & chance encounters on planes.


Dylene enjoys online & tabletop gaming, camping, museums & classic movies. She revels in textile art, great food & simple living.


She has published four novels, & her poem, "Writer's Portrait, Too," was published last spring by the American Journal of Poetry; Carrying Water appears in Sink Hollow.


Favorite Writers: Cormac McCarthy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Antoine De Saint-Exupery, David Sedaris


Contact: metafore@mum.edu


Brian Stair

Senior Editor


Brian is a senior editor for Metafore & a graduate of the BFA Creative & Professional Writing program at Maharishi University of Management. Hailing from the Buckeye State, a westbound freeway left him at a pit stop in Fairfield, Iowa, where he continues to sharpen his sense of adventure & creation in the expression of the pad & pen. 


Brian writes from the observations of our chaotic world backed by the soundtrack of his acoustic guitar.  He is interested in music, history, law, & wholeheartedly promotes the freedom to be true to yourself & express who you really are.


Favorite Authors: Stephen Crane, Ron Chernow, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, Stephen King, David Sedaris, Jane Austen, Lena Dunham, Sophia Coppola.


Candice Rankin

Senior Editor


Candice is a senior editor for Metafore. She is a BFA student in Creative & Professional Writing with a second major in Consciousness & Human Potential. Born in Southern Indiana, Candice has spent the better part of four decades studying performing arts in NYC & traveling the world before returning to her Midwestern roots to write about it.


Candice favors memoir, flash non-fiction, & personal essay. Her search for the deeper meaning of existence often lead her philosophizing in a dark café by herself & talking to a bottle of red wine.


Favorite Authors: David Sedaris, Calvin Haul, Monica Drake, Augusten Burroughs.

Megann Kammerman

Senior Editor


Megann is senior editor of Metafore Magazine & a student in the BFA in Creative & Professional Writing program at Maharishi University of Management. Though she has lived in half-a-dozen states, she recently hails from the mountains of western Arizona. For four years she has spent most of her time in the midwest.


She is a novelist & short story writer who specializes in fantasy & science fiction with a recent interest in cross-genres, such as gaslamp fantasy and steampunk. She has worked as a freelance writer & artist & is currently a tutor at the MUM Writing Center.


Megann holds a 2nd kyu ranking in the martial art of Aikido & is president of the MUM Aikido Club. She also loves camping under the stars beneath ponderosa pines, reading to the pitter-patter of a gentle rain, & watching Lord of the Rings on lazy Sunday afternoons.


Favorite Authors: Brandon Sanderson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Butcher, Kristen Cashore, Becky Chambers. 

Maggie Ventsias

Fine Art Editor and Production Layout


Maggie Ventsias is the art editor of Metafore. She is a graduate of the BFA program in Creative Writing & completed her BA in Fine Art at Maharishi University.


Maggie’s writing style has been described as snarky spiritualism. She is known for holding opposing paradigms in balance, while gently dissecting belief systems into their core elements. When not writing, Maggie is reading, meditating, arting, or teaching.


Favorite Authors: Sir Terry Pratchett, Maya Angelou, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Emily Dickinson; however, asking her to choose favorites is like asking her to choose a favorite child.


Favorite Artists: Of course, Van Gogh. Post-Impressionists FTW,  but Post-Modern Contemporary is a close second.

Leah Waller

Faculty Advisor

Leah Waller is the Program Director for the Department of Media & Communications & an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Maharishi University.


Leah’s work has been published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers, & anthologies. Her book, Under the Cedar Tree, had a soaring debut in Amazon’s top ten best seller list for poetry & continues to be a popular favorite among reading circles. 


Leah received her bachelors in literature & writing at MUM & went on to achieve a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University.


Currently, Leah is working on a collection of poetry and nonfiction which explores her many travels through Europe & the Southwest & is honored to act as the faculty advisor for Metafore as well as the MUM Queer Coalition.

James R. Davidson

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus


James R. Davidson is the former Editor-in-Chief of Metafore. He holds a degree in Creative Writing from Maharishi University. Though he is currently held captive amongst the cornfields of Southeastern Iowa, he still hears the wise, misty whispering of the Great Smoky Mountains in his native East Tennessee.


James is a poet. He is interested in work that takes a contemporary approach to transcendentalism. He finds inspiration at the intersections of queerness, spirituality, & ecology. The surrealist, imagist, & symbolist movements are also major influences. His poem, "Lithosphere," was published by Oyster River Pages in 2018.


When not reading or writing, James is probably baking biscuits. He enjoys meditation & nature, & he is passionate about organic butter.


Favorite Poets: Pattiann Rogers, Mary Oliver, Dorianne Laux, Wendell Berry, Jorie Graham, Eric Pankey.

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