Founded in 2005, Switchback is a publication of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of San Francisco.


Sara Fan has an MFA in poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was the assistant managing editor for Ninth Letter. She is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of San Francisco.

Faculty Advisor

Laleh KhadiviLaleh Khadivi is the author of The Kurdish Trilogy which includes The Age of Orphans (2009), The Walking(2013), and A Good Country (2017). Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, and The Sun. She has worked as a documentary filmmaker since 2000 and her films have been screened in festivals and on various cable networks.


Poetry Editor

Michael Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a current MFA student at the University of San Francisco where he is working on a collection of poems for his first book. He describes his work as character driven, image-based, and musical. In his free time, he enjoys adventuring into nature, writing songs on guitar, and performing at various open mics in San Francisco.

Fiction Editor

Rachael Moore is a second-year MFA student at the University of San Francisco.

Nonfiction Editors

John O’Rourke is an MFA student at USF. He likes horses, paisleys, and long walks on the beach.

Production & Design Editor

Crystal Theresa Z. Ejanda is an MFA student at the University of San Francisco, where she is working on a hybrid collection of stories and essays. With two young children at home, she’s learned to hold edits and revisions in her head and to write in short-but-productive bursts. Her writing has appeared in New South, Still Standing Magazine, Haiku Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Crystal tweets at @dandiewinks.

Production Assistants

Daniel Callahan, Darci Flatley, Catherine Karnitis

General Staff

Alex Speeg, Ariel Vincent, Arielle Sutherland, Bryan Rollofson, Daniel Callahan, Dennis Spears, Emily Hoang, Kelsey Britt, Kerry Radcliffe, Max Blue, Olivia Peña, Rebeca Flores

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