A Little About Us

Established 1951

The Southern Quill is comprised of an eclectic group of Dixie State University students and their advisor. Our combined backgrounds and our enthusiasm for art of all kinds make us the perfect team to compile this journal and give back to our local literary and artistic community.

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Mary McFadden

Mary McFadden, The Southern Quill's Managing Editor, is a non-traditional student, returning to school in her forties. She has earned two associate degrees and is working on her bachelor's in English, with a creative writing emphasis.


She enjoys reading, writing, and playing board games. Mary credits her voracious reading habits for her educational comeback and is passionate about sharing the written word.

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Kim Kuhn

Kim Kuhn, The Southern Quill's Assistant Managing Editor, is a senior majoring in English and minoring in art. She is the Sigma Tau Delta’s 2020-2021 Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter president and Far Western Region Student Representative. Outside of school, she is an active member of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) and is a Child Primary in the St. George Chapter. After completing her BS, she hopes to go to law school and eventually practice in the fields of children’s and patients’ rights. Kim loves to read and finds delight in spending time with her family, playing at Disneyland, hanging out in Alaska, and riding her Harley.

Alejandra Henriquez

Alejandra Henriquez was born in Peru and grew up in Spain. She is a digital design major at DSU and currently a sophomore.


She loves practicing yoga, hiking, traveling and capturing pictures of all the colorful things she finds along the way. Alejandra has joined The Southern Quill team as our journal layout designer.

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Mitski Avalōx

Mitski Avalōx is the 2021 editor of the Young Adult genre. She is a Junior at Dixie State University pursuing a BA in English with an emphasis in professional/technical writing and a minor in Spanish.

She is also Dixie Sun’s news editor. She hopes to pursue her paralegal certificate in the future, and travel abroad to see the world.

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Tay Connor

Taylor "Tay" Connor is the Creative Nonfiction Editor for The Southern Quill. They are a nonbinary junior student at Dixie State University. Their field of study is English with an emphasis in Literary Studies plus a minor in Creative Writing. Their greatest pleasure in life is curling up to read and write with their pets at their feet.

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Allison Furse

Allison Furse is a Junior at Dixie State University studying English with an emphasis on Professional and Technical Writing and a minor in marketing. Her goal is to work in the publishing industry one day and make a career out of talking about her love of books and literature. When she’s not reading, she can be found writing or hanging out with her family. Allison is happy to take on the role of Fiction editor for our 70th-anniversary issue.

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Rebecca Goates

Rebecca Goates is a Senior at DSU getting her Integrated Studies Degree in English (following the Literature track) and Dance. She is from San Diego, CA, and has been writing poetry since she was eleven. Having had her work published in last year’s issue of The Southern Quill, she is ecstatic to be taking on the position of Poetry Editor for this year’s 70th Anniversary Issue.

Amy Whiting

Amy Whiting is the assistant editor for young writers. She is a Senior at DSU, studying English with and emphasis in Creative Writing.


She loves reading and writing and talking about reading and writing.


One day, she hopes to be a published author for young adult readers. She is very excited and looks forward to helping young writers find their voice with the written word.

Abby Earl

Abbigail “Abby” Earl, creative nonfiction assistant editor, is a senior at Dixie State University majoring in English Creative Writing emphasis with an art minor.


Her passion is editing and she enjoys reading, writing, playing board games, and spending time with her family.


She hopes to some day be an editor and write stories on the side.

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Ashlyn Smith

Ashlyn Smith, our Visual Arts editor, is currently majoring in English Education at DSU. She has previously lived in North Carolina before attending DSU where she went to a university on a soccer and academic scholarship. Having grown up in Southern Utah, she loves the outdoors and being active. Her main passions in life surround creative outlets such as art, writing, and dance. Growing up she was always involved in such hobbies which she contributes largely to her mother Katie Smith and Grandmother Candy Fowler.

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Autumn Nuzman

Autumn Nuzman is the Southern Quill's assistant poetry editor and a senior English major from Hurricane, Utah.


She loves reading, writing, and playing video games. She hopes to be a book editor and fiction writer after graduation.

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Abby Patterson

Abby Patterson is the Assistant Visual Arts Editor for the Southern Quill. 


She is a first-generation college goer from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, currently in her second year of studies at DSU. Abby is majoring in English (Creative Writing) and minoring in Media Studies and Art.


The 2020 edition of Southern Quill contains her first published piece, "Fresh Air," a horror short story. In between creative writing and experimental kitchen projects, Abby manages our social media as well. 

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Emily Mildenhall

Emily Mildenhall is the assistant editor for fiction and is a senior at Dixie State University. She's majoring in English with a Professional and Technical Writing emphasis and minoring in Communication Studies. 

She enjoys listening to music, writing short stories, and playing/consistently losing at online games with her friends.

She hopes to work for a publishing company or news publication producing and editing content.

Dixie State University

The Southern Quill is published right here on Dixie State University's campus in sunny

St. George, Utah.