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.

Mary McFadden

Mary McFadden, The Southern Quill's Managing Editor, is a non-traditional student, returning to school while the youngest of her three children was still in high school. She has earned two associate’s 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. For this reason, she is passionate about sharing the written word with as many people as possible.

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 producer.

Yasel Avalos Sanchez

Yasel Sánchez is the 2021 editor of the Young Adult genre. He is a Junior at Dixie State University pursuing a BA in English with an emphasis on professional/technical writing and a minor in Spanish. He enjoys volunteering and mentoring those who need direction, such as working with the Big Brother and Big Sister Organization. He hopes to pursue his paralegal certificate in the future, and travel abroad to see the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assistant Editor

The Southern Quill, Dixie State University’s Literary Arts Publication, seeks currently enrolled DSU students for the following positions:

 

  • Creative Nonfiction Assistant Editor

  • Fiction Assistant Editor

  • Poetry Assistant Editor

  • Visual Arts Assistant Editor

  • Young Writers Assistant Editor

 

All assistant editors and readers are required to enroll in ENGL 2890R (Journal Publishing/Southern Quill – 1-3 credit hours) in the Spring 2021 semester.

 

Students interested in Assistant Editor and Reader positions, or would like more information on these positions should send an email to Dr. Cindy King (cindy.king@dixie.edu).  For further information about The Southern Quill, visit us online at www.thesouthernquill.com.

Reader

The Southern Quill, Dixie State University’s Literary Arts Publication, seeks currently enrolled DSU students for the following positions:

 

  • Creative Nonfiction Assistant Editor

  • Fiction Assistant Editor

  • Poetry Assistant Editor

  • Visual Arts Assistant Editor

  • Young Writers Assistant Editor

 

All assistant editors and readers are required to enroll in ENGL 2890R (Journal Publishing/Southern Quill – 1-3 credit hours) in the Spring 2021 semester.

 

Students interested in Assistant Editor and Reader positions, or would like more information on these positions should send an email to Dr. Cindy King (cindy.king@dixie.edu).  For further information about The Southern Quill, visit us online at www.thesouthernquill.com.

Assistant Editor

The Southern Quill, Dixie State University’s Literary Arts Publication, seeks currently enrolled DSU students for the following positions:

 

  • Creative Nonfiction Assistant Editor

  • Fiction Assistant Editor

  • Poetry Assistant Editor

  • Visual Arts Assistant Editor

  • Young Writers Assistant Editor

 

All assistant editors and readers are required to enroll in ENGL 2890R (Journal Publishing/Southern Quill – 1-3 credit hours) in the Spring 2021 semester.

 

Students interested in Assistant Editor and Reader positions, or would like more information on these positions should send an email to Dr. Cindy King (cindy.king@dixie.edu).  For further information about The Southern Quill, visit us online at www.thesouthernquill.com.

Dixie State University

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

St. George, Utah.

Southern Quill's annual publication would not be possible without our generous donors, contributors both writers and artists, and the hard work from our dedicated staff.  Thank you for making this journal a reality.