Our Team

We are extremely grateful for our team of volunteer editors and writers. Without them, none of this would be possible. 



Jacinta V. White,
Founding Publisher 

I am a lover of all things healing. As a poet, I started The Word Project (TWP) in 2001, while living in Atlanta, to provide a safe space for urban youth to express themselves creatively. Since then, and upon moving to NC, TWP has grown to include those of all ages. I received my Masters of Public Administration in 2000 and have spent time working in numerous leadership roles within the nonprofit sector. But my passion remains art. My poetry has been published in Typoetic.us, The New Verse News, Prime Number Magazine, and more. My chapbook, broken ritual, poems by Jacinta Victoria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012, and my full-length collection, Resurrecting the Bones: Born from a Journey through African American Churches & Cemeteries in the Rural South (click here to learn more), was published Sept. 2019, by Press 53. Snapdragon Journal is a dream that began five years ago. I'm blessed to see it become a reality and to watch it grow.



Petra Salazar,
Managing Editor

​Having been raised under the big skies of New Mexico, I have an eye for the sublime, whether arising in cerebral or raw emerging content. As a teacher & poet, I see both education & poetry as healing & liberatory practices that occur not only in traditional spaces, but everywhere in human society.


My work can be found in Sonora Review, The Southampton Review, Latin American Literature Today, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, The Acentos Review, Open Minds Quarterly, The Grief Diaries, & Plants & Poetry, & forthcoming in Indiana Review.


In May 2022, I will complete an MFA in Poetry from UNC-Greensboro. Additionally, I hold a Master of Education degree & a grad certificate in nonprofit mgmt from GWU. 


I served as poetry editor for Snapdragon Journal for 3 years & look forward to my new role as managing editor! 



Rachel Williams,
Editorial Assistant

An organizer at heart, mother to four and mimi to one. Founder of The EMMA Foundation for Healing, working with adolescent sexual abuse survivors and their families for over 5 years.


I continue to serve survivors of abuse serving on the board of Annie’s Hope Center, and work as the program coordinator in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.


I love to watch healing come about through the Arts!

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Melina Casados,
Poetry Editor

Raised in North Carolina, I’m a daughter of Central American immigrants with a passion for dissecting the layers in overlooked, mundane occurrences; I believe in the power of perspective and its ability to challenge norms and inequitable structures.


Now living in New York, I'm an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. My poetry focuses on identity, culture, and relationships and has been featured in Ice Colony’s What They Leave Behind Latinx Anthology, Remington Review, and FreezeRay among others.


After serving 2 years as Snapdragon Journal's Assistant Poetry Editor, I am excited about serving as its Poetry Editor.



Aimee Mepham,
Creative Nonfiction Editor

​I am the Assistant Director of the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University and co-chair of the institute’s "Story, Health, & Healing" initiative, which develops programming in narrative medicine.


My MFA in Creative Writing is from Washington University in St. Louis, and I have taught creative writing workshops at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Salem College, and Wake Forest University.


You can find my work in Hobart, Meridian, and River Styx, among other journals, and I have performed twice by Liars’ League NYC, a live literary journal featuring professionally trained actors reading original short stories by writers. ​

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Regina YC Garcia, 
Assistant Poetry Editor

I am a poet, writer, voice artist, narrator, presenter and English professor from Greenville, NC. In 2021, I was the semifinalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Competition sponsored by the North Carolina Literary Review and DAR National Poetry Award Winner. As a documentary poet whose poetry and poetic voiceovers featured in a 2019 Emmy Award winning mini-documentary on the PBS show entitled Muse (Episode 217, "The Black Light Project"), directed by Jonathan Arreola, I am excited to be poetry video contributor for South Florida Poetry Journal. Most recently, I've been published in Up the Staircase Quarterly, The Book of Black (anthology), and Black And.... I have upcoming poetry that will be published in The Main Street Rag Magazine and others. I'm thrilled to be a part of the Snapdragon Journal team. 

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Carolyn Roy-Bornstein,
Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor

I am a physician, a writer and a mother. My art limns the places where those worlds intersect. My work has been published in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Writer magazine, Poets & Writers and many other venues. I am the author of two memoirs and an essay anthology. I have led writing workshops at the University of Iowa's The Examined Life conference and Harvard University's Improving Healthcare Leadership, Communication and Outcomes through Writing and Publishing, as well as at Grub Street and the Muse & the Marketplace in Boston. I am also the book review editor for Doctors Who Create. I believe in the transformative power of narrative. As the inaugural Writer in Residence of the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program, I engage physicians in close readings of literary works and reflective writing exercises as a means of deepening understanding of ourselves, our patients, and each other. I am excited to join the team here at Snapdragon Journal with its mission of healing through art.



Tina Firesheets,
Blog Editor

I got my start in journalism with my high school newspaper, then served as editors for the campus newspapers of both colleges I attended. I was a journalist at the Greensboro News & Record for nearly 15 years, covering education, local government, community news and business. I most enjoyed my years as a feature writer for a national award-winning features section. I was also the founding editor of 1808: Greensboro’s Magazine, published by the Greensboro News & Record. While I was its editor, the magazine received NC Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists awards in the Best Niche publications categories. Currently, I am an associate creative director at Pace Communications. A lover of writing and creativity, I'm happy to be Snapdragon Journal's blog editor! 



Aginetta Mulima, 

As a former Inclusion Advocate, I see myself as a storyteller and lifelong student of social justice.


I hold a B.A. in Writing and Global Studies from Cedar Crest College. Currently, I am a MFA graduate student pursuing a degree in Creative Non-Fiction at Bay Path University.


In my own writing, I explore the following themes; community, identity, nature, and racial awareness. My work has been featured in the Reads & Eats online literary journal. I am excited to be under the guidance of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing team.


Onwards and upwards. 

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Beata Garrett, 

I am a Chinese American writer based in NYC. When not writing short fiction and poetry, I work as a Writer and Social Media Editor for The Anime View. I'm interested in ideas about power, and the individual and collective responsibilities we have as a society. These interests have brought me to independent publishing with presses like TouchPoint Press and nonprofit work with organizations like The W.O.W. Project, which battles gentrification through art in Manhattan's Chinatown.

You can find me on Twitter @XiaBeata and my writing at clearsummers.wordpress.com. My work has been featured in Wizards in Space, The Gravity of the Thing, and Mermaids Monthly. I look forward to supporting the team at Snapdragon Journal and the artists who've entrusted their work with them.

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