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Jacinta V. White, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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.

​To learn more about Jacinta's work, visit JacintaWhite.com.

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. ​

Petra Salazar, Poetry Editor

​Having been raised under the big desert skies of Española, New Mexico, I have an eye for the sublime. I have a broad appreciation for poetry, whether it be cerebral or raw emerging content, but I am especially moved by poetry that provokes, complicates, re-situates, upends, reframes—poetry that reveals what is possible, reveals the mythopoetic underbelly of things. I am the founder of TMI Open Mic Incubator and Others Ink, and I am an MFA candidate in poetry at University of NC at Greensboro. My work has been published in The Southampton Review, Open Minds Quarterly, The Acentos Review, The Grief Diaries, and is forthcoming in Sonora Review.

Melina Casados, Assistant Poetry Editor

Raised in North Carolina, I’m a multimedia storyteller 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. I graduated from Elon University where I was a two-time Hartman Contest winner and earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Communications. Now living in Boston, I am involved with storytelling through a non-profit organization that works directly with Boston Public Schools. My poetry focuses on identity, culture, and relationships and has been featured in Colonnades Literary & Art Journal and Blue Agave Literary Journal.

Tina Firesheets, Blog Curator

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 North Carolina 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 curator! 

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