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Spirit Lake Review

Who We Are

Kelly Dwyer

Kelly Dwyer grew up in San Pedro, California, graduated from Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has spent much of the last twenty or so years in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, Louis Wenzlow; their daughter Alice attends the University of Minnesota. Kelly has published two novels and is currently finishing her third, a psychological ghost story titled Ghost Mother. She taught at the University of Platteville, Baraboo/Sauk County for fifteen years, where she co-founded Spirit Lake Review, which began as a club in the cafeteria, and then became the vibrant class it is today. Kelly is currently teaching creative writing classes to adults online through the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and working on her own writing. She is enjoying seeing the magazine flourish and loves keeping in touch with former students. 


Kara Candito
Faculty Advisor

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has been published in such journals as American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, and Jubilat. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ragdale Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Kara is an associate professor of English, Creative Writing on the UW-Platteville main campus.

Taylor Arcand

Taylor Arcand is from Marion, Iowa, and is in her last year of studying Professional Writing with a minor in Creative Writing at UWP. She is devoted to writing and reading works of romance and poetry. After being published in last year’s edition, she is excited to be the Editor-In-Chief for Spirit Lake Review’s 2023 issue.


Arrielle Eckhardt
Editor | Social Media and Web Design Strategist

 Arrielle Eckhardt is a senior at UW-Platteville working towards her undergraduate degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She enjoys writing poetry, listening to indie music, and binge-watching television shows in her free time. This year, she will be the head of our social media and web design team and is excited to spread the word about the Spirit Lake Review!

Kassidy Litton
Editor | Social Media Support

Kassidy Litton is currently a senior at UW-Platteville, studying English-professional writing and minoring in both history and creative writing. True to her nature, she spends her free time writing, reading, drinking tea, and watching the same three movies on repeat. Her favorite book is Six of Crows by author Leigh Bardugo. This is Kassidy's first time working on a literary magazine, and she is so excited to read your submissions!

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Madeline Korb
Editor | Submission Promoter | Visual Art Editor

Madeline Korb is a student at UW Platteville working towards her BFA with a Graphic Design Emphasis and an English Minor. At the Spirit Lake Review, her role as the visual art editor and submission promoter has proven to be one that not only challenges her but helps her continue to grow as a graphic designer who also loves to read.

Bradley Pfister
Editor | Web Design Team

Bradley Pfister is a Junior at UW-Platteville pursuing a degree in professional writing. He is usually found reading, writing, petting his cat, or binging shows and movies. He is happy to be part of the Web Design team and can’t wait to see how this year’s issue comes together.

Kevin Dunse
Editor | Submissions Manager

Kevin Dunse is from Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and is a sophomore at UW Platteville-Baraboo. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping, and writing about his experiences. He is working as the submissions manager for the 2023 issue of Spirit Lake Review.

Haley Heath
Editor | Web Design Team

Haley Heath is a sophomore at UW-Baraboo and plans to graduate this spring with her associate degree. She is looking forward to transferring to UW-La Crosse in the fall to pursue her bachelor's degree in Communications & Journalism. She enjoys reading, spending time with animals, and devoting an obscene amount of time trying to find good Netflix shows. She is on the web design team for the Spirit Lake Review's 2023 issue.

Elizabeth Schmitt
Editor | Submission Manager and Organizer

Elizabeth Schmitt is a senior at UW-Platteville pursuing an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Creative Writing, English, Political Science, and Women's and Gender Studies. She enjoys reading, writing, and singing in her free time. She is in charge of managing and organizing all submissions to Spirit Lake Review.

AnaCapri Peterson-Waldvogel
Editor | Web Design Team

AnaCapri Peterson-Waldvogel is a Junior at UW-Platteville studying Professional Writing with a minor in Creative Writing. She is an avid reader, cat lover, and arts and crafts enthusiast. She is excited to be working with the Web Design team on this year's edition of the Spirit Lake Review.

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Alissa Wheeler
Editor | Social Media Team

Alissa is a Senior at UW-Platteville majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Spanish. After graduating in May, Alissa hopes to translate into the court system for Spanish immigrants. She enjoys writing about controversial issues and civil rights and intends to publish freelance writing regarding those topics after graduation.

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