Founding Editor, 2009 – 2011  //

In the summer of 2009, Andrew Stephens, Matthew Miller, and I joined together to form Fractions Journal, a free print journal aimed at the creative distribution of the arts. With community support, this full-color publication featured visual artists, writers, musicians, film makers, and craftspeople involved with creative arts.

For my part, I was active daily in editorial duties and fundraising while keeping up with community lectures and organizing. I organized various benefit concerts, promotional expeditions, and our Issue 01 debut at the WSU Shift Space. It was an invaluable experience that led us through some unexplored territory and through the paths of some amazing people in the art and writing community. Thank you to everyone who supported the project.

Read Installment 01Installment 02, or Installment 2.5.




Our mission was perhaps best captured in our call for submissions. We said, “Whether your passion is painting, designing clothes, typography, or assembling 1:64 scale models of yourself – we want to share it. It provides a chance to get others interested in the things that intrigue you. It’s a publication aimed at engaging the senses and providing access to the work happening in the community and beyond.”

As we progressed, so did our scope of engagement. We soon established Collections, a free database of local and regional recordings. To date, 38 complete albums– many of which were created specifically for Collections– are available, complete with images, track listings, and our own reviews. We continue to build this catalogue.



Founding Assistant Editor (2011 – 2012)


Mojo, the online journal produced by the graduate students in Wichita State University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, is brand new. As the Assistant Editor of Issues 01 & 02, I worked with our writers, artists, and genre editors to establish the aesthetic of the magazine.



Our first issue, the product of a lot of work throughout the fall of 2011, launched January 21st, 2011. The work we received still has us grinning: fiction from Dale Bridges and Stephanie Wilson; poetry from Marit Ericson, Amy Fox, Carl James Grindley, Mark Petrie, Theadora Siranian; and interviews with artist Heiko Müller and widely acclaimed author Tim O’Brien.

Rudy Oldeschulte of The Review Review said of the first issue:

Mojo is not only a good read, but an enjoyable experience – fun, thoughtful, and provocative.


Issue 02 featured fiction from Peter Tieryas Liu, Rupprecht Mayer, Sadie Hoagland, Brendan Kiely, as well as poetry from Salvatore Attrado, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Kelly Morse, Kevin Heaton, Bill Neumire, and Lindsay Miller. The issue was well-rounded with the addition of creative non-fiction pieces by Kara Garbe Balcerzak and Shay Belisle.




A Pinch of History

Mikrokosmos Literary Journal has been publishing out of Wichita State University for over fifty years. The journal has seen extensive changes in writing trends and editorial design. It has the distinction of publishing the work of William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford, among others.

mojo is the leap into all things digital. Though it was a very large undertaking, building an online literary magazine from the ground up has its advantages: this relatively new form left us to determine what exactly we wanted from a journal and make it. The page design, the linkable pages, the dedicated art pages, and more came from the conversations between the editorial staff and Phylum Design, our design counterparts to the inaugural issue.


LIV Fest is a two-day music and arts festival held annually in downtown Wichita.

As a co-founder of the LIV Music Festival, I booked bands, created press materials, coordinated with artists, and helped manage a growing budget. I’m proud to have worked with a talented group to sustain the production from 2010-2013. LIV Fest set out to be an acknowledgment of the city’s commitment to music, art, and culture. A way to give exposure to local acts while exposing the city to innovative music from around the country.




LIV Fest puts on display the best of diverse genres: indie, hip-hop, rock, bluegrass, folk, and funk, among others. 2010 featured Split Lip Rayfield, French Horn Rebellion, Student Film, The Non, Weather is Happening, Berry, and many more. 2011’s list boasted Murder by Death, Solagget, Hot Club of Cowtown, Manish Law, and returning local favorites like Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Spirit of the Stairs, Too Femme. The 2012 festival is proud to feature Y La Bamba, Appleseed Cast, Chris Mann, Broncho, and many more. 2011 & 12 were hosted at The Orpheum Theater in Downtown WichitaTheater and outdoor stages, delicious food, beers, drinks, and plenty of shaded and air-conditioned areas will keep you refreshed through 2 great days of music.


The (Allegedly) Entertaining Report – Impact 0614 from Justin Rupert on Vimeo.



Beyond the annual festival, LIV Fest also organizes a Presentation Series. These shows help bring in national talent throughout the year and strengthen musical connections in Wichita. The shows are filmed and recorded, leaving the touring bands with great promotional material that will raise awareness of the fest. Here are some examples: