Jessica “Jess” Ballen

MFA in Creative Writing candidate Jessica “Jess” Ballen was named managing editor of submissions for Lunch Ticket, the literary magazine from Antioch’s MFA community. Ballen, who started contributing to Lunch Ticket during their first semester at Antioch as a poetry reader, expressed their excitement in helping to lead the Lunch Ticket team to a successful 24th issue.

“I knew I wanted to move into a management role after my first week as a poetry reader,” says Ballen. “I fell in love with Lunch Ticket and wanted to give the publication my all.”

Ballen, whose book of poetry, kosher, was released in January 2023, will miss reading poetry submissions on a regular basis, but they’re happy with the change.

Established in 2012, Lunch Ticket is a student and alumni-run digital magazine that publishes weekly content as well as bi-annual issues that focus on spotlighting writers and artists from underserved communities. The magazine publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, literary translation, writing for young people, visual art, and feature interviews. Issue 24 will be released in December 2023.