We are pleased to announce that we’re currently hiring new staff members. Interested in joining us? Read on…

Half Mystic is currently searching for up to two new staff members to join our team. Applicants should be passionate about music and have some experience in design and/or other fields related to the job they are applying for. Currently all of our jobs are remote.

In addition to specific duties for the respective positions, all staff members are expected to collaborate with the team over Slack and occasional email communication for ideation and execution of plans to help Half Mystic grow. One of our strengths as a press is that we work as a tight community of staff members to produce creations that are lasting and carefully crafted. Applicants should be willing to participate as active members of and contributors to this community. Applicants should also have excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

To apply, email hello [at] halfmystic [dot] com with the following information:

  • Bio (short, third-person bio about yourself)
  • What music means to you (what draws you to music? What keeps you there? Are you a listener, creator, both? Why do you love it?)
  • Resumé (prior experience in the field you’re applying to)
  • Supplementary material (see individual position descriptions)
  • What you’ll bring to Half Mystic (what is your spark? What do you have that no one else does? This is the core of the application – sell yourself to us, make a case for why we need you!)

The positions available are as follows:

  • Designer: create graphics using public domain stock images adhering to Half Mystic's visual aesthetic, for use on social media, the blog, and our email newsletter. Note that applicants may apply both as a designer and social media correspondent (see below); it is not mandatory, but if you are interested, simply include supplementary material for both jobs. Supplementary material: choose three of Half Mystic’s recent blog posts and create alternate graphics for them. Also create three sample graphics for use on social media; one should read “Half Mystic Journals’s Issue III: Nocturne out now”, the other “20% off all Half Mystic Journal issues this weekend”, and the third "Melissa Atkinson Mercer's Knock out now from Half Mystic Press".

Send us your application at hello [at] halfmystic [dot] com. General questions can be directed to the same email. We truly cannot wait to hear from you! xx


Topaz Winters, founder, creative director, & editor-in-chief

is 18 years old. She is the author of three books, most recently poems for the sound of the sky before thunder (Math Paper Press, 2017), as well as the writer/star of the award-winning short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017). She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. If you know where to look, she can be found at her website; if not, she is nestled between the lines of the song you could have sworn you've heard echoes of before, if only you could remember where.

favourite songs: Promise by Ben Howard; The Scientist by Coldplay; Featherstone by The Paper Kites; Holocene by Bon Iver; Waltz of the Flowers by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Danie Shookohi, press editor & blog correspondent

is 23, Iranian American, and based out of Boston. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Iowa in May 2016, armed with a degree in Political Science and a lasting fear of debating politics with relatives. Her work can be found in Ink Lit Mag, Plain China Press, and Clash. She attended the 2012 Iowa Young Writer's Studio and the 2014 Irish Writing Program. She speaks four languages (English, Farsi, French, and Arabic). Her favorite activities - other than writing, of course - include going on long rants about how much she loves Oscar Wilde, playing piano, cooking excessively elaborate meals complete with plating, and mock trial.

favourite songs: Conversation 16 by the National; Mazurka in B-Minor, Opus 33 No.4 by Frédéric François Chopin; Landfill by Daughter

Tanya Singh, journal editor

is a poet from Chandigarh, India. Their work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Eunoia Review, Polyphony H.S, and elsewhere, and has been recognized by Times of India and The Great Indian Literary Festival, among other places. They are the founder & editor-in-chief of The Cerurove, a literary magazine that celebrates original works of quality and the spirit of humanity. They think they are nine cups of magic magpies who live inside a doe-eyed teapot with a hole, and dream, the size of a universe.

favourite songs: Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler; Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte by Maurice Ravel; Tank! by Seatbelts; Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo by Farida Khanum


Charika Swanepoel, blog correspondent

is a South African poet, mystic, amateur, and literary scholar. Her work has appeared in the Kalahari Review, Itch Creative Journal, Twitterization Nation, Murmur Journal, and is forthcoming in a Medusa's Laugh Press anthology, Bluffton University Literary Journal as well as South Africa's oldest surviving journal, New Contrast. Charika is shortlisted for the 2017 Platypus Press Celestial Bodies poetry series and is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University, with a special focus on the works of T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. She loves fancy pastries, poetry, paleoanthropology, and existentialism.

favourite songs: Lacrimosa (Requiem For My Friend) by Zbigniew Preisner; Tiny Dancer by Elton John; Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds by The Beatles; Once Upon Another Time by Sara Bareilles; Down in the Willow Garden by The Chieftains ft. Bon Iver

Lydia Eileen, blog correspondent

is a 17 year old lesbian from Detroit, Michigan. On her off days she enjoys researching international politics, eating warm lunches, attending art shows, and watching the world grow. Her poetry has been featured in Half Mystic Journal, Hypertrophic Literary, and Fig Root Press. You can find more of her on Twitter @lydbidness.

favourite songs: Human by the Killers; Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment; Michicant by Bon Iver; Youth by Glass Animals; American Dreamlife by Marc E. Bassy

Christina Im, interview correspondent

is 17 years old and, more than anything else, still learning. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Words Dance, YARN: Young Adult Review Network, Rose Red Review, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In addition, her work has been recognized in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, the Adroit Prize for Poetry, and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

favourite songs: Youth by Daughter; King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men; Buzzcut Season by Lorde


Rebekah Markille, designer

hails from the rainy city of Portland, Ore. where she currently studies communications and biology at the University of Portland. She expects to graduate in May 2017 and hopes to begin a post-bac graphic design degree with Portland State University in 2017. She loves literary fiction, Dungeons & Dragons, and taking mid-afternoon naps. She takes her coffee with a dash of cream and enjoys sending book-themed postcards to her friends. She is the editor of Ephemera Magazine, a zine for the artistic and activist-minded.

favourite songs: Welcome Home, Son by Radical Face; Sedona by Houndmouth; Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Eiaundi

Zara Munro, social media manager

is an autistic poet and storyteller, currently studying English Literature and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Striving to make a space for herself in the artistic community, she is currently working towards her very first chapbook. She was a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writers Award – a national award for young people aged 13-17 – in 2013 at the age of 15. Her poetry has been published in the Young Writers Award 2013 e-book and has also appeared on Monstering Magazine's blog, and in The Dinner Table Review. Zara is the director of social media at Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people. Zara can be reached via her blog.

favourite songs: Feel It Coming by Iwan Rhion; In A Week by Hozier, ft. Karen Cowley; May It Be by Enya; The Destruction of Laputa by Joe Hisaishi

Rachel Sucher, social media manager

is a queer-identified Vermont writer, activist, performer, horsewoman, and intersectional feminist. Rachel is the founder & editor-in-chief of COUNTERCLOCK. Her poems have been shortlisted for the International Literary Award (Rita Dove Award in Poetry) and the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets, and longlisted for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. A mentee in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, she has also attended the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf and the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Her work is forthcoming in Tinderbox. When she isn’t wrestling writer’s block or the patriarchy, Rachel can be found snuggling puppies, making music, and overthinking in her nerdy poet's notebook.

favourite songs: The One I Love by David Gray; River by Joni Mitchell; I Found by Amber Run; Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Touch by Shura; Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman