The Eckleburg Project

A TAMU Literary Journal

The Eckleburg Project is the official undergraduate literary magazine of Texas A&M University. We are a student run magazine featuring student poetry, prose, and art. Just over two years old, with now five issues under our belt, we started with the idea in mind that art should be free to the community and easily accessible.

Without community, art would not exist, and artwork is a direct reflection of that community. Thus, became our name, inspired by Doctor T.J. Eckleburg from The Great Gatsby. Dr. Eckleburg acts as a symbol of the all seeing eye over the city, not missing a single event or happening. To truly be a great artist, one must act as an acute observer to the environment.  In order to grow in your art, you must surround yourself with art. Herein, The Eckleburg Project was born.


This ragtag team of misfits makes up The Eckleburg Project editorial board. 

Sasha Adams, Editor in Chief

Sasha Adams, Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief, Sasha Adams

Sasha Adams is a junior Biomedical Sciences major from Huntsville, Texas. She started out as a Poetry screener in Spring 2016, moved on to Prose Editor in Spring 2017, and recently became Editor-in-Chief . On a normal day, you will find Sasha procrastinating on homework by eating copious amounts of tacos or napping with her super cool pitbull, Nala. She will come out of her cave by being bribed with iced coffee, food, or doggos.

Jason Arrington, Managing Editor/Sloth

Jason Arrington, Managing Editor/Sloth

Managing Editor, Jason Arrington

Jason is a junior English and Philosophy  double major from Plano, Texas.  He joined The Eckleburg Project in Spring 2016 as a Prose Screener and moved on to become the Managing Editor in Fall 2017 . In his free time he enjoys chess, Miles Davis, and not doing the reading for class.

This picture is actually Jason-he's a sloth.


Marina Buttecali, Treasurer

Marina Buttecali, Treasurer

Treasurer, Marina Buttecali

Marina is a member of the Aggie Class of 2019 and is studying accounting to pursue a career as a CPA. She was born and raised in The Woodlands, Texas, but it has been a goal of hers to attend Texas A&M University since she was in the sixth grade. She became a staff member of The Eckleburg Project her freshmen year in order to be a part of a small group of people working together to produce a magazine that spreads the creativity of other students. In her spare time, Marina enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with her pets. She adores animals, especially her dog back home, Dixie. In the future, Marina would love to travel the world, especially to Australia, Germany, and Greece in hopes of developing her career internationally.

Savanna Hoover, Prose Editor

Savanna Hoover, Prose Editor

Prose Editor, Savanna Hoover

Savanna Hoover is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing. She started writing for The Eckleburg Project as a blogger in Spring 2017. Savanna is currently writing for Spirit magazine and tutoring local elementary school students. In her free time, she enjoys reading political literature and cheering on the Texas A&M Hockey Team. Her favorite place is the Texas Hill Country, with a close second being the shark tunnel in the Dallas Aquarium. After graduation Savanna plans on starting a vineyard, traveling, and continuing her writing career.

Maggie Stephens, Poetry Editor

Maggie Stephens, Poetry Editor

Poetry Editor, Maggie Stephens

Maggie Stephens is a sophomore English major, Communications minor from San Antonio, Texas. Maggie joined The Eckleburg Project as a screener in Spring 2017 and became Poetry Editor the following fall. Currently, Maggie works as a research assistant in the Communications Department, and dreams of one day working as a copy editor in a real publishing house. She enjoys reading Stephen King, watching Downton Abbey, and drinking black coffee.


Head Designer, Kirbie Koonse

Head Designer, Kirbie Koonse

Head Designer, Kirbie Koonse

Kirbie Koonse is a junior English major, minoring in Graphic Design (but A&M calls it art). Raised in the heart of Austin, TX, she has a long-term love for tacos, dogs, and live music. Though she began her time with TEP as a blog writer, she found her way to Head Designer through a few internships and the right professors. Kirbie is currently an intern for the TAMU English Department, where she creates/designs/edits The English Aggie, among other things. She has previously interned at Ubuntu and Austin Fit Magazine.  You can find her with her dog somewhere, probably. 

Blog Manager, Jackson Greer

Jackson is a Blog Manager. He did not submit his bio, so this is all I will put.

Great hair, though.

Flo Davies, Academic Advisor

Flo Davies, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor, Florence Davies

Florence Sarah Davies is the Academic Advisor for The Eckleburg Project. She possesses MFA in Writing & Literature from Stony Brook University, specifically the Southampton campus located on the east end of Long Island, New York. Currently, she works at Texas A&M as an Administrator for the University Writing Center. Prior to that, she worked for the non-profit, Writers in the Schools Houston, as a visiting creative writing instructor. She has completed one secret and slightly terrible novel for young adults, and has another in progress—yay! She’s worked at more bookstores than you have and can definitely tell you where to find that copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Reading Lolita in Tehran. She currently lives in College Station, Texas with her three stealth blogs.

Our Teams

Screening Team

Melody Christensen

Breezy Zuniga



Fundraising Team

Reagan Spexarth



Design Team

Jihyeon Joung



David Alvarez

Evelyn Leal

Erin O'Hara

Margaret Clark



© Texas A&M The Eckleburg Project, 2017