Meet Our Team

The Bayou Review provides a platform for new and established writers and artists to feature their work. Our dedicated prose editor and intern team carefully review all submissions and select pieces ranging from prose, poetry, and visual works.

Fall 2022 Prose Editor


Aiyana McRae

Aiyana “Yani” McRae is a senior English-Creative Writing major at the University of Houston-Downtown. She has a passion for poetry and creative nonfiction and an affinity for the arts. Yani’s contribution to social research earned her essay, “Designing Desire: Postwar Media and the Cultivation of the Cishet American Dream,” the title of “Best Essay” at UH-D’s 15th Annual Gender Studies Conference in 2022. This issue’s Prose Editor plans to continue sharing her work and accumulating both knowledge and experience in various industries, her love for writing acting as her foundation. After her Fall 2022 graduation, Aiyana will continue her education through graduate studies in filmmaking and screenwriting. 

Fall 2022 Interns


Zurisadai Avila

Zurisadai Avila is a senior at the University of Houston-Downtown pursuing a B.A. in English and minoring in Creative Writing. After graduation Zurisadai will join the workforce of resilient public educators. She is involved in the Accelerated Transfer Academy and Sigma Alpha Pi. Zuri enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and unwinding at CrossFit.

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Kaili Mora-Duarte

Kaili Mora-Durate is an English major at the University of Houston-Downtown. Kaili has hopes of attending graduate school where they will concentrate on creative writing, as well as creating a larger portfolio of poetry to publish one day. Kaili hopes to one day have their own classroom, as well as their leather goods shop. Kaili enjoys working on leathercraft, writing, listening to music, and working out. 


David Ramirez

David Ramirez is a senior English major who is tremendously involved at the University of Houston-Downtown. David is a student mentor for and assists the leadership of The Men of L.E.G.A.C.I. in engagement and programming for students. He is also a member of Call Me Mister, The Accelerated Transfer Academy, the national honor society for transfer students, Tau Sigma. Recently he got accepted into the international honor society for English majors, Sigma Tau Delta. His long-term plans are to graduate in the Fall of 2022, be accepted into grad school, and pursue his master’s in education administration.  

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Soren Rivero

Soren Rivero is a senior at the University of Houston-Downtown studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy. Their main focus is on poetry and nonfiction writing, with a heavy emphasis on the former. Soren had the pleasurable opportunity to have two of their poems published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Bayou Review and has since onboarded the editing team as an intern in the fall of 2022. Outside of academics, Soren enjoys dancing (contemporary/modern), writing poetry, reading, and working full-time as a content writer.


Faculty Advisor

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Laura Cesarco Eglin (Uruguay) is a poet and translator, author of six collections of poetry, including Time/Tempo: The Idea of Breath (PRESS 254, 2022) and Life, One Not Attached to Conditionals (Thirty West Publishing House, 2020). She is the translator of Lara Dopazo Ruibal's claus and the scorpion (co•im•press, 2022), Hilda Hilst’s Of Death. Minimal Odes (co•im•press), winner of the 2019 Best Translated Book Award, and co-translator of Fabián Severo’s Night in the North (Eulalia Books, 2020). Cesarco Eglin is the publisher of Veliz Books and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. 

Dr. Laura Cesarco Eglin 

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