Staff

Maxine Peseke60482885_10215980602482060_6745249247924322304_n

Organizational Assistant 

Maxine L. Peseke is a book reviewer, editor, and administrator with Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC. She plays an intricate role in website and social media maintenance.

Her work has previously appeared in the Winter 2015 edition of Catching Calliope, in both the poetry and prose sections; and she has worked previously as a coordinator and host of Valencia County’s first poetry slam and open mic, encouraging new and young writers to participate in the active poetry community in Albuquerque.

During her time as an active member of the ABQ slam poetry community, she qualified and placed third in the OUTSpoken Queer Poetry Slam Championship, in 2013, and again in 2014 when she tied for third place. In 2013, she was among the top 10 female poets in Albuquerque and competed to represent the city at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Lately, she loves on other writers and can be found in an snowy small town in Northern Ontario, where she finds poetry in the giggles of her two girls and in every falling leaf, though her neighbours know her as the lady who tells her dogs to stop barking all too frequently.

Kat Crespin

Founder and Managing Editor

Kat Crespin founded Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC in 2013 and has worked diligently in all aspects of the business.

Before beginning Swimming with Elephants Publications, she created a poetry community for the youth in Rio Rancho, NM, which involved producing and often hosting a monthly Open Mic and Slam and writing workshops.

A lifelong writer herself, she has been published in various ezines, magazines, and anthologies. She also spent time on the performance stage, touring across the country in 2011 and participating in NPS in 2015, before hanging up her microphone to focus on publication. She is the author of two chapbook collections, two out of print collections, and three current books through Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC.

Kat lives gratefully and happily in New Mexico with the love of her life. She continues to write, perform, and publish her own writing on a smaller scale under her maiden name on the website Flower and Sun.