Olivia Tejeda is a summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University and a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She graduated in May 2016 with a 4.0 GPA, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Creative Writing Certification.
Over the course of her time at ASU, she worked with Canyon Voices, the student-run literary magazine of ASU’s New College. Over the course of four semesters, she was promoted from Fiction Editor to Lead Fiction Editor, Design Editor, and finally Managing Editor. She was also a member of the student writing group, Emerging Voices.
Prior to going back to school, Olivia was a journalist, marketing writer, editor, and bookstore manager. Her work has been published and syndicated in Gannett and Thompson Reuters newspapers. Her fiction has been published in Best of Friday Flash – Volume 1 , Canyon Voices Literary Magazine, and LitSnack.com. Her poem “A Psychoanalytic Approach to ‘Young Goodman Brown’” won honorable mention in ASU’s School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies Annual Poetry Month Contest in 2015.
In addition to writing, Olivia loves travel, reading, running, photography, and yoga. She continues to work on her novel and plans to keep doing so during her post-graduate studies.