Mary Innerst is a student finishing up her last year at ACC and is thrilled to be able to serve as Editor-in-Chief for Progenitor 2019! She was born in Denver and grew up frequently seeking out and enjoying the beauty Colorado has to offer. Two of her short stories have been published, one in Progenitor and another in YARN and she continues to write and read avidly. When her schedule allows, she also enjoys photography, painting, swimming, hiking with her four siblings, and snuggling with her schnoodle, Denny.




Liv is finishing her second year at Arapahoe Community College and is on the way to receiving her Associates of Arts in the spring. She is so thrilled to be participating on Progenitors 2019 staff as fiction editor. Fiction has always been a place of release and liberation for her. She hopes this journal can prompt more reader to find that escape.

Fiction Editor 



Connor is an avid reader and storyteller. His shelves are currently stacked with history textbooks and every publication of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition prints. As a fantasy-fiction buff, Connor signed onto the Progenitor Art & Literary Journal to read through the fiction and poetry submissions. He spends his nights at bar lounges pouring over the setting book for Curse of Strahd (one of his many D&D supplement books).

Poetry Editor



Kharis Park is the social media manager and web designer for this year’s Progenitor. This was her first tome creating a website and thoroughly enjoyed using her creativity to contribute to the journal. She has a deep love of learning and is pursuing a degree in English. When Kharis isn’t writing or reading, you can find her rocking raves with her fiber optic whip or cuddling with her fuzzy friends. She can be contacted at

Social Media Manager & Web Designer 



Alex is a student graduating this year for Graphic Design & Illustration.  Her plan after college is to sell artwork and her own merchandise at anime and gaming conventions.  She is also a competitive gamer and competes in  esports tournaments around the nation. Traveling is a huge part of her life and she believes working from home helps her stay in tuned with her hobbies and interests.

Graphic Designer



Tim has wide and varied interests in everything from brown liquor to slightly golden brown liquor. When he isn’t dancing with his daughter he can be found occasionally doing some writing, although speaking is his strong suit. He also has this crazy idea about a podcast...

Assistant Editor



Nic Coleman is attending ACC. He spends a majority of his free time reading and writing. This semester he is reading non-fiction for the Progenitor.

Nonfiction Editor



Kenan is working on his Associate of Arts to transfer to CU Denver for a B.A of English with an emphasis in Writing. His hope is to be a published fiction writer and work either as a game writer or technical writer. 
He wanted to work on the Progenitor to see what happened behind the scenes of art and literary magazines. He is the Art and Photography Editor and is excited about his role. He loves all kinds of art and is looking forward to having a hand in getting some wonderful artists published. 
For fun he enjoys writing, playing video games and role playing games, hiking, and spending time with his wife and their three cats.

Art Editor



Faculty Advisor Prof Trotter has taught for ten years at ACC but this is his maiden voyage with the Progenitor, after having advised the Pinnacle the last five years. He feels blessed to have such an awesome staff for his first shot at Lit Journal glory!




James is finished with his degree in Graphic Design and is excited to start his journey beyond ACC. He's very proud of his work over the semesters, especially being a part of this year's Progenitor. He is an avid downhill mountain biker and you can find him near Trestle Bike Park or playing disc golf during the summer. 

Graphic Designer 



John Hall has taught graphic design here at Arapahoe Community College full time since 2004. He worked twenty-plus years in the design industry here in the Denver/Boulder area before that. He currently teaches typography, Adobe Photoshop®, and the portfolio class; and supervises ACC’s in-house internship program, Studio ACC, where The Progenitor is produced.

Graphic Designer

John Hall