The MockingOwls are a bunch of weirdos, goofballs, and fun-loving word nerds who just happen to have a similar vision: see the world become a better place. We’ve invested a lot of time in our vision, encouraging folks to share their thoughts and dreams through loving, non-judgmental, and honest images, performance pieces, and stories.

And because our whole purpose is connection and community, we thought you’d like to get to know us each a bit and better understand who we are, especially since most (all?) of us do some of the writing here at the MockingOwl Roost. We love hearing from folks, too, so if you feel like one of us would be a great friend, hit us up on social media or send us an email. We’ll be glad to hear from you!

Kitten Queen & MockingOwl Roost Mascot

Princess Lady Stardust McKittyton Pike – Another Queendom, Another World

The Princess celebrates her Coronation Day every September 6, on the anniversary of her coming home to take up residence in the Mock-Pike palace. Both this and the annual celebration of Her Royal Fluffiness’s birth, June 3, should be celebrated with much excitement, fireworks, and veritable banquets of fresh yellowfin tuna and king salmon. When not celebrating these all-important dates, the Princess spends her time enjoying books (they make for a great bed!), dining on kitten food (adult cat food = adulting, which she refuses to do), napping in awkward positions, stealing all the comfortable furniture (particularly the taller servant’s side of the bed), and playing with the irreplaceable yellow jingle ball.

Co-founding Editor-in-Chief & Executive Director/Producer for MockingOwl Studios

Rita Mock-Pike – Illinois, USA

Editor-in-Chief and Staff Director of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike (she/her) is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has taken inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.

Follow her on InstagramFacebook,
or LinkedIn. Or visit her website for short stories, fitness, and more. You can also get a copy of her cookbook The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook, I Love Trader Joe’s Air Fryer Cookbook, the forth-coming I Love Trader Joe’s Cooking for Two (May 7, 2024) or
her novels Nobody’s Girl or Drop Dead Daisy (under the pseudonym Juanita Millhouse).

Co-Founding Commissioning Editor & Chief Creative Officer for the MockingOwl Realms

Soren Porter – Illinois, USA

Soren Porter – He/him, INFJ, 30s-ish I think?, happily forever taken (sorry lads and ladies!). Writing reflections of faith and philosophy. LGBTQIA+ ally and sworn enemy of white supremacy. You might hear Soren ranting against evil policies, sharing ridiculous pop culture, or tossing around some theological thoughts on Tumblr or Twitter.

Commissioning Editor & Creative Team

Cynthia Ann Lublink – Midwest, USA

Writing has been a part of Cynthia’s life since she was 9. In the early 2000s, she became editor-in-chief of her motorcycle club magazine. For 5 years, her column, Gracie’s Heart, in Christian Biker Magazine inspired bikers across the United States. She has contributed to various biker magazines and newsletters. Beyond her writing, Cynthia is a biker chick with a lady’s heart and 40 tattoos that tell her life story. She is not just a cancer survivor but a life thriver. She is Mama to two grown children and Oma to eight grandchildren, all of whom she adores.

Commissioning Editor Cynthia Ann Lublink

Head Copy Editor

Tandy Malinak – Illinois, USA

Tandy Malinak was engrossed in visual art, stage performance, and storytelling before she knew what the words meant. A second-generation homeschooler with a BA in Elementary Ed, she also knows kids and homelife; set her down with a cup of tea, and she’ll go until you stop her. She loves fantasy, sci-fi, Nintendo, board games, studying the Word, the smell of a campfire, the sound of ocean waves, and all things feline—to name a few! Originally from Seattle, Tandy now lives in Chicago’s northside with her husband, 2 dragon-loving kids, and 4 cats. Tandy recently perched herself on Twitter’s branch. She’s still figuring it out but will make noise there eventually.


Nancy Mock – Illinois, USA

Nancy (she/her) was born in Montana, raised in Ohio, and moved to Florida almost 30 years ago. Mother of Rita Mock-Pike and her two siblings. Nancy learned to make computers “dance” in the early 1970s, with her husband’s encouragement, before most people had computers in their homes. She’s had a lot of experience formatting magazines, flyers, etc. throughout her life. As a retiree, her favorite hobbies are still crafting (mostly sewing) and reading.

Layout Editor Nancy Mock

Staff Poet & Writer & Actress

Sue Cook – Illinois, USA

Sue Cook (she/her) lives in Illinois with her husband Randy and dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.

You may follow Sue on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or view her filmography on IMDb.

Copy Editor

Emily MacKenzie
– Scotland, United Kingdom

Emily MacKenzie is a Canadian-born writer who currently teaches Secondary English in Scotland. She studied English and Creative Writing at Carleton University in Ottawa, although her love of writing developed long before that. Emily loves exploring different narrative formats and styles in her own writing, and while she tends to stick with long or short prose fiction, the odd poem slips through from time to time. She can most often be found tackling one of several young adult fantasy stories she intends to publish, both on her tablet, and on the walls with stickies, markers, and poster paper.

Publisher Annali Carmel

Co-Founder & Creative Team

Annali Carmel – New South Wales, Australia

Annali Carmel (she/her) enjoys her life in rural New South Wales, where she listens to a lot of music, does some singing, and welcomes the occasional affection of Aria the cat when she deigns the peasant worthy.

Regular Contributor & Performing Artist

Faris Ridzuan – Singapore

Faris is a multilingual musician, artist, and writer. He has played roles such as education and youth policy officer, tech product policy manager, branding and curriculum lead, strategy lead, manpower lead, and social science and interdisciplinary researcher. He is due to graduate soon with a Master’s in Malay Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he tutored Asian and Malay Studies, winning teaching awards. Faris graduated from NUS with a First Class Honours in Sociology, minoring in European Studies. He has been leading national, regional & global initiatives such as Youth Panel Member for AMP 4th National Convention, Global Project Advisor for Connecting Climate Minds, and Co-Lead for Asia, Global Indigenous Youth Summit on Climate Change. Faris was awarded the prestigious NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2023.

Learn more about Faris on LinkedIn, enjoy his music on TikTok and YouTube  and discover some of his research and writings in the publications section on LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

Regular Contributor

Perri Dodgson – England

Perri Dodgson was born into an RAF family, which meant travelling extensively and receiving a disjointed education. Her first job was a layout designer for a publishing house, then for twenty years she worked in the care sector, looking after the elderly and mentally ill. Now retired and living in Wellingborough, England, and after joining a writing group, she discovered the joy of writing. She has had features published in magazines and online literary magazines and been ‘highly recommended’ in a national competition. She also explores interior design and embroidery. Currently she is researching for her book which will be a biography.

Regular Contributor

MJ Delfin – Mexico City, Mexico

MJ Delfin is a Mexican-American feminist writer and cat mom who dreams in English instead of her native Spanish, with a Literature degree from The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a special interest in Shakespeare, fantasy, and folklore. Subtitle editor, translator, and fledgling voice actress. Currently works, happily, at a museum. Her stories have been dramatized in several podcasts (Sin aliento, Vanya Reads, the 80 Cuentos bilingual anthology by Studio Ochenta), posted in online literary magazines (Revista Marabunta, Revista Irradiación, The MockingOwl Roost) and will soon be published formally by ITA Editorial.

Find more on MJ’s Instagram.

Belinda Edwards – Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Belinda Edwards is an African American writer who was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on a collection of essays that explore social justice and anti-racism issues through her experiences. By weaving threads of familial and community memories with the threads of current and past national events, this book, much like quilting, will take an old fragmented western narrative and piece together a new one. She earned her M.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently facilitates various writing groups.

Find more on Belinda’s website.

Regular Contributor

Ray Villacorte – Cavite, Philippines

Ray Villacorte is a writer from the Philippines and studied English at the PUP – Manila. When he’s not busy spending hours writing about people falling in love, Ray is creating digital illustrations with themes of outer space and nature.

Regular Contributor

John Muro – Connecticut, USA

A resident of Connecticut and a lover of all things chocolate, John Muro has authored two volumes of poems – In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite – in 2020 and 2022, respectively. He is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a nominee for the Best of the Net Award and, more recently, he received a 2023 Grantchester Award. John’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Barnstorm, Delmarva, Moria, River Heron, Sky Island and the Valparaiso Review.

You may follow John on Instagram.

Staff Writer & Interviewer

Katie Daniels – Florida, USA

Katie Daniels (she/her) is a speech language pathologist in Florida, where she resides with her husband and their pup-child. She has dabbled in professional and personal writing over the years, but only recently began sharing her work with others. She is a proud Florida kid who enjoys meeting new people, seeing new places, and all things related to laughter, travel, faith, Disney, reading, and F.S.U. football. She is easily bribed with donuts or mac ‘n cheese. She would love to connect on Instagram.

Regular Contributor

Milene Correia – Caucaia, CE, Brazil

Brazilian multidisciplinary artist. Major in English Language and Literature, taking a specialization course in Teaching of Drama. I write, rewrite, draw and compose and expose because my heart can’t fit all these feelings. Leo, Queer, 92.

Follow Milene on Instagram for more.

Regular Contributor

Issy Jinarmo – Australia

Issy Jinarmo is the pen name for the writing trio Jill Baggett, Narelle Noppert and Maureen Kelly OAM. We live far apart, Mudgee, Picton and Adelaide, but started writing never ending stories by email during the lockdown. We have had eight stories published in anthologies and magazines. We never tire of seeing where our next story will take us.

Find more on Issy Jinarmo on the Fellowship of Australian Writers.