Mikesch Muecke, Chief Editor at Culicidae Press, holds degrees from the University of Florida and Princeton University. When he’s not knee-deep into publishing, he teaches design studios, history/theory seminars, and courses on digital applications in the Architecture Department at Iowa State University. As polytekton he maintains a design/build practice and continues to create at every scale, from photographs and posters via books and pamphlets to full scale interior designs and small buildings. More information about his design work can be found online at polytekton.com. He recently published a photography book — Museyrooms — about the intersection of humans and the space of art in museums, through his personal imprint at Obvious Press. For more information click here.


Our very first intern for Culicidae Press since 2020 is Sami Strait. She grew up in Illinois and moved to Madrid, Iowa, a few years ago. She is married and, with her husband, has a wonderful four-year-old, Gunner.

Sami is excited to learn everything about publishing! Since she was a little kid, she constantly had a book in her hands, and both of her parents are the same way. No matter what genre, Sami appreciates the hard work and creativity authors put into their stories. She always wanted a career involving books and finally decided to just do it! Sami is very excited to start this new journey…

Peer Review Readers

Any manuscript flying in through our transom is sent to at least two peer reviewers who respond with their assessments/recommendations of the text. The editor then compiles the findings and sends them back to the author(s) with either a positive (publish) or negative (don’t publish) evaluation. Often times the answer is “don’t publish yet but continue to improve the text.”