medina | editor-in-chief
medina (they/them/their) is a queer Honduran nonbinary trans adoptee who lives in NYC. Their writing has appeared in: them, Catapult, Self Magazine, Bustle, The Establishment and more. They are an MFA Creative Writing Candidate (WFCYA) at The New School. medina is currently working on a queer contemporary middle grade novel. When they’re not writing, they enjoy bedroom DJ’ing, music, reading and all things nature.
Gabrielle Rodriguez | managing editor
Gabrielle Rodriguez (they/them/their) is a non-binary Puerto Rican pursuing a BA in English at Mount Holyoke College on full-ride scholarship. They’re a Taurus sun, Scorpio rising, Virgo moon. If you don’t know anything about astrology, that’s a cocktail of constellations that means they’re a perfectionist hungry for success. As if school and work aren’t enough, they’re also a staff writer for the books and literature section for Mt. Holyoke’s newspaper. They’re in the process of writing their debut novel and excited to help other QTPOC get their work out in the world. They love bringing other writers’ worlds to life in Theater, watching all the Twilight movies instead of doing homework, and sends you all the love and light you need.
Isaiah Frisbie | media manager / contributing editor
Isaiah Frisbie (he/him) is a Latinx poet from Southern California. He earned his dual BA in Literary Arts and English Nonfiction Writing from Brown University and is currently pursuing his MA in Civic Media from Emerson College. A queer, first-generation college, and low-income student himself, his previous professional experience is namely in community organizing and student advocacy. He is particularly invested in the intersections of writing, social justice, educational equity, and artistic activism.
Andy Lopez | culture editor & events assistant
Andy Lopez (he/him) is a Latinx writer based in New York City. He is currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. His writing has appeared in The Olivetree Review, Hunter College’s literary and arts magazine, which he has worked on as Prose Editor since the Spring of 2018. Currently, he is working on a chapbook composed of flash fiction pieces centered on a queer character’s experience with entering adulthood. His favorite place to read is on a New York City subway train, preferably when sitting.
Thalia Del Carmen Sanchez | mg & ya editor
Thalia (she/her) is a bisexual Cuban immigrant currently working out of Florida. She attends New College of Florida, where she is pursuing her BA in English Literature. Her main aim in her career is to create spaces where those from marginalized communities can join together, uplift each other, and broadcast their art. Through her writing, she hopes to diversify the literary world, as well as bridge the gap between the Latinx community and the Queer community. She is currently working on an anthology of personal essays that highlights the challenges of being a Latinx individual in a primarily white, affluent community and university. When not working, she can be found getting lost in a book, debating the merits of the latest movie or tv show with her friends, or adding to her ever-expanding music playlist.
Danielle Monique | non-fiction Editor
Danielle (she/her) is a fat queer Black witch who writes short stories and essays. She is a Mount Holyoke College alum (’18) living in Baltimore, and a current cog in the non-profit sector with an intent to be in an MFA program by next fall. You can find more of her work on her website.
Chantel Watts | non-fiction Editor
Chantel (she/her/hers/they) is a creative living in NYC currently getting her bachelors degree in Creative Writing, Chantel writes poetry, stage and screen plays, fiction, and creative non-fiction, has published two books of poetry, is regularly published for her work in academia and creative outlets. Chantel loves to teach and speak publicly about the power of black and queer stories being told in all forms, and seeks to uplift marginalized communities by giving them the tools they need to tell their stories unapologetically.
Elle McKenzie| fiction editor
Elle (she/her) is a Black queer writer based in Brooklyn. She earned her B.A in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Drexel University. Her writing has appeared in 21Ninety, Milk, Femme, Collectively and more. As a proud member of the QTPOC community, Elle strives to create change and visibility for all marginalized groups simply advocating for a voice. When she’s not writing/reading/editing, Elle enjoys venturing out with her chosen family or browsing true crime docs to watch.
Poetry Editor | Erika Del Carmen Ruiz
Erika Del Carmen Ruiz (they/them) is an agender Latinx person from San Bernardino, California. Since early tweenhood, Erika has understood the power of poetry as a tool that aids in healing generational trauma. They received their BA in Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. Their work has been published in: shufPoetry, The Redlands Review, The Body Is Not An Apology, and Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick. Currently, Erika works as the LGBTQ Youth Organizer with Inland Congregations united for Change (ICUC) and Inland Empire Prism Collective (IEPC). In this role, they guide QTPOC youth through leadership development and self advocacy. Erika’s overall life goal is to carve out spaces where marginalized people come into their own power and authenticity. In their free time, Erika reads tarot cards, religiously uses the internet, and cuddles with their cats.