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medina | FOUNDER, editor-in-chief, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

 

SHELLY ROMERO | PT EVENTS COORDINATOR 

Shelly Romero (she/her)  is an assistant editor at Scholastic. She graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in English and attended the 2017 NYU Summer Publishing Institute. She is a part-time events coordinator for inQluded, and is a member of Latinx in Publishing, People of Color in Publishing, and a junior mentor for Representation Matters Mentorship Program. She lives off of coffee, carbs, and pop-culture. To see what she’s reading, watching, or ranting about, find her on Twitter @_smromero. 

 

Aaron H. Aceves | culture editor & events assistant

Aaron H. Aceves is a Mexican-American writer born and raised in East L.A. He graduated from Harvard College in 2015, where he received the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Award after being nominated by Jamaica Kincaid. His fiction has appeared in Germ Magazine, as well as Raspa Magazine, a literary magazine focusing on the queer Latinx experience. He currently lives in New York, where he is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Columbia University, and is represented by Tina Dubois of ICM Partners.

 

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.

 

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 (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.

Rohan Zhou-Lee | Community Engagement Intern

Rohan is a ballet dancer and writer in New York City. Recent performances include Over Here!, a Broadway musical revival, and Indiana Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker as The Snow King and Cavalier. In 2015, their one act play The Soldier’s Home was produced at Circa Pintig, Chicago’s premier Filipino American theatre company. Zhou-Lee holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Northwestern University, Class of 2013. Since their playwrighting debut, Rohan has been working on fantasy that explores themes of colonisation and a contemporary queer YA anthology