meet who is behind inQluded!
medina | founder, editor-in-chief
medina (they/them) – 33 y/o inQluded parental unit – is a genderqueer honduranx adoptee who lives in brooklyn. 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. when they’re not writing, they enjoy bedroom DJ’ing, music, reading and all things nature. they are represented by marietta zacker. their book, the one who loves you the most, comes out fall 2021!! also read more about inQluded here.
Gabrielle Rodriguez | managing editor and social media manager
Gabrielle (they/them) 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.
Aaron H. Aceves | culture editor & PR director
Aaron (he/him) 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.
Rohan Zhou-Lee | marketing assistant
Rohan (They | She | He | Siya | 他) 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
Elle McKenzie| fiction editor
Elle (she/they) 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.
Amina Iro | poetry editor & non-fiction reader
Amina (she/her) raised in Prince Georges County, MD, holds a B.S. from UW-Madison in Neurobiology and English Creative Writing. Amina has performed in venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Washington Convention Center, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL, and the State Theatre in Tshwane, South Africa. Her work can be found in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Dreginald.
Erika Del Carmen Ruiz | poetry editor
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.
Gaia Metelli | copyeditor
Gaia (she/her) is a high school sophomore from MA. She loves writing’s ability to create spaces of safety, empathy, and understanding. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Mineral Lit, Glass Poetry, Eunoia Review, Write the World, Blue Marble Review, and elsewhere. She’s currently writing a YA fantasy novel with themes of colonization, classism, and chosen family. When not writing, she’s binging crime shows with her friends, listening to electro-pop, or drinking far too much tea.
Angelo Lorenzo | inQluded ambassador
Angelo Lorenzo (he/him) is a writer from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Although based in Southeast Asia, his works have appeared in various international publications such as New Pop Lit, Prismatica Magazine, and Burning House Press, The Wellington Street Review, and The Elixir Mag, among others. Currently, he is taking his Master’s Degree in Literature at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan while sending manuscripts to potential agents.
A. C. Glass| music supervisor
A. C. (they/them) is a Black, genderfluid producer, vocalist, and visual artist from Pittsburgh, PA. A music lover since they were young, A. C. has been making music of their own since 2016 under the name Angela Cameron. They believe anybody can make music, and hope to encourage and promote music by queer people of color.
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