Name: Sarah Kennedy

Position: Faculty Advisor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book is usually the one I am reading right now. If a book doesn’t engage me right away, I go on to the next one!

 

Name: Gwen Elverson

Position: Editor-in-Chief

Pronouns: They/She/He

Favorite Book: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg — It is a fiction novel published in 1987, though you may be more familiar with the 1991 film adaptation. The movie was actually my grandmother’s favorite, and it seems I inherited her love for it. It’s a novel that shifts from the past and present through the storytelling of Ninny Threadgoode to a younger woman named Evelyn Couch. Ninny recants the story of her youth while living in Alabama to the young woman, weaving snippets of a cafe her sister-in-law ran, dubbed the Whistlestop Cafe. It has major historical backdrops, though I encourage you to read it yourself to truly experience it!

 

Name: Addison Eubank

Position: Senior Website and Social Media Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book is a YA historical fiction novel by Sharon M. Draper. Copper Sun allows you to embark on the journey of a daughter in Africa and how she becomes a slave. History has always been one of my favorite subjects; the details and accuracy Draper is able to incorporate throughout this book is fascinating.

 

Name: Abby Ramey

Position: Junior Editor

Pronouns: She/They

Favorite Book – My favorite book of all time has got to be either The Female of the Species by Lionel Shriver or We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I have an affinity for young adult novels, which is what both of these books are classified as. Both novels capture what it’s like to be young and confused (albeit in very different ways) and they explore themes like mental illness, responsibility, and the possibility of alien life while creating a bond between the reader and the characters within. I also really love the blend between day-to-day life and the surreal that can be found in these books.

 

Name: Aviyana Green

Position: Junior Editor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book is called Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. The book is about a man and his experience of being in a concentration camp during WWII. He speaks about how him having a purpose in life motivated him to survive. This is my favorite book because I was going through a very tough time and had to stay in the hospital, and when I read this book there was a quote that gave me motivation to get better. It stated that “those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

 

Name: Jaliyah Bryant

Position: Senior Poetry Editor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: Passing by Nella Larsen is one of my favorites because it dives into the difficult subject of being Black in a predominantly white world. It shows how Black individuals feel forced to change in order to be successful in life. Although the ending is not the happiest, I admire the author for deciding to speak truthfully about this subject and being successful in it.

 

Name: Rachel Webb

Position: Junior Editor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book is Green Rider by Kristen Britain because I love the characters written in that book. It’s a book that I can always go back to when I’m in a slump.

 

Name: Ophelia Wright

Position: Senior Art/Photography Editor

Pronouns: She/They

Favorite Book: My favourite book is Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’ve always loved coming-of-age stories, so my best friend suggested I read it, and I connected with Charlie early on since I related to his introversion. Following alongside Charlie as he goes through his freshman year of high school, all through letters he wrote, and never really knowing what was going to happen next or if Charlie had left something out/dramatized it kept me pretty invested. It’s a good cult classic for anyone who wants to read something that tackles topics like queerness, loss, and mental illness.

 

Name: Nina Copeland

Position: Senior Fiction/Nonfiction Editor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I really appreciate the examinations of revenge, morality, and forgiveness in the novel, as well as the interwovenness of the plot that gets more and more convoluted throughout. It certainly has some heft with most versions containing over 1,000 pages, but the read is well worth the muscle strain!

 

Name: Asude Ertaş

Position: Junior Editor

Pronouns: They/Them

Favorite Book: My favorite book is Madonna in a Fur Coat – it’s a pretty old Turkish novel, but I think they translated it to English a few years ago too. I like it because the way it’s written feels familiar, like at home. Plus it doesn’t have a perfect ending. The imperfection of it makes it feel real and better. I also love a few of the short sayings it has in it, they all describe an aspect of life and love perfectly.

 

Name: JaNique Jackson

Position: Junior Editor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite Book: My favorite book series (because I could never just choose one book) is the Percy Jackson series. I used to hate reading as a kid, but this was the first series that made me appreciate books so it’s become my comfort series.