Cerissa DiValentino is from New Paltz, NY and is currently studying Creative Writing and Literature at SUNY Purchase College. She predominantly writes fiction, but loves nonfiction and poetry, too. Her work has appeared in Cathexis Northwest Press, The Chronogram, For Women Who Roar, The Daphne Review, the Of Love and Dedication anthology by the Live Poets Society of NJ, Teen Ink’s Print Magazine and The Telling Room. She loves her plants, reading Lorrie Moore and spending time around big mountains.
“If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” – Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle
Vicktor Bueno is a Creative Writing major and a Screenwriting minor at Purchase College. Their favorite topics are LGBT+ Fiction and Science Fiction; sometimes even lovingly combined into a category they jokingly call “gay-liens.” Vicktor hopes to complete a PHD in Creative Writing and become a college professor that encourages bending the concepts of sex, gender, time, and existence itself.
“Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire
Jaimie Gaskell is a Creative Writing major with a keen interest in fiction and fantasy. Her plays have been featured in theaters including The Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Albany’s Capital Repertory Theater.
“Rock ‘n roll, buckaroo!” – Shane Madej, belly-up on a pentagram
Tanner Shirkey is a Creative Writing Student in SUNY Purchase with a particular interest in prose. He writes a lot of Realistic Fiction and is often talking about nonsense.
“I think we humans can’t understand each other if we have the same language or not. So, I think that we have to enjoy this unreasonable world.” – Yoko Taro
Keegan Sagnelli is an Arts Management, Creative Writing double major with a concentration in poetry. His love for poetry grew out of years of songwriting and performing in bands. His work has been published in Italics Mine and Genre: Urban Arts.
“We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived.” – Tracy Chapman
The son of two firefighters, Colin Sharp-O’Connor grew up in a swamp in an ornithological reserve in upstate New York. At age sixteen he won the Royal Canadian Henley, quelling any and all suspicions that he watches, like, a ton of anime, and is the singular culprit behind a number of revisions made to US Rowing youth safety guidelines. He likes to cook and writes fiction about the country.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Amy Middleton is a Graphic Design and Creative Writing double major from Westchester, New York. She enjoys writing poetry and the color green, and has been described as a “notebook hoarder.”
“My arrogance knows no bounds and I will make no peace today, and you should be so lucky to find a woman like me.” – Jenny Holzer
Dylan McKenna is a senior Creative Writing major at Purchase College. He writes, drums, and considers living healthier to stall the inevitable plunge into psychosis.
“May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.” ― George Carlin
Savannah is a senior Creative Writing major and Literature minor at SUNY Purchase. She is an aspiring high school creative writing teacher and short story writer who specializes in fiction and mystery. Her favorite movie is The Dark Knight Rises. She has a deep love for animals and enjoys traveling, photography, and exercising.
“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” – Shaun Hicks
Kayla Lunden is a third year Arts Management and Creative Writing double major at SUNY Purchase, with a concentration in poetry. In addition to writing both poetry and fiction, she also enjoys writing and playing, but primarily singing, all kinds of music, including her favorite genres: blues, funk, folk, and jazz. Kayla also enjoys painting and being outside, much of her work being laced with the cold and beautiful upstate NY that is her home.
“We get it, poets: things are like other things” – Mike Ginn
Ingrid Eileen Kildiss
Ingrid Eileen Kildiss is a junior creative writing and journalism double major. When she’s not in class you can catch her in the basement of the Hub working on SubMag or in the pool with the swim team. She enjoys short stories by Calvino and Vonegut and hopes to write her own book of short stories someday.
“It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.” – Holly Black
Channa Goldman is from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is currently studying Creative Writing at Purchase College with a concentration in poetry, and a minor in Jewish studies. She derives inspiration from the Beat Generation, and loves poetry that dabbles with the taboo and intimate. She has been writing poetry for pinstripedzine.com since 2017, and continues to currently. Her older work has appeared in Rookie Mag, teenink.com, and grlmag.com.
“The paper burns but the words fly away” – Rabbi Akiva
Winnie Richards is a junior Literature and Creative Writing double-major, and an excited editor for this year’s Poetry Board at Italics Mine. Winnie writes a whole lot, reads a whole lot more, and recently invested in a little telescope to look at birds.
“Don’t follow leaders, watch your parking meters.” – Bob Dylan
Born in Russia and raised in Long Island, New York, Kris Rubertone is a twenty-one-year-old in her senior year at SUNY Purchase. Studying Creative Writing with a focus on poetry and a minor in history, Kris hopes after school to pursue a career in agriculture and farming, as well as tending to her love of poetry and writing in her free time.
“Want to perform a miracle? Forgive yourself.” – Rune Lazuli
Dan Galasso was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. At an early age, he became interested in writing, film, and music; he began composing music, writing stories, and creating short films with his friends as a teenager. He is currently studying Creative Writing at Purchase College in New York.
“Throw back the little ones and pan fry the big ones.” – Steely Dan, Throw Back The Little Ones
Leila R. Louhaichy is a senior Creative Writing major at Purchase College. They are from Brooklyn, NY, thrives on organized chaos, and loves Angel Olsen.
to the moon,
Among the cows”
– Jack Kerouac
Meagan Sweeney is a senior Creative Writing major at SUNY Purchase, the secretary of Writers Club, and a managing editor of Italics Mine. In her free time, she enjoys listening to many podcasts, creating characters, and collecting notebooks.
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.” – Carrie Fisher
Carly Sorenson is a managing editor of Italics Mine, the president of Writer’s Club, and a senior double major at SUNY Purchase. Last year she was a nonfiction editor of Italics Mine, and this year she is excited to work on the magazine in a new capacity. She also works as a bookseller at Barnes and Noble, where she sells several Bibles daily to one mysterious customer.
“Love is never any better than the lover.” – Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Photography courtesy of Alexander Atkinson (@alean_inson).