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Elizabeth Abrams

Fiction / Social Media & Marketing

Elizabeth Abrams is from Rochester, NY and currently studies Creative Writing and French Language & Culture at SUNY Purchase. She has a love for fantasy and coming-of-age stories. She has also made a habit of making useless things, as there is no better avenue of expression than that which is removed from expectations. 

“If you wait for lightning to strike, you’ll wait forever. Time and time again I’ve found, creativity favors those who show up.” — Justin McElroy

Grace Mahony

Fiction / Layout & Design

Grace Mahony (they/them) is a potato dumpling studying Creative Writing with a double minor in Screenwriting and Film at Purchase College. They love reading queer books, yelling at the TV, and writing reviews online. Other than working on fantasy stories and screenplay adaptations during quarantine, they’ve also been fostering cats. Their work has been featured in Italics Mine and gotten an honorable mention from the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards. 

“You want my phone number? It’s useless. The best way to contact me is to fill a human skull with acorns and vigorously shake it into the night. I will hear you eventually.”

Mason Martinez

Fiction / Social Media & Marketing

Mason Martinez is a senior in Creative Writing and Public Relations for Writer’s Club at Purchase College. Their work has appeared in Youth Communication’s magazine and textbook as well as their former college’s literary magazine, Writer’s Who Don’t. When they’re not writing or studying, they’re working at a local bookstore and caring for small animals. 

“Be lost. Give up. Give in. In the end it would be better to surrender before you begin. Be lost. Be lost and then you will not care if you are ever found.” — V.E. Schwab

Olivia Abrams

Olivia Adams

Fiction / Social Media & Marketing

Olivia Adams is a junior Creative Writing and Playwriting/Screenwriting major at SUNY Purchase. She’s known not only for her general writing, but also for her cult classic Chuck E. Cheese horror improv piece she performed on campus. She has been published in Italics Mine and Gutter Mag. She also has three sisters, which may not seem relevant, but will definitely come up in conversation.

“you hope
that there is nothing left to lose, and​
all there is, is there to find.”
— Laura Ruby, Bone Gap

Kelly Cashman

Fiction / Events

Kelly Cashman is a Creative Writing major with a minor in Playwriting at SUNY Purchase. Her favorite book series that she rereads every year is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and Kelly hopes to be as good as her one day. She’s been published in thePULP and Gutter Mag. She loved working at the college’s library before the 2020 pandemic and hopes after graduation to get her master’s and become a librarian herself.

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.” — Sol Saks

Victoria Payette

Fiction / Art

Victoria Payette is a junior Creative Writing & Literature major from Plattsburgh, New York. She’s a music school drop-out and a sub-par comedian. Reading fiction all her life, she’s found a voice in writing short works of psychological horror and the queer experience. She’s pursuing a career in editing and has a deep love for dissecting and deconstructing fiction.

“Make happy happen.”

Shannon DeNatale

Poetry / Art

Shannon DeNatale is a Creative Writing major at SUNY Purchase with a concentration in poetry. She finds inspiration in leaf-littered backyards, that just-rained-smell and the complexities of marine life. Shannon’s Long Island upbringing played a large role in her affinity for the fauna and flora of the Northeast.

“All goes onward and outward… and nothing collapses.” — Walt Whitman

Rissa Medlenka

Poetry / Layout & Design

Rissa Medlenka is double majoring in Creative Writing and Dance and minoring in Theatre and Performance at SUNY Purchase. She is currently writing for the Conservatory of Dance Racial Equity Group. In her spare time, Rissa enjoys dabbling in any field of art she can find, including car singing.

“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” — Midnight in Paris

Lianna Lazaros

Poetry / Website

Lianna Lazaros is a third-year Creative Writing major at SUNY Purchase and an Assistant Editor of Small Orange Journal. A poet from the Bronx, they love to study astrology, play the guitar, and collect scented candles. Their older work has been featured in Italics Mine.

“There’s only one rule that I know of, babies: God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” — Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Hannah Olesen

Poetry / Art

Hannah Olesen is a senior studying Creative Writing at SUNY Purchase College. She joined the Creative Writing program a year late and understands the nerves when presenting your work to other people for the first time. It is her belief that Italics Mine is a great place to start. She has enjoyed writing her whole life and is excited to review others’ work.

“Perhaps there is a language which is not made up of words and everything in the world understands it.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Jasmine Ferrufino

Poetry / Website

Jasmine Ferrufino is part of the writing community at SUNY Purchase. She spends most of her time reading numerous books that she has no place for. She also continually tries to build a safe space for readers and writers to communicate. Although she spends most of her time running around doing things, nothing beats the happiness of lying down on her bed and chilling with Declan, her adorable kitten.

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Julia Tortorello-Allen

Poetry / Events

Julia Tortorello-Allen is a fourth-year Creative Writing major with a dual concentration in poetry and fiction at SUNY Purchase, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Songs of Survival Literary Journal. Her articles and poetry have been published by The Union for Reform Judaism, Survivors to Superheroes, and Submissions Magazine. In her spare time, Julia loves getting tattoos, gaming, and drinking hot chocolate.

“I think that people who can’t believe in fairies aren’t worth knowing.” — Tori Amos

Claire Torregiano

Nonfiction / Layout & Design

Claire Torregiano is from Rochester, NY and is currently studying Creative Writing at SUNY Purchase College. She predominantly writes historical fiction, but loves reading poetry and nonfiction as well. She also enjoys film, television, and music as other forms of artistic expression. She loves her dog, Lily, with her whole heart.

“Write like God gave you the power to go too far.” — Dorothy Allison

Sally Camara

Nonfiction / Events

Sally Camara is a double major in Creative Writing and Playwriting & Screenwriting, with a double minor in Global Black Studies and Psychology at SUNY Purchase College. She mainly writes fiction, although she is just as open to nonfiction, teleplays, and screenplays. She has participated in and won New York’s PitchNY Competition for her television show idea.

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” — Elbert Hubbard

Synovia Roberts

Nonfiction / Art

Synovia Roberts is from New York City and is a Creative Writing major here at Purchase. She has a love for fantasy and heart-wrenching prose. She’s been featured in Gutter Mag and will be featured in Brown Sugar Lit’s first issue.

“What we swingers were going against were uptight squares like you whose bag was money and world domination.” — Mike Myers as Austin Powers.

Kaitlyn Gikas

Nonfiction / Layout & Design

Kaitlyn Gikas is from Ardsley, NY and is a Creative Writing major. She enjoys writing the experimental and the otherwise bizarre. She enjoys anime, video games, and other ways to tell a good story. One day, she hopes to publish her own visual novel, regardless of the challenges the medium may bring.

“I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
— William Ernest Henley

Dylan McKenna

Managing Editor

Dylan McKenna is a Senior Creative Writing major at Purchase College, and as a previous fiction editor for Italics Mine, he’s excited to be working on the magazine in a new capacity this year. He likes to write and bang on things.

“The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.” — Tom Waits

Kayla Lunden

Managing Editor

Kayla Lunden is a Senior Arts Management and Creative Writing major at SUNY Purchase. A Poetry Editor of the journal last year, she currently serves as Managing Editor, and her love for the arts extends to include music writing and performing, and visual art. Kayla is currently a barista at Freedom of Espresso in Syracuse, NY, where she also serves as an editorial intern at ProLiteracy/New Readers Press. She was recently the recipient of the Ginny Wray Senior Prize in Poetry.

“To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough.” — Whitman