Marco Istasy, Editor in Chief

Marco Istasy is a student of neuroscience, psychology & indolence at the University of Toronto & an off-time poet, writer & inchoate aesthete.

Vivian Li, Associate Editor

Vivian Li is an aspiring writer, musician, and inventor. Her creative works have been published or are forthcoming in magazines such as The Window, Young Voices Magazine, The Spectatorial, and ellipsis… literature & art. Her first poetry chapbook will be out in late fall, and she has finished writing a speculative short story collection. She is also currently seriously editing (and rewriting) her novel. You can reach her @eliktherain.


Veronika Zabelle Nayir, Associate Editor

Veronika Zabelle Nayir is a student of the humanities. Her academic interests lie primarily within philosophy, and she cares deeply about the intersection of law and publishing. She is an aspiring journalist. Having worked at an art gallery for the past few years, she is concerned with the preservation of cultural centres such as museums and libraries. Her literary heroes include Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Leonard Cohen. She is also a defender of independent film, and would probably sell her soul to John Cassavetes. In her spare time, she writes essays on the personal and political.

Allison Zhao, Associate Editor

Allison Zhao is an aspiring author currently studying at the University of Toronto. She haunts bookstores across the city and is forever on the lookout for beautiful moments.

Claire Ellis, Associate Editor

Claire Ellis is studying English and Biology at the University of Toronto, and as a result loves writing science fiction. She enjoys working on campus theatre productions and listens to music while writing, drawing, or tending greenhouse plants.

Lucy Faria, Associate Editor

Lucy Faria is a 3rd-year International Relations and Political Science student with a love for Spanish music, peach apricot tea, foxes, and other people’s pets. Her favorite area of study is Latin American politics, and she loves the word “bamboozled”. You can often find her drinking way too much coffee, including too many adverbs in her sentences, and frequently wishing she was Gabriel García Márquez’s friend.

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Thomas Sider, Chief Blog Editor

Thomas Sider is and aspiring author and essayist studying English Literature at the University of Toronto. He started his career in student journalism as co-founder and copy-editor of Victoria University’s satirical newspaper, The Boundary, in 2018. He is currently writing his first piece of fiction, a play exploring postmodernism and new sincerity.

Louis Butt, Blog Correspondent

Louis Butt is a fourth-year History and Political Science student with a proclivity towards writing on global affairs. Louis aspires to be an international journalist and cultural commentator. His interests include foreign affairs, music, and fashion, which have led to experiences in France, Spain, and Japan. He is currently working on starting his own blog.

Hadiyyah Sara, Blog Correspondent

Hadiyyah Sara is a third-year sociology major as well as a fiction writer, sometimes poet, and freelance writer. She’s curated a playlist of restaurant sounds because she is soothed by indiscernible chatter. Find her work here

Kaylee Hartigan-Go, Blog Editor

Kaylee Hartigan-Go is a first-year student pursuing the humanities and social sciences. She is interested in various forms of storytelling — particularly animated films, musicals, and free verse poetry. She can be found pacing around in bookstores trying to read every title on the shelves.


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