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Katrina Agbayani, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Katrina Agbayani is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto studying English and Literature and Critical Theory. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found biking by unnamed fields.

Marissa Lee, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Marissa Lee is a freelance writer and avid reader studying English, Book and Media Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Toronto. She has particular affections for both gothic and modern fiction, and a keen interest in digital storytelling. She appreciates the power of the semi-colon, but is honestly not sure if she’s ever used one properly.

Jeanne Polochansky, Associate Editor

Jeanne Polochansky is a fourteen-time published poet, three-time author, and a 1st-year Life Sciences student at the University of Toronto. Due to her strong concern around the accessibility of creative writing for youth, she opts to work behind-the-scenes of this fascinating world, such as formerly editing & designing her high school newsletter and currently acting as a youth editorial advisor at the Toronto Public Library. She balances the overwhelming domination of literature in her life by dancing, studying Nordic history, or engaging in conversation about the works of van Gogh (whom she would’ve loved to have the pleasure to meet), and is found most at peace with a book, a cup of hot cocoa, and a cat by her side.

Veronika Zabelle Nayir, Associate Editor

Veronika Zabelle Nayir studies Ethics, Society, and Law and Philosophy. She has particular affections for hermeneutics and political and critical theory, and is interested primarily in questions of exile, trauma and memory, archives, and translation. When not writing, she enjoys 20th century art and poetry, and Armenian studies.

Diana Vink, Associate Editor

Diana is a first-year Humanities student planning to major in English at UofT, and an aspiring writer and poet. Her favorite kind of work is that which bends the boundaries between poetry and prose— this is the work they usually write and are passionate about exploring! Beyond that, Diana has a special love for spoken word, an affection for semicolons, and an addiction to Times New Roman. 

Julliana (Yanni) Santos, Associate Editor

Yanni is a third-year English and Psychology student who aims to memorize all of Dickinson’s poems at some point in her life. She is the Arts editor of The Mike and has written articles for various campus newspapers. She writes poetry, short fiction, and letters (lots of letters) and is eternally grateful to the Canada Post (except for that one letter they lost which shall never be recovered, and which she mourns deeply). Something about the epistolary genre speaks to her soul (for some reason!) and she aims to explore it further.

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Marissa Lee, Chief Blog Editor

Marissa Lee is a freelance writer and avid reader studying English, Book and Media Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Toronto. She has particular affections for both gothic and modern fiction, and a keen interest in digital storytelling. She appreciates the power of the semi-colon, but is honestly not sure if she’s ever used one properly.

Hayley Munro, Social Media Manager

Hayley Munro is a third-year English student at the University of Toronto who doesn’t do much besides watch Seinfeld and pet her cat. She likes to pretend she’s pursuing a career in academia when in reality she’s waiting to move to the forest, write trashy novels, and bake bread.

Madhav Mukundan, Blog Correspondent

Madhav Mukundan is studying Linguistics and Film at the University of Toronto. His interests include literature, indie film, film festivals, and nice whiskey.

Lilly Stewart, Blog Correspondent

Lilly Stewart is a 4th year English Specialist at the University of Toronto. She is an aspiring novelist who is obsessed with coffee, Mary Shelley, and period piece films. When she’s not reading or writing, she is either listening to ABBA or buying yet another overpriced gel pen. 

Wenying Wu, Blog Correspondent

Wenying Wu is an aspiring playwright currently studying English, Literature and Critical Theory, and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Her hobbies include committing grammatical infractions and abusing animal symbolism. She spends her free time theorizing how to romance monsters, ghosts, computers, and other inhuman entities.

Allison Zhao, Blog Correspondent

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.

Ava Iafrate, Blog Correspondent

Ava Iafrate is a first year English and Cinema student. She appreciates music and film of all kinds, reading literature that is not a course requirement and generally stays away from people who dislike soup.

Chloe A, Blog Correspondent

Chloe A is a second-year student majoring in Theatre Performance and minoring in English and Creative Expression and Society. Writing and music are her favourite things to do, and she always enjoys getting new music recommendations and things to read!

Cleo Sood, Blog Correspondent

Cleo Sood is a fourth year student at the university of Toronto studying philosophy and English lit. She’s destined herself to pondering her lack of practical skill because of a great love for reading that’s led to a necessity for writing. Sood enjoys anti-heroes, problematic artists and her similarly antagonistic cat.

Fiona O'Brien, Blog Correspondent

Fiona O’Brien is a third-year student studying History and Renaissance Studies. She enjoys making mediocre coffee, overanalyzing poetry, and secretly reading fantasy fiction. As for a unique skill, she is quite talented at ear piercing.

Guy Mizrahi, Blog Correspondent

Guy Mizrahi is a second-year student at the University of Toronto studying Philosophy and English.

Jaclyn Pahl, Blog Correspondent

Jaclyn Pahl (she/her) is currently trying to break the habit of putting two spaces after every period. She is a forth year student at the University of Toronto studying Cinema and English Literature. She is an avid reader of novels, criticism, and drink menus. She greatly laments the loss of the Starbucks inside the Robarts Library.

Manuela Mora Castillo, Blog Correspondent

Manuela Mora Castillo is a first-year student in the Social Sciences. She is planning to go into political science next year, and enjoys reading,  and watching horror movies. As a committed believer in the power of art and an amateur historian, she is fan of visiting random museums, especially if they contain historical information.

Sylvia Woolner, Blog Correspondent

Sylvia Woolner is a fourth year student majoring in Literature & Critical Theory with minors in Sexual Diversity Studies and Creative Expression and Society (it’s a bit of a mouthful). When not struggling to express her ever incomplete thoughts, she enjoys participating in theatre, the feeling of icy wind passing through her winter boots, finding fault with main characters, and cheating at solitaire. Her favorite kind of poetry finds significance in triviality

Una V, Blog Correspondent

Una V is a second year European Studies and English Major with a Minor in Russian Literature. She is always happy to talk your ear off about the Brontë sisters, Anton Chekhov, or all-things-Russian. In her spare time you’ll find her sipping coffee at any number of U of T’s cafes, or at her favourite local bookstore, The Scribe.

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