Author Biographies

Anna Bankston

Anna Bankston is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and minoring in Writing. She plans to go into the clinical field of child psychology before eventually transitioning to the role of a college professor. Anna is the publicity director for Spires, an art and literary magazine at her university. Working on the executive board inspired her to submit her own writing for publication, and she now has four pieces either published or awaiting publication! Her two favorite writing styles are creative nonfiction and gothic fiction, and she hopes to one day publish a book under one of these styles!

Christian Barragan

Christian Barragan is currently a senior at California State University Northridge. Raised in Riverside, CA, he aims to become either a novelist or a screenwriter in the future. He has previously served as an editor for the Northridge Review and currently reads submissions for Open Ceilings Magazine. His work has appeared in Pif Magazine, Coffin Bell, and Twist in Time Magazine, among others.

Ryan Bausch

Ryan Bausch is a fourth year English major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to his English degree, Ryan has worked on a creative writing emphasis in poetry, culminating in the creation of a chapbook length collection of poetry to which ‘Another Night in the Motel on the Corner of
Alessandro Boulevard’ is the opener. He is extremely excited be published in 30N and is thankful for the opportunity to share his work

Allison Blythe

Allison Blythe is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in English Literature and Spanish Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. She is currently writing an honors thesis on Stoicism in interwar novels Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Allison is from Los Angeles, California and loves camping and hiking.

Corey J Boren

Corey J Boren -a junior at Utah Valley University with unabashed passion for pop music and Oreos. I love storytelling through both poetry and prose forms, and have been previously published in Touchstones and Warp & Weave. When not writing, I’ll be found ranting about obscure historical events and drawing bad doodles in expensive sketchbooks.

Robin Buchanan

Robin Buchanan is a Sophomore at the University of Colorado Denver, dual majoring in Creative Writing and Art Practices. He is a transgender activist and essential worker, and prides himself on his ability to eat very literally anything on a dare. Robin’s hobbies include fostering puppies, making his own tea blends, and his greatest aspiration is to be a stay at home dad.

Jared Burkhardt

Jared Burkhardt is a junior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying English with a minor in Communications, and is employed as a tutor at the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center. He enjoys abstract writing and off-beat poetry as well as general writing and editing and hopes to start up his own editing company in the future.

Jack Carini

Jack Carini is a nineteen-year-old aspiring poet who has yet to win anything besides the consolation prize of, “Good Work,” and, “Wow, you write?” from older family members and friends. Mr. Carini lives in the Greater New Haven County area and enjoys spending his days biking and occasionally crashing
because he should really get new breaks. Oh, Mr. Carini also wrote most of these poems on the go and hiding in the corners during parties.

JC Choi

JC Choi is an English major and Creative Writing minor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. They are an incoming senior and hope to be a high school English teacher after graduation. Some of JC’s favorite things to do are learn from other accomplished writers and spend time with their chaotic friends. While JC has written multiple creative writing pieces, their favorite genre is poetry, which allows them to write about deep emotional topics while not feeling limited to a traditional format

Adele Bea Cipste

Bea is a junior student at New York University Abu Dhabi, pursuing a double BA in Film & New Media, and Art & Art History. She is an art director and an aspiring production designer for film, with a deep interest in capturing poetic, fragile moments from everyday life also in writing. Currently, she is authoring texts and prepping visuals for Pauls Stradiņš Medicine History Museum. She is interested in the complex interaction between different spaces and one’s inner sense of self. Bea loves theater, long walks, magical realism, dark cinemas and observing minute changes in natural light.

Alison Cummins

Alison Cummins is a senior at Muhlenberg College majoring in sociology and minoring in English and creative writing. She is currently working on her honors thesis in sociology about the Twilight saga and its fanfictions. Alison loves writing for the stage and screen and will be heading off to graduate school for just that in the fall

Nick Danlag

Nick Danlag is the senior editor of The Current, the student newspaper of Eckerd College, and the co-nonfiction of The Eckerd Review, the student literary magazine. He is a creative writing major, and is looking to join the journalism field after he graduates in May. In his free time, he enjoys procrastinating reading, writing, and editing.

Lucy Dearden

Lucy Dearden is currently a senior at Utah Valley University, studying Creative Writing and minoring in Cinema and Media Studies. She typically writes contemporary fiction in the form of short stories and scripts. However, she does keep things spicy with the occasional poem or two. Lucy vehemently believes that film isanother form of literature. She hopes to one day be the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge, but, for now, in-between finishing her degree and watching a gross amount of movies, Lucy is ecstatic to have any of her work

Stephanie DeGnore

Stephanie DeGnore is currently studying English with a Concentration in Creative Writing at Kenyon College. She enjoys a wide variety of genres and is constantly experimenting with new writing forms. You can usually find her munching on something delicious while devouring a good book.

Anna Raelyn DeJonge

Anna Raelyn DeJongeis a senior at Florida State University studying Creative Writing and Communications, as her two passions are writing and people. She’s originally from Michigan and hopes to move back to the Midwest after graduation to be closer to family. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the kitchen cooking up new recipes, or hiking outdoors with her naughty dog, Monella.

Brennan Drake

Brennan Drake (she/her/hers) is a college junior in Minnesota. This is her first publication.

Heather Drouse

Heather Drouse is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Heather loves to write folksy poems and embroider in her spare time, and when the weather is right, she likes to go hiking. After graduation, she hopes to publish a poetry anthology with all that she’s written throughout her time in college.

Megan Fleeharty

Megan Fleeharty is a freshman at the College of William and Mary, where she is a Sharpe Scholar pursuing a degree in neuroscience. Originally from Virginia Beach, she loves hiking, reading, watching sadmovies, and listening to folk-punk music. Her dog, Frankie, helps her edit everything she writes. Megan hopes to one day become a professor and use science to advocate for social justice.

Kelly Gilbert

Kelly Gilbert is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice comprises painting, drawing, and sculpture. Her work investigates self-expression and identity, often juxtaposing robust figures with thoughtful, gazing subjects. She is currently a senior at UNC Charlotte pursuing a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History. For more, see

Kiel M. Gregory

Kiel M. Gregory lives and tends bar in Sackets Harbor, NY. He holds a B.A. in English literature, creative writing, and philosophy from SUNY Oswego and has been accepted into the MA program in English at Binghamton University. He has served as Guest Editor for the North Country Writers Festival and Managing Editor for Jane’s Boy Press. His prose and verse appear inLips, Paterson Literary Review, aaduna, Gandy Dancer, Audeamus, Furrow and elsewhere. Visit for more.

Graham Hammond

Graham Hammond is a film student at Chapman University. He is studying to someday become a screenwriter. His love for poetry began his freshman year of high school. He has attended the Sewanee Young Writers Conference and Juniper Institute for Young Writers, and will be applying to further conferences in the future.

Zander Harpel

Zander Harpel is a sophomore at Hamilton College majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. He plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduation

Didi Hoyt

Didi Hoyt is a junior at Boston University majoring in English and Film & TV. After graduating, she hopes to either start working in the publishing industry or get her masters in English abroad. She has two elderly cats and a puppy at home in Washington DC, which is her favorite city in the world.

Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain is a Senior at North Central College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Double minoring in English and Mathematics. During her college career, she was the president for Dev 131 (The computer science club), president for Sigma tau Delta (NCC’s chapter of the international honors society for English), and was one of the Editors for 30 North. It is extremely rare to have someone who constantly supports your passions; and she would like to thank her dad for being that person for her.  Fiction, creative writing, concerts, coffee, good food, cats, candles, and Taylor Swift are some of the things that make her happy. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in cyber security.

Emily Jay

Emily is an English major finishing her undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University. She also has some design experience and loves taking awful nature photographs, sketching, and doing anything outside. She enjoys reading, writing, and editing to a concerning extent. At the time of this publication, she is probably still deeply entrenched in potty training her adorable puppy.

Olivia Kretchman

Olivia Kretchman is a senior at Washington & Jefferson College, studying English and History. She plans to further her education at law school. She also plans to become a freelance writer one day. She is an antisocial over-thinker who loves cats. She spends most of her free time contemplating how to get the McDonald’s snack wrap back on the menu.

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee is a senior at Syracuse University double majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. After graduating, he aspires to attend medical school and law school with the goal of practicing clinical medicine while contributing to healthcare policy. Patrick began writing poetry in college and intends to continue writing after graduation. His favorite animal is a red fox, and he can play trumpet, piano, and guitar!

Alejandro Lucero

Alejandro Lucero is a writer from Sapello, New Mexico by way of Denver. Heserves as an intern and assistant editor for Copper Nickel. Pushcart Prizenominee, his most recent poetry can be found, or is forthcoming, in TheSusquehanna Review, Thin Air Magazine, Sink Hollow, among other journals.

Diamond Mark

Diamond is a rising junior at Smith College, where they major in English and minor in Government. They hail from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Other academic interests include global and black feminism, the politics, history, and literature of the African diaspora, social justice, and diversity and inclusion. They enjoy all types of creative writing, and hopes to become a published author one day. If not writing, they spend their time reading, dancing, and meditating.

Sammy Massimo

Sammy is a Senior at Washington & Jefferson College where she studies history and political science and serves as an associate editor for the Wooden Tooth Review.

Gwendolyn Nurkiewicz

Gwendolyn Nurkiewicz will be graduating from West Virginia University in this May with a B.S. in Immunology and Medical Microbiology with a minor in Creative Writing. Motivated by her creative and scientific background, she hopes to blend science and writing in her career to respond to a need for stronger, more effective science writing. Out of the classroom, Gwendolyn loves to crochet and has just started practicing yoga.

Fatoumata Ouedrago

Fatoumata Ouedrago is a sophomore at Harvard. She is studying government; ethnicity, migration, and rights; and Spanish. At school, she is involved in Harvard Model UN and Mock Trial. She is passionate about advocacy, human rights, and international development. When she’s not in Zoom meetings or studying,she loves to read, dance terribly, and watch Netflix!

Kristian Perez

Kristian Perez is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida. He ismajoring in creative writing and was previously the Vice President of Writers Uknighted, a creative writing club inclusive to all majors. His work can be found in Sink Hollow, The Blue Route, and Susquehanna Review, 30 N, and the Merrimack Review. On his free time, Kristian likes to watch mixed martial arts and videos about fountain pens.

John Phillips

John Phillips graduated with a degree in English, with a concentration in Literature and Culture, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) this past January. He is currently in the first semester of graduate school at IUP, pursuing a master’s degree in English, concentrating on Composition and Literature. Outside of IUP, he enjoys swimming, Twin Peaks, snacking on some peanut butter, playing video games, and spending time with his family and friends.

Annie Przyszny

Annie Przypyszny is a Creative Writing major at American University. Her poetry has been published in the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 issues of AmLit, AU’s student-run literary magazine (for which she has been an art editor for two semesters). Some of her inspirations include spring flowers, Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, Emily Dickinson’s volcano poems, and her dear, cherished friends.

Phoebe Rodriguez

Originally from Orange County, CA, Phoebe Rodriguez is a senior Theatre major at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, with a minor in English Writing. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a playwright. Her poetry has previously been published in Viterbo’s literary magazine, Touchstone, and her first play, In Limbo, received a socially-distanced debut production last winter. Phoebe enjoys painting, reading, watching cartoons, and being outside.

Jonny Samuels

Jonny Samuels is a third year student at the University of San Francisco. He is not an English major, although he prides himself on his ability to adhere to anti-philistine tendencies. His writing is littered with semi-embellished accounts of the life he wishes he never had.

Liam Strong

Liam Strong is a Pushcart Prize nominated queer writer and studies writing at University of Wisconsin-Superior. They are the former editor of NMC Magazine and currently the Chapbook Editor for Michigan Writers Cooperative Press (MWCP). Their music and literature criticism can be found at The Promethean and White Pine Press (Northwestern Michigan College). You can find their essays and poetry in Impossible Archetype, Rathalla Review, Glass Mountain, Lunch Ticket, Chiron Review, Panoply, Prairie Margins, and The 3288 Review. They live in Traverse City, Michigan

Edward Michael Supranowicz

Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.

Debadrita Sur

Debadrita Sur is a student of English Literature at Presidency University, Kolkata. She also works as a film columnist at Far Out Magazine. She is a serial procrastinator who dreams of travelling the world and swimming with sharks someday!

Carly Taylor

A Kentucky native, Carly Taylor studies comparative literature and creative writing at Stanford University. She is a desk editor for Stanford Daily’s Arts & Life section. Outside of class, she practices taiji and wushu with Stanford.

Heather Thaler

Heather Thaler is a first-year creative writing student at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Her other academic interests include English literature and religious studies. She is currently writing a science-fiction novel about individualism as a form of idol worship. Heather is very eager to speak to a cloud, if ever the opportunity should present itself.

Madina Tuhbatullina

Madina Tuhbatullinais a senior at Waldorf University, Iowa. She double majors in English and Creative Writing and minors in Communications. Madina is an international student from Turkmenistan. She aspires to work in book publishing or a related field, while working on her own creative pieces. Aside from writing, Madina loves conversations about social issues and philosophies.

Gelaine Vestal

Gelaine Vestal is a senior English and Theatre major at NCC. Gelaine is involved in Untitled, Tonacity, Cardinal First, and College Scholars in addition to working as a tutor for the Writing Center and an intern for Minerva Rising Press. Gelaine is also the author of the play What Happened Here, which is part of the Theatre Department’s 2021 Spring Season.

Anna Wright

Anna Wright is a senior undergraduate student at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She is studying Peace and Justice, with minors in English and Community Food Systems. Growing up immersed in the mountains of Northern Colorado, Anna’s writing focuses largely on place and the natural world. After graduation, she hopes to pursue outdoor education, community justice work, and to continue writing nonfiction and poetry

Emma Yahr

Emma Yahr is currently a senior at North Central College, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English Studies. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 Ruth Cooley Poetry Prize,and excerpts from her poem, “Healing: An Index” were featured on She has previously presented work at the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and is a proud feminist and poet

Anneke Zegers

Anneke Zegers is a sophomore student at Duke University. She is majoring in English and minoring in Latin and Creative Writing. As well as writing poetry, Anneke also enjoys reading, prose writing, jogging, hiking, and fencing; she is a varsity athlete on the Women’s Fencing Team at Duke. She particularly enjoys writing about themes such as Christianity, women’s empowerment, and the beauty of nature.

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