Click on the photos for more information about our staff members!

Faculty Advisor

Sean Frederick Forbes, Faculty Advisor

Editor-in-Chief


Rebecca Hill, Editor-in-Chief

Editors


Parker Gregory Shpak, Co-Managing Editor (Production)


Austin Hill, Co-Managing Editor (Fundraising)


Kelly Stoldt, Online Editor


Bailey Shea, Blog Editor


Andrew Katz, PR, Publicity, & Social Media Coordinator


Amanda McCarthy, Poetry Editor


Brianna McNish, Fiction Editor


Jacob Santo, Creative Nonfiction Editor


Jack Sullivan, Translations Editor


Christian Buckley, Copyediting Coordinator

Elizabeth Sankey, Interviews Editor


Max Gasner, Arts Liaison

Panelists

Lili Fishman, Poetry Panelist

Siobhan Dale, Poetry Panelist

Sammi Bassman, Poetry Panelist


Raeann Veronesi, Poetry Panelist


Daniela Doncel, Poetry Panelist

Rachel Conte, Fiction Panelist

Lilia Shen, Fiction Panelist

Sean Frederick Forbes photo credit: Samuel Lahoz
Student photos credit: Elizabeth Sankey

 


Interviews

Rebecca Hill, Editor-in-Chief

Year: Senior
Majors: English; Economics
Why are you on the Long River Review?
In my second year in Long River, I’ve realized I’m enchanted by the process: the numerous, complex, and often behind-the-scenes tasks that go into producing a polished publication.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
My greatest interest has always been fiction although in the past few years I’ve experimented with poetry and nonfiction as well.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Autumn for the colors, fragrance, and intuition of change.

What are your (current) career and life goals?
I’d like to be a novelist, among other things.

What’s some of your favorite books?
I can’t narrow it down to a few. I tend to fall in love whenever I read a good book.


Parker Gregory Shpak, Co-Managing Editor (Production)

Year: Senior
Major: English; Philosophy

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), The Maine Woods (Thoreau), The Confucian Analects, and Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Orwell)

What other things do you do in your free time?
I’m a professional barista, so a lot of my life revolves around coffee.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I focus mostly on contemporary poetry and popular fiction.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I enjoy every season but only in contrast with the others. Folks say the SoCal climate is perfect, but if it’s 70 & dry year-round you would never appreciate it.

Why are you on the Long River Review?
Had a hell of a time last year, so I went for round two!


Austin Hill, Co-Managing Editor (Fundraising)

Year: Senior
Major: English

What are you hoping to accomplish with the LRR this year?
I look forward to bringing as much money in through my fundraising efforts as possible, and to get to know everyone on the staff very well.

What are your career and/or life goals?
Eventually I would like to open up a brewery, and maybe get into the field of publishing along with that.

What other things do you do in your free time?
I row on the club team, watch ice hockey, read books, and spend as much time as possible trying to stay active.

What kind of music do you like?
Country. I do listen to pretty much anything, but I love Country.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy poetry, specifically Walt Whitman.

Kelly Stoldt, Online Editor

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology

Why are you on the Long River Review?
I’m always looking for new ways to be engaged with the art and writing community. I love poetry and have a lot of experience being critical with the work I bring to the table, so being involved here has been a huge blessing.

What other things do you do in your free time?
What free time? I write a lot, meditate, drink lots of water, play Legend of Zelda, read, and watch Netflix. But usually most of that has to wait until the semester is over.

What are your career and/or life goals?
I just got into graduate school to earn a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I really want to end up working in a psychiatric or behavioral unit, specifically at a hospital, so I can work with people in crisis and/or those recovering from trauma.

What are you reading right now?
There are several poetry books I always reread throughout the semester – I like to start my day with a poem. Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Vintage Sadness by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood, Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim, plus a personal essay book by Melissa Broder, So Sad Today.

How would you describe your style?
Depends on the day, but I either fall into grunge/rock/femme revenge, or the artsy bookworm aesthetic.

Bailey Shea, Blog Editor

Year: Junior
Major: Communication; English

What’s your favorite book(s)?
That’s a tough one. It’s usually whatever I’ve read most recently. But I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is one of the few books I’ve read multiple times. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is also a feminist favorite of mine.

What other things do you do in your free time?
If you asked any random person about me, they’d either say, “She’s the girl who powerlifts,” or “She’s my barista.” That should tell you just how much time I spend lifting and brewing coffee.

What are you hoping to accomplish with the LRR this year?
I’m hoping to learn about some career options that are available for English or Communication majors. There are so many careers to choose from, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience in publishing a literary journal and blogging for an organization.

How would you describe your style?
Emo 2.0 meets gym rat meets hipster cool meets Coachella wannabe.

What kind of music do you like?
My music tastes might be stuck in the early 2000s. I love Gorillaz, and old Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy. The Wonder Years is a more current favorite.

Andrew Katz, PR, Publicity, & Social Media Coordinator

Year: Junior
Major: Marketing; Theatre Studies

What are some of your favorite book(s):
Eragon, the Kingkiller Chronicles, Invisible Man
What are your career and/or life goals?
I would like to work on television, preferably in acting and writing. I one day hope to call Lorne Michaels my boss while working on SNL. Life goals: be happy

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?
Husky Tracks ALL DAY

What other things do you do in your free time?
I love to travel, play video games, watch TV, and cook. I do improv comedy too.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Winter is my favorite because all the mosquitoes are dead

Amanda McCarthy, Poetry Editor

Year: Senior
Majors: English

What are your career and/or life goals?
Lawyer, poetry press owner

How would you describe your style?
Trying to look like a real human when I’m really just a squirrel

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
Poetry/pen and ink

What other things do you do in your free time?
Lust after books I’ll never read

What are you reading right now?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Brianna McNish, Fiction Editor

Year: Junior
Major: English

Why are you on the Long River Review?
I wanted to surround myself with other writers and editors just as passionate about writing as I am.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
At the moment, I am very much into fabulism, magical realism, and surrealism. While I am all for general fiction, what I really love writing fiction that experiments with form and reality. My love for fables, ghost stories, surrealism, and fairy tales have led me to write and play with these forms.

What are some of your favorite books?
I have many (many, many, many) favorites! However, my current favorites include What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi, Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo, and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. I also really love any short fiction by Haruki Murakami. Lately, I have been in love with French Symbolist poetry, particularly Rimbaud’s Season in Hell. My tastes are all over the place.

What are your career and/or life goals?
At the moment, I am currently deliberating between applying to either an MFA in Creative Writing or a Ph.D. program in English literature. Ultimately, however, I want to try to pursue both for graduate studies and hopefully assemble enough short stories to create a full-length manuscript.

What other things do you do in your free time?
I am super boring; my time is mostly comprised of reading, editing, and again, more writing. Writing aside, I have been dabbling with illustration work (charcoal is my main medium), binge-watching shows that make me cry or enraged (This Is Us; Sherlock), and attempting to learn how to knit a proper scarf.

Jacob Santo, Creative Nonfiction Editor

Year: Senior
Major: English; Pre-Med

Why are you on the Long River Review?
I am here to provide a well thought out and critical voice, to help the creative non-fiction section represent as many different walks of life as possible. As well as providing a glimpse in to the lives of those who find time to be introspective in the cluttered mess of a reality that we all live in.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I write poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction. As well as drawing, mixing music, cooking and hopefully painting when it’s a bit nice outside. I am also in the process of starting a clothing line, which consists of a few different mediums and hopefully many more in the future.

What’s your favorite season and why?
My feelings change with the seasons, so I guess my seasons change with my feelings. The summer has its obvious merits, along with the splendors of springtime. I was born in January, maybe that’s why I have a cold heart, but fall is always the underdog and who doesn’t love a good underdog.

What kind of music do you like?
I listen to music from a lot of different countries, Portuguese music being a favorite. I listen to most new and old genres, huge fan of modern artists such as: 2Pac, Odesza, Kendrick Lamar, Shiba San, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Dre, and many more. However, I cannot stomach country music; throw on Johnny Cash or even Jim Croce (on the folkier side) I’m all for it, otherwise better turn down that noise.

Jack Sullivan, Translations Editor

Year: Senior
Major: Economics; Spanish

What are some of your favorite books?
I really enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger because of Holden’s complex character and actions. The teenage angst conveyed through Holden made it the perfect book to read in high school.

What are your career and/or life goals?
Happiness in a job that I like around people I like.

What other things do you do in your free time?
I am an accredited ice hockey referee and work the youth through high school levels on the weekends. On campus, I am a coordinator for the Honors Initiative for Prospective Students club. Our mission is to talk about the opportunities available in the UConn Honors Program to prospective students through receptions and Open House.

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?
I work at an ice cream parlor in the summer and have to say Bass River Mud is my favorite flavor (coffee-based ice cream with a fudge stripe, chocolate chips, and almonds.)

How would you describe your style?
I love the pastel-colored shorts and button-down shirt look in the summer. So I guess you could say preppy.

Christian Buckley, Copyediting Coordinator

Year: Senior
Major: English

Why are you on the Long River Review?
Because I have a talent for accumulating stress. Why not add more?

What are your career and/or life goals?
To escape a 9-5 job by becoming a startling success in a creative field. Yikes!

What other things do you do in your free time?
Disappoint my Korean teacher with my inability to conjugate verbs.

How would you describe your style?
Turns out the emo phase was, in fact, not a phase – it’s a lifestyle.

What are you hoping to accomplish with the LRR this year?
Not be personally responsible for grammatical mistakes getting past proofreading. Stay tuned.

Elizabeth Sankey, Interviews Editor

Year: Sophomore
Major: English; Environmental Studies

What are your career and/or life goals?
Not sure about a career, I want to partake in ending the environmental / industrial crisis and also volunteer with a humanitarian organization after I graduate

Why are you working for / on the Long River Review?
I took a class with Sean Forbes last Spring and I adored him, I ended up attending the release party for the 20th edition of LRR and knew immediately I wanted to be a part of this.

What other things do you do in your free time?
I play guitar, hike and photograph, write poetry, go to concerts.

What kind of music do you like?
Psychedelic pop/rock, alternative, acoustic

What are you hoping to accomplish with the LRR this year?
To collaborate with all the intelligent artists I have met through the LRR, and to hopefully and surely learn something from them.

Max Gasner, Arts Liaison

Year: Senior
Major: English

Why are you on the Long River Review?
The road less traveled didn’t work for me, so I thought I’d let myself get swept up by the river.

What other things do you do in your free time?
I collect musical instruments for audio sampling, before using them to make electronic music.

How would you describe your style?
Passively poetic

Lili Fishman, Poetry Panelist

Year: Sophomore
Major: English

Why are you on the Long River Review?
I don’t know what I want to do with my English major, so I figured this would be a good way to find out if literary magazines is something of interest. Turns out it is.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Summer because it’s easier to go on adventures. Plus, the beach.

How would you describe your style?
Writing style? Honest. Clothing? Lots of flannels, t-shirts, jeans, and Vans.

What kind of music do you like?
Pop, indie, rap, R&B, alternative. Mostly everything except metal.
What are some of your favorite books?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Siobhan Dale, Poetry Panelist

Year: Junior
Major: English

What are your career/life goals?
I’m hoping to go to grad school as soon as I graduate. From there, I’m slightly unsure of what I want to do, but I definitely know that I’m looking to do something creative. I really love film so going into that field, either in writing or production, would be ideal. But if that doesn’t work, I think as long as I’m doing something with stories, whether that be teaching or telling them, I’ll be happy.

Why are you working on the Long River Review?
I’m on the LRR because I wanted the opportunity to work with other students who are passionate about literature and art. I’m very fortunate to be able to work with so many people who I admire for their dedication to art.

What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, she’s the first woman to translate the work into English so it’s an interesting translation to read!

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I honestly enjoy doing any type of writing. I think all forms of of writing kind of blend when you think about the techniques that go into crafting the content, the expression just ends up varied in terms of what you set out to do. But the process for me feels the same.

What is the worst movie you’ve ever watched?
Hands down The Emoji Movie. I’m ashamed that I’ve watched it.

Sammi Bassman, Poetry Panelist

Year: Senior

What are your career and/or life goals?
Current career goals still unknown, but I want to eventually be a poetry professor

What other things do you do in your free time?
Swim, write poems, edit poems, procrastinate

What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall in Connecticut, because I’m from Texas (where this is no real Fall).

What are some of your favorite books?
Dream Songs -John Berryman
The Fates and Furies -Lauren Groff

Why are you on the Long River Review?
Because I enjoy working with a group of creative thinkers to make a kick-ass journal

Raeann Veronesi, Poetry Panelist

Year: Senior
Major: English

Why are you on the Long River Review?
I could read poetry for days on end. I loved the idea of getting to read poems from people who are writing right now instead of poems from hundreds of years ago. Poetry has evolved so much since then, and to see what others are writing about, or how they’re writing, has really opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities of how to string words together to convey a feeling.

What are some of your favorite books?
Jane Eyre. Forever and always. Every element of that book is so beautifully done I’ll never get over it. I could go on for hours. Also the entire Harry Potter series because duh.

What are your career and/or life goals?
I’d really like to travel as much as I can in my life. I find it just makes you feel more in touch with the world you’re living in to see what’s going on with your own eyes. I’d also love to publish my own book of poetry, I think that’s my top career/life goal.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. SO GOOD.

How would you describe your style?
As one of my best friends would say, “Homeless Chic”

Daniela Doncel, Poetry Panelist

Year: Junior
Major: Journalism; French

What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading the Lord of the Rings series. It’s a part of my quest to read all of the most well-known fantasy and sci-fi novels out there.

What are your career and/or life goals?
I hope to pursue a writing career in the journalism field either through a traditional newspaper or on the radio. I also hope to become a published author of fantasy and science fiction one day.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I love writing fantasy, science fiction and poetry. I also love unprofessionally painting on a canvas while listening to video game or movie soundtracks after midnight.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall, because it’s the only season we find goodbyes beautiful. (Honestly, that’s the start of a poem right there.)

What other things do you do in your free time?
Other than reading/writing stories and poetry, I enjoy listening to vinyl records, playing video games (Tomb Raider is my absolute favorite) and completing DIY projects.

Rachel Conte, Fiction Panelist

Year: Senior
Major: English

What’s some of your favorite books?
Stolen by Lucy Christopher, I’ve never felt such emotional turmoil for a fictional criminal in my life

Why are you working on the Long River Review?
Being around books and writing is what I love, so doing what I love while also getting college credit is a double score

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I have a soft spot for reading/writing Young Adult fiction, but that might be because i’m a young adult who can’t find satisfaction in her own non-fictional life. But who knows.

What are your career and/or life goals?
I’d love to work in publishing, hopefully in the field of researching books to be made into film/tv shows. But anything book related is fine by me.
What’s your favorite season and why?
Winter, because no matter how cold you get you can pile endless amounts of blankets around you to keep warm. In the summer you either find AC or you’re screwed.

Lilia Shen, Fiction Panelist

Year: Junior
Major: Biological Sciences

What are you reading right now?
I don’t usually read poetry books, but I’m actually reading one now called Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines by Natalie Wee. It was gifted to me for Christmas and my favorite poem so far is titled 忍, meaning to endure.

Why are you working on the Long River Review?
I’ve actually been published two years in a row by the Long River Review, and I would go to the launch parties and wonder what it would be like to be on the staff for a community that I admired so much. In my hometown, we didn’t have such welcoming communities of like-minded people, and I never really had anybody to talk to about my love of writing. The Long River Review became that sanctuary for me. I’ve wanted to join since my freshman year because of it, and two years later, I’m so glad I got my hands in and met amazing people who share my love for good writing.
What other things do you do in your free time?
Collaging, scrapbooking, sketching, taking care of my plants, decorating my room, buying stationary. I think I live a very domestic life, but honestly, I love the peace and quiet.

What are your career and/or life goals?
Believe it or not, I want to be a doctor! I used to have one of those toy medical kits and I’d use it to “heal” my stuffed animals when I was little. Basically, I was the original Doc McStuffins. Now, I’m ready to move on to the real thing. I won’t stop writing though. Hopefully, I’ll publish a book along the way too.

What types of art and/or writing do you enjoy doing?
I love writing that feels like a dream, and is timeless. My favorite things to write about are nostalgia, vulnerability, and femininity, although not necessarily in that order or all at once. Sometimes I let myself indulge in bitterness, which is my guilty pleasure.