Meet the 2019 Long River Review Staff!

 

Siobhan Dale

Co-Editor in Chief and Poetry Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

I’m Siobhan and I’m a senior majoring in English.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I’m excited to get to work with people who are passionate about the same things I am. It’s such a fantastic opportunity getting to work with so many creative and talented people.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I love reading anything that mixes genres. I’m really interested in any type of work that’s a hybrid or collection of different forms and even different mediums. In terms of my own writing I mostly do poetry, but hopefully as time goes on I’ll get better with other forms so I can incorporate qualities from the work I love into my own writing.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My two favorite books are The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and anything written by Angela Carter. My two favorite poems are “Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices” by Sylvia Plath and anything written by Auden.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I really love film so hopefully I’d get to eventually be somehow involved in that field.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

My favorite song will now and forever be ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman.


Brianna Mcnish

Co-Editor in Chief and Fiction Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Brianna McNish and I am currently a senior and English major with minors in Women Studies and History as well as a concentration in Creative Writing.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I was previously the fiction editor last year and I enjoyed the process of reading and reviewing the submissions. There is something about fostering insightful discussion about pieces–whether it is fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction–I found exciting. I couldn’t help but apply to work here again–and LRR served as an excellent space to foster relationships with other student writers on campus.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I’m all over the place with genres and tastes, but I especially love magical realism, literary fiction, speculative fiction, and fantasy.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

I have many (too many), but I especially love the short fiction collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi because the writing has a mediative, fairy tale like quality I find irresistible; “The Imposter,” a thrilling short novella about doppelgangers and murder by Silvina Ocampo; and, lastly, I’m pretty much a fan of anything by Haruki Murakami, though The Wind-Up Bird is so strange and surreal it stands out as my favorite.

 

What are your career/life goals?

Ideally, I would like to continue writing and write stories and books for a living (again, in an ideal world). I’m currently in the exciting and terrifying limbo of waiting to hear back from graduate schools I applied to, so I would ultimately like to become a professor (particularly in American literature and creative writing) as well as an archivist.

 

What is your star sign?

Virgo!


Bailey Shea

Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel Editor and Arts Liaison


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Hi! I’m Bailey! I am a Senior Communication and English double major, and I am also pursuing a minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

This is my second year on the LRR staff. I initially joined LRR to explore career options in the media industry, but decided to return because I loved the experience and the bonds that I formed with the previous staff.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

Creative Nonfiction.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My favorite book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It’s one of the only books I’ve been able to read multiple times.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I’d love a job in the entertainment or media industries. I’m not sure what I’d want to do specifically. I think the right career path will speak to me when the time comes.

 

What is your star sign?

I’m a Leo sun, Virgo moon, and a Sagittarius rising. I feel more pulled to my Virgo side, but a lot of people think I’m the most stereotypical Leo they’ve met.


Betty Noe

Poetry and Translations Panel Editor


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

I’m Betty! I’m a senior, and I’m majoring in English and French.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I was a part of LRR my sophomore year and I loved the experience so much I wanted to take the class one more time before I graduate.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I’ll read anything if someone recommends it to me. I’m not too picky about genre.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

I love 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It’s massive, but it’s worth all the time you put in to reading it.

 

What are your career/life goals?

Thinking about career goals stresses me out, but one of my life goals is to go to Nashville just to try real Nashville hot chicken.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

Anything by Celine Dion. That’s not an “at the moment” thing though, it’s an ongoing obsession.


Joseph Frare

Fiction and Drama Panel Editor


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Joe Frare, and I’m an English major and a Philosophy minor. I will be graduating this May (if my current classes aren’t too brutal).

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

A rather interesting question! The journal was caught to my attention by the Uconn Daily Digest, and a follow up email by Sean Forbes encouraging submissions. So I submitted a piece of work…and it didn’t get accepted! This, however, gauged my interest; my respect for the journal itself went up, and when Inda Watrous emailed the English majors of an opportunity to work on the journal, well I couldn’t turn away! I knew the journal would give me experience in the editing and even the publishing process that are common in many other literary journals and even in publishing companies, so I couldn’t just let the opportunity pass me by.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I like to read somewhere in between the detective/thriller blend; most particularly, the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, as those were the books that stole away a lot of time from my life catching up on all the latest 18 books last summer.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

This is a difficult question for me;  I would define my favorite book as what had the biggest impact on me, or made me see things in a totally different way. This to me could range from even anything in the fiction category to biographies of world leaders and philosophical texts. I had fun reading these texts, but I will say that my favorite out of all of them would be Go Dog Go, as to me it represents the ever busy capitalist world we live in that holds a fast-paced society.

 

What are your career/life goals?

My hopes and dreams are to get into the publishing industry, be an author of a few good novels and a graphic novel, and to also expand and improve the way we read books in this internet-driven world.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody, by Whitney Houston. It’s been stuck in my head ever since it came on the radio at my family’s store during the winter.


Ryan Amato

Marketing Coordinator and Fiction and Drama Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

I’m Ryan Amato. I’m a junior and am majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communications.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

Ever since I heard that the Long River Review was a thing, I’ve wanted to join because it was an environment I’ve never had a chance to experience before. It sounded fun and is an amazing opportunity for work experience in my field.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

For reading, I shift towards realistic fiction more than anything, but for writing I think the dystopian/fantasy YA genre is really interesting to explore.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My favorite book is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It’s mainly because she’s my favorite author, and she isn’t afraid to shy away from sensitive subjects.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I see myself working in the editing/publishing industry, primarily as an editor, though I could also see myself pursuing something in advertising/marketing. Hopefully, that job is in a place where it doesn’t snow.

 

What is your star sign?

I’m an Aries. I apologize in advance to anyone who gets to know me.


Lilia Shen

Managing Editor and Fiction and Drama Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Lilia, and I’m a senior majoring in biological sciences with a concentration in creative writing.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I was a fiction panelist on the staff last year and I just couldn’t give it up so I came back. Before that, I had discovered the LRR when they wanted to publish my work and from that point forward, I knew I wanted to get my hands into such a wonderful community of writers, editors, and readers.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

Fiction is my home, and in that home, slice-of-life pieces and really intricate and beautiful magic realism are my favorite rooms, and in those rooms, nostalgia, vulnerability, and femininity are my favorite trinkets to both admire and play with.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

Unfortunately, I’m not the type of person who can only choose one. Recently, I’ve been into reading a lot of short stories. “Tiger Mending” from The Color Master by Aimee Bender, “The Husband Stitch” from Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, and “The Weasel” from The Abundance by Annie Dillard are some of my recent favorites. Currently, I’m reading Anthony Doerr’s collection, The Shell Collector, and that one’s beautiful as well.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I’ve got two really big ones. One, become a pediatrician. Two, publish a novel of my own.

 

What is your star sign?

I’m your local cancer. I’m that girl who complimented your earrings. I’m that girl who has too many stuffed animals on her bed and names all her plants. I’m that girl crying in her room over the minor-est of inconveniences. If you ever need emotional support, I’ve got endless amounts of it.


Brenna Sarantides

Social Media Coordinator and Poetry and Translations Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Brenna Sarantides, Junior, Communication Major.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I wanted to immerse myself into the writing community, and surround myself with students who are also passionate about creative outlets.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I tend to gravitate towards poetry. There’s something limitless about it. The less rules, the better.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

I’d have to say my favorite book has to be “Postcards from the Edge” by Carrie Fisher. She may be a space princess, but she’s got a way with words.

 

What are your career/life goals?

My very tentative dream goal is to work in marketing for a Major League Baseball team while eventually finishing a screenplay or book.

 

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

Picture this: Me, laying in my bed, wrapped in approximately three blankets with my left leg hanging out. I’m in a slight food comatose, watching Star Wars, VH1 music documentaries or 80’s movies. My hair probably needing a good wash.


Lauren Ablondi Olivo

Interviews Editor and Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Lauren Ablondi Olivo, and I’m a Junior studying English with a minor in Communications and a concentration in Creative Writing.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

One of my favorite teachers in high school went to UConn and worked on LRR herself. For my graduation present, she got me a few editions of LRR and I fell in love. She, and the idea of LRR and UConn’s creative writing department and community as a whole, really influenced my decision to come to UConn.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

In terms of reading, I really love young adult fiction. It’s interesting to read stories about characters you can relate to, rather than ones who are so much older they may as well be in a different world. As John Green once said, “I mean, to be totally honest with you, I don’t really give a shit about adults.” For writing, I tend to write a lot of poetry because it’s quick and easy and is a great outlet during those “I hate my life” kind of moments.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

It’s hard for me to choose just one, but one of my favorite books of all time is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read it over and over and over again. It’s one of those books that feels like home to me. My favorite poem is either “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe or “You are Jeff” by Richard Siken.

 

What are your career/life goals?

My problem is that I have too many interests to choose from, but eventually, I want to write books and make movies. I also want a dog and some kiddos… but not for a long time.

 

What is your favorite song at the moment?

My favorite song at the moment is Overnight by Maggie Rogers. Those lyrics hit you like a suckerpunch.


Allison Rosaci

Literary Events Coordinator and Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Allison Rosaci and I’m a Senior English major with a Concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies!

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I wanted to join because I worked on my high school’s literary magazine, and was really hoping to find something like it at UConn! I also was excited to have an opportunity to find other folks who had similar interests and collaborate on a project!

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I like writing poetry and flash/micro fiction! I find that my writing is the strongest between page 1 and page 5, so I try to stick in that range! Though it would be fun to experiment with something longer.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

One of my favorite poems is “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysse Shelley! Last semester someone compared a poem I wrote to it (unprompted, I promise!) and it was definitely one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.

 

What are your career/life goals?

Plan A is to work in a college or university as an advisor, Plan B is to work in a publishing house, and Plan C is to find a nice bridge to live under and take on the role of Village Troll.

 

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

Planning for Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc. or working on my thesis. Going to parties gets less fun the older you are. Just let me sleep, please.


Kate Luongo

Community Engagement Coordinator and Fiction and Drama Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Hello there, my name is Kate Luongo. I am a sophomore English major here at UConn.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

The short answer would be that I am a writer. I thrive in creative environments. The longer answer would be, Professor Forbes introduced me to the Long River Review the first semester of my Freshman year during an FYE class. He told us that it is a competitive course to get into, and naturally, the idea of being in a course among other writers willing to write an application essay and sit for an interview was thrilling. I guess I also enjoy a challenge.

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most

I write and read YA realistic fiction the most. I think that many times YA novels are overlooked, but that they can capture character’s voice particularly well.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

I have to say that currently my favorite novel is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Over winter break, I got a chance to indulge in this pleasure read and was instantly captivated by the narrator’s thought process. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading, is that I like to perceive how other minds work.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I would like to be a writer. Not just any writer, but I would like to see my novel displayed on the top shelf of the YA section at my town library where I work. Yes, I have located where my books will be shelved, alphabetically speaking, during my shifts many times.

 

Hidden talent or hobby?

I figure skate. Most of the time, I overthink everything, but when I’m on the ice, my mind feels free. Currently, I am teaching Learn to Skate Lessons for kids at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Rink on campus.


Christine Byrne

Poetry and Translations Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Christine Byrne and I’m a senior English major.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I knew I’d love rifling through submissions. It’s insane to see what people come up with and be able to have a hand in collecting that into some sort of “whole”.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

Poetry.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My favorite poem is “Coals to Newcastle, Panama Hats from Ecuador” by Harryette Mullen. She’s wild. She’s absolutely wild.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I don’t have super straightforward goals… I’d like to teach for a while, maybe try to sell art for a while. I definitely have dreams of being a writer.

 

Hobby and or hidden talent?

I wrap wire sculptures!


Kelly Rafferty

Poetry and Translations Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Hi, my name is Kelly Rafferty, and I am a Junior English major!

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

Well, I changed my major (incredibly) late in the game and was a moderately confused ex-stats major with little direction. Fortunately, my professor recommended this class and it appeared to be a (gentle) introduction to the world of literary magazine publishing. Plus, I reckoned it’d be a beneficial adventure for figuring out my ‘life path’ and all that jazz.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I like to write poetry although essentially I read fiction. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read larger amounts of modern poetry. It’s not going well thus far, but it’s an attempt.  Fiction-wise, anything with a strong narrator and surreal storyline I will greedily gobble down.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

Annabelle Lee is my all-time favorite piece of writing.  My elementary school seemed to believe that Shel Silverstein was a literary God, and frankly,  ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ profoundly weirded out third-grade me. Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t exactly a massive poetry fan until 6th grade, when there was a unit on Edgar Allan Poe.  I distinctly remember feeling that this mustached man was some sort of moody magician of rhyme and terrible longing. I still find his work oddly comforting and listen to ‘Annabelle Lee’ when feeling particularly gloomy.

 

What are your career/life goals?

In my fantasy universe perhaps I could just go to school forever? Barring that impossibility and (it’s a bit of a pipe dream too) teach? Anyone but middle schoolers though, since they are the actual worst, so high school or maybe even college? Writing something (whether or not anyone actually reads it) might also be nice…

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

‘Wasted Nun’ by Cherry Glazerr. Is it strange? Yes. Is it an entertaining earworm? Also yes. So, I consider that a ravishing success!


Anna Aldrich

Blog Editor and Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Anna Zarra Aldrich. I am a junior triple majoring in journalism, English, and

Political science.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I’ve always been interested in the world of publishing and this seemed like a great introduction to that field.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I like reading longer fiction (ie novels) in my free time but I usually write poetry.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

The Handmaid’s Tale, at this moment.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I want to travel the world gathering stories and experiences. I’m focusing on becoming a journalist but with three majors I certainly have options.  

 

Hobby and or hidden talent?

I love to bake!


Samantha Mason

Fiction and Drama Panel and Fundraising Co-Manager


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Samantha Mason and I am a junior History and Political Science major.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I wanted to join LRR because of my passion for creative writing and literary magazines. In high school, I was the prose editor of my school’s literary magazine and it was some of the most fun I had throughout my teen years.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most

I personally love to read and write historical fiction stories. I have my own blog of all the historical fiction pieces I have written.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My favorite book(s) is a tie between The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki and 1776 by David McCullough.

 

What are your career/life goals?

My short term goal is to go to grad school for my Master’s in Secondary Education specializing in history and to then teach high school U.S. history. After teaching for several years I would like to return to my education and achieve a PhD in history specializing in Colonial and Revolutionary America. From there, I would love to publish work as both a historian and a historical fiction writer.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

My favorite band is and will always be The Mama’s and The Papa’s, so I would have to say my favorite song is “California Dreamin’.”


Hannah L. Desrosiers

Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel and Web Designer


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

My name is Hannah Desrosiers, I’m a junior English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communications.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I joined LRR because I wanted to experience what literary publishing looks like, whether that be how the different panels work together, each person’s’ own responsibilities, or the various tasks that have to get done to create a literary magazine.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

Personally, I really like writing nonfiction, but that changes with the seasons. Originally, I was really into writing fiction, then I started liking poetry, now I’m in a nonfiction season. As for reading, I’ll enjoy reading just about anything if it’s gripping and well-written.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

“Sex Without Love” is definitely one of my favorite poems, but by favorite book series is Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. I started reading it when I was about ten and now the nostalgia gets to me every time.

 

What are your career/life goals?

I want to be a writer, that’s really it. I love writing and don’t have any preference of what job I go on to do as long as I’ll have something to write/read/edit/publish/etc.

 

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

At a Providence Bruins hockey game this Friday night in particular, but usually just hanging out with my boyfriend playing card/board/video games or watching puppy videos on YouTube to decide what breed of dog I want when I officially adult.


Esther J. Santiago

Fiction and Drama Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Hello! My name is Esther Joan Santiago Rodríguez. I’m a senior, majoring in English with specialization in Creative Writing.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

Last Spring semester, I had a translation piece published at the LRR, and I was thrilled to know more about the journal. My dream is to enter the Publishing business, and I considered that joining the LRR would be an enriching experience that would help me develop more as a professional being, and it truly has.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I write poetry very often. I tried to challenge myself to write at least once a day. Most of the times, I write as a way to vent to myself. I find reading poetry very soothing and comforting, but I must admit I have way more fun reading fiction, especially writing it. I submerge deeply into the world of the characters I make, and just creating pieces, the whole process of covering my wall with sticky notes, it all makes me feel like a special detective. Words aren’t enough to describe how excited I get.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

(My own works, of course. Just kidding, haha). I truly admire José Luis González’s La noche que volvimos a ser gente (The night we became people again), a beautiful short story on the Puerto Rican diaspora.

 

What are your career/life goals?

In my perfect dream world, I would be a writer who travels all around the world. In real life, I still want to pursue being a writer. Also, I would like to work in a publishing house as an editor.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

My favorite song changes from day to day. Today it’s “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. It’s so heartwarming it makes my eyes water every time. It reminds me to keep searching for light in midst of the darkness.


Daniel Mitola

Nonfiction and Multimedia Panel


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Hello to anyone reading this! I’m Daniel Mitola, but I generally go by Danny. Currently I’m in my third year at UConn studying for a BS in Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems, with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture, and a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I would say my main motivation for wanting to join LRR was due to my involvement in my high school’s newspaper. I felt what my studies in English at UConn were lacking was collaboration between classmates working toward a common, tangible goal, so I thought LRR might fill that void while providing great experience in the field.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

Personally, my favorite genre to write in is Poetry. As far as my favorite genre to read, that’s a tough one, but I’d say it’s a tie between Non-fiction and Poetry. I usually tend to gravitate toward writing which is related to nature or the environment.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

My favorite “book” is “Self Reliance,” which is actually an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson; I happen to have a copy of it in book format, so I suppose I can count it as my favorite book. Oftentimes, when life gets hectic, I go back to reading it to get a sense of grounding; I would even say I follow many of its points as a life philosophy. My favorite quote from the essay is definitely, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” What a “foolish consistency” actually looks like, I don’t think there’s one universal answer – it depends on the person.

 

What are your career/life goals?

As far as what I plan to do right after I graduate from UConn, I’ll probably hike the Appalachian Trail and then pursue my years-long dream of dog-sledding for a winter season. After that though, I’d say my main realistic life goal is to own a farm one day. Living on the student farm at UConn has given me such a sense of peace, purpose, and connection to the Earth that I don’t think I would ever want to give up the farm life for too long. I think it would be cool to go back to school at some point for an MFA in creative writing, also. But really, who knows where life will take me!

 

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

Once the weather warms up, you can probably find me at Spring Valley Student Farm (my home) participating in our weekly volunteer event, dubbed “Farm Friday,” where I’ll be rolling around in the soil and weeding. For the rest of the night I usually remain covered in dirt, hanging out with whoever decided to stay for dinner.


Jonathon Hastings

Poetry and Translations Panel and Chief Copyeditor


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Name: Jonathon Hastings. Year: Senior. Majors: Molecular & Cell Biology and Public Health (Dual Degree). Minors: Human Rights and Mathematics

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I love learning, always have and always will, and for someone whose education is more heavily focused in the sciences, I saw LRR as another opportunity to learn. I took a couple English classes at UConn that led to a personal admiration for creative writing, and I believe this experience will allow me to appreciate written art in a completely different way.

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most

There’s something about satire I appreciate more than other genres because of the way it challenges conventional thought by exposing hypocrisies. They can be directed towards anyone, government institutions, business, universities, and, of course, the individual, and seeing how the likes of George Orwell and Miguel de Cervantes think differently about society is something that fascinates me.

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

Without a doubt Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Her book brought to light many powerful themes (racial inequity, loss of innocence, and a lack of justice just to name a few), and Scout’s emotional journey in discovering life’s harsh realities was something I connected to strongly.

 

What are your career/life goals?

Fulfillment, though what that means to me will probably change frequently.

 

Tell us your favorite song at the moment.

I’m one of those people who 1.) doesn’t know a song exists until 2-3 years after it comes out and 2.) will play that song on repeat until I get sick of it. Right now, that song is “Choke” by OneRepublic. Granted I love everything they release, but there’s something about the harmonies in that song in particular that remind me of The Mamas and the Papas. I also appreciate the way it discusses broken relationships in a way that differs from the norm.


Isabella Baldoni

Fiction and Drama Panel and Fundraising Co Manager


Please introduce yourself! Tell us your name, year, and major(s).

Good morning! My name is Bella, and I’m a junior marketing major with a communications minor.

 

Why did you want to join LRR?

I’m always on the lookout for new creative endeavors–while I’m not exclusively a writer, I always try to seek out new, compelling ways to channel the creative energies that keep me awake at night. I was the founder of the literary magazine at my high school, and after seeing the ad for the LRR in the Daily Digest (I’m a devout DD follower) I was determined to apply, so here I am!

 

What genre do you personally like reading or writing the most?

I’ll read any well-written fiction, but I have a terrible soft spot for romance. Sorry!

 

What is your favorite book/poem/memoir, etc?

There are a lot of books that I love with my whole heart, so I unfortunately cannot answer that question. However, my favorite poem is Among the Multitude by Walt Whitman.

 

What are your career/life goals?

My main life goal is to inherit an obscene amount of money from a mysterious relative that I never knew I had so that I would be able to exclusively pursue eccentric hobbies until I die. If that doesn’t pan out, I’d like to do something that combines my love for the creative and the analytic—working in the strategy department at an ad agency is my current professional ambition. Honestly though, I’ll be content as long as I don’t end up working for an insurance company.

 

Where can we find you on a Friday night?

Withering away on my floor wasting money on disgusting amounts of fast food.

 

What is your star sign?

I’m a very stereotypical Leo. I wish I could tell you what my moon and rising signs are, but my mom won’t tell me what my birth time is.