Meet the 2020 Long River Review Staff!

 

Anna Zarra Aldrich

Editor in Chief 

Anna is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing degrees in English, journalism, and political science. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Campus, UConn’s independent student newspaper. She will have a flash nonfiction piece published in the forthcoming anthology Fast Funny Women by Woodhall Press later this year.

 

 


Ryan Amato 

Managing Editor 

Ryan is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in communication. In 2019, his short fiction was published in New Square Magazine.

 

 

 


Alex Mika 

Nonfiction and Multimedia Editor 

Alex is a junior at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He writes and performs musical stand-up comedy, as well as plays and poetry, and has produced two shows at UConn: Piano Is Not My Forte and Major Issues

 

 

 


Danny Mitola

Poetry Panel Editor

Danny is a senior studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture. He is also the President of UConn’s Beekeeping Club and lives at Spring Valley Student Farm. 

 

 


Lauren Ablondi-Olivo

Fiction Editor

Lauren is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as a minor in Communication. She is also the Newsletter Editor for the Women’s Center at UConn and the President of Her Campus Uconn. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing or writing.

 

 


Brenna Sarantides

Marketing Director and Poetry Panel Reader

Brenna is a senior Communication student with minors in Creative Writing and Human Development at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Vice-President and Journalist of UConn Her Campus, the largest online magazine for college woman.

 

 


Esther Santiago

Translations Editor 

Esther is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut pursuing an English major with concentration in Creative Writing. She recently transferred from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Esther is also the Communications Manager for World Poetry Books, the only press in the U.S. dedicated solely to publishing books of international poetry in translation. 

 

 


Alex Houdeshell

Blog Editor and Nonfiction Panel Reader 

Alex is a junior English and History double major at the University of Connecticut, with interests in American Sign Language, creative writing, and women’s studies. She is the managing editor of UConn’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and an avid Jane Austen admirer.

 

 

 


Lili Fishman

Interviews Editor and Poetry Panel Reader 

Lili is a senior English major at UConn with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Chinese minor. She is currently working on a poetry chapbook for her honors thesis.

 

 

 


Samuel Bastille

Literary Events Coordinator and Fiction Panel Reader 

Sam is a sophomore English student with a double major in Human Rights and a love for crafting stories. His long term goals include writing for game and film, in order to spread stories with meaning and weight. 

 

 

 


Jonathan Trinque

Alumni Engagement Coordinator and Fiction Panel Reader 

Jon is a senior English and Biology double major, with a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He aspires to work as a writer telling stories through various forms of media, whether it be on the page or screen.

 

 

 


Samantha Bertolino

Fundraising Assistant and Poetry Panel Reader 

Samantha is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She has written articles for The Odyssey and hopes to pursue a career in editing and publishing.

 

 

 


Kelly Deneen 

Fundraising Chair and Poetry Panel Reader 

Kelly is a junior English major with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the University of Connecticut. She plans to pursue a career in publishing and continue her love for poetry and writing.

 

 

 


Jordan Shaw

Copyeditor and Poetry Panel Reader 

Jordan is a senior English major at the University of Connecticut. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career publishing the type of writing she is passionate about while she works on her own creative pieces.

 

 

 

 


Jennie Fetzer

Webmaster and Nonfiction Panel Reader 

Jennie is a junior at The University of Connecticut studying communication. She is also a contributor and marketing director for Her Campus UConn, as well as an intern for HerCampus.com.

 

 

 

 


Clara Gomes-Ferres

Assistant Webmaster and Poetry Panel Reader 

Clara is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, who is actively pursuing a dual degree in Journalism and Art History. Clara has also served as the head editor of her high school’s news site, the “Bobcat Prowl,” and has other publications of hers in their Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine.

 

 

 


Natalie Baliker

Design Center Liaison and Fiction Panel Reader 

Natalie is a senior Mathematics-Statistics major with a passion for creation, from writing poetry to working with watercolors.  In the future, she plans to finish her many story ideas and publish a novel or two.

 

 

 


 Jose Paz Soldan

Scholarship Contest Coordinator 

 

 

 

 

 


Kathryn O’Donnell

Scholarship Contest Chair, Fiction Panel Reader 

Kathryn is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Digital Marketing and Analytics, as well as a concentration in Creative Writing. She is also the Social Media Director and Staff Writer for UConn Her Campus. 

 

 

 


Alyssa Grimaldi

Social Media Coordinator, Poetry Panel Reader

Alyssa is a senior English major, with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was published in the Long River Review last year, and is excited to contribute to creating the magazine this year. She plans to enter the world of publishing, while pursuing her passion in creative writing, specifically with a focus on the horror genre.