Meet the 2022 Long River Review Staff!


Nicole Catarino


Editor in Chief 

Nicole Catarino is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as a minor in Literary Translation. Her writing has appeared in The Hartford CourantNew Square Journal, and Women’s Media Center. She was both a contributor and editor for the flash nonfiction anthologies Fast Funny Women and Fast Fierce Women, and assisted in editing the first volume of Trailblazers: Black Women Who Helped Make America Great, recently published by 2Leaf Press. On an average day, you can find her drinking boba tea and listening to her extensive collection of Spotify playlists.



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Jess Gallagher


Managing Editor 

Jess is a translingual writer and senior English major who hopes to purse a MA/PhD in English with specializations in Disability Studies and Narrative Theory. She is an editorial intern at the international journal Disability Studies Quarterly, a Writing Center tutor, and is currently working on publishing the first Style Guide in the field of Disability Studies. Her favorite forms of literature are poetry and creative nonfiction. Some of her favorite authors are Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, Han Kang, and Emily Dickinson.



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Samantha Bertolino  


Poetry Editor

Samantha Bertolino is a senior at the University of Connecticut where she is studying English, minoring in Anthropology and pursuing a concentration in Creative Writing. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career that combines her love of writing and travel. Outside of class, she loves to read, shop and snuggle her dog.



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Eileen Sholomicky


Fiction Editor

Eileen Sholomicky is a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing as well as Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies with a concentration in Classics. She is the fiction editor for this year’s magazine. Eileen hopes to one day work as an editor in the publishing industry and eventually publish a novel of her own. In her free time, Eileen enjoys reading, writing, and playing Dungeons & Dragons



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Michaela Flaherty


Creative Nonfiction Editor

Michaela Flaherty is a third-year English and political science double major with a minor in film studies. She hopes to obtain her master’s degree in contemporary literature after graduating in the spring. She is currently working on her honors thesis, which examines the television show Fleabag through a feminist lens. Some of her favorite films include RatatouilleMoulin Rouge!, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonlight. 



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Translations Editor, Nonfiction Panelist

Emily Graham is a senior at the University of Connecticut, double majoring in English and French with a double minor in Film Studies and Literary Translation. She is the Translations Editor for this year, and she is also a member of the Creative Nonfiction panel. Upon graduating, she hopes to go to graduate school and get her masters in Literary Translation. Aside from schoolwork, she can often be found cuddling with her beloved cat, Gnocchi.



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Brandon Barzola


Art & Design Liaison, Graphic Design Team Lead, Poetry Panelist

Brandon is a senior English and journalism double major at the University of Connecticut. He works at the student newspaper, The Daily Campus as the Managing Editor and is also involved with The Chinatown Project, a visual media collective based out of Boston’s Chinatown. Outside of the daily grind, he’s usually taking photos, playing video games, or reading comics and graphic novels.



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Aayushi Agarwal


Poetry Panelist, Twitter Lead

Aayushi Agarwal is a junior at the University of Connecticut, double majoring in English and Psychological Studies. She loves anything to do with languages, and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in a related field. When she isn’t busy with school work, she is usually reading, making new playlists, or taking pictures of the sky. 



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Kelley Gifford


Poetry Panelist

Kelley Gifford is a junior at the University of Connecticut. Between studying English and working at the Mansfield Public Library, Kelley is rarely more than arm’s length from a book, but when she’s not reading, she can be found on top of a three-tier water-skiing pyramid in the Bantam Lake Ski Show, or playing with her two rats, Zooey and Boo Rat-ley.



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Samuel Bastille


Fiction Panelist, Events Coordinator

Samuel Bastille is a senior double major in English and Human Rights with a concentration in Creative Writing who aspires to write for film and television. He is from Boston, Massachusetts, and loves to listen to music, tell stories and spend time with family and friends. He is a part of the fiction panel for the magazine and is also the Literary Events Coordinator. 



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Catherine Casey


Fiction Panelist, TikTok Lead

Catherine Casey is a senior at the University of Connecticut where she is pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing, as well as a minor in film studies. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in writing – but has resigned herself to the idea of a continued career in the restaurant industry while she waits for that to pan out. Along with editor Nicole Catarino and Professor Sean Forbes, she has spent her senior year working on a full-length young adult novel. She is a known “final girl” enthusiast and female villain apologist.



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Cameron Deslaurier


Fiction Panelist

Cameron is a junior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a BA in Natural Resources, minors in English and Writing, and a concentration in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in the UConn WHUS Zine. He’s particularly interested in well executed literary rule-breaking and LGBTQIA+ literary theory and representation. Currently, he’s hammering away at the keyboard working on his first novel, a semi-dystopian fantasy. When not writing, he can be found thinking about writing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and meandering through a new patch of woods—preferably off trail.



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Aiden Pass


Fiction Panelist, Blog Editor

Aiden Pass is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. After graduation he hopes to break into a career in publishing using his degree and bribery of freshly brewed French Press coffee. When Aiden is found out in the wild, outside of work and school, he can often be found rock climbing or running table top roleplaying games.



Sophie Archambault


Nonfiction Panelist

Sophie is a junior from Pomfret, CT. She is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She is a tutor in the Writing Center and has been published in The Foundationalist. After graduating, she’s interested in pursuing a career in editing and publishing. Outside of her academic interests, she likes baking, hiking, and spending too much money at used book stores. 



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Rylee Thomas


Blog Editor, Nonfiction Panelist, Instagram Lead

Rylee Thomas is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut double majoring in English and communication with a concentration in creative writing. After graduation, Rylee plans to get her masters in English and pursue a career in publishing. When not writing, she can be found figure skating, drinking matcha lattes, and reading Jane Austen novels. 



Penelope Pelizzon


Faculty Advisor

The smartest thing V. Penelope Pelizzon ever did was invent the first section of the Long River Review class way back when. Poems from her next book appear or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, Ecotone, 32 Poems, Orion, The Missouri Review, and The Bennington Review.