Meet the 2021 Long River Review Staff!


Alex Mika


Editor in Chief 

Alex is a senior English major. He has recently released a chapbook called Alex and the Dinosaur Prints and is currently applying to graduate programs in English with a focus on Renaissance drama, dramatic literature, and adaptations. He enjoys writing poetry and drama, making music, and futilely trying to train his cat to do tricks.



Alex Houdeshell 


Managing Editor 

Alex is a senior English and History double major and hopes to work in book publishing after graduation. She is the managing editor of UConn’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Campus, an avid love of Jane Austen, and a hacky sack pro.




Mia Yanosy  


Poetry Editor, Interviews Team

Mia is the Poetry editor for this year’s magazine. She will graduate this Spring with an English major and political science minor. After graduation Mia plans to take a break from school to work and write, before applying to MFA programs at some point in the near future. Mia is a part of the 2021 Connecticut Poetry Circuit and will be touring virtually with four other Connecticut student writers. Outside of writing, Mia sings in one of UConn’s all-female a cappella groups, Rubyfruit.




Kelly Deneen


Fiction Editor, Launch Party Team

Kelly is currently a senior at the university of Connecticut. She is majoring in English with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the Fiction Editor for this year’s publication. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the publishing field and continue her love for poetry and writing.



Elisabeth Bienvenue


Non-Fiction Editor, Lead Party Planner, Facebook Lead

Elisabeth is a senior English and History student at the University of Connecticut. She is currently writing an honors thesis on Franco-American cultural history. When not writing, she can be found playing the piano, singing in the UConn Chamber Singers, or trying her best to learn Irish. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in higher education. 




Joshua Camputaro


Translations Editor, Poetry Panelist, Web Design Team, Outreach Team 

Joshua is a junior English Major and Literary Translation Minor at the University of Connecticut. His language learning includes Irish, French, and Latin. His favorite form of literature is poetry. He has interests in creative writing and collaborate storytelling and is looking toward a future in higher education, translation, and literature.



Abigail Campbell


Blog Editor, Lead Web Designer, Poetry Panelist, Interviewer

Abigail is a senior and will finish her English Major at UConn this spring.  She is involved with the Creative Writing club at UConn Avery Point and enjoys writing poetry and short horror stories. When she isn’t doing schoolwork or writing, Abigail can be found coaching high school rowing, enjoying classic Greek mythology, translating French poetry, or going for long walks in the woods with no destination in mind. Abigail plans to pursue further graduate studies in creative writing in the future.


Nicole Catarino


Interviews Editor, Fiction Panelist, Social Media Team

Nicole is the interviews editor for the Long River Review and is a junior at the University of Connecticut. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as a minor in Literary Translation. Her writing has been published in The Hartford Courant and will appear in the flash nonfiction anthology Fast Funny Women, coming March 2021. After graduation, Nicole intends to pursue a master’s degree in English. 




Camryn Johnson


Poetry Panelist, Lead Copy Editor, Interviewer

Camryn is a second year English major in the Honor’s program at UConn with a minor in Sociology and American Sign Language & Deaf Cultural Studies. Her favorite things to read and write are fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, and romance. Her favorite color is sea foam green, and is aware this is super specific. She is into movies and is looking forwards to working with the LRR 2021 team. 




Kevin Cox


Poetry Panelist, Lead Copy Editor

Kevin is a senior English major and French minor on the poetry panel of this year’s Long River Review. As an English major he favors courses in poetry and is currently working on a project on the American poet Larry Levis. After graduation, he hopes to find a job in editing and write in his free time.



Molly Scully


Poetry Panelist, Lead Copy Editor, Lead Outreach Coordinator

Molly is a Poetry Panelist for this year’s Long River Review. She will graduate this spring with an English major. After graduation, Molly hopes to continue writing and pursue a career in editing and publishing. Outside of school, she is a Group Fitness Instructor who teaches many types of classes, including Step and Kickboxing.




Emely Ricci


Fiction Panelist, Launch Party Team

Emely is a senior majoring in Political Science and English with a creative writing concentration. She is a fiction panelist for this year’s Long River Review. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a graduate program in public administration and a career in climate policy. Nevertheless, her passion for writing and poetry will continue in her daily life.




Eileen Sholomicky 

Fiction Panelist 

Eileen is a junior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as a degree in Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies with a concentration in Classics. She is a fiction panelist for this year’s magazine. She is also a writer for UConn’s Nutmeg Yearbook and Nutmeg Magazine. Eileen hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry and eventually publish a novel of her own.



Matthew Wisenefsky


Nonfiction Panelist, Art Liaison, Twitter Lead, Interviewer

Matthew is a Senior majoring in English and Political Science with a focus on Creative Writing. They are on the nonfiction panel for this year’s issue of LRR. After graduation Matthew plans on pursuing a graduate degree in postcolonial studies, with the intent on becoming a published author one day. While not writing, Matthew vehemently enjoys reading, cooking, going for long walks, and vulture watching. 





 Ryaan Shaikh


Nonfiction Panelist, Instagram Lead, Outreach Team

Ryaan Shaikh is a junior majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. He enjoys reading, running, and watching movies. When he isn’t editing for the LRR, he spends his time finding the best food on campus or searching for danger.





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.