Interns

  • Kimberly Katz

    Editorial Intern
    Kimberly Katz

    Kimberly is excited to join the Writopia Lab team as an editorial intern. After completing her freshman year at Emory University, she will continue her studies at Barnard College of Columbia University in the fall. She is thrilled to be back in New York City, where she was raised. Although Kimberly has not yet declared her major, she wants to explore English and political science during her college career. Her internship experience is diverse, including market research, real estate, and sleep medicine. In addition, she volunteered at the JCC Tutoring Program at P.S. 163, tutoring 2nd to 5th grade students in literacy and math during the school year and summer. She likes to write personal essays and hopes to publish a memoir one day. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family, discovering new music, and playing basketball.

  • Erin McLaughlin

    Intern
    Erin McLaughlin

    Erin McLaughlin, an English Creative Writing major and education minor at Binghamton University, is ecstatic to join Writopia Lab Westchester as an intern this summer. Erin was born and raised in Mount Kisco, New York, and later moved to nearby Pleasantville, New York. She has been a creative writer since age eleven, primarily writing fiction and poetry. Additionally, she has been published in New York’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. As demonstrated by her leadership roles, such as president of Binghamton University’s literary magazine, Ellipsis, and editor-in-chief of the school’s satirical newspaper, Erin is devoted to all types of creative writing. Erin also enjoys music, art, and tutoring students in literary through volunteer programs at elementary schools in the Binghamton, New York area. Erin hopes to become an English teacher in the near future with a supplemental degree in Special Education. Additionally, she hopes to publish her first novel by next summer.

  • Jonah Zitelli

    Intern
    Jonah Zitelli

    Jonah Zitelli is excited to join Writopia Lab as a teaching intern at the Brooklyn location! Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Jonah is currently a rising junior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He is an English major with a concentration in creative writing. Jonah began writing poetry in high school and has since developed a deep passion for it, beginning with his participation in the Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop in 2015. He recently published work in Hika, Kenyon’s oldest literary magazine, and hopes to publish a full collection in the future. At school, Jonah works in the writing center as a consultant, and is dedicated to making literature and creative writing accessible to people from all backgrounds. His past experience includes volunteer work at Ceasefire PA, a nonprofit organization lobbying for gun control in Philadelphia. When he’s not writing or working, Jonah enjoys watching hockey, skateboarding, exploring the local music scene, and crafting folk-tinged power pop anthems on the guitar.

  • Liana Cohen

    Intern
    Liana Cohen

    Liana Cohen is thrilled to be joining the Writopia Lab team as a Creative Writing Summer Teaching Intern! Originally from New York, she is currently a rising junior at Princeton University pursuing a concentration in English and certificates in Spanish and Creative Writing, with a particular focus on film and television. On campus, she is a writer and will be next year's show-runner, for All-Nighter, Princeton's first and only late-night comedy show, and serves as the essay editor of the Nassau Literary Review and a member of the Student Advisory Board at the Princeton University Art Museum. Her work has also appeared in the Daily Princetonian and the Nassau Literary Review. She can be found rollerblading, movie marathon-ing, and walking her one-eyed Jack Russell Terrier, Sasha.

  • Justine Hastings

    Intern
    Justine Hastings

    Justine Hastings, from Brooklyn, New York, is excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team as a filmmaking intern. She is currently pursuing a dual major BA between English Education in the School of Education and English and Textual Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Earning Dean’s List honors every semester, Hastings has earned recognition for her academic achievement and leadership. In addition to her academic achievements, Hastings has applied her studies and skills to rigorous internships and job experiences. She has tutored English Literature and Composition in several Syracuse, NY high schools. She is an InclusiveU Residential Mentor. InclusiveU is a program at Syracuse University that brings students of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to experience college life in a fully inclusive setting. She has helped her mentee set goals and work toward achieving them. She serves as a positive social and academic role-model by supporting her mentee with her involvement on campus. She is a Peer Facilitator of the Syracuse Reads program. In this program, she engages first-year and transfer students in discussions of bestselling books and on the significance of diversity and community. She has served as a Mentor at DCTV’s Summer Media Fellowship. There, she has taught collaborative filmmaking and media arts, media literacy, video production and editing, and storytelling through digital video production. In addition, Hastings is a member of the WellsLink Leadership Program at Syracuse University. Overall, helping to make connections and serving others is something Hastings is passionate about.

  • Crysta Garcia

    Intern
    Crysta Garcia

    Crysta is so happy to be joining the Writopia Lab team as an intern this summer. She is a junior at the University at Albany double majoring in journalism and sociology with a minor in communications. With a love for writing and more specifically poetry, Crysta plans to pursue journalism as a career but still write poetry and eventually publish her own collection of work. She has been published in Z Publishing’s New York’s Best Emerging Poets and hopes to publish more work soon. She is excited to help young writers explore their talents and abilities with us this summer.

  • Sara Paul

    Intern
    Sara Paul

    Sara Paul is excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team as an intern. Sara studies creative writing at The New School in New York City. Sara has won multiple awards for her writing, including a Regional Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as well as the Connor Writing Contest. Sara has studied creative nonfiction under the mentorship of Emily Gould. Sara has been a national and regional judge for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. When she’s not writing or reading poetry, you can find her playing with her sister’s dog Shayna or buying lavender oil in bulk at the farmers market.

  • Jacqueline Artz

    Intern
    Jacqueline Artz

    Jacqueline Artz is a junior at New York University studying Arts and Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. She is excited to be part of Writopia Lab's Intern Team this summer to help kids reach their potential through the many fun and interactive arts programs offered. Writing is one of her favorite ways of expressing herself, and she cannot wait to help others do the same. When she is not writing, she is reading, learning French, or trying new foods with friends.

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