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.

  • Lynn Kim

    Intern
    Lynn Kim

    Lynn is looking forward to working with and getting inspired by fellow young writers at Writopia Lab, something she values more than anything else. She is a rising sophomore at Hamilton College, where she serves as a freelance writer for the communications team and an editor on the literary magazine. She has received honors from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her poetry, and she plans to concentrate in creative writing. She was the editor of her high school newspaper, which received recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. For four years, she participated in a program called "CREW" (Creative Writing Experiential Workshop), teaching creative writing to students in grades 2-5 at schools that offer few creative outlets or opportunities. She is excited to expand on this work this summer as a Writopia Lab intern!

  • Chizitere Ezeh

    Intern
    Chizitere Ezeh

    Zite Ezeh is very excited to join Writopia Lab as a Summer 2018 intern. Zite is currently a rising junior at Oberlin College studying Creative Writing and Peace and Conflict Studies. Zite has been writing ever since she was 10 years old and has a lot of love for the workshop space and process. Rooming with Ash, a YA novel Zite wrote when she was 13 years old, was picked up in 2016 by BLVNP Incorporated and published in November of 2017. Recently, Zite's writing has been centered more around fictional memoirs and oral history narratives, but she still loves to explore genres and expand her scope as a writer.

  • Zachary (Zack) Gardner

    Intern
    Zachary Gardener

    Zachary (Zack) Gardner is jazzed to be a part of Writopia Lab as an intern. He is currently a sophomore working hard to major in both English and Secondary Education at Vanderbilt University. Currently, he is the lead writer and designer for the Desktop Dungeons Extreme Edition team and is working on another currently unannounced video game project. In whatever scraps of free time remain, Zack enjoys board games and playing the piano.

  • Sofia LaGuarda

    Intern
    Sofia LaGuarda

    Sofia Laguarda was a Writopia Lab student for four years, and now she's excited to return as a summer intern! She is a proud graduate of Sidwell Friends High School — where she was editor-in-chief of the satirical newspaper and literary magazine. During her time at Writopia, Sofia won two national Scholastic writing awards for short story and personal essay, and was published in Bethesda Magazine. She is now a junior at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she majors in English. Sofia is on the editorial board of The New Journal at Yale, a magazine for longform journalism. She also performs with The Coven, an all-female standup group! Her favorite authors are David Sedaris, William Zinsser, and Jane Austen.

  • Marina Cooper

    Intern
    Marina Cooper

    Marina Cooper is excited to join Writopia Lab, especially since she has fond memories of attending many workshops at Writopia Lab D.C. in the past. She has also taken two summer song-writing workshops at the UVA Young Writers’ Workshop; she went on the Putney Writing in Ireland Program; and she has been accepted to the Yale 2018 Summer Writers’ Workshop. She is a rising sophomore at Princeton University where she is a staff writer for one of the campus literary magazines and where she plans to major in English and minor in creative writing. One of her short stories has received a regional gold key in the 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards and was featured in the associated anthology Raw Feet.

  • Ebony Adkins

    Intern
    Ebony Adkins

    Ebony is ecstatic about joining the Writopia Lab team as a summer intern and being surrounded by promising youth, dedicated instructors and staff members, and an overall positive environment. Ebony is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley studying African-American Studies and Education. Ebony is excited to work with students hands-on in helping to enrich their creative skills. She sees Writopia Lab as a perfect medium for her love of education, children, and the arts. Ebony enjoys painting, drawing, and writing, both as hobbies and stress relievers. In many ways, she sees herself in the students because she is one. Ebony plans to graduate in 2019 and pursue a career in education.

  • Naomi Gruber

    Intern
    Naomi Gruber

    Naomi is very excited about joining the Writopia Lab team as a creative writing teaching intern! Currently, she is a junior at the College of William and Mary and is majoring in film and media studies with a minor in creative writing. She discovered her love of writing through fanfiction, and after exploring fiction, poetry, and journalism, she found a passion for screenwriting. Naomi plans to pursue a career in television writing and works as a variety editor for her campus newspaper The Flat Hat. When she’s not busy writing for school or for fun, Naomi can be found (re)watching her favorite shows, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with her two Siberian cats.

  • Daniel Berger

    Intern
    Daniel Berger

    Danny Berger is thrilled to be joining the Writopia Lab team as a college intern! Danny was born and raised in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, DC and now attends Hamilton College, where he is majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in History. At Hamilton, he helps run the Novelists’ Support Group, a club for Creative Writing and Literature majors who meet to workshop pieces and discuss the craft of writing. Besides his love for writing, Danny also enjoys music, and he is ecstatic to have the opportunity to help young creatives find their voice, whether it be on the page or in the music stave. As a DC native, Danny is so excited to inspire young creatives in his hometown and pass on the incredible passion he has for storytelling.

  • Shea Sion

    Intern
    Shea Sion

    Shea Sion is a long-time Writopian, student, and intern, and is ecstatic to be working with Writopia Lab again this summer. Shea started as a student back in the seventh grade and worked as an intern in their freshman year of high school. Shea is a rising sophomore hoping to major in creative writing at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences with a possible East Asian Studies minor. Shea is experienced in writing various genres including fiction prose, poetry, scripting, and memoir. Shea's passions outside of creative writing include drawing, discussing, and blogging about cartoons, playing ukulele, and playing D&D.

  • Maxine Charles

    Intern
    Maxine Charles

    Maxine is thrilled to return to Writopia Lab this summer as a college intern! During her junior and senior years of high school, she attended Writopia Lab as a writer. She is entering her senior year at Bucknell University as an Arts Merit Scholar, Creative Writing and Women's and Gender Studies double major, and Spanish minor. She works as a writing consultant at the Bucknell Writing Center during the academic year, and has served as the vice president of the campus fantasy/science fiction writing club known as the Writers of Rohan. She has a passion for writing novels, painting, reading, and analyzing science fiction and fantasy far more than she probably should.

  • Edward Kim

    Intern
    Edward Kim

    Edward Kim is a rising junior at New York University. As an English major, Edward has a deep passion for both the study and the practice of the literary arts. Edward sees writing as both a form of creative freedom and expression as well as a medium for rich communication of complex yet universally resonant ideas. He also has a minor in Teacher Education and aims to direct this experience towards becoming an English teacher after receiving a BA in English and an MA in English Education. Prior to becoming an intern at Writopia Lab’s New York Metro North branch in 2018, Edward has had previous experience working in early childhood education, particularly the summer after his senior year of high school where he served as a teaching assistant at Port Chester Head Start. Edward’s additional hobbies include songwriting, animation, and video game design. During his time working with Writopia Lab, Edward hopes to help students achieve the same passion for literature that he discovered during high school.

  • Lily Alig

    Intern
    Lily Alig

    Lily Alig is an English and Women's and Gender Studies double major at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and has plans to eventually work in publishing before pursuing her PhD in Literature. 2018 is her first summer with Writopia Lab and she is thrilled to be working with a program that embraces the joy of writing. Lily grew up in Piermont, New York, where she now spends her summers reading memoirs and writing poetry. At Kenyon, Lily is an associate for the literary magazine The Kenyon Review, as well as an editor and staff writer for Her Campus. Lily is also a liaison at the college writing center for Women's and Gender Studies classes. Primarily a poet herself, Lily loves exploring all genres of writing and challenging herself to break out of her creative comfort zone.

  • Anthony Madalone

    Intern
    Anthony Madalone

    Anthony Madalone was born and raised in lower Westchester County, and regretfully did not discover Writopia Lab until he began interning this year. He is a rising sophomore at The College of William & Mary, where he plans to double major in English and Theatre. On campus, he is an Associate Opinions Editor for William & Mary’s student newspaper, The Flat Hat, and actively performs in both student and faculty-run theatrical productions. Additionally, Anthony serves as an orientation aide, participates in Greek life, and enjoys running William & Mary’s trails. Despite all of this activity, he still finds the energy to sing show-tunes at 1 AM to the point of nearly getting fined by his RA.

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