• Alex Sarappo

    Alex Sarappo

    Alex is is excited to join Writopia Lab NYC's team! Alex recently graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME, where he double majored in Philosophy and English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. While at Colby, Alex served as the editor in chief of Pequod, Colby's student run art and literature magazine. Alex likes reading Annie Proulx and Donald Barthelme, and writing short stories.

  • Katherine Roldan

    Katherine Roldan

    Katherine is excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team in New York City as an intern! Katherine is a graduate of Mercy College with a BA in English. She has worked with young readers in a volunteer program called Reading Buddies. Her aim was to allow her "buddies" to pursue literacy in a fun, engaging manner, and to get the readers enthusiastic about books. Her experience with children and love for creative writing is what drew her to Writopia. Katherine is currently working on getting teaching certification so she can further expand the minds of young readers/writers.

  • Chelsey Grasso

    Assistant Instructor and Film Editing Assistant
    Chelsey Grasso

    Chelsey Grasso is excited to be joining the Writopia team as a Teaching Intern. She is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, Thought Catalog, and The Huffington Post. She also regularly contributes to Bustle and City Guide NY. Chelsey received her B.A. in Media (Film/Video) from the University of California San Diego, minoring in French Literature along the way. While Chelsey is primarily focused on her fiction and editorial writing these days, she has worked as a professional photo editor for the national teen magazine Tiger Beat, as well as for the British online newspaper Mail Online.

  • Jasmine Wilson

    Jasmine Wilson

    Jasmine is excited to join the Writopia team in DC as an Intern! She is currently in her senior year as an English major at Howard University with a minor in Africana Studies. Her experience as a writing tutor, researcher, and teaching fellow have heavily influenced her interests in writing and teaching writing. She currently works as a freelance photographer and campus tutor. Jasmine is looking forward to sharing her love for writing with young writers and gaining new insight into what writing means to others. When she is not working or in class, Jasmine enjoys watching cartoons and movies, reading comic books, and writing in her journal.

  • Kian Kelley-Chung


    Kian Kelley-Chung is excited to be a part of the Writopia family as an Intern in the DC Region. Kian has always been infatuated with storytelling. His family used to tease him for saying “and then, and then, and then” and never finishing his story. As a sophomore English student at the University of Maryland, Kian is studying to be a storyteller through graphic novels, film, and video games. His focus is to incorporate social activism into his work by humanizing and redefining the typically degrading narratives about minorities and provide a more representative perspective on cultural issues than what has been historically provided. Kian has just recently been accepted into the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House at UMD, an exclusive creative writing living-learning program. Through the Writers’ House, he will have published his first graphic novel before he graduates. He is also a student in the College Park Scholars, Media, Self and Society program -- another living-learning program dedicated to teaching students how to analyze news and its impact on society. Kian is an artist, an advocate for imagination, and an activist for creativity.

  • Hannah Seidlitz

    Editorial Intern
    Hannah Seidlitz

    Hannah is thrilled to join the Writopia team in Manhattan as an Editorial Intern. At New York University, she studies the intersections of linguistics, semiotics, creative writing, and public policy for a cumulative concentration in applied rhetoric. She was a writing center tutor at Skidmore College before she transferred after the fall of 2016, where she specialized in copyediting and the consolidation of student theses, collaborating with students and faculty to strengthen the content, organization, and rhetorical effectiveness of their written work. While at Skidmore, she co-wrote and performed in a staged spin-off of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" to support women’s issues and intersectional feminism. In the tradition of her literary heroes, Didion and Foster Wallace, she writes creative nonfiction and has fervid, albeit idealistic, dreams. Maybe one day she’ll write for the New Yorker, or at the very least wield the honor of organizing David Remnick’s filing cabinets.

  • Ashley Somwaru

    Editorial Intern
    Ashley Somwaru

    Ashley Somwaru is delighted to be a part of Writopia Lab's Editorial team in Manhattan! Currently, Ashley is a senior at Baruch College and is planning to graduate with a double major in English and Journalism. She is the Managing Editor of Encounters Magazine a creative literary and arts publication, as well as a copy editor at Refract Magazine, a nonfiction digital publication, which are both housed at Baruch. Ashley has a deep passion for writing poetry and fiction. She hopes to encourage others to express themselves through their own unique creativity.

  • Rodlyn-Mae Banting


    Rodlyn is thrilled to be joining the Westchester Writopia Lab team as a summer college intern. She is an undergraduate student at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, and is pursuing an English-Writing interdisciplinary major and a Gender Studies minor. She is the Arts & Society editor of their online news source, The Greyhound, and an editor for the Poetry & Fiction section of Loyola’s literary magazine, Corridors. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, feminist literature, and writing poetry.

  • Isabella Japal


    Isabella is super excited to be part of the Writopia community this summer as an intern in Westchester! Isabella is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College. She has not yet declared her major, but is leaning towards English. Isabella is a Speaking Arguing Writing mentor in her school's writing center, an Arts & Entertainment writer for the Mount Holyoke News, and an active member of the Mount Holyoke dance department.

  • Jayne Ross


    Jayne is beyond excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team as an intern in Brooklyn! A D.C. area native and rising junior at Virginia Tech, she plans to major in Creative Writing, Professional & Technical Writing, and History, while minoring in French and Leadership & Social Change (whew!). After a semester of blogging for Silhouette literary magazine, she will be one of their prose editors in the fall. She is also Communications Secretary of her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and helps put on events for Happy Humans, a club dedicated to making VT students’ days a little brighter. She loves to write creative nonfiction, but she loves to read children’s literature (secretly, she hopes to channel her inner Eloise this summer). Her other passions include sitting in coffee shops, lip-syncing to Broadway show tunes, daydreaming about writing the next great American novel, and eating ice cream at every possible occasion. She can’t wait to help other young writers discover that their words can change the world.

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