Manhattan Interns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kukuwa Ashun

    Editorial Intern

    Kukuwa Ashun is very excited to be joining Writopia Lab NYC as an Editorial Intern! Born in Brooklyn, Kukuwa is currently a senior at Purchase College pursuing her BA in Creative Writing and double minoring in Journalism and Global Black Studies. Her passion and concentration in fiction writing allows her to create short stories and prose pieces about the realities of race, gender, and class in today's society. Kukuwa has also used her writing skills to contribute to all three of her college's publications (The Purchase Phoenix, Italics Mine, and The Purchase Beat) while working as a writing tutor. Outside of her schoolwork, Kukuwa is actively involved around her campus and enjoys helping others in her community. Her leadership experience stems from her time as a student orientation leader, resident assistant, and club president.

  • Ye Sin (Danny) Kim


    Ye Sin (Danny) Kim is super thrilled to be a part of Writopia Lab as an intern in New York City! He is currently studying Cinema as a senior at Binghamton University. He has experience working with children in both academic and creative environments, such as the United States Tennis Association (USTA), where he worked with children with disabilities. His written works and films have been recognized and awarded The Kenneth Jacobs Grant in early 2017 by his university, and many of his short films have been screened at large public events. He is passionate about writing, directing, and editing short films that explore the unique lives of various individuals and enjoys analyzing and discussing films! In his free time, he likes to scribble ideas on napkins and sticky notes, read film commentaries, work on graphic design, and visit museums.

  • Sabrina Castillo


    Sabrina is excited to be a summer intern at Writopia NYC! Sabrina is an English major and a double Chemistry and Japanese minor at Vassar College. Even though she seems to be juggling a lot, her true passion has always been reading and writing, especially teen fiction. In her writing, she thoroughly enjoys finding and celebrating small actions, like sharing bubble tea or reading The Little Prince with a friend. Sabrina hopes to inspire younger generations with the same sort of curiosity through a shared love of writing, which is why it is serendipitous for her to join the Writopia team after all these years. Sabrina spent a year in high school taking Writopia workshops, and she feels incredibly lucky to be part of a place that jump-started her creative voice and helped her grow. Sabrina is excited to give back to the Writopia community and make this summer unforgettable!

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