Haley Hopkins is a junior English Literature and Creative Writing double major at Miami University. She works as a consultant at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and is a recipient of the Daniel and Margaret Bookwalter Award in Creative Writing. When she isn't reading or writing, you can probably find her watching Netflix, eating guacamole, or looking at pictures of huskies on the internet.
Kelsy Schultz is a junior Creative Writing and Pre-Medical studies co-major from Michigan with hopes of attend medical school upon graduation. She is also the president of the Miami Waterski Club, a lover of all things pumpkin all year round, an avid book reader (when there is time to spare), and a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason.”
Vol. 3.1 | Spring 2016
Maci Alf is a senior at Miami University graduating in May. She has previously been published in Happy Captive Magazine and is the web designer for Diversity University, an online artistic magazine. Besides writing, Maci enjoys media work. She is currently the producer for the short film Limbo and is employed as a writer for WLWT Channel 5 News.
Lauren Bauman is a creative writing major, exploring what it means to live and breathe writing; however, she would not recommend inhaling paper or laptops. Her interests include stress-relieving activities and learning about random things to spark story ideas. She also enjoys traveling that requires a passport. Visit her online at Goats on a Roof.
Alison Block is a junior at Miami University, majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Literature and German. In addition to fine pieces of literature, she loves movies, traveling, and being outdoors. Her favorite forms of procrastination are Netflix, cooking, playing with her dog, and being relentlessly social.
Christian Corpora is a writer for screen, stage, and page. Currently a senior studying Creative Writing at Miami University, he regularly performs improv comedy with the team Sketched Out and is currently producing Sketchtastrophe: A Sketch Comedy Revue. His creative endeavors have fueled his passion for both filmed and live entertainment.
Ashley Frahm is a junior in the Professional Writing major and Sociology minor at Miami University. She participates on the varsity track and field team, as well as in Cru, a.k.a. Campus Crusade for Christ. When she can find the time, she loves to relax by reading, hammocking, or watching Netflix. Mostly the latter.
Thomas Gurinskas is a Creative and Professional Writing double major at Miami University. He’s not sure when he’s going to graduate, but it’s not going to be on time. He likes to live-snap the books he’s reading for his friends on Snapchat to see. Sometimes, if he deems the comments witty enough, he posts the snaps to his blog. Follow his reviews online here.
Kayla Love is a fiction writer who has been published in such platforms as 321 Lit Mag, Great Reads Magazine, and the Gateway to Imagination anthology. She studies Journalism and Creative Writing at Miami University and is on staff with Diversity University Magazine and The Crucible. She is currently opening up a literary magazine for women artists called Doll House Writer.
Tom Mullenix is a 15th-level writer (out of 100), a 4th-level copywriter, and a 6th-level warlock. He’s currently studying Creative Writing and Philosophy at Miami University and will use any excuse to write about comic book characters or wizards. Any excuse. Visit him online at tommullenix.com.
Andrew Polack is a rising super senior at Miami University studying Creative Writing and Media & Culture. His hobbies include microwaving the majority of his food, wearing the same pants two days in a row, and live-tweeting his bathroom breaks. He aspires someday to make it big in Hollywood, but for now he'll settle for being mediocre in Ohio. Visit his travel blog and travel-themed Instagram.
Abbey Sanderson is a student at Miami University studying Public Relations and Professional Writing. She is working to become a member of the Publishing Industry as a public relations specialist for novels and novelists. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys working with her sorority’s philanthropy and traveling abroad.
Emily Westerfield is a junior studying creative writing and philosophy at Miami University. Among her quirks are her fascination for hedgehogs and (charming) lack of computer skills. Her aspirations include becoming a certified hot yoga instructor, learning to speak Russian, and managing to one morning snag a booth by the window at Kofenya.
Vol. 2.2 | Fall 2015
Boyoung Choi is currently a Creative Writing major and a Chinese minor at Miami University. She likes animals, coffee, fun stories and sleeping all day.
Emily Kaminski is a fan of books, bacon, and boys with accents. She spends most of her time trying to convince Miami University to give her degrees in both Creative Writing and English Literature. You can usually find her at King Library or any ice cream establishment, avoiding her responsibilities and watching Netflix.
Morgan Rose Pearl was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She recently moved to Oxford, Ohio, to attend Miami University and earn an English degree. Growing up, she and her family drove to the mountains every weekend in Colorado to ski and spent summers in Nantucket. She loves to write and enjoys writing mostly fictional pieces, as it allows her to be creative and spontaneous.
Samantha Silber will graduate from Miami University in May 2015 with a B.A. in Professional and Creative Writing. She has interned with the Department of Education, Miami’s College of Arts and Science, and the Thurber House. Sam likes editing, singing with the car radio, chatting up fictional characters, and traveling as much as she can.
Joy Snow is a senior creative writing student at Miami University. She enjoys playing in Magic: The Gathering tournaments and dressing up in costumes and going to anime conventions with all her nerd friends. She lives with a cardboard cutout of Ronald Reagan, who she claims is the best roommate she's ever had.
Vol. 2.1 | Spring 2015
Olivia Augspurger is a sophomore English Creative Writing major. She is an avid reader and writer, when she can manage to find time to sit down and push past the writer’s block. Her hobbies include dancing, reading (of course), and suffering through writing the occasional brief bio.
Joey Battista is a senior English: Professional Writing major and Marketing minor here at Miami. In his free time he enjoys leisurely writing and participating in intramural sports on campus. Joey spends his summers at his beach house in Maryland working and enjoying photography. Three of his photos have been published.
Jordan Case is a graduating English Literature student with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She really enjoys reading, writing, and binge-watching shows on Netflix. While she's looking forward to graduation, she is still figuring out what's next. Isn't everybody?
Christopher “Kit” Collins is a Professional Writing and Psychology double major with a minor in Neuroscience. He’s an avid writer, researcher, and photographer. His dogs are named after Batman characters and he likes to read minimalist, satirical writing. He plans to teach, write, and practice as a psychologist.
Kaitlin Kaiser is a junior at Miami University, where she studies Creative Writing. She speaks only in movie quotes and has an appreciation for the finer things in life, such as perfectly carbonated Diet Coke and books that don’t necessarily end happily.
Marissa Lane is a 19-year-old notebook addict (and Creative Writing and Literature double major) based in the extensive cornfields of Ohio. She’s a huge fan of Sharpie pens, red lipstick, feminism, paperback books, coffee, yoga, cat videos, and potato chips. Chronic procrastinator, listmaker, and overachiever; recovering perfectionist. Happily in a committed relationship with semicolons and caffeine.
Erin Mathey is a Junior at Miami University majoring in Creative Writing. She hopes to write books for elementary and middle school aged children. She loves animals, food, and all forms of storytelling.
Ricky Modrzynski, 22, was born Polish-Catholic in New Jersey many years ago, but has spent the majority of his formative years south of the Mason-Dixon line. An avid hockey fan, he has played the sport since age seven and is the reigning champion of his fantasy hockey league. In his free time, he enjoys annoying his roommates with his guitar, destroying the kitchen on a daily basis, and having as much fun as possible.
Ryan Sheets was born just outside of Cleveland but then moved with his family to Hamburg, Germany for his dad’s moving career. After making his return home, he found he enjoyed many hobbies including golf, football, and most of all, creative writing. Ryan has a full length YA Urban Fantasy novel complete and hopes to seek publication at one point in his life.
Kaylee Via is a sophomore English Lit and Creative Writing double major to prove to her parents that there is, in fact, beyond being a single English major, a way to make yourself more unemployable. She appreciates a good cup of coffee, punctuality, and not having to talk about herself.
Mary Williams is a Junior Creative Writing major at Miami University. President of Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault, she enjoys raising awareness when she isn't writing for fun, classes or The Odyssey Magazine
Katie Zak is a senior at Miami University majoring in English Literature. After graduation, she will be teaching for the Institute of Reading Development in San Francisco. She loves yoga, dogs, and Greek yogurt.
Vol. 1.2 | Fall 2014
Maggie Ark is an avid reader, dedicated writer, and frequent movie-goer. Over the years she has written an abundance of articles for the on-line mag The Odyssey and is currently working toward a Bachelor's degree in Professional Writing at Miami University. This is her first article for Turning Page and she is extremely excited to continue working with them!
Caroline H. Browning is in her third year as a Psychology-Creative Writing double major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She attended Antioch Writers’ Workshop Young Writers Program in 2011 and owes it to finding her two best friends—both writers—and a kickass mentor named Katrina Kittle. She has a novel underway (still) but can’t complain.
Ellie Cook is currently a senior Creative Writing major at Miami University and is preparing to be shoved out of the nest after graduation. Her hobbies include copy editing for Up Magazine, dreaming up crazy concepts for her fictional stories, and dabbling in the world of sarcasm. She plans to pursue a career in magazine feature writing after graduation.
Kathleen Harris is a lover of words. She is one of the current Editors in Chief of Happy Captive Magazine. When she is not writing content for Turning Page (and other publications she hopes to contribute to), she enjoys reading in what spare time she has (which is usually while walking to class). Her true loves include cheesecake and binge watching Netflix. Find her on Goodreads.
Katy McGill is a senior double major in biochemistry and creative writing or, essentially, an aspiring writer who got stuck in a science nerd’s body. She likes to write sarcastic lead female characters and lots of weird, dark stuff. She is also a lover of the Oxford comma and all things grammatical, but she swears she has no (direct) affiliation with the Grammar Police.
Dave McNamee is a senior Creative Writing major at Miami University. He was born and raised in Washington D.C. He enjoys the music of Hall & Oates, a strong cup of coffee, and comfortable couches. After college he plans to move to Los Angeles, pursue a career in television writing, and, one day, figure out what the McRib® is actually made of.
David Shanks is an aspiring writer without aspirations. He has convinced himself that the stork mistakenly dropped him into the wrong era, but he finds consolation in classic literature and John Denver. When not using his wit for evil, David enjoys such outlets such as hiking, chess, and indulging in arthouse films.
Vol. 1.1 | Spring 2014
Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry. She is the co-founder of Scratch Magazine, all about the intersection of writing and money, and former web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She speaks frequently at industry events and writers conferences around the world. Find out more here.
Amanda Hancock enjoys the written word in all of its forms. As an admirer of powerful storytelling, Amanda is currently pursuing a career in journalism. Her perfect day would consist of a long run, a good book, and a bottomless cup of coffee.
Kelsey Kimbler is an aspiring creative writer with a completely healthy obsession with comic books. She has a passion for female superheroes and their character arcs. She is a longtime fan of comics and in 2012 started Miami University’s comic club Comics Ink. Her fiction has been published in online literary journals Happy Captive and Eunoia Review.
Erica Mudd is a senior Creative Writing major at Miami University. Her specialty and passion lie in writing short stories, though she wishes to potentially pursue a career in journalism. She is also a heptathlete on Miami University's Women’s Track and Field team. Visit her online at ericamudd.weebly.com.
Melissa Petrick is an avid Twitter follower of @APstylebook and @ChicagoManual. When she is not editing for various student organizations, she is outside getting her boots dirty at the horse barn. She is currently collecting her coins for her Future Farm Fund and is anxiously waiting for the day that she can edit on her wraparound porch.
Michelle Rowley is a senior English Literature and Creative Writing double major at Miami University. Her love of books and all things strange and creative have fueled her passion for writing, experimental cooking and avidly making old things new again. Upon graduation, she will be sailing the seven seas on a naval vessel on the West Coast
Serena Stout is currently finishing her senior year as a Creative Writing student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Originally from California, she loves the beach. And reading. And reading at the beach. When she's not stressing out about life after graduation, she likes to write and snuggle with her dog and 2 cats. Visit her at serenawrites.weebly.com.
Lee Upton is the author of the forthcoming collection The Tao of Humiliation—winner of the 2nd Annual BOA Short Fiction Prize—as well as twelve other books including the novella The Guide to the Flying Island and a collection of essays on writing, Swallowing the Sea. She is Writer-in-Residence and professor of English at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.