Meet our staff
managing editor | Junior
Emeline Ring is a Washington state native whose perfect day consists of camping out in a Starbucks and devouring a book for hours on end. Though she loves her home, she came to Bethany to major in English. When she isn’t devoting her time to writing, reading, and editing for class or her own pleasure, she tries to carve out time for outdoor runs (even when it’s raining), singing in choir, and listening to movie and TV soundtracks.
Design Editor | Junior
Lyla LaMay is a designer by design. It’s in her nature to create, to express herself through her work, and to spill her thoughts and ideas and obsessions into something you can hold, or see, or hear, or touch. She likes tea more than people (the kind you drink, not the kind you spill), and she’ll happily serve you a cup, as long as you sit with her and the Hatter at the long table, and sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” with them.
Programs editor | Junior
Elli Gifferson is a writer, reader, and word enthusiast. She spends her free time painting pages with words and bringing images to life. Aside from literature, Elli is slightly addicted to dramatic television and 60’s music. A natural nerd at heart, she has an absurd craving for knowledge and is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. She is a strong believer in the power of words and contends that when used right, they can make a world of difference.
Web editor | Senior
Kaci Schneidawind has a way with words. When she’s not writing, editing, or posting, you can find her scrolling. She is also a fierce supporter of dresses with pockets (more room for snacks) and anything Lin-Manuel Miranda does (man’s a genius). Above all else, she firmly believes in the goodness of people, and that everyone has a story to tell. Words, love, and dachshunds fill up her heart and make the world a better place.
General Staff | Junior
Sydney Kappel’s favorite word is floccinaucinihilipilification. While she enjoys writing and literature, you won’t find her with coffee, ever. Due to her lack of caffeine, she finds energy in the form of late night car rides (with good music, of course), long walks with no clear destination, baking, and responding to almost everything with a witty comeback.
General Staff | Senior
Abby Reed is a creature of habit. She loves her morning coffee, her daily conversations with friends, and her evening reading time. She is an English major, lover of words and anything paper related; you can often find her reading a Jane Austen novel, re-watching Jurassic Park for the billionth time, or hiding away in a corner of the Memorial Library.
Emily van asperen
General Staff | Senior
Emily Van Asperen is a true Minnesotan attempting a degree in English Literary Studies and a minor in Music. Her greatest weakness is writing a biography about herself, so let’s shoot. She loves anything with a story, whether it is a videogame, novel, or music. The layers of stories, like an onion, make her cry but she still loves their flavors. Emily really enjoys the history of authors such as Edgar Allen Poe. Other than reading, she enjoys writing short stories about the complexities of the mind and happy-go-lucky ghosts. (Yes, Emily can be interesting.)
Professor Lissa Torres
Lissa Torres has written essays covering topics such as centipedes, Visible Woman kits, Søren Kierkegaard, Wong Karwai films, and pineapples. Lately she’s been writing simply (and not simply at all) about home. She believes a literary magazine should not only feature excellent work, but that it should itself be an artful object, a tangible manifestation of joy.