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get to know the staff!

here at patchwork, we believe that there is power in collaboration, connection, and community. a crucial aspect of our mission as a lit mag is to connect with our audience, highlight our amazing staff members, and create lasting bonds within the literary community.

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meet our team

the people behind the magazine

executive team

editor-in-chief

Amanda Pendley (she/her) is a queer twenty-one-year-old writer from Kansas City who is currently studying Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Iowa. Her recent and forthcoming publications include Homology Lit, Vagabond City Lit, Savant Garde Literary Magazine, and JUKED. She is a 2020 Best of the Net nominee for her poem “afterword on movement song” published by Savant Garde Literary Magazine. She often finds inspiration in Lorde songs, contemporary dance, and Harry Styles’ suit collection.

co-managing editor

Sonia Beltz (she/her) is a writer from Dayton, Ohio, who still calls Buffalo, New York, home. She is in her final semester of studying English, creative writing, publishing, and religious studies at the University of Iowa. When she isn’t working or studying, you’ll probably find her buried six feet deep in a Wikipedia wormhole.

co-managing editor

Jacob Sammon (he/him) is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa. He is currently studying English, creative writing, publishing, and communications at the University of Iowa. His work has been featured in literary magazines and journals throughout the country. Jacob discovers inspiration in the magical realism genre of fiction and often explores it in his own work. He cannot wait to lend a hand in stitching together the threads of patchwork lit mag.

creative director

Zoey Jenkins (she/her) is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communication and English and Creative Writing on the Publishing track. When she isn’t busy revealing family secrets in her personal essays, she can be found restarting her Stardew Valley farm for the millionth time.

drama team

drama editor

Meg Mechelke (she/they) is a third year student studying theatre and creative writing. Her work has been published in Earthwords, Wilder Things, and Zenith magazines and has been produced on stage at the University and beyond. In her spare time, she can often be found reading scary stories and listening to Taylor Swift.

drama reader

Isaiah Gbenga Adepoju, he/his, 18, is the HIASFEST Star Prize winner (Male) 2022. Among other things, nifty magicals, he likes good plays, Walcott’s-kind-of-magic. You can reach him via Twitter @IsaiahGbengaAd1

drama reader

Alana Scherer (she/her) is a second year student studying English and Creative Writing on the Publishing track at the University of Iowa. She previously worked on her high school’s lit mag and is thrilled to join the patchwork team. In her spare time she writes poetry, crochets, and reads all the fantasy she can find.

drama reader

My name is Xiu Zhang, a senior at The University of Iowa. Double majoring in Creative writing and screenwriting, minor in Philosophy. I am one of the readers on the drama team. I love to play tennis, and I am so into romance fiction which leads me to write lots of short romance stories.

experimental team

experimental editor

Kara Pernicano’s Bio Coming Soon!

experimental editor

My name is Sotera Spencer (she/her) and I am a ballerina studying psychology and neuroscience in Copenhagen, Denmark. I make art inspired by interesting shapes I see bodies make as a dancer, and I work to provide creativity and movement as a healing technique for children. You can find more about me at my instagram @miss.shapen.

experimental reader

Diana Caragea (she/he/they) is an eager learner and a Romanian foreign languages student at the University of Bucharest for English and Italian. Currently, they are working for a romance languages magazine called Holistic Multilingual Magazine, writing articles and translating in Italian. They fell in love with the art of writing at 16, writing to escape the high school’s background noise, being a loner. They currently have a poetry blog (whywords.home.blog) and a lot of unfinished works in their drafts. Find them on IG at @dianacaragea!

experimental reader

Sam Charles is a twenty-year-old English major studying at Boston University. Besides writing, she’s worked with Pie Press Publishing and volunteered hundreds of hours at her local library. As an avid library supporter, her biggest interests and inspirations have been her co-workers, random chance stories, and the occasional magical girl show. She also has an abundance of fun facts from shows ranging from Winx Club and W.I.T.C.H. to RWBY.

experimental reader

Jessica is a writer from Vancouver, Canada. Her work has appeared previously in Suspense Magazine, Artist’s Syndicate, The Horror Zine Magazine, and is forthcoming in the October issue of Rough Cut Press. When she isn’t writing, she can be found having writer’s block, watching every horror movie under the sun, and reading.

experimental reader

Maddy Fay Robinson is a writer from Calgary, Alberta. Her fiction and poetry has been published in various online journals, and her academic research in stream-of-consciousness and literary psychoanalysis is currently being considered for publication. Most recently, she was named runner-up for the Ember Chasm Fiction Contest. She is one of the producers and hosts of Writer’s Block, a radio podcast dedicated to the art of literary writing. She enjoys cheap food and overpriced espresso beverages. Sometimes, she laughs a little too loudly.

fiction team

fiction editor

Delanee (she/her) is a Senior at the University of Iowa. She is studying English and creative writing with a minor in Gender Women Sexuality Studies. In her down time she enjoys journaling, taking pictures, and drinking coffee. Delanee is in love with patchwork!

fiction editor

Olivia Tonelli (she/her) is a writer studying English and Creative Writing on the publishing track at the University of Iowa with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she serves as the PR and social media manager at Horizon magazine. She vehemently believes in the intrinsic power of hope and often draws inspiration for her writing from Dave Malloy and Anaïs Mitchell musicals.

fiction reader

Josie (she/her) is from the small town of Annandale, Minnesota. She is a second-year student studying English and creative writing and sustainability science. She spends as much of her free time outside as she can, and of course, she can never get enough of reading (sometimes to the detriment of her other assignments). She is so excited to join the Patchwork team, as this is her first time working on a literary magazine!

fiction reader

Nika Drnovsek’s Bio Coming Soon!

fiction reader

Kavi Kshiraj (xe/xer) is a queer, Indo-American poet found in New Jersey. Xe spends time on hobbies such as writing, D&D, and xer various identity crises.

fiction reader

Kiara Lingenfelter’s Bio Coming Soon!

fiction reader

Leila Marhamati’s Bio Coming Soon!

fiction reader

Shania Mata’s Bio Coming Soon!

nonfiction team

nonfiction editor

Mekhia Hillgren’s Bio Coming Soon!

nonfiction editor

My name is Kyler Johnson (he/him), and I’m language-loving writer from the calm suburbs of West Des Moines, Iowa. I use he/him/his pronouns. Writing about varied topics of personal relationships, music, travel, and the mysteries found in foreign language in my own nonficiton work, I’m excited to see the diverse slushpile of stories we get to share with the world through patchwork!

nonfiction reader

Tori Hummel (she/her) is a sophomore from Minersville, Pennsylvania. She’s currently majoring in English and Creative Writing on the Publishing track with a minor in Communication studies and continuously reminds herself to not add on more degrees. When it comes to writing, she dabbles in every genre, but prefers fantasy and realistic fiction. She is excited to be working with Patchwork and can’t wait to see the amazing magazine we help create.

nonfiction reader

Alex Kautzman is a third-year student studying English and creative writing and journalism and mass communication. She works as an Honors Writing Fellow and writes for her hometown newspaper. In her free time, she likes to play video games and bug her roommates.

nonfiction reader

Hailey Marx’s bio is coming soon!

nonfiction reader

Olly Nze is a Writer, Poet, and Editor, living in Abuja, Nigeria. When he isn’t trying to navigate the madness of the city or tending to his cacti, he writes decent poetry and acceptable prose to keep himself sane. He has been published in Roxane Gay’s The Audacity, Serotonin Poetry, among others. He is the managing editor for the quarterly literary magazine Second Skin Mag

poetry team

poetry editor

Noelia Cerna (she/her) is a first generation immigrant from Costa Rica living in Arkansas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Westminster College and had had poetry published in Terse Journal, The Revolution [Relaunch], The North Meridian Review, The Plants & Poetry Journal and the NWA Girl Gang blog. She is a poetry reader and feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an assistant poetry editor for Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, an associate editor for Sibling Rivalry Press, an editor for Nomadic Press, a writing mentor and a recent recipient of the L’Engle-Rahman Prize for Mentorship for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program, the board president and director of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, and a writer for Powerful Latinas Rising.

poetry editor

Jordan Ferensic (he/him) is a poet residing in Maryland. He has a degree in creative writing from Colorado State University and has taught English abroad. He has spent most of his time in the coronapocene stressing about finances, attempting to radicalize liberals with marxist ideology, and staring at walls while dissociating. His singular achievement is growing a decent mustache. However, he does have work published, or forthcoming, in The Greyrock Review, Cicada Creative Magazine, The Sock Drawer Magazine, Sunday Mornings at the River, and Pest Control Mag.

poetry reader

Nicole Ankrah (she/her) is currently a 17-year-old high school senior residing in New Haven, Connecticut. Nicole enjoys reading and writing poetry, and in the future wishes to publish books of poems. She accredits poetry to be what has strengthened her in weakness, because of its ability to comfort her in hard times. In the future, Nicole hopes to study English in college and become a journalist, alongside being an author.

poetry reader

Lucy Cundill is a poet living in Norwich, England, where she studies English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is Editor In Chief at Mausoleum Press, and she has been published in Full House Literary Magazine, Bandit Fiction, Concrete, the Life Lines zine, and the UEA Undergraduate Creative Writing Anthology. Her work and further information can be found at futiledevicez.carrd.co

poetry reader

Hello! My name is Kayla and my pronouns are they/them/she/her. I’m from North Carolina and I just graduated from undergrad this past December with a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Spanish. My ultimate dream is to create art and stories that will feature the historically ignored voices of Black and Queer folk.

poetry reader

Cassidy Pekarek (she/her) is a queer writer and artist currently studying English & Creative Writing and Art History with a minor in Studio Art at the University of Iowa. This is her second time working as a poetry reading team member for patchwork lit mag, in addition to being a poetry editor for New Moon and a nonfiction editor for earthwords: The Undergraduate Literary Review. Her work has been previously published in Ink Lit Mag, Spect Magazine, and Zenith Lit Mag.

poetry reader

Suhana Simran (she/her) is a poet, writer and editor based in Delhi. She is an undergraduate student of English literature at Miranda House, University of Delhi. Aside from scribbling verses, she juggles between parliamentary debating and academics. She is currently working as an Editor at All Ears Magazine. Her works have previously been published in several online pages and magazines, including Intersections Lit Mag, Intersect Literary Magazine, Ayaskala Literary and Mental Health Magazine and Teen Belle Mag.

visual art team

visual art editor

Hi! My name is Sydney (they/them) and I’m a fourth year double major in English & Creative Writing and Studio Art. Originally I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa but I currently live here in Iowa City. Most of my time is spent writing poetry and drawing or doing photography, specifically exploring themes of abnormal psychology and human identity. While art and literature are my first loves, I am also an avid music listener and work for the music staff at the campus radio station, KRUI, where I write and publish music reviews.

visual art viewer

Stephanie Ip’s Bio Coming Soon!

copyeditor team

copyeditor

Meghan (she/they) is a third year at Iowa studying English & Creative Writing with minors in cinema and mass communications. She has a passion for all things publishing and is a total sucker for gaslight fantasy novels. A good book rec is the way to her heart.

social media team

social media manager

Dea Guri (she/her) is currently an economics and political science student from and based in Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s watching anime or scream crying about sports, most notably the teams from her hometown, swearing that this is the year the Browns win the Superbowl. One year she’ll be right.

social media manager

Quinlan Stafford (she/her) is a second-year student studying English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her favorite authors are Carmen Maria Machado and Audre Lorde. In her free time, she is crocheting a sweater, watering her horde of houseplants, or playing video games. 

layout and design team

layout & design editor

Jeff Piekarz (he/him) is a Junior studying English & Creative Writing on the Publishing Track. He also serves as Design Editor for New Moon Magazine, and has been published in New Moon and INK Lit Mag! He enjoys cooking, finding new music to listen to, and learning new things (especially about Photoshop). And yes, this is the last good picture he took.

assistant layout & design editor

Daija Guy is a Chicago based photographer and Wheat Paste Artist who makes self-portraits, lifestyle, and Fashion photographs. She is bright, bubbly, fun and gets her inspiration from blue skies, nature, and bright colors. Since the age of 10 she has been photographing any and everything that catches her eye.

website editor

Chloe Tharp (she/they) is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa, currently majoring in Photography with a minor in Art History. In the past, their work has been published in Ink Lit Magazine, Metal Magazine and Melted Butter Magazine. When she’s not working on homework, she enjoys playing video games, baking gluten-free desserts, and listening to music.

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