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"I do want to create art beyond rage. Rage is a place to begin, but not end. I’m not as wise as my work, but I know if I take the writing deep enough, something larger and greater than myself will flash forth and illuminate me, heal me. I do want to devour my demons—despair, grief, shame, fear—and use them to nourish my art. Otherwise they’ll devour me."

Sandra Cisneros

editorial board

All Editorial Team members are graduate students, medical students, or staff at Brown University.

Majida Kargbo


Majida Kargbo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. A graduate of Williams College, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she came to Brown’s doctoral program in American Studies because interdisciplinary scholarship had helped her envision worlds where beauty is found in unexpected places, vulnerability can also be a form of strength, and critique could be a practice of love. One outgrowth of this generative graduate experience was a project entitled "Excessive Vision(s): Visuality, Intimacy, and the Multi-mediated Body," an exploration of the radical possibilities of living in a body marked as “too much.” She has worn many hats in her time at Brown, but all have been tied to her belief that building communities where people can thrive as their whole selves means that we must be committed to each other. We need each other.

Hilary Rasch


Hilary Rasch is an organizer around labor issues, a writer, and teacher. She is currently a PhD student in English Literature at Brown University, where her work concentrates on seventeenth century English poetry and queer studies. In her writing she considers moments in poetic texts where subjectivity or individualism fails to coalesce, breaks, dissolves, or opens into something else. Her attention in her writing is also increasingly directed toward scenes of death, (re)birth, loss, and mourning—which she connects to dissolutions and unbindings of selves. Prior to coming to Brown, she worked as an elementary school teacher in New York and taught third graders in an integrated co-taught classroom. In her spare time, she writes poetry, makes ceramics, bakes cakes, and plays with her cat Eve. She named her Eve in honor of those who transgress against power for the sake of wisdom.

Je-Shawna Wholley

Managing Editor

Je-Shawna is the new Assistant Director of Brown University’s LGBTQ Center. Prior to that, Wholley served as the Programs Manager in charge of the Emerging Leaders Initiative and Special Projects at the National Black Justice Coalition. Je-Shawna provides strategic insight on outreach and issues affecting Black LGBT young people. A graduate of Spelman College where she received her Bachelors of Art in Comparative Women's Studies, Wholley served as President of the LGBT student union, Afrekete. In 2009, alongside Morehouse College’s Safe Space organization, she spearheaded the first LGBT Pride Week in the Atlanta University Center.  Wholley has been honored as the recipient of the 2011 Campus Pride Voice & Action National Leadership Award for her tireless efforts to make Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center a more inclusive environment for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gay and transgender student body. Additionally, she was instrumental in the research and planning of the historical Audre Lorde HBCU Summit, which focused on the social climate regarding LGBT affairs on HBCU campuses. Dedicated to the empowerment of LGBT youth of color, Wholley travels across the nation to keynote and conduct workshops on creating safe and inclusive campuses for all students to thrive. Je-Shawna has a Master of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Niko Lažetić

Content Editor

Tell people more about this item. Give people the info they need to go ahead and take the action you want. To make this item your own, click here.Niko is currently an MFA candidate in Brown University’s Literary Arts program. Her work explores the crossings of gender and genre in sound and visual articulations as they begin to dissolve both metaphorical and material fixity of boundaries. She is an alumna of Bennington College and a Davis United World College Scholar (UWC Adriatic); prior to coming to Brown, she had spent a June at the Seminar for Undergraduate Poets at Bucknell University and divided her time between two museums in New York City. Most of what she does seeks to unfold the fabric of language that is a depository of selves and historicity, and to inhabit the voice’s role of a witness to displacement.

Georgia Lipikin

Content Editor

Georgia Lipkin attended Barnard College where they studied English and Art History and spent most of their time editing a student literary journal and creating spaces for creative work to be expressed and shared. Queer theorists like José Esteban Muñoz and Jack Halberstam and fiction writers like Vladamir Nabokov and Lydia Davis have shaped the way they think about queerness, (professional) identity, and community. Georgia likes to play basketball and is a first-year medical student at Brown.

Elizabeth Rule

Content Editor

Elizabeth Rule is a Ph.D. Candidate in Brown University's American Studies Department, and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. Elizabeth is currently a Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellow, and recently concluded her term as a Visiting Scholar in Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her M.A. from Brown University and her B.A. from Yale University, both in American Studies. She is also a recipient of "Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture Fellowship," the Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Development Grant, the Chancellor Thomas A. Tisch Fellowship for Graduate Studies, and is a former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Elizabeth has lectured, presented, and taught courses related to Native American Studies, placing particular emphasis on Indian law. Her dissertation, Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood, explores the intersection of Native American/First Nations women's reproductive justice issues and gender violence. Her work brings together Native American Studies, legal histories, theories of gender/sexuality, and critiques of settler colonialism.

Connor Volpi

Content Editor

Connor Volpi is a graduate student at Brown University from Orlando, Florida. He studies Global Health and is passionate about achieving health equity for all. Upon graduation, Connor will continue his studies in medical school. His specific research interests involve addressing health disparities that impact LGBTQ+ communities. He has previously worked at the Fenway Health Institute. You can find Connor riding his bike around Providence, performing poetry, or in discussion with someone regarding the complexity of the human experience.  

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faculty advisors

Gail Cohee

Director of Sarah Doyle Women's Center


Anne Fausto-Sterling

Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies

Rory Merritt, MD

Assistant Dean of Medicine - Program in Liberal Medical Education, Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Sawako Nakayasu

Assistant Professor of Literary Arts

Drew Walker

Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies

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