Meet the eight interns spearheading the editorial work for Girls Write Now’s Stories, a dynamic publishing platform featuring writing and art from our community. These interns are focused on different aspects of our editorial work, and will contribute to the editing, curating, designing, and vision-planning for the Girls Write Now website. Girls Write Now is proud to not only support our interns’ professional and creative development, but to give them the opportunity to lead us in new and exciting directions.
Asma Al-Masyabi is a free-verse poet and visual artist based in Colorado, who occasionally delves into flash fiction. She is currently pursuing her Associates in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her two biggest passions are crafting the written word and art and she wants to pursue a life-long career where she can do both. She’s dreaming big dreams, reading good books, while simultaneously baking chocolate chip cookies. When not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find her reading all the comics she can get her hands on and watching the next big hit her mom found on TV.
Denise Domena is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She is college freshman who plans to major in English Literature and concentrate in creative writing. In her free time, she embroiders, plays ukulele and piano and bakes cookies. Denise hopes to one day publish young adult fiction novels and perhaps a collection of poetry.
Lauren Y is a student from the New York metro area. When not writing, she enjoys looking at art or drinking green tea.
Maya Cruz is a New York City born and raised daughter, sister, and student. She has a burning passion for the arts and the overlap they have with the natural world. Writing especially has helped her evolve her perspective, which she hopes to continue sharing.
Liliana Hopkins exists at the intersection of science, writing and art. Her creative work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Penn State’s Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest, Hollins’ 56th Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest and the National Vans Custom Culture Contest. As a volunteer for the BioMedical Engineering & Imaging Institute at Icahn School of Medicine Mt. Sinai, she redesigned and rewrote the neuroimaging page of their website. Liliana is currently writing literary articles for Soul Talk Magazine and finishing her final year of high school.
Rachel Young is a college student interested in exploring multimedia and developing her creative writing skills. She hopes to develop more confidence as she solidifies her ideas and learns to express herself more clearly. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, finding new foods to make, and listening to Taylor Swift.
Julia Andresakis is a writer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, currently completing her BA in film and screenwriting at Brooklyn College. She writes short stories and is developing a feature-length screenplay and a novel manuscript. Julia was published in Teen Ink and served as the Arts & Entertainment editor of her high school newspaper. She is a regular contributor to her college’s literary magazine and was awarded first place in fiction in the 2019-2020 CUNYwide Labor Arts “Making Work Visible” contest. Julia is on the path to becoming an established novelist and showrunner of a critically acclaimed mockumentary.
Kaya Fraser is a first generation Guyanese-American born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently a junior at Howard University pursuing a degree in English. Fraser is actively involved in her school’s National English Honor Society as the chapter’s treasurer. She’s also a contributor to HER Campus and recently interned at the Hurston Wright Foundation. She hopes to explore the field and industry of writing from multiple perspectives.