Meet this year’s cohort of five 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.
Learning Experience Design Editorial Spring 2023 Interns
Marian Caballo, an undergraduate at Cornell University from New York City, is interested in the intersections of science, technology, and media. Studying computer science and cognitive science, Marian hopes to leverage technology to tell engaging stories. She is an editor for The Cornell Daily Sun and works on autonomous airplanes with Cornell’s project team, CUAir. In her free time, Marian enjoys traveling, film, and exploring the city with her friends.
Senjuti Gayen is a New York City native currently pursuing dual degrees in Biology and English at Williams College. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting knickknacks for her friends, writing her novels, and exploring her culinary interests, with matcha milk buns being her latest delicious creation. With a passion for medicine, Senjuti aspires to become a physician in the future. She also has a creative side and plans to publish at least one of her novels under a pen name.
Irene Hao is a New York native, born and raised, daughter, sister, and student. She is currently pursuing a BA in English at Fordham University in Lincoln Center. She is actively involved in and a regular contributor of her school’s newspaper The Observer and student radio Wavelengths. Irene has been published in Teen Ink, Scholastic Writing & Arts Awards, and Canal Street News. Irene loves writing in all its shapes and forms, and seeks to find the intersection between her love for written and spoken word and storytelling with law, politics, and digital media. When not writing, you can find her studying in cafes, belting in karaoke booths, solving crossword puzzles, or playing video games with her friends.
Emily Méndez is a native New Yorker raised in Queens. She completed her undergraduate education at CUNY Hunter College, where she earned a degree in Anthropology. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate study in Occupational Therapy, where she aspires to help children with disabilities in cultivating vital life skills, fostering independence, and ultimately improve their quality of life. In her free time, Emily finds joy in watching telenovelas, crafting personal essays and letters, and spending quality time with her family.
Summer 2022 Editorial Interns
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.
Julia Andresakis is a writer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a former mentee, intern, and digital media producer for Girls Write Now — if you’ve scrolled through the Resources section of the website, you are familiar with her work. She holds a degree in film and creative writing from Brooklyn College. While an undergraduate, she placed first in fiction in the 2019-2020 CUNYwide LaborArts “Making Work Visible” contest. An aficionado for all things surreal, uncanny, and liminal, her work typically focuses on lonely souls pursuing unconventional obsessions. Julia is excited to support Girls Write Now in a more involved capacity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Y is a student from the New York metro area. When not writing, she enjoys looking at art or drinking green tea.
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.