Editor in Chief
“Writing is my resistance”
Audrey Bowers is a senior creative writing major at Ball State. She is a passionate storyteller, artist, teacher, social media manager, and editor. She loves corgis, children, and succulents. Her work has been published in the Ball State Daily News, StudyBreaks magazine, RethinkingKidLit.com, among other publications. You can find her tweets @coffeeforaudrey on Twitter and pictures of all of her books @audreyonthedaily on IG.
“Fairy tales don’t show us that dragons exist. They show us that dragons can be defeated.”
Olivia Hershman is entering her senior year at Ball State, studying Secondary English Education. She enjoys napping, traveling, and hate-watching reality TV.
Lead Poetry Editor
“Writing is healing.”
Kristin Ryan is a poet working towards healing, and full sleeves of tattoos. She is a recipient of the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize in Poetry, was listed as a Write Bloody Finalist, and has been nominated for Best New Poets. Her poems have been featured in Glass, Jabberwock Review, Milk and Beans, among others. She holds an MFA from Ashland University and works in the mental health field. She tweets @kristinwrites.
Lead CNF Editor
“You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.”
Kayln Reyer is a recent Ball State graduate with a major in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she enjoys taking care of her plant family, channeling her inner Mindy Kaling, and cuddling with her new kitten, Mulaney. Kayln hopes to one day work for a non-profit organization and use storytelling to empower communities. Her work can be found in the 409 Press Publication, “#KeepMuncieWeirdandWhimsical,” Ball State Digital Symposium, and on her WordPress, kaylnreyer.wordpress.com.
Lead Fiction Editor
“A lot of people create stories, but it takes bravery to write that story and share it.”
Brittany Bauernfiend originates from Shoals, Indiana but calls Bloomington home these days. She’s about to begin her last semester at Indiana University before graduating with a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in creative writing. She’s always loved to write and read and hopes to one day publish a collection of short stories. Bauernfiend also enjoy tattoos, her two adorable cats, and baking.
Lead Design Editor
“Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.”
Eileen Porzuczek is a senior at Ball State University studying Creative Writing, Professional Writing, & Emerging Media. Eileen writes a blog about educating on intimate partner violence and promoting healthy relationships, which has allowed her to do some motivational speaking sharing her story. Eileen works as a writer and designer for Rethinking Children’s & Young Adult Literature’s Digital Magazine. She has presented her work at research symposiums, national literary conferences, and peach conferences. Eileen has also worked with the Indiana Writers Center on their I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives series. She is a book author and her work has appeared in various other publications. Eileen also has experience in Corportate/Non-Profit PR, freelance writing and graphic design work. In 2017 she won the Best Poster Design Award at the Cohen Peace Conference. Eileen is a passionate writer and artist who enjoys reading, cooking, stargazing, and adventuring in her free time. Her tweets can be found @iLean_iHop on Twitter.
Webmaster, Social Media Editor
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler.
Briar Woods is currently a junior English major and WGS minor at Ball State University. She loves her two cats, coffee, and plants. After graduating, she hopes to work in publishing as a book editor.
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lindsey Walston is a recent graduate from North Carolina State University, where she majored in English. She has since been working as a freelancer to sharpen her skills and gain more experience in the industry. She loves writing and editing and wants to write her own stories someday. In the meantime, she wants to help other people share their own stories and make a difference. One of her biggest support systems is her miniature dachshund, who loves to curl up beside her as she works.
Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky
“A flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor of China, Mulan
Spending most of her childhood curled up on a sofa somewhere with a book in hand, Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky has had a passion for the English language, storytelling and writing since childhood. She is a creative writer, attentive editor and freelance Canadian French translator all in one. Her published work can be found on The Silhouette and Study Breaks Magazine websites as well as her own personal website. With two years of experience writing for a publication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English & Cultural Studies and History, Elizabeth is dedicated to producing high-quality written content and editing written content until it meets her high standards. When she is not reading, writing or learning more about the French language, she loves exploring nature either through hiking, biking or swimming. She was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert, “Dune”
Leah Heim is a senior studying literature at Ball State University. She also has an often-used minor in anthropology and a seldom-used minor in French. When she’s stressed, she likes taking long runs and watching “The Great British Baking Show.” If you catch her after a few glasses of whiskey, you will probably get roped into a passionate, but respectful, conversation about religion and philosophy. When she’s not haunting Bracken Library, she spends her time chilling and reading My Immortal aloud with her friends.
Social Media Team
Social Media Editor
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
Jasmine Ramos is going into her final year at Ball State pursuing a degree in public relations with a concentration in event planning and management. She has always loved to read and write and is currently in the process of writing her own novel. She has a poem published in an anthology titled “Speak Up” and hopes her next piece to be published will be her novel. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found producing content for social media pages, playing her guitar or playing video games. You can find her tweets @modernscrolls on Twitter and pictures of the books she loves @modernscrolls on IG.