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poetry editor of Castings, the literary journal at Christian Brothers University. She is currently working on her first book of poetry, which explores themes of race, gender, and alienation from the body. Nakul Grover is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering & English at Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College. He received the Erickson Discovery Grant for his novel that draws from contemporary political events in India and Bangladesh, tracing the lives of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar affected by climate change. He has won the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest twice in a row, alongside the Katey Lehman Award and Edward Nichols Award in fiction and James Cranage Award in poetry. He is a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy and blogs weekly. At Penn State, he has served as a writer for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and been a resident assistant, a Hindi tutor, and a research assistant in the surface science laboratory. He plays the piano and enjoys doing yoga, going to the gym, cooking, and reading. He hopes to study environmental law. Francesca Halikias is a sophomore studying English with an emphasis on creative writing at DePaul University. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family and her four dogs, and has loved reading and writing ever since she was little. Maija Hecht is a sophomore English major at Macalester College where she also studies Spanish and studio art. Of the many things in her life that remain unsure, writing has never been one of them. ”Dreamcatching” is one poem from her yet untitled chapbook about childhood and northern Minnesota as she knew it. Dani Jakobson is a landscape photographer based in Boston. Her photographs do not come from a specific desire to show the world through a certain lens, but rather from her deep fascination with nature. She hopes to introduce audiences to the natural world through her eyes and capture her experiences and travels for others to enjoy. Miranda Jacobson is currently majoring in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College. Serving as the college’s Creative Writing Club president, as well as participating in the English Scholar Program, Miranda spends all her free time writing and exploring her beautiful home of Lake Tahoe. Miranda found her passion in writing poems and short stories that focus on social justice, women’s rights and bodies, and self love while living in the Bay Area. She has been published in The Ink, and participated in a reading for 100 Thousand Poets for Change with UNR and Planned Parenthood in September 2018. Irene Kattos, born in the sunny (yet hot) island of Cyprus, is currently studying law at the University of Sheffield but remembers when her passion for art emerged:

Profile for Oakland Arts Review

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

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