5.1 Masthead


Rachel Hall  |  Faculty Advisorrachel-1

Rachel Hall teaches creative writing and literature at Geneseo where she holds two Chancellor’s Award for Excellence–one for teaching and one for creative work. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Guernica Daily and LitHub. Her collection of linked stories, Heirlooms (BkMk Press, 2016) was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Book Prize.


Oliver Diaz |  Managing EditorOliver Diaz

Oliver Diaz is a senior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. He plans to travel and teach after graduation. If all goes well, he will continue to pursue acting and Improv comedy across the States.


Evan Goldstein |  Managing EditorPhoto by Keith Walters

Evan Goldstein is a senior English (creative writing) major and history minor at SUNY Geneseo. He writes poetry. In his spare time Evan takes pictures, plays guitar, tries to manage his music collection, and drives around aimlessly. Once he drove 12,000 miles across the U.S. just to see what it’s like out there: it could be better; hopefully this journal does its part.


Erin Carlo | Public Relations & Fiction ReaderErin Carlo

Erin Carlo is a junior English literature and communications double major at SUNY Geneseo, and is honored to be a part of the Gandy Dancer staff this fall. She aspires to be on the Walt Disney Company marketing team someday, but is willing to settle for being a self-declared princess in the meantime. Erin enjoys petting her pug, reading well into the night, and drinking flavored coffees.


Sarah SteilSarah Steil | Fiction Editor

Sarah Steil is a senior English (creative writing) and pre-vet major at SUNY Geneseo. She loves spending time with her five crazy siblings and four crazy dogs. She has been published in Gandy Dancer 4.2, 4.1, and 3.2.


Robbie Held | Poetry EditorRobert Held

Robbie Held is from a verdant town in upstate NY. He is now a senior at SUNY Geneseo, another verdant town in upstate NY, except with more snow and corn. He enjoys water and staying up late. Catch his most recent publication in the 2nd edition of Bloodcruze. He has a love/hate relationship with high pressure sodium lamps. He is currently trying to beat Halo 2 on the hardest difficulty setting with his housemate, James.


Alexis Sammler CNF EditorAlexis Sammler

Alexis is a senior English major at SUNY Geneseo, where she works as an RA and health guard. She transferred from SUNY Brockport, where she interned with an international graffiti artist to design and install permanent murals on campus. In high school she published blogs for aplusphysics.com: she has 15,341 views under her dog’s name PepperJack. Her love of writing grew when she spoke at her commencement in Rochester’s Eastman Theatre. Alexis has a vision for life and wants to make a meaningful contribution to the world.


Olivia Cockerham | Fiction ReaderOlivia Cockerham

K. Olivia Cockerham is a junior English major and anthropology minor at SUNY Geneseo. She grew up in the woods on a mountain where, past the trees, she could watch ski lifts bob by. She loves graphic novels and animation, and will never grow out of preferring cartoons to anything else on TV. As far as she is concerned, home is wherever you can find a good book, a cat, and a couple of potted plants (she has ten).


Marley DeRosia | Fiction ReaderMarley DeRosia

Marley DeRosia is a fiction reader for this edition of Gandy Dancer, mostly because she wants to steal the story ideas that come her way. She is a junior English (creative writing) major at the SUNY College at Geneseo. With a minor in environmental studies, she likes to take long, romantic walks through the woods with her notebook as she jots down story ideas or topics for bad poems.


Giovanni Madonna | Fiction Reader Giovanni Madonna

Giovanni Madonna is a senior English (creative writing) major and Asian studies minor from Syracuse, New York. After graduation he hopes to work as an assistant ESL teacher in Japan for a few years, and eventually find a career in translation. He has previously worked as a fiction reader for Gandy Dancer and is looking forward to working with everyone to make the best magazine possible.


Juliana Schicho| Fiction ReaderJulianaSchicho

Juliana Schicho is a senior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. She enjoys sewing, playing video games for long periods of time, and wearing black. Her favorite author is Gabrielle Calvocoressi and she loves writing experimental poetry.


Grace Ventura | Fiction Reader Grace Ventura

Grace Ventura is a senior English literature major at SUNY Geneseo with the goal of working in the publishing field after graduating. She lives with her husband in the small town of Honeoye Falls, NY where she volunteers writing book reviews for the Mendon Public Library. Other than reading, Grace is passionate about health and fitness and recently won her first Figure Competition. She hopes to someday earn enough credibility in the fitness industry to be able to contribute to bodybuilding magazines and websites.


Diego Barcacel Peña | Poetry ReaderDiego Barcacel Peña

Diego Barcacel Peña is a senior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. He was born in the Dominican Republic, but has lived in the Bronx, NY for most of his life. He has worked with other magazines in the Geneseo campus, that include MiNT and Guerrilla. There are three things that Barcacel Peña loves and those things are fried chicken, poetry, and doing absolutely nothing. He aspires to make a living out of eating fried chicken while reading poetry.


Brenda Bota | Poetry ReaderBrenda Bota

Brenda Bota is a junior at SUNY Geneseo, majoring in psychology and minoring in English. She lives in Bronx, New York. She loves writing and reading, specifically poetry and educative books. She spends her free time reading, writing, involved in her youth group, and watching sermons online.


Rachel ColombanRachel Colomban | Poetry Reader

Rachel is an English (creative writing) major, minoring in anthropology. She is set to graduate this December. She mainly works in poetry and fiction, and has previously been featured in Gandy Dancer.


Gabi Garcia | Poetry ReaderGabi Garcia

Gabi Garcia is an English literature major who writes poetry and loves One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Her favorite musicians are David Bowie and Andrew Bird and she eats mainly beans.


Pam Haas | Poetry ReaderPam Haas

Pam is an English major/philosophy minor in the final year of her undergraduate career at SUNY Geneseo. Her aspirations include but are not limited to: leading a life rich with poetry, drinking tea in the evenings with good company, catching a glimpse of the legendary Mewtwo, and someday living for a living.


Rachel Powers | Poetry ReaderRachel Powers

Rachel is a junior biology major at SUNY Geneseo. She decided to obtain an English minor to give herself a creative outlet! Once she started taking English classes, she never looked back! When she’s not studying, you can find her at the school’s stables.

David Sabol | Poetry Readerdavidsabol

David Sabol is an English literature major at SUNY Geneseo. He grew up on Long Island and was born in San Diego. When he has time, David often labors over his poetry, watches the sunset at the gazebo, or drinks too much coffee. David’s goal is to become a high school English teacher and hopes to provide an avenue for introspection through literature to his students.


cassidybrightonCassidy Brighton | CNF Reader

Cassidy Brighton is a senior at SUNY Geneseo completing her degree as a communication major and English minor. She has always had a love for writing and all things creative, including playing guitar, dancing, and even cooking. She lives in Orange County, New York with her parents, her twin brother, and her older brother. When she graduates she wants to work for a local newspaper or somewhere in the publishing field: anything with writing.


Joshua DeJoy | CNF ReaderjoshuaDejoy

Josh is a senior history major and philosophy minor from New Paltz, NY. He knows a historical fun fact for every time and place and is obsessed with Belgian beer and fries. He also has an ever-expanding library of books he hasn’t read but plans to at some point, he promises.


Isabel Owen | CNF Readerisabelowen

Isabel Owen is an English (creative writing) and history double major who hails from Great Neck, Long Island (where Gatsby is from). Isabel is the Art Director of MiNT magazine, a “Cool RA,”, and a summer camp counselor par excellence. She loves hiking, sushi of all varieties, and the oxford comma.


Nicole Pero | CNF Readernicolepero

Nicole Pero is an English (creative writing) major, women’s studies minor, and poet from SUNY Geneseo. She loves trashy romance novels, feminist politics, and the fiber arts.


Morgan Staub | CNF Readermorganstaub-copy

Morgan Staub is a senior literature major from Katonah, New York. Over the past summer, he interned as a digital marketing strategist for Bookspan, LLC, and currently writes for the website CollegeRaptor. In his spare time, Morgan enjoys watching sports, listening to the music, and hanging out with degenerates at the Idle Hour.


Emily Warnken | CNF Reader image1-1

Emily Warnken is a junior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. Her hobbies include whittling, worrying, and writing.