Masthead 10.1

Rachel Hall | Faculty Advisor

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

Allison Brown | Production Advisor

Allison Brown, Production Advisor to Gandy Dancer, is the Digital Publishing Services Manager at Milne Library. She was on the staff for her college literary magazine, so she loves helping out with Gandy Dancer. Now she works on all types of open access publications and free online textbooks.


Maria Pawlak | Managing Editor

Maria Pawlak is a junior English Education major from Owego, New York. She is passionate about many things, from reading and writing to complicated Spotify playlists and yolk-only chocolate chip cookies. When not reading or writing, she can be found at her job as a Resident Assistant in Seneca Hall, working in the Writing Learning Center, or giving ardent speeches about the literary merits of traditionally women’s fiction. 

Amina Diakite  | Managing Editor

Amina is a senior English Major from New York City. She is a fast-paced, always on the go student leader, who currently serves as the president of Gsteppas, Vice President of the African Student Association, a proud co-founder/ developer of the BIPOC magazine, Recess, and co-managing editor of the literary magazine Gandy Dancer at SUNY Geneseo. Amina loves summer, anything yellow, and cookie dough ice cream. 

Brooke DeAngelo | Fiction Reader

Brooke DeAngelo is a sophomore English literature major from Scotia, New York. She is an avid reader, loves to travel, and is obsessed with her three cats named Spicy, Turnip, and Clover. She is a terrible cook but enjoys trying new foods. Brooke hopes to enter the publishing industry, so she has an excuse to carry reading material everywhere.


Tommy Castronova | Poetry Reader

 Tommy Castronova is a senior at SUNY Geneseo majoring in English Adolescent Education. While he has never worked on a literary magazine before, he is thrilled to be working on the Gandy Dancer this semester!


Emma Durfee | Creative Non- Fiction Reader

Emma Durfee is a senior English, Adolescent Education major, from Attica, New York. In her free time, she enjoys baking, shopping, spending time with family, friends, and taking care of her large collection of houseplants. As a future English teacher, Emma values her education and enjoys reading a variety of literature. In the future, Emma plans on pursuing her Masters of Science in Adolescence Education, as well as potential teaching residencies.

Heather Heckman | Fiction Reader

Heather Heckman is an English Literature major with a minor in Linguistics. Having survived homeschooling, she earned her A.A. in Humanities from SUNY Cobleskill before transferring to SUNY Geneseo. She finds comfort in journaling and talking to fictional characters (her imaginary friends). Heather loves learning new languages and also enjoys reading and listening to audiobooks while she knits and crochets.

 Chaim Green | Poetry Reader

Chaim is a senior at Geneseo, with an extensive multi-genre reading background. Ranging from classical literature, Romantics poetry, and mythology, he is an avid reader, but his favorite genre to read is modern fiction. A few of his favorite authors are Agatha Christie and Rick Riordan: he admires how these writers are able to create an immersive realm for the reader to dive into.

Charlie Kenny | Fiction Reader

Charlie Kenny is a senior English Literature and Mathematics double major from Long Island, New York. They have a passion for fiction reading and writing (particularly fantasy and horror) that deal with queer themes. They also enjoy listening to podcasts, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and are currently working on making an RPG Maker game. 


Hannah Lustyik | Creative Non- Fiction Reader

Hannah Lustyik is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. She comes from Sleepy Hollow, a literal Halloween town and birthplace of many literary classics such as Washington’s Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle. She is interested in film and would love to write for the big screen, for now, she’ll stick to watching bad comedies in her apartment. 



Sophie A. Montecalvo | Creative Non- Fiction Reader

Sophie A. Montecalvo is a senior at SUNY Geneseo, set to graduate in May 2022.  She’s an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing.  She loves reading, writing, and Star Wars.



Jenna Murray| Poetry Editor

Jenna Murray is from Rochester, New York. She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communications. Currently, she is also Copy Editor for The Lamron and a writer for Glasse Factory. Jenna studies poetry and creative nonfiction and was previously published in Gandy Dancer 9.1. She loves traveling, old music, crystals, and her cat Suki. When Jenna is not writing, she can be found making homemade dumplings, researching niche topics, or making ceramics with her friends.

Elizabeth Roos| Fiction Reader

Elizabeth Roos is a junior English (creative writing) major and film studies minor from Clifton Park, NY. Before attending Geneseo, she trained a red-tailed hawk as an NYS licensed apprentice falconer and still has an avid love for birds. Liz specializes in fiction, particularly fantasy or sci-fi, and after college hopes to become an editor or literary agent—alongside maybe publishing one or two novels herself. When she isn’t reading, writing, or watching movies, Liz enjoys playing video games with her friends.

Chloe Smith| Poetry Reader

Chloe is a Creative Writing major with an interest in writing fiction. She attended the Young Writer’s program at Chautauqua Institution, as well as various writing classes at Geneseo. She intends to earn her BA in Creative Writing as well as earn a degree in education before going on to earn her Master’s in Library Sciences. Her goal is to become a librarian while writing in her spare time.